Secrets, seastars and spring tideEdmonds, WA

Puget Sound tide pools sketch by Chandler O'Leary

There was one other time that my sketching had the benefit of a supermoon. Last summer I spent a morning with some fellow sketchers under the ferry landing in Edmonds, WA. This is one of a few spots along Puget Sound where the tide goes out far enough to expose more than just a strip of beach. You can actually walk under the ferry dock at low tide—but you have to be quick, because it’s a very short time before the pilings are submerged again.

Puget Sound tide pools sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Well, the supermoon took care of that for us, pulling the tide out so far that the clay beds were exposed for several hours.

Puget Sound tide pools sketch by Chandler O'Leary

It also attracted hordes of beachcombers, who added an extra fun element to my drawings. But the real reason we were there was the same for all of us: discovering that the rocks and pilings were just teeming with marine life.

So thanks to the supermoon, I had plenty of time to sketch as much as I pleased—as well as the chance to discover that if you stand there long enough, sooner or later a burrowing clam will squirt your feet with arcs of seawater.

Puget Sound tide pools sketch by Chandler O'Leary

(Note to self: bring galoshes next time.)

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Comments (2)

  1. Kate B

    I remember that sketch outing! That was when I first met you. I was SO IMPRESSED by your sketches. I still am! And Gabi is absolutely recognizable.


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