Sketched June 14, 2014
In Edmonds, the tide reached its lowest point of the year, minus 2.98 feet, last Saturday at 12:21 p.m. That was so low that people could sneak in under the ferry dock, a rarely accessible area where the waterline would rise 15 feet by 7:45 p.m. and reach almost to the top of the pilings seen in my sketch.
As cars boarded the ferry to Kingston a few feet above and the tide gradually rose, I stood there to capture the scene. People seemed well accessorized for the exploration, wearing rubber boots and carrying cameras to document the suddenly exposed marine life.
I happened upon Bob Russell, a marine biologist from Mukilteo, who said this is his second-favorite spot to visit during low tides — the first one being Alki Beach. His daughters called out every sea creature they saw with excitement: “A sea star!” “A live crab!”
Following their lead paid off when they spotted something I’d never seen. I crouched down and admired the bright red and green streaks of the “Christmas anemone.”