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Salt Point State Park is know for its tafoni. Tafoni are also called "swiss-cheese" rocks. Beth Kattleman recently photographed tafoni with the wildflower, Seathrift, blooming in the foreground.

The natural rock cavities are caused, in part, by the salt spay of the ocean's waves.

Thanks to Beth for allowing me to share her photo with you here. We are getting a few drops of rain today, and then...and then...sunny, warm weather is the prediction for this weekend!


These unusual rock formations, nicknamed Moon Rocks, can be seen just south of Stump Beach at Salt Point State Park. John Sperry recently photographed them.

They are calleded Moon Rocks because of their many craters. These are sedimentary sandstone formations. They actually continue underwater and provide valuable habitat for marine life. Above the sea, salt crystals are found in the cracks and crevices, which are called tafoni. Kasaya Pomo collected salt there for many years, using abalone shells as chisels. This is how this land came be to named Salt Point.

John photographed several other unusual rock formations there. Rick and I have hiked there many times and it is a place like no other.

Thanks to John for allowing me to share his photos with you here.