Studies in Godwit

Every so often, I get a request for 'derivative works' permission -- usually from a wildlife artist who wants to use a photo as the foundation for a painting or print. I particularly love it when the work is used to benefit an animal cause ... like this painting of a Brown Pelican I photographed in San Francisco. Artist Dan Kent created an ink and watercolor version as part of a wildlife benefit during the [...]

2012-10-04T23:38:53+00:00October 4th, 2012|Birds, Ecology, Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|5 Comments

Bird Rescue, Fishing Gear & Existential Inquiries

This post is (or will be) a rambling confluence of a few different stories. Back in June, I posted about a Brown Pelican I saw flying over Bolsa Chica at dusk. I photographed the bird in silhouette as it trailed a triple-hook fishing lure from its pouch. I obviously have no way of knowing what will happen to the pelican I saw in that flyover, but in my Facebook feed today, I saw [...]

2012-10-01T18:54:31+00:00October 1st, 2012|Birds, Hunting, Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|3 Comments

The Deafening Sound of Man

My title here derives from a quote in this article about Dr. Bernie Krause: "A great silence is spreading over the natural world even as the sound of man is becoming deafening. Little by little the vast orchestra of life, the chorus of the natural world, is in the process of being quietened. There has been a massive decrease in the density and diversity of key vocal creatures, both large and small. The sense of [...]

2012-09-10T11:19:20+00:00September 10th, 2012|Ecology, Issues, Pollution, Uncategorized|2 Comments

What We Are …

The post title derives from a Flickr friend who wrote this comment below my photo: "A sobering reminder of what we are . . ." I will add that what we are doesn't necessarily foretell what we become. :)   Against a scrim of Northwestern mist, the barge SeaLink Rigger chugs toward a scrap metal yard in the Port of Tacoma. I photographed from Marine View Drive, just past Browns Point, as the vessel headed toward [...]

2012-08-09T12:18:46+00:00August 9th, 2012|Pollution, Uncategorized, Urban|2 Comments

The Hook-and-Plastic Club for Birds

Edited on 6/12/12 to add a few links and resources. This was my last shot of the night. Under a California sky, I saw my favorite silhouettes on approach ... those pterodactyl forms, Brown Pelicans, gliding past the fallen sun. Knowing I would get just the barest outline of a pelican, I raised my lens anyway, finding it impossible not to photograph these big birds I miss so much up here in the Northwest. As [...]

2012-06-13T21:42:13+00:00June 13th, 2012|Hunting, Pollution, Uncategorized|9 Comments

Sky Lanterns … and Tangential Links to Wildlife

If you stretch it, there's a wildlife tie-in with just about every human contrivance. But in this case, I was actually avoiding wildlife connections -- taking a break from the stress of nestlings, fledglings, entanglements and predation. My goal was moonrise over the Space Needle ... a moonrise scheduled for 11pm. As luck would have it, the promontory I chose was also the destination of the Quirky Hat Photography Club. I counted one Panama hat, [...]

2012-05-08T22:15:41+00:00May 8th, 2012|Pollution|2 Comments

Derelict Nets & Entangled Birds

Note: All gulls pictured in this post, and other trapped birds were freed from the netting. Follow Up on 10/21/11: I phoned today and learned that an official went out to this net, confirmed what we saw in terms of bird entanglement, and holes in the net have apparently been fixed as a temporary measure, although I'm anxious to check up on the gulls myself. I was told the Westport seafood company responsible for these [...]

2011-10-19T13:48:29+00:00October 19th, 2011|Ecology, Hunting, Issues, Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|7 Comments

If Orcas Could Buy Sofas …

Orcas can't, of course, pick out sofas. But if they could, they would tell you that their survival may depend on the product and furniture choices we make -- and the industries we support in the process. The orcas of the Salish Sea, who regularly cross the international boundary between Washington State and British Columbia, are among the most PCB-contaminated marine mammals in the world (Ross, Fireproof Killer Whales). They also harbor high levels of [...]

The One I Couldn’t Help

It was one of those precious sunny days in the midst of Seattle downpours. A Flickr friend of mine told me about a tugboat race on Elliott Bay, so I thought I’d walk the Terminal 91 bike path to the water. The “path” is an industrial slog — a cement slough leading to Puget Sound, and a courtesy cut-through from the Port of Seattle — dividing sections of private Port land and railroad assets. Burlington [...]

