Starfish and Mussels (Photo of the week)

A starfish sits among clustered mussels, Moss Beach, California
A starfish sits among clustered mussels, Moss Beach, California

Photographing tide pools can be a lot of fun, especially if you are stuck with an overcast day when the scenery is less than dynamic. This starfish was photographed at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, just north of Half Moon Bay. Make sure to check a tide chart to see when there will be a low tide, giving you much more access to the pools. Required equipment for this type of outing includes a tripod for long exposures (this shot was 1.6 seconds) and a polarized filter to cut the reflections so you can actually see what lives in the tide pools. The photo below was taken on the same day, and is a good example of why polarized filters are necessary.

A starfish sits in a tide pool with anemones, Moss Beach, California
A starfish sits in a tide pool with anemones, Moss Beach, California