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Just in. Image titled: We Have Lift Off by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images. Location: Sunset Beach, Oregon. Date: April 2017. Proceeds in support of NCLC.
Please visit NCLCtrust.org to read more about North Coast Land Conservancy.

See more info about Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images and other exhibits at http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com /…artists /…Neal Maine …/blog.

Q: Where is Sunset Beach, you ask?

A: Sunset Beach is a state park in Clatsop County, Oregon. The park comprises 120 acres along the Pacific Ocean on the Clatsop Plains and is located between Gearhart and Warrenton, Oregon.

For more info please go to:
Sunset Beach State Recreation Site – Oregon State Parks and …
oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=182
Sunset Beach State Recreation Site comes with a very famous past. The park marks the west trailhead of the historic Fort-to-Sea Trail

The osprey is a very unique raptor, standing out not only for its beauty but also for its choice of prey.
7 fun facts about ospreys:

1. The osprey is the only hawk species in North America that eats almost exclusively live fish.

2. The raptor can dive as deep as three feet into the water for fish, but prefers to hunt in shallower areas.

3. This species is also known as the river hawk, fish hawk or sea hawk. But don’t confuse it with the Seahawk, the mascot of the Seattle-based football team. First, there is no such thing as a “seahawk” (one word). Second, the team actually uses an augur hawk as its mascot, a species native to Africa. The osprey may be known as a sea hawk, but it has no connection to football.

4. The osprey is the second most widely distributed raptor species, after the peregrine falcon, and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

5. All of the ospreys around the world are part of a single species, with the exception of the eastern osprey which is native to Australia.

6. The osprey species is at least 11 million years old and is so well adapted to fishing that it has evolved unique characteristics that set it apart from other raptor species. These include nostrils that can be closed during dives, and an outer toe that can be angled backwards to better grasp fish. The species is so unique, it is listed in its own genus (Pandion) and family (Pandionidae).

7. Ospreys can live to be 15-20 years old. The oldest known osprey was just over 25 years old. During that long lifetime, the migratory birds can rack up over 160,000 miles of travel. In fact, in 2008 an osprey being tracked by researchers flew an amazing 2,700 miles in just 13 days, traveling from Massachusetts to French Guiana, South America!

For more info about ospreys go to:
Osprey, Life History, All About Birds – Cornell Lab of Ornithology
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Osprey/lifehistory


THE OSPREY IS BEING CONSIDERED TO BECOME THE STATE BIRD OF OREGON.

Oregon Senate chooses osprey over western … – Statesman Journal
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/…/oregon…osprey…state-bird…/100124452/
Apr 7, 2017

 

Seaside Osprey Cam youtube.com

 

Seaside Osprey Nest located in Broadway Park in Seaside, Oregon

 

 

 

The Seaside Osprey nest cam is up and running, in exceptional HD quality! HUGE thanks to Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District for hosting the camera, and installing fiber optic cable so the cam can be so clear!

 

Necanicum Watershed Council

 

Named the “state animal” in 1969, the American beaver builds the dams and wetlands that serve as habitat for Oregon salmon, steelhead, birds, amphibians and insects. Beavers are nature’s hydrologists, “Beaver Tales: A Celebration of Beaver Art” curator Sara Vickerman … click of the following link to read the entire front page article by Eve Marz, reporter for the Seaside Signal …

Source: From near extinction to a place in art

For more info the participating Fairweather  artists, please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists … Paul Brent, Mike Brown, Susan Curington, Agnes Field, Jo Pomeroy Crockett, Neal Maine and Denise Joy McFadden.

Save the date and time.

BEAVER TALES, a celebration of art.

May 6th, 5-7:pm in the historic Gilbert District Block of downtown Seaside

For more info about the Art Walk, please go to http://www.facebook.com/SeasideFirstSaturdayArtWalk

SAVE THE DATE AND TIME!

http://www.NCLCtrust.org
Listening to the Land: Dam, Beaver! Dam!
Wednesday, April 19
6 to 8 pm
Seaside Public Library

And, too, a lot more info about Beavers and all the good things they do for us:

Dr. Stephen Ramsey, from the OSU Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing (the Center has recently announced the completion of its sequencing of the beaver genome, so this is very well timed – http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/35185225-75/oregon-state-university-researchers-find-benny-the-beaver-fills-big-genes.html.csp)

Frances Backhouse will offer a talk based on her research and writing that appeared in her award-winning book, Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver. At Beach Books on May 6th at 1:pm. http://www.backhouse.ca/books/once-they-were-hats-in-search-of-the-mighty-beaver/.

