Mondays Make Me Crabby

Crabs squaring off at a tide pool at Crystal Cove State Beach (photo credit: Dawn Palmer, 2021).

When you’re a local Californian, holiday weekends can make you cringe. But, I choose to stay positive, and as a newly returned Californian, I am learning how to navigate the crowds. This weekend ended up being a beautiful, peaceful weekend at the beach. The trick is to know when and where to go (which I will leave for you to discover).

The boss crab at the tide pools (photo credit: Dawn Palmer, 2021).

I found a few serene moments at the tide pools and took time to enjoy the nature around me. These cute little crabs were a delight to observe (and not pick up!), while I gingerly climbed on the rocks at low tide. I say “gingerly” because I try to be aware of the wildlife living in, under, and on the rocks, including these crabs. The water temperatures are rising, so there is not as much living in the intertidal zones right now, other than crabs and sea anemones. Some creatures are more obvious, while others are a little more hidden.

Camouflaged crab (photo credit: Dawn Palmer, 2021).
Hermit crab submerged in water (photo credit: Dawn Palmer, 2021).

I am going to miss spending quality time at the beach as I head back to the daily grind, which is even more reason to “be” in the moment! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend, and thank you to all of you who are serving or have served honorably. Happy Memorial Day!

Published by Dawn Palmer

I am an avid nature and ecology lover and enjoy sharing my photography in my blog writings. I will often be out early in the morning or late in the evening with my camera, trying to capture the peacefulness and beauty around me.

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