Tongue Point Splash

Tongue Point on Olympic Peninsula

Tongue Point Splash © 2010 Bo Mackison

When we were traveling the Pacific Northwest, we walked out on Tongue Point just south of Point Crescent, Washington during low tide and checked out the tidal pools. We saw a bit of activity – a few purple and green anemones, some sea urchins. I was hoping to see a star fish or two, but that didn’t happen.

The shore at low tide was covered with mussels, sea kelp and seaweed, all slippery stuff. I wielded a hiking stick in one hand and my camera attached to a monopod in the other, and just barely managed to stay afoot. A few times we were splashed by incoming waves as the tide started rising — just added to the sense of adventure! At one point we were laughing so hard, I wondered if we’d get back up the cliff at the appointed time. Yep, we did.

I took only one lens, so my photographs of the tidal pools themselves are seriously lacking, but the scenery was still spectacular.

And it really was great fun. I’d go exploring at low tide if ever given the chance again. What amazing life barely under the sea!

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. It looks refreshing. I wouldn’t mind being splashed a time or two (especially in this heat we’re experiencing).

    Slippery was the key word when we visited the tidal pools in San Diego. It was fun but there were times when I thought I’d go crashing down on the rocks (and break the camera while I was at it).

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Does look cool and refreshing – it WAS cool and refreshing. Actually, quite cold!

      I worried about my camera (and me) and I slid over the rocks, too, Robin. Several times I had to lunge into Manda and hang on to her to keep from falling. Happily, we kept laughing. It was rather like slap stick comedy!

  2. Nice capture of a very pretty scene! I haven’t been to the ocean for years but I used to love it. Used to visit Long Beach fairly often.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Long Beach in California, Terry?

      Beaches are nice, but I think I still prefer deserts with mountains.

  3. How beautiful! Love the splash. I miss the ocean and it has been a long time since I’ve been or lived at the ocean… always on the east coast, though.

  4. Gandalf says:

    Clean and moody. i love ocean scenes.

  5. All I can think is one word – Crash! Love waves, this is so cool.

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