Southern California - Beginnings - Colin Maduzia

Little Corona Take 2

These tide pools are astonishing at low tide. If you look closely, you will find a red tag installed by the park service on the rocks at lower left, The tide pools are protected and monitored primarily to ensure the health of rockweed.

Rockweed is to tide pools what kelp is to deeper waters: food, habitat and protection. Eliminate rockweed and the population of small marine animals drops precipitously. Beach goers, insensitive to the dangers of habitat destruction, have trampled large expanses of rockweed in tide pools from Washington to Ensenada to near oblivion. Two Cal State Fullerton researchers may have found a way to reverse that devastation. Jayson Smith, lecturer in biological science, and biology master’s student Stephen Whitaker, working in the Little Corona del Mar area of Newport Beach, have developed an efficient way to restore rockweed to its native habitat. The solution seems deceptively simple: Go to untrammeled areas where rockweed thrives, saw off pieces of rock with healthy rockweed attached and glue the pieces to the sides of rocks in the damaged tide pool. But it took three years, multiple approaches and an $85,000 services agreement from the city of Newport Beach in 2006 to get there.

This was the second time I shot Little Corona. The first time was two years prior and I studied those shots repeatedly to create a plan for this image.