Neal Maine


Image title:  “Stranger in town.”

Baltimore Oriole

Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images

 Photographed in Seaside, Oregon (very rare to see a Baltimore Oriole west of the Rocky Mountains)!

Proceeds in support of NCLC/ North Coast Land Conservancy

To view a catalog of  images, please go to …artists/ …Neal Maine


Q: Why is it a rare sighting to find a Baltimore Oriole in Seaside, Oregon, you ask?

A:  Most commonly sighted in central North America—including Kansas, Nebraska, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.  On a rare occasion, a straggler crosses the Rocky Mountains to survive the winter in the upper coastal area of the United States!   


Baltimore Orioles usually  winter  in Central America, where they occupy open woodlands, gardens, and shade-grown coffee and cacao plantations.  On their breeding grounds in eastern and east-central North America, you’ll most often find Baltimore Orioles high in leafy deciduous trees, but not in deep forests; they prefer open woodland, forest edge, river banks, and small groves of trees. They also forage for insects and fruits in brush and shrubbery. Baltimore Orioles have adapted well to human settlement and often feed and nest in parks, orchards, and backyards. They frequently visit flowering trees and vines in search of fruit and nectar.  –


Baltimore Oriole map (first sighting reports 2018).






“Keep a Tree in your Heart.” Artist Diane Copenhaver.

“Keep a Green Tree in Your Heart and Perhaps a Singing Bird will come.” –Chinese Proverb/ art  inspiration



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“Shaped by Nature.”
Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.
Great Blue Heron.

West Lake/ Highway 101 near Warrenton.


“Feather Delight.”

Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.

Great Blue Heron.

Proceeds from PacificLight Images/ Neal Maine are  given back in support of North Coast Land Conservancy/ NCLC.

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Calligraphy by Penelope Culbertson.

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Cut work stained glass hanging sculpture by Lori Bedard.



Save the date and time.

April 7, 5-7:pm

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Fairweather House and Gallery offers an exploration between the study of botany and fine art.

The opening reception for Observing Botany, the gallery’s April exhibition, presents original artworks in watercolor, graphite, colored pencil and pen & ink and the exploration of the many styles, forms and approaches unique to botanical illustration.

Regional artists will be on hand at the exhibit to answer questions, provide interesting facts or anecdotes about Observing Botany.

Featured April artists are Nick Brakel, Lori Bedard, Diane Copenhaver, Penelope Culbertson , JoAnn Pari-Mueller, among others.

In addition, the gallery introduces new artist, Patti Isaacs, who paints on silk.

Seaside/Gearhart naturalist and biologist, Neal Maine, will speak about the ecology of the coastal habitat at 6: pm. Artist Carolyn Macpherson will offer a Seaside Painting LIVE ™ episode. Free fused glass art demonstration by Lori Bedard.

 “Nature is beauty sublime. To use the botanical as a subject for art, invokes memories of that beauty and how it inspires each of us. As an artist, if we incite that reaction with each view; we were successful.” —Lori 

LIVE music by Shirley 88.

For more about the Art Walk, please go to: Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.




Table display featuring art by Joanna Donaca and calligraphy by Penelope Culbertson.

Art by Lisa Wiser. 

Nature photography by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.


Art by Theresa O’Leary, necklace by Mary Truhler, pastel by Greta Lindwood, ceramics  by Emily Miller, glass by Rox Heath, wood bowls  by Daniel Harris and Mike Brown.


Miniature by Jo Pomeroy-Crockett.

Fused glass by Bob Heath and pressed floral by Mike Mason.




Oil paintings by Michael Muldoon,  key rings by Luan LaLonde,  encaustic art by Kimberly Kent, pen/ink by Britney Drumheller, photographs by Don Frank and metallic art by Richard Newman.




And, too, bunnies, of course,  amidst the green. 



FRESH GREENS, an exhibition,  through March.

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside, Oregon


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Photos by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.


“Nature’s Linkage”” by Neal Maine, PacificLight Images.

Swallowtail Larva on Coast Angelica. 

Neawanna Point. 

Seaside, Oregon.

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March Exhibiton

Fresh Greens

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside, Oregon

Featuring resident artists Karen E. Lewis, Fred Lukens, Michael Muldoon, Carolyn Macpherson, Richard Newman, Mike Mason and Gayle H. Seely.

Welcoming artist Judy Horning Shaw.

Seaside/Gearhart naturalist, wildlife photographer and biologist, Neal Maine, spoke about the ecology of the local habitat at the opening reception of FRESH GREENS on March 3, 2018 at Fairweather’s.

For over 12 years, Fairweather House and Gallery has offered an opening reception for selected regional artists.  The exhibitions give art patrons the opportunity to listen to an artist talk, to see new original art, to view gorgeous  new displays staged in a specific theme, listen to LIVE music and to watch an artist (or two) painting LIVE.

Save the date and time!

March 3, 2018     5-7:pm   

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside, Oregon

Fresh Greens opening reception.

Featuring resident artists: Karen E. Lewis, Fred Lukens, Michael Muldoon, Carolyn Macpherson, Richard Newman and Gayle H. Seely.

Welcoming artist Judy Shaw. 

LIVE music by Shirley 88.




“Chasing the Light” by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.

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Save the date and time! Seaside/Gearhart naturalist and biologist, Neal Maine, will speak about the local habitat at 6:pm on March 3, 2018 at Fairweather’s.



Trending in MARCH. 



View gorgeous new displays staged just for “Fresh Greens” by Denise Fairweather, gallerist, Allied Member, A.S.I.D., American Society of Interior Designers.

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So, indeed, take a note!

Fresh Greens opening reception at Fairweather’s is during  the the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at 5-7:pm.

