I am drawn to patterns which show up in nature, and when out with my camera, I am constantly on the lookout for the patterns of our natural world. While hiking along the trail which rims Whaler's Cove in the Point Lobos Reserve in Carmel, I noticed this lovely pattern in the kelp. Sea otters frequent Whaler's Cove, where they wrap themselves up in the kelp leaves and float about for hours, feeding, caring for their young, and, I think, just generally relaxing! To get this image, I put on my polarizer and turned it until the kelp stood out against the water, giving a good contrast the kelp bed and the water.
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