2011-05-16T21:37:38+00:00May 16th, 2011|Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|3 Comments

Creative Commons and the Ripple Effect

The Creative Commons license is sometimes a contentious designation in the world of art and creation. The type of Creative Commons license applied to a work further complicates the issue of copyright, fair use and commercial exploitation. For various reasons, I've retained the Attribution license on most of my Flickr photos . . . despite occasional impulses to batch change and render all images non commercial -- or tack on a share-alike provision to engender [...]

2010-07-07T12:19:54+00:00July 7th, 2010|Pollution, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Graphic Video: Heavily Oiled Birds

I truncated this post to give you the option to view or not view the graphic images in this video. Although I hope everyone sees and is moved to action by these nightmarish depictions of oiled birds, I understand how a sensitive soul might be affected by the suffering here. There’s a reason I’m up at 2am, unable to sleep, posting words that can’t possibly encompass the grief I feel. […]

2010-06-04T02:31:40+00:00June 4th, 2010|Ecology, Issues, Pollution, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Coming to Terms With the Gulf Oil Disaster

The truth is, I can't. I cannot reconcile what's happening in the Gulf right now when I read the reports . . . when I consider the gusher of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico and moving into the loop current . . . and when I understand personally what clean up and wildlife rescue entails in even the smaller spills. If BP manages to cap the well next week and some end to [...]

2010-05-20T22:27:44+00:00May 20th, 2010|Pollution, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Bay and Beach Flotsam: Brunswick!

Or, for "The King of Them All" . . . Roto Grip! I regularly shoot images of bay and beach flotsam, documenting the end result of our trashy habits. So, when I saw this bowling ball on a beach in Alameda, it was going to be just that -- a quick documentation of San Francisco Bay litter. (Hugh and I do try to dispose of the most egregious litter we find, but sometimes the shoreline [...]

2010-03-23T14:46:23+00:00March 23rd, 2010|Pollution, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Bay & Beach Flotsam: Why Coastal Cleanup Days Are Critical

It was the best of the beach and the not-so-best of the beach. The best -- luminous in color and texture, with Brown Pelicans, porpoises and whales gliding parallel to the shore. The not-so-best, well -- that was the inspiration for Bay & Beach Flotsam, Episode 3. We had just found two dead sea lions washed ashore on Pacifica beach. We saw three more on the beach at Fort Funston in San Francisco. Sea lion [...]

2009-08-28T21:59:09+00:00August 28th, 2009|Hunting, Pollution, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Dawn Cleans Oiled Birds

This post relates to the oiled bird photos and info below. Dawn launched a new campaign that will contribute up to $500,000.00 to IBRRC (International Bird Rescue Research Center) and the Marine Mammal Center. For each bottle of Dawn Special Edition dishwashing liquid sold, $1 will be donated to the cause (up to the 500k cap). You activate the donation online, using the code available on the bottle. The promotion runs through October 1, 2009 [...]

2009-07-11T12:34:08+00:00July 11th, 2009|Pollution, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The “Three U” Rule of Hazardous Materials

Hugh and I just got our initial Hazwoper certification -- a Federal OSHA requirement if we want to assist with bird rescue in oil spill areas. That, combined with a wildlife rescue training course we took back in March, will at least put us on the call list during catastrophic wildlife events. During the Cosco Busan spill in November 2008, our participation was limited to non-exclusion areas. I volunteered with a survey team to [...]

2018-10-02T19:14:12+00:00July 9th, 2009|Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|2 Comments

Iron Eyes Cody – Time to Recycle & Reuse This PSA?

Iron Eyes Cody, also referred to as "The Crying Indian" formed my earliest environmental understanding in this 1971 Keep America Beautiful ad: People Start Pollution, People Can Stop It. According to the Ad Council, the full Keep America Beautiful campaign helped to reduce litter by as much as 88% in 300 communities, 38 states, and several countries. Although I was living in Europe at the time the ad first aired in the States, it was [...]

2009-07-02T14:45:52+00:00July 2nd, 2009|Pollution, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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