For more info please visit Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.




Image titled: Pacific Forces.

Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.

January 18, 2018.

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse encounters the Pacific Ocean, the largest ocean in the world, during unusually high seas at

12: o’clock, high noon.

Seaside, Oregon.

 Neal Maine, photographer, biologist, retired educator, shares the back story perspective:

The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, at 133′ high,  encounters a wave, calculated  at 196′ high, during a winter storm on January 20, 2018.

Neal Maine captured the photograph from Ecola Point,  approx. one  and 1/2 miles  away.


Ecola Point, elevation 190 feet, is part of Ecola State Park, which extends north over Tillamook Head, south of Seaside and north of Cannon Beach in Oregon. William Clark, one of the leaders of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, applied the name “Ekoli” to what is now Ecola Creek. “Ehkoli” is a Chinook Native American word for whale.




Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, Seaside, Oregon, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.




One mile west of Tillamook Head, a headland located between Seaside and Cannon Beach, Oregon,  Tillamook Rock Lighthouse rises from the ocean.

An intriguing and powerful testament of the will and determination of the human spirit, the story of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse began in 1878 when Congress appropriated funds for a lighthouse to mark this section of the Oregon Coast. Originally, it was hoped that a lighthouse could be built at Tillamook Head, a 1,000-foot-high headland twenty miles south of the Columbia River, however, the top of the headland was often shrouded in fog, and as its sheer face offered no acceptable alternative, Tillamook Rock was considered instead.

The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, “Terrible Tilly,” shone her light for seventy-seven years before being replaced by a red whistle buoy, anchored one mile seaward of the rock.

On September 1, 1957, Keeper Oswald Allick, who had served twenty years at the station, turned off the light, and penned the following final entry in the logbook, which today is on display at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon:

“Farewell, Tillamook Rock Light Station. An era has ended. With this final entry, and not without sentiment, I return thee to the elements. You, one of the most notorious and yet fascinating of the sea-swept sentinels in the world; long the friend of the tempest-tossed mariner. Through howling gale, thick fog and driving rain your beacon has been a star of hope and your foghorn a voice of encouragement. May the elements of nature be kind to you. For 77 years you have beamed your light across desolate acres of ocean. Keepers have come and gone; men lived and died; but you were faithful to the end. May your sunset years be good years. Your purpose is now only a symbol, but the lives you have saved and the service you have rendered are worthy of the highest respect. A protector of life and property to all, may old-timers, newcomers and travelers along the way pause from the shore in memory of your humanitarian role.” 

High Surf Advisory- National Weather Service Watch Warning

U.S. Dept. of Commerce NOAA National Weather Service/ Seaside braced itself Thursday, Jan. 18, as the National Weather Service warned of dangerous high surf through the day.


“In cycles older than time, forces deep within the earth push apart tectonic plates, creating and expanding the oceans whose waters are pushed and pulled by the sun and moon, cooled and heated and calmed and stirred to fury by the skies. Ocean collides with continent, shattering the shore into a thousand facets: bare rock monoliths, vast expanses of sand, saltwater pools that drown, then drain, then drown, then drain.” –Neal Maine


Image titled: Pacific Forces II.

Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.

January 18, 2018.

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse encounters  the Pacific Ocean.

Seaside, Oregon

In this image, the wave is calculated at 183′ high.


For more images by Neal Maine, please visit …artists/ …Neal Maine

“Images are presented as they were photographed. Slight adjustment by cropping, lightening or darkening may have been used, but the photo subject is presented as recorded in the Oregon coastal landscapes.”  –Neal Maine

A Certificate of Authenticity is provided with each copyrighted and signed image. Available exclusively at Fairweather’s.

Proceeds to support North Coast Land Conservancy/  NCLC.

Pacific Forces II by Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images is available in black and white, as well.

Just in! Neal Maine/ PacificLight Images.

The Eyes Have It.  Saw-whet owl.

And, too, it’s a nearly, dearly life-size image (abt. 6″h)!

Proceeds in support of NCLC.



Found in a coastal scrub nest box placed  for local wood ducks, a saw-whet owl, flew out to land on  a branch, where it watched the birders doing the nest box housekeeping, then flew back into the box, with a nod and a  howdy do hoot. Saw-whets winter in dense forests along the coast range.

About the Northern Saw-whet Owl:


Birders who prowl through conifer groves in winter sometimes find this round-headed little gnome perched there, sitting still as if to avoid notice. Avoiding notice is a task at which this owl often succeeds; it is overlooked in many places where it occurs. Late at night, males give a rhythmic tooting song that may go on for hours with scarcely a break. The bird was named for this song, which reminded settlers of the sound of a whetstone sharpening a saw.


Early in breeding season, male sings incessantly at night to defend territory and attract a mate. Nest site is in cavity in tree, usually 15-60′ above ground. Mostly use abandoned woodpeckers holes. Will also use artificial nest boxes. Apparently will not use same site two years in a row.

Length 7.1–8.3 in
Wingspan 16.5–18.9 in

Weight 2.3–5.3 oz




Just in, another new image from  Neal Maine:  “Bachelor Herd” of elk.

Photo within walking distance of downtown Seaside.


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Save dates and times.

Neal Maine, naturalist, biologist, and nature photographer, will lecture about  the ecology of the local habitat during the 2018 Seaside First Saturday Art Walks at  Fairweather House and Gallery, 612 Broadway, Seaside, Oregon.

Save the dates.  Save the times. Neal Maine lectures at 6:pm

  • March 3rd
  • April 7th
  • May 5th
  • June 2nd
  • July 7th
  • August 4th
  • September 1st
  • October 6th
  • November 3rd
  • December 1st



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