Image titled “Feathers as Art” by Neal Maine, educator, biologist, ecologist and wildlife photographer.
White Egret photographed in the Neawanna Creek, Seaside, October 2016.
Proceeds in support of NCLC. On November 5th, at 6:pm Neal Maine will lecture about the local habitat at Fairweather’s.
Fun Fact: A tall, stately white wader of quiet waters. Common, especially in the south, it may wander to the far north in the fall. Nearly wiped out in the United States in the late 1800s, when its plumes were sought for use in fashion, the White Egret made a comeback after early conservationists protected its colonies; as a result, this bird became the symbol of the National Audubon Society.
Neal Maine, PacificLight Images.
THE NEXT FRONTIER, OUR OWN BACKYARD
“Humans: We take pictures, walks, deep breaths, memories, rides 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.
Please visit http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com/artsits/Neal Maine for more images available.
Please visit http://www.facebook.com/Seaside First Saturday Art Walk for more information about the Art Walk event.
Image title: Heron Magic by Neal Maine, signed, matted and framed. Proceeds in support of NCLC.
Within walking distance of downtown Seaside, herons perform a courtship dance high above the ground. “Nature will always find a way.”–Neal Maine
For the backstory on this image please visit https://fairweatherhouseandgallery.wpcomstaging.com/2016/04/15/just-in-from-nature-photographer-neal-maine-2/
Take Note: From Aretha to Adele, Classic American Song book to the latest songs, Etta James to Norah Jones, all music loved by Shirley and performed uniquely by her. Shirley 88 performed on November 5th at Fairweather’s.
“When I think of “A Simple Approach” I think of intensity of feeling, intentional lines, power pinpointed, singular movements and clear colors = great art.” Shirley Smith-Yates, Musician.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” Leonardo Da Vinci
Please visit http://www.facebook.com/Shirley Smith-Yates for more information about the performer.
Linda Fenton-Mendenhall. One who sees and is seen.
Sharing a grace note received:
“I attended last month’s Art Walk at your gallery and I wanted to share just how special of an experience it was for me. My cousin Linda Fenton-Mendenhall (one of the presenters that night) invited me to attend as I had just arrived to Seaside the day before.
I had just gotten off the road from a 6-week long road trip spanning the entire Oregon and California coastline. I’d been camping alone in the forests and on the solitary beaches since August, absorbing the beauty and wisdom of the earth. Soul searching. Seeking. At 43, a very harsh year of setbacks drove me out of my hometown of San Diego, California, and deep into the loving embrace of Mother Nature. I had no intention of coming in out of the woods until I found a good reason to live and a deeper meaning for my own existence.
Seaside Oregon was merely a short respite from what I thought would be a much longer journey up into the Alaskan wilderness. But sometimes we get messages from the universe that change our course. Of all of the messages I received from the quiet forests and beaches along my journey in the previous six weeks I wasn’t expecting to receive such a profound message inside a beautiful art gallery in Seaside, Oregon on that Saturday night. All of the presenters were fabulous, and I’m of course so proud of my cousin and her beautiful work.
But the words of photographer Neal Maine are what ultimately struck a deep chord within my soul. While he was sharing his wisdom, I couldn’t help but to think that the universe puts us in the right place at the right time. I needed to be there that night. I needed to hear his message.
As Neal spoke of the human spirit and of our opportunity to experience the magniﬁcence of this world I could feel my own pain slowly melting away. Suddenly it was crystal clear to me. I hadn’t been running away from myself or my problems. I was running toward myself and Nature was my pathway.
This personal epiphany is difﬁcult for me to explain but let’s just say it has opened up my heart in profound ways that I never could have imagined. I’ve been reminded how to love. I was only supposed to be in Seaside for a few days but I’ve been here a whole month, doing more soul searching and working on my creative projects from the comfort and warmth of this wonderful community. My journey will never end but I know for certain that this month, after six life changing weeks on the road, I was meant to end up in your Gallery on that Saturday night to receive this message from Neal.
It changed the course of my life, and I am eternally grateful. I hope you can share my experience with Neal and let him know that, like my cousin Linda, I’m not only photographing nature in a different way because of him, I’m seeing the world through a slightly clearer lens. And it’s really beautiful. In gratitude and shared love for our beloved earth.” –Joseph Antonio Cervantes
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” ~John Muir
Please visit http://www.facebook.com/Linda Fenton Mendenhall Photography for more information.