A Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

(photo: S. Hutto)

You wont find these guys in a Christmas tree lot.  They are baby Postelsia, or sea palms, that are a species of kelp.  Just a couple of centimeters tall now, they will eventually grow to a few feet.  They live in the rocky intertidal where waves come crashing in, so they have to be really tough to avoid breaking or getting knocked off the rocks.  Although they are pretty cute, stick to enjoying these guys with your eyes, as it is illegal to collect them or pull them off of the rocks.  A great way to appreciate Postelsia is to photograph it, as you can see from above that it’s quite photogenic!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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