At low tide you can walk from the town of Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island to Bar Island. A sandbar is exposed along with a large area of ocean floor...too cool! By the time we got there, the ocean had receded and we could walk to Bar Island. Here is Rich entering the low tide area.
Naturally we strayed from the sandbar and explored. To the right as you leave the town, is where the large area of ocean floor was exposed.
The rock below is covered with barnacles and with living shells that are safely stuck to this rock until the tide comes back in.
When Rich walked out to a far pool he saw a skirmish between a sea gull and a crab that was hiding under seaweed...he said the crab apparently won, the seagull flew away!
While he was out there I was discovering this...
Another couple and I decided that they are small remnants of wooden pilings for a long ago pier. They were so cool looking though; each one had a unique collection of barnacles and rocks and shells decorating it.
The next two photos are closeups of ones that appealed to me. Aren't they lovely?
It was just beautiful on Bar Island; this was where I sat while Rich hiked to the top!
After we walked back into town, we had an early dinner and then went back to this area to watch the tide come in. It comes in quickly; you can see the waves covering the sandbar in this photo. I understand that the water here will rise 9 to 12 feet at high tide!
And just in case you somehow missed the enormity of what we did today...giggle, here is a view of Bar Island and Mount Desert Island from the top of Cadillac Mountain that I took this evening. It's not every day that one gets to walk from one island to another across the ocean so please, be awed...teehee For me, this ranks right up there with walking across the Mississippi River.
Lovin' Life ~~ And the Magic of Tides