National Park Mystery Photo 46: Shallow Water

In which unit of the National Park System was this photo taken, and what does it depict?

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The answer will be posted in tomorrow's Traveler.

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Is it Olympic National Park

Sorry, Ken, but it's not Olympic National Park.

Eric has nailed it. Well done. Who's next?

It looks like Bad Water at Death Valley National Park.

Not Badwater at Death Valley National Park.

Eric Nelson is half way there (having ID-ed the park), but needs to more carefully read the first sentence of this puzzle. :o)

Jacob P. and celbert have solved it. Nice going.

We are pleased to welcome Eric Nelson to the winners circle. Well done.

Right on the button, robertnc. Plenty of room left in the winners circle, folks. Are you going to let this newbie show you up? ;o)

Low tide at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge?

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is not a National Park System unit, Jerry. The refuge is managed by the USFWS as a component of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

How about low tide at Assateague Island National Seashore?

Sorry, Ted; this photo does not show low tide at Assateague Island National Seashore.

Is it Low Tide at Cabrillo National Monument?

Cape Lookout National Seashore - Sunrise

Not low tide at Cabrillo National Monument or sunrise at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

At first glance it looked like the tide rolling on a beach with a hazy cloud layer in the horizon. Then I noticed those were sand dunes in the background.

I was thinking the sand dunes at Death Valley but I know that's not it. All the sand dunes there are surrounded by scrub brush for miles. There would also me no chance that rains would create that kind of moisture without also soaking the sand dunes.

Right on, RangerLady. BTW, during your visit did you happen to pick up and take along with you a size 11 New Balance shoe (right foot)?

Sorry Bob...I don't recall seeing a New Balance shoe but this was many years ago and I can't remember back that far.

Hmmmm. The Quizmeister is suspicious that y_p_w is fishing for a hint.

Thanks anyway, RangerLady.

I'm not fishing for a hint. I saw the answer before it was expunged. However, I did recognize that those are sand dunes in the background before I saw the answer.

At this point if I gave an answer it would be cheating.

Please don't take offense, y_p_w. This morning has been a little slow. We were just tugging on your chain to see if you'd growl.

viewmtn and tcranger have hit it right on the button. Well done.

You could have nailed it down a bit tighter, Mizzou Bluke, but that's good enough. Welcome to the winners circle. BTW, I like that cyberhandle.

How about Klamath River mouth, Redwoods.

This is not the sandbar/beach at the mouth of the Klamath River in Redwood National and State Parks, Damon. In fact, this photo was not taken on the Pacific Coast.

White Sands National Monument. Lake Lucero.

Sorry, tomp2; the Quizmeister wasn't at White Sands National Monument when he took this photo.

for David Crowl--
There's almost no sandy beach at Cabrillo NM. The shore is rocky intertidal (tidepools) with one sandy cove maybe 50 yards wide and 10 yards deep of sand at low tide. The CABR webcam feeds are available at:
Somebody needs to wipe off the lens of the Zone 1 camera; it should be a clearer picture by Friday or Saturday.

Yove nailed it, justinh. I knew you could do it.

Excellent deduction, tomp2. Welcome to the winners circle.

Nice going, Roger. That's spot on.

Second Guess. Point Reyes NP

Sorry, Ken; this photo was not taken at Point Reyes National Seashore, nor at any other Pacific Coast location.

It's a pleasure to welcome Robert A and Anon 2:32 to the winners circle.

You got it, Lisa from Wichita. Well done.

David Crowl and ron erpelding have nailed it. Good job, guys.

thanks bob. you must be a fellow alum.

Death Valley national park!

Sorry, Katie - not Death Valley.

You've got the park, cirronumbus, and now you just need to tighten up the rest of it. Hint: there is no snow in this scene.

Actually, Mizzou Bluke, I got my last ticket punched at the University of Illinois and the two before that at Western Michigan University.

Paul Beck has solved it too. Nicely done.

That's it, cirronimbus. Good work. BTW, where did "cirronimbus" come from? There's no such cloud type, so maybe it's an inside joke or something?

It’s the name of one of my dearly departed dogs, Cirro Nimbus, sometimes affectionately called Cirro Nimbicile : ) She was half Australian shepherd and half Border collie, so picture half black with white spots and half white with black spots – including one large and perfectly shaped heart spot right on her butt. She looked very much a rain cloud. I know I know, there is no such thing as a cirro cloud, but Cirro just rolled off the tongue much more smoothly than Cirrus, IMHO. Don’t you just love the intersection of art and science?

acadia low tide

The Quizmeister welcomes you to the winners circle, y_p_w. Sorry for the little mixup.

I'm afraid that photo doesn't show low tide at Acadia, djjeffrey100.

Great story, cirronimbus. I hope there'll be a reunion for you and "Cirro Nimbicle" at The Bridge.

BTW, although cirro is not a cloud type it is a prefix for the two common types of cirrus clouds (cirrostratus and cirrocumulus), so it's in the ballpark.