This was one of those “making lemonade” experiences. I went to the Tongue Point tide pools with images of colorful star fish and sea urchins dancing in my mind….I found neither. What I encountered were a lot of mussels and kelp. After talking myself off the proverbial ledge and not declaring “this place sucks”, I hunkered down and started to really look.
Instead of looking for “stuff” (i.e. star fish), I started focusing on shapes and colors. When I encountered glare I could not polarize out of the image, I tried to see it as “white” and work it into my abstracts. I stopped cursing the kelp, and started to look more closely at the patterns patterns. I tried to see beauty in the shapes and patterns of the mussles, rather than seeing an eye sore.
While, the image with the purple sponge is not an abstract, I add it out of respect to the marine biologist who was so excited she insisted a picture was needed.