Whidbey Waters – Whidbey Shores

paulben setting up freeland library display

Whidbey Waters — Whidbey Shores — a new photo exhibit on Whidbey’s beaches and the wondrous beings that live on them —is up and glowing at the Freeland Public Library.

Created by Jeanie and PaulBen McElwain as a prequel to Earth and Ocean Month and as an incentive for viewers to buy their own copies of Getting to the Water’s Edge, this visually-engaging show was contributed to by seven SWS Volunteers.

Three stunning panoramas—Double Bluff Tidepool, Storm Cloud Over Ebey’s Landing, and Hastie Lake Beach were donated by Rich Yukubouski.

Bennie Netzel’s Line in the Sand and Distant Memory show beaches up close and Colleen Skinner’s enhanced photos of moonglow anemone, heart cockle and mottled star glow with complexity and light.

Photos of other beach creatures, seaweeds and eel grasses invite the viewer to explore the details of these many richly-colored and formed beings. Their photographers are Tabitha Jacobs-Mangiafico, Paul Ben McElwain, Lachlan Pope and Jeanie McElwain.

The Freeland Library, 5495 S. Harbor Ave in Freeland, is open from 9 – 6, Monday – Friday and 1 – 5 on Sunday.

Below the photos, you will find a Species List matching the various photographs.

These photos of waters, beaches, animals, seaweeds and sea plants of Whidbey were taken by Sound Water Stewards members.

Anenomes by Colleen Skinner
Anenomes by Colleen Skinner
storm cloud over ebey's landing wall
Storm Cloud Over Ebey’s Landing – top photo by Rich Yukubousky. Photos below are by Lachlans Pope: Bryozoans, Moon Snail, Piddock
Black-eyed Crab by Tabitha Jacobs Mangiafico
Black-eyed Crab by Tabitha Jacobs Mangiafico
Lemon Nudibranch by
Plumrose Anemone by Colleen Skinner

Contributing Photographers:

Rich Yukubousky— panoramas: Double Bluff Tidepool (B), Storm Cloud Over Ebey’s Landing (C), Hastie Lake Beach (D)

Bonnie Netzel — framed beach scenes: Line in the Sand (A), Distant Memory (A)

Colleen Skinner – enhanced photos: Anemones (B), Rebirth: cockle and star (B)

Tabitha Jacobs-Mangiafico — Black-Eyed Crab (D)

Lachlan Pope — Crab, Worm, Isopod, Anemone (B), Kelp, Bryozoans, Moon Snail, Piddock (C)

PaulBen McElwain — Nudibranch (C)

Jeanie McElwain — Tube Worms, Eelgrass & Limpet, Snail, Nudibranch (B), Anemone, Chiton (C), Sea Star, Crab, Anemone (D)

Species List

Sections: A=above computer desk | B=above chairs | C=above carts | D=behind staff counter

Section A

Great Blue Heron — Ardea herodias

North American River Otter — Lontra canadensis

Section B

Sea lettuce — Ulva sp. [in panorama]

Feather duster worms — Sabellidae sp.

Eelgrass — Zostera marina & Eelgrass limpets — Lottia alveus paralella

Moonglow anemone — Anthropleura artemisia

Red-lined worm — Nephtys caeca

Hairy shore crab — (Hemigrapsus oregonensis)

Periwinkle snail —Littorina scutulata & Little brown barnacle — Chthamalus dalli

Heart cockle — Clinocardium nuttallii & Mottled Star — Evasterias troschelii

Leopard nudibranch — Diaulula sp.

Rockweed isopod — Pentidotea wosnesinskii

Painted anemone — Urticina grebelni

Section C

Lemon nudibranch — Doris montereyensis

Plumose anemone — Metridium sp.

Bull kelp — Nereocystis leutkeana

Kelp bryozoan — Membranipora membranacea

Lewis’s moonsnail — Neverita lewisii

Rough piddock — Zirfaea pilsbryi

Lined chiton — Tonicella lineata

Section D

Blackeyed hermit crab — Pagarus armatus

Pacific blood star — Henrica leviuscula

Stubby rose anemone — Urticina coriacea

Red rock crab — Cancer productus

For membership, activities, programs, and more about beach species see soundwaterstewards.org

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