I wanted to make the finished wood carving colorful so when I varnished it, I brushed on powdered pigments that have tiny flakes of mica which refract light. As you walk around it, it sparkles & changes with the light - like how the colors on a duck change back & forth.
This Sculpture is on a busy corner at the waterfront Park in Redondo Beach, Washington on loan to the city of Des Moines until 2020.
It is an honor the be a part of the Garry Oak Gallery where a number of my works are displayed.
This moon sculpture, that I am working on, is at the top of a 9' tall wood sculpture titled "Sailor's Moon". Hidden behind the moon is a mermaid riding on a whale. This is what the sailor is dreaming of as he sails across the lonesome sea. This is part of the series that I have been doing where the man in the moon is on one side and something else entirely is hidden on the other side.
Please visit my website to see photos of my art and to learn more. Thank you, Pat McVay www.mcvaysculpture.com
The regal Bald Eagle is the national emblem of the United States and has been revered by Native American tribes for hundreds of years. They are fierce, proud and free and it's easy to see why they have been chosen to be a symbol of the American spirit. This eagle was sitting peacefully on the bank of the Nooksack River.
Then he looked right into my camera and into my eyes. What a moment! He saw right through me.
The Alder trees across the river made a beautiful lacy pattern with their vertical trunks and reddish leaves against the firs and hemlocks on the hillside. The reddish dying grasses create the base for this image. There are at least 6 eagles in these trees!
A close up of the Alder tree trunks focuses on the verticality of the pattern, punctuated by one adult and one juvenile Bald Eagle flying together.
This beauty was chowing down on a dead salmon. Some people thought the fish had been placed there by a human in order to create this photo opportunity. Look at those talons! I would not dare mention the mess on his beak.
The Bald Eagle is the second largest bird of prey in North America after the California condor. It derives its name, not for any baldness, but for its conspicuous, white and fully-feathered, head. The colors of the adult bird are balanced by an equally white, flaring tail. I love this image because of the intricate pattern and texture created by the branches and the morning sunlight catching this Eagle in profile.
Spectacular, acrobatic flight displays reinforce the bonds between life-long Bald Eagle pairs. These two were cavorting in the sky over the Samish Flats a few winters ago. They flew directly overhead, their eyes locked and I was able to capture the last shot. I love how the graceful shapes of their wings complement each other and make an interesting negative space in the image.
I hope you've enjoyed my images of Bald Eagles and that you will be able to get out there this winter and spring to have your own Eagle Encounters! Would love to hear about your own experiences or any comments you have. Thanks so much. ~Beth
Western Washington supports a large population of resident Bald Eagles, which make themselves very visible to us as they soar on the thermals, fish the rivers, streams and beaches and hunt small mammals (including small pets) in the agricultural fields and suburbs. Since moving to Whidbey Island, I believe that I have heard an Eagle's territorial squeaking almost every single day of the year, whenever I've paid attention. There is a large nest a block away from our house, east of Oak Harbor, and I keep my formerly outdoor Montana-raised cats safely inside the house now. I love to photograph these huge birds in flight, perched in the trees or hanging out along the waterways.
A Noble Profile at Meerkerk Gardens on Whidbey Island.
These two were captured last summer as my husband Ferd and I motored up the Swinomish Channel.
The winter months bring a huge increase in the Bald Eagle population! A large number of them migrate to this area from their summer breeding grounds in Alaska and Canada, and it is easy to find hundreds of them gathered together to fish and hunt. The Skagit Eagle Festival celebrates this great opportunity to view and learn about our national bird. It is a month-long celebration of the Bald Eagle sponsored by Skagit County with activities taking place in Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount every full weekend in January.
One weekend, Ferd and I drove to the Nooksack River to join the throngs of photographers at the Bridge on Mosquito Lake Road. We arrived at sunrise and, while the eagle activity was relatively subdued and distant on this day, I was able to get some fun images. Their behaviors and interactions are always exciting to watch!
The beautiful Nooksack River view from the Mosquito Lake Road Bridge. There are 6 Eagles in this picture, but I can only see the one at this scale.
The closest fly-by I was able to catch.
I love the spread wings against the texture of the trees.
This beauty was taking some major steps!
He walked along the log a ways, then stopped and fluffed his feathers. Did he have an alarming thought... a sudden realization? Maybe he felt someone watching him?
Then he took off to fly over to the other side of the river for some privacy.
