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Photo Friday: Focus on Water

Photo Friday: Focus on Water

Water levels in the salt marsh depend on the tides. Here, California horn snails are visible in a pool left behind as the tide went out.

 

This is the time of year that we start hoping to see more rain falling along the Central Coast. Rain feeds the creeks that flow into the Morro Bay estuary. Having enough fresh water in those creeks helps fish, other animals, and aquatic plants to grow and thrive. (See this article from local meteorologist John Lindsey for more information on how the drought affects Morro Bay.)

Today, we’re paying a photo tribute to water as it moves from creeks, through the salt marsh, and out into the bay.

 

Creeks

Sunlight catches on water rippling in a local creek.

Sunlight catches on water rippling in a local creek.

 

Clear, shallow water covers a gravelly streambed.

Clear, shallow water covers a gravelly stream bed.

 

Tidal Channels and Salt Marsh

Water flowing through the tidal channels is visible from the upper reaches of Morro Bay State Park.

Water flowing through the tidal channels is visible from the upper reaches of Morro Bay State Park.

 

Water levels in the salt marsh depend on the tides. Here, California horn snails are visible in a pool left behind as the tide went out.

Water levels in the salt marsh depend on the tides. Here, California horn snails are visible in a pool left behind as the tide went out.

 

Estuary

A staff member captured first light playing on small ripples in the bay during a dawn patrol paddle.

A staff member captured first light playing on small ripples in the bay during a dawn patrol paddle.

 

An otter peers across low waves near Coleman beach at the front of the bay.

An otter peers across low waves near Coleman beach at the front of the bay.

 

Do you have water pictures you’d like to share? Send them to us at rpass@mbnep.org.

 


 

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