The Wetlands Conservancy has posted information on the Beaver Tales art project. The link is below. Feel free to share it with your friends and contacts.
http://wetlandsconservancy.org/stewardship/beaver-tales

http://wetlandsconservancy.org/stewardship/beaver-tales/beaver-inspiration

https://northernwoodlands.org/discoveries/pathways-to-ponds

Here’s a link to an excellent short video, with great aerial depiction of the changes that beaver dams bring to meadows . . .
http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/other/videos/fooled-by-nature-beaver-dams

And for more inspiration, a video of beaver swimming on U-Tube. .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cwu_Wu5ONI

CBC News Posted: Apr 02, 2017Great parenting: animals that care for their young in ‘amazing’ ways BEAVERS…

Some parents are a little more dedicated than others, according to wildlife expert Frank Ritcey. Ritcey says beavers take a more paws-on approach to raising their young. They give birth inside their lodges, where kits will stay until they’re old enough to start eating solid food.

“Once they’re old enough to venture forth, they travel about with the parent to learn how to become a beaver. [Kits] follow the adult around and mimic the adults actions,” said Ritcey.

“It’s so cute to watch — but it’s also very important as the young have to learn a whole set of skills like using the right trees to fall and how to build dams and lodges, and in general — how to be as busy as a beaver should be.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_23vuRU2Ews

 

While nothing can compare to the real beaver it is great to see more comprehensive research about the positive impacts of beaver dams.

http://www.ktvz.com/…/osu-cascades-students-scien…/394113930

 

 

 

Featuring  art by regional artists:  floral and grasses  by Susan Curington,  landscapes by Jan Shield,  pastels by Joanne Donaca, wood cut birds and blooms by Gregory Graham, mouth blown glass by Cindy DuVall, watercolor butterflies by Denise Joy McFadden, textiles by Linda Ballard  and rice paper florals by Zifen Qian.  

For more info please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com … artists.

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BLOOM, an exhibition at Fairweather’s through April. “It’s like living inside a garden, the gallery is layered  with colorful accessories, beautiful artworks, and gorgeous garden books.”

So lovely.  So perfect.  So right.  

Photo layout  by Fairweather artist and Seaside Art Walk photographer, Linda Fenton-Mendenhall featuring  the April  2017 salon-style display of art.

Selected BLOOM artists in salon style gallery display, left to right:   floral oil on linen art by Michael Muldoon,  still life oil on linen by Melissa Jander,  landscape pastels by Gretha Lindwood, encaustic (painting in beeswax) by emerging artist Rebecca Gore, abstract floral pastels by Gretha Lindwood, emerging artist mermaids in sea florals by emerging artist Ashley Howarth, and “Garden Party” tulips and hyacinths  original oil by Melissa Jander.

A round of applause for BLOOM, an exhibition at Fairweather’s throughout the month of April! You  introduced an imaginative way of displaying many diverse  NW artists.  The artwork brings together design drama in extraordinary intimacy and charm that creates a feeling of a springtime garden stroll. Thank you!” — Bonnie W.

Q: What is salon style display in the context of a gallery exhibition, you ask?

A:  Hanging art salon-style can be a dramatic and brave  way to decorate a wall, placing a range of art with unusual dimensions to create an interesting effect.   Neutral walls are considered a perfect way to cleanse the palette for the eye in  salon-style display.

 

For more info about the gallery and the artists, please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists

Baltimore Oriole

Image titled: Stranger in Town.

April 2017

Photographer Neal Maine, PacificLight  Images.

Just in time for BLOOM, an exhibition, at Fairweather’s.

A Baltimore Oriole visiting a backyard in Seaside, Oregon! 

Image backstory:

Once again, one Baltimore Oriole, a stranger to the North coast area, usually not a visitor to the West, has appeared, again in the spring of 2017, to the same flowering tree in the Seaside area, first visited in the spring of 2016.

Fun facts:

One of the most brilliantly colored songbirds in the east, flaming orange and black, sharing the heraldic colors of the coat of arms of 17th-century Lord Baltimore.

Widespread east of the Great Plains.