To be continued...
I hope you've enjoyed Part 1 of my Bald Eagle Encounters. Please let me know which is your favorite photograph or comment on your own experiences with these magnificent birds!
This old fishing boat is beached on Tomales Bay in the town of Inverness. I’d seen photos of it before, but never had the opportunity to make my own images until this trip. I loved the reflection in the small creek flowing under the bow and knew that sunset would really add some pop to the scene. As I worked the area I was joined by a few other photographers and we enjoyed each other’s company as we created our own visions of the scene.
POINT ARENA LIGHTHOUSE
This classic lighthouse in Northern California has often been a favorite of mine. This particular image shows the last of the setting sun reflected on the tower and the light keeper’s house. I was perched on a narrow rocky point just north of the lighthouse itself, surround on three sides by the ocean waves and loving the glorious sunset we were gifted with this night.
Just when I thought I was through for the night, I noticed that the tower had suddenly been lit with exterior lights. I ran back out to my perch and framed the shot to include the striated rocks in the surf line below me. This is one of my favorite images of the entire trip.
And finally, a few images from closer to home:
I don’t usually photograph the Deception Pass Bridge, but a rare snowfall on the island prompted me to head north to catch the bridge clothed in fresh snow. This image is emblematic of Whidbey Island in winter.
My hometown of Coupeville is reflected in the still waters of Penn Cove at dawn. This is a single photograph cropped to a 1:3 ratio to focus the eye on the town, but leaving enough of the dramatic sky in place. This has been my most popular selling image, providing visitors and residents alike a reminder of just why we love Whidbey Island.
All of these images and more can be seen on my website - www.photowhidbey.com. Better yet, stop in to the Garry Oak Gallery on Pioneer Street in Oak Harbor and see the prints themselves on display. While you’re there, check out the work of all of the other artist members of the Gallery. We are proud to be a part of the community and the only art gallery in Oak Harbor. All members are local residents and represent some of the finest artists in the area.
My name is David Sharpe and among many other things, I’m a photographer. I am a member of Garry Oak Gallery in Oak Harbor, and this is the first of what we hope will be a series of blog posts by Gallery artists telling the story behind our own art. All art, whether it’s paintings, jewelry, glass art, woodwork or photographs have a story to tell. In the case of my chosen craft, travel photographs tell of places both near and far, inviting the viewer to connect with the landscape and imagine themselves in that setting. In some cases, it sparks memories of past visits and reminds us of the stunning beauty that surrounds us on this earth.
My current display in the gallery consists of a mix of local scenes (Coupeville, Oak Harbor, Deception Pass) and scenes from a recent RV trip my wife and I took. We were on the road for two months exploring the American West as far as the Mississippi River and Great Lakes. Along the way we had no real destination in mind, instead following our inspiration and stopping to visit many National and State Parks along the way. This style of travel is very freeing - no deadlines, no rush to get to any particular destination. Our motto in our little RV is “We’re already there.” This allows plenty of time for me to practice my craft - I can wait for the best light in a given location instead of just taking a quick snapshot and hurrying on. I’ve always thought it would be wonderful to spend a year in certain National Parks, capturing the essence of the location in all seasons of the year.
But enough background - let’s take a look at some of the images I currently have on display in the gallery and I’ll tell you the story behind each of them.
In Northern Idaho we came across a collection of old cars and trucks stored in an old slate quarry. We’d passed this scene by in prior trips, but this time stopped to spend an hour wandering around the property (with permission of the resident) to make some images. This image depicts an old US Army Chevrolet truck. I thought the speed limit sign at the quarry entrance made an amusing counterpoint to the dynamically balanced truck rusting on the hill behind it.
MORRO BAY SUNRISE
We camped at a state park right on the beach at Morro Bay in Southern California. I woke up early in the morning and grabbed my camera for a walk on the beach and captured the glorious dawn. The birds on the pond in the foreground really added to the peacefulness of this scene.
ST. LOUIS ARCH AT NIGHT
More properly known as the Gateway Arch, this St. Louis landmark houses the Museum of Westward Expansion. I really wanted to capture a night-time image of the Arch and found my spot across the Mississippi River on the Illinois side. There I found an elevated viewing platform that got me above the levee and the train tracks and industrial areas, leaving a spectacular view of the city, including the Old Courthouse framed by the legs of the Arch.
Images of the American Modern West - Part 2 - Soon to come!