Tide pools are formed as the tide comes in and traps ocean water, plants and animals in crevices in the rocks or beach. One of the most exhilarating experiences I had in Hawaii was to swim in a tide pool. I was shooting sunrise pictures with Patrick Kelley (photographer for National Geographic, www.pk-worldwide.com) at Secret Beach in Kauai, when I was suddenly overcome with the desire to take a dip in the tide pool. The sun had just risen above the horizon and the warm water of the pool was intensely delightful as I swam amid dreamlike landscapes. It felt as if the beauty of the astral world had been transported to this magical corner of the earth. Far from a world filled with desires and attachments that bring only suffering and despair, I felt free from every kind of worry and concern, as I fully embraced the beauty of the moment. Of course, at that time I did not know that residents of the tide pool include California mussels, aggregating anemones, limpets, chitons, California sea hares, snails, crabs, fishes, lobsters, and octopuses! Sometimes, ignorance is bliss!
All photos by Patrick Kelley (www.pk-worldwide.com).
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