Baltimore Orioles are often very common in open woods.

Visits flowers for nectar.

http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/baltimore-oriole

Baltimore Oriole migration map.

Open woods, riverside groves, elms, shade trees. Breeds in deciduous or mixed woodland, generally in open woods or edges rather than interior of dense forest. May be common in trees in towns. Often favors elms. Winters mostly in the tropics around forest edge and semi-open country.

Rarely west of the Rocky Mountains!!!

 

Neal Maine/ PacificLight  Images

NATURE’S TRAILS

A limpet creeps up a wave-washed rock, following the rise of the tide. A salmon follows ancient watershed trails to its natal stream. An otter travels along its living trap line for crabs in the estuary to crayfish up side creeks. A vole tunnels into the soft sponge on the forest floor. In the treetops, in the forest, across the land, in the water, and in the air, all become a living slate for NATURE’S TRAILS. This tracery of interwoven trails are unsigned but indelible to generations of travelers.

THE NEXT FRONTIER, OUR OWN BACKYARD

Humans: We take pictures, walks, deep breaths, memories, ride on waves, water, timber, in habitat that used to belong to other trail makers. We thought we could never catch all the salmon, never cut all the big trees, and never pollute the ocean. In our hubris, we thought we could make our own trails. With renewed humility, we are learning how to share this place, to live together with our partner trail makers. PacificLight Images celebrates this partnership as we use our images to inspire others to honor nature’s trails in OUR OWN BACKYARD. –Neal Maine

 Proceeds to support North Coast Land Conservancy, NCLC. 

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists …Neal Maine for more images and info

 

And, too, the 2016 famous Baltimore Oriole photo by Neal Maine.

Baltimore Oriole

Image titled: Birds of a Feather. The famous Seaside osprey pair!

Image backstory: Flying above their nesting platform. An eagle came too close and the pair moved in tandem to a safer spot. The female, with a band on her right leg, kept the flounder that her mate had delivered. Wildlife action within steps of downtown Seaside! Image from 2016 above Broadway Park on the Neawanna River.

Seaside/ Gearhart nature photographer Neal Maine.

Signed, matted and framed. Proceeds in support of North Coast Land Conservancy/ NCLC.

To view a catalog of Neal Maine’s images, please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists …Neal Maine

Heard from naturalist Neal Maine today.

March 31, 2017. Those that do were performing some light housekeeping on the camera today, as the ospreys were expected before “tax day.” The workers left for a parts run and when they returned the male osprey was on the platform! The female osprey should be arriving “shortly”.

Take a note!
Naturalist Neal Maine will share his latest habitat stories at 6 p.m. at Fairweather’s during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk on April 1st.

For more info go to https://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

LIVE camera courtesy of Necanicum Watershed Council and City of Seaside.

https://livestream.com/necanicum/seasideosprey

For more info go to: http://www.necanicumwatershed.org

“Like” https://www.facebook.com/ City of Seaside

Fun Facts:
Unique among North American raptors for its diet of live fish and ability to dive into water to catch them, Ospreys are common sights soaring over shorelines, patrolling waterways, and standing on their huge stick nests, white heads gleaming.

These large, rangy hawks do well around humans and have rebounded in numbers following the ban on the pesticide DDT.

Hunting Ospreys are a picture of concentration, diving with feet outstretched and yellow eyes sighting straight along their talons.

Ospreys are unusual among hawks in possessing a reversible outer toe that allows them to grasp with two toes in front and two behind. Barbed pads on the soles of the birds’ feet help them grip slippery fish. When flying with prey, an Osprey lines up its catch head first for less wind resistance.

Most Ospreys that breed in North America migrate to Central and South America for the winter.

Males and females follow a different migration route. Males overwinter inland and females overwinter along the coast.

Ospreys mate for life.

An Osprey may log more than 160,000 migration miles during its 15-to-20-year lifetime.

For more info go to https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Osprey/lifehistory

Save the date. April 1st.  5-7:pm.

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Opening reception for BLOOM, featuring artists Bev Drew Kindley, Gretha Lindwood , Susan Curington  with special guest appearance by Diana Moulder and  ecology  lecture  by naturalist Neal Maine.  

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside, Or.

