Deep beneath the waves off the coast of Central California lies the technicolor marvel of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary! 

Surrounded by soft sediments of the continental shelf seafloor, Cordell Bank emerges with a rocky habitat, providing home to colorful and abundant invertebrates, algae, and fishes. Here, a research diver pauses behind a colony of strawberry anemones and other invertebrates. 

(Photo: Joe Hoyt/NOAA)


Valerie Hammond (American, b. Santa Maria, CA, based NY, USA) - 1: Coeur, 2011  Pigments, Colored Pencils, Encaustic on Japanese Paper  2: Blue Anemone, 2011  Relief Photo Lithograph on Handmade Paper