These tiny plants are no more than the size of a fifty pence piece and colonies of them lined many of the rock pools we spent time in today. Editing today’s set of images has taken hours because I just can’t stop looking at them. And the more I concentrate on just one section of a single image – the more becomes apparent. The transparent, tiny fronds on the tips of this plant’s branches are just breathtaking and as we develop this project we hope to engage with some specialists who can assist in identification.
Right now I have no idea what this plant is. However, the main aim of this pilot part of the project is to develop our observational skills. I am trying to learn how Carson worked in the field. Hours of painstaking recording don’t feel like hard work when what is being observed is so beautiful.
Every time I take a look below the surface of the water I am transported to another time and this Beadnell environment is one that isn’t seen that often. By year two of the project I am also hoping to be able to dive in the kelp forests off the coast here. They are rare and of profound environmental significance and can be seen at certain tide times.