I was honored to have one of my photographs selected for the Sonoma Coast section of Marin and Sonoma Coast Magazine. Several years ago we had a massive storm hit the coast. I love to photograph during that time. These waves were 20+ and were carrying large boulders. When the boulders and waves hit the shoreline our home in Jenner by the Headlands shook.
I have often visited a private area in Davis that has Burrowing Owls. Some days I will not see an owl in the hole I am observing. With up to 75 holes you never know if you are going to get lucky. On one day I saw at one hole the start of a head. An hour latter he started to show more of his head. Than to my amazement he came out of the hole. Well I waited another hour to see if anyone else was in that hole. Slowly and I mean slowly she appeared. So I am 4 plus hours into this pair. Now all I needed was for them to be looking at the same time. Owls move their heads constantly checking to make sure there is nothing around to eat them. So I am at the 6 and 1/2 mark and bam got them looking in the same direction.
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Take a walk in the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest and you will probably come across trees literally growing on trees. It seems that fallen and decaying trees can sometimes provide resources such as these in greater abundance than does the forest floor, so they are preferred germination areas for new trees and shrubs. Once germinated, the seedlings find that these logs continue to provide a favorable substrate for further growth. They call such logs nurse logs. Decaying wood is a good substrate for growth. trees that are hundreds of years old will take hundreds of years to decay. This means that nurse logs formed by old trees will remain available as a substrate for growth for all those hundreds of years, and the new generation of trees will already be old before their nurse logs vanish into the soil of the forest floor. Photographed at the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Photograph Copyright Francesca Scalpi
Meeting people at events like Art@ The Source can be real rewarding. Yesterday I meet this older women who use to volunteer at the Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue. When she saw my photo of Billy the Bobcat she shared stories about taking care of him. In 2018 Billy passed on Friday, November 2. I remember getting the email about his Celebration of Life ceremony. I was so touched by her story that I handed her the photo as a gift in memory of her time with Billy. She was so moved that she started to cry. Both her adult daughter and I also has some tears.
Find the perfect piece of art to wear or showcase at your home and business. One location four artists, wine, music and appetizers. Art @ The Source Studio #60 8899 Green Valley Road, Sebastopol. June 1&2 8&9