 

 

Calligraphy quote for BLOOM by Penelope Culbertson. Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists… Penelope Culbertson for more info

For BLOOM, original art by Bev Drew Kindley

“We celebrate spring even more after a particularly dark season, when signs of renewal have appeared much later than usual.  Sometimes we need a bouquet of flowers  to keep our spirits up, to remind us of the joy.”  –artist Bev Drew Kindley

 

Bev Drew Kindley, a native Oregonian, with dual degrees in art and philosophy,  paints to understand  the inspiration of unique moments of light with impressionistic works of art that are to viewed as visual celebrations. “It’s my way of communicating with the world. My hope is to encourage appreciate and protection of our heritage and world.”

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com  …artists… Bev Drew Kindley for more about the artist.

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Gretha Lindwood uses vibrant color and strong design, hallmarks of art work, developed during a career as an illustrator and graphic designer. Another lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, the artist cherishes landscapes honed by water and time and delight in capturing their beauty in the lush colors of pastels or oils to share with the viewer.

 

For BLOOM, original pastel by Gretha Lindwood

Recent honors:
Superintendent’s Award and Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
“Into the Light: Plein Air Invitational Exhibition” Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA
Northwest Pastel Society International Exhibit, Tacoma, WA
Los Gatos Plein Air 2015, Los Gatos, CA
Annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel-by-the-sea, CA

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com … artists… Gretha Lindwood for more info

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For BLOOM, original acrylic on linen by Susan Curington

Susan Curington, is thrilled to paint light dancing through a flower petal. Color and luminosity moves the artist in the way music moves others. “I love the surprises inherent in creating art, both in looking closely and carefully, and in applying paint to canvas.”

 

 

“I am third generation on my rural, wooded land; I have known particular trees since childhood. Living in the thick of nature daily and seeing the stars at night—I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything. Through my paintings I hope to express the profound gratitude I feel for the power and beauty of Nature.” –artist Susan Curington

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com …artists … Susan Curington for more information about the artist.

Relevant work and life experience:

North Woods LLC, Manager & Marketing Director. Providing Pacific North West Hardwoods (Reclaimed or sustainably harvested) for wood artisans and wood turners.

Teacher for Tibetan Nun’s Project, under the auspices of HH the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala, India.

Subsequent fundraising for Tibetan Nun’s Project, USA, 501C3

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Special BLOOM program by Diana Moulder, owner/designer at Dirt Flirt, celebrated locally as the go to window box and “pot lady”, is an artist gardener, whose containers are renowned for their surprise elements.   For nearly 20 years, through Diana’s eye, her company, Beach Blossoms, has featured plants capes that “paint with flowers”

 

  And, too, Diana for the opening reception has offered a lovely door prize featuring her unique designed seasonal color container, selected fresh from her hands for BLOOM!

 Trademark installations  have included the Post Office, the sidewalk planter containers and the Gearhart City Hall, in addition to many, many clients throughout the coastal communities–all epitomize her stunning style and use of unforgettable combinations.   

Please “like” http://www.facebook.com … Diana Moulder for more about the garden artist or call the garden artist (503) 739-0898

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Baltimore Oriole by Neal Maine/PacificLight Images.

After a thirty-year career as an award-winning biology teacher at Seaside High School, Neal Maine became the first executive director of North Coast Land Conservancy, which he co-founded in 1986. Since his retirement from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion for nature photography through PacificLight Images,  “dedicated to raising awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife with whom we share the region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands and forests.” Photography centers around coastal and Columbia River landscape, ecology and the rich estuary habitat with the surrounding wetlands and forest systems. Proceeds in support of North Coast Land Conservancy, NCLC. Please visit http://www.nclc.org for more about the land trust.

 

For BLOOM, naturalist Neal Maine will speak about the ecology of the local habitats at 6: pm  on April 1st at Fairweather’s.

Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com … artists… Neal Maine for more information.

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And, too,  three Painting Seaside LIVE episodes, painting demonstrations at Fairweather’s , will be offered  by Bev Drew Kindley,  Gretha Lindwood and Susan Curington on April 1st, from 5-7:pm.  Free and open to the public.

No foolin’  April 1st!  NW artists, art program, guest lectures, art demonstrations, adult beverages, light refreshments and flowers for everyone! 

BLOOM,  Fairweather House and Gallery opening reception.  April 1st. See and be seen.

Please visit http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk for more information.

Source: Beaver Tales arriving to the historic Gilbert District for an Art Walk! May 6th.

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