Friday, February 27, 2009

Happy Friday!

Greetings all of you who are at work, sitting at home or perhaps at a coffee shop sipping some Mate. It is Friday and the weekend is here! There is a lot going on in the city this weekend including art shows and concerts. 4th Street is having their Last Saturday starting with my photography show opening at 4th Street Vine at 4pm. Stop on by and have some wine and then wonder up and down 4th street. It should prove to be a really great night!

If you haven't seen it be sure to check out the Grunion Gazette and read the wonderful article by Kelly Garrison. It is a good depiction of what we are trying to creatively and artistically do at the Lagoon.

Have a great day and beautiful weekend!


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lagoon Report for Thursday Feb 26th...An Exciting Day!

Good Morning Everyone!!!

It is with great enthusiasm that I post on the blog today and tell you about the article in the Grunion Gazette, a local Long Beach newspaper. Kelly Garrison of the Grunion wrote a great piece spelling out the Art initiative that is underway at the Lagoon. The Creative Arts department consists of this blog and many other programs that use creativity and the arts to look at the Lagoon differently.

Click here to read the article and click on the 'FOCL Art Walks Add To Lagoon' in the Top Stories. Its an exciting day for Lagoon as more and more people will get to hear about all the great things happening in their community.

This is a Great Egert taking flight this morning. There was a lot of activity at the Lagoon, the birds must know that an article was written about their home!

If you are interested in seeing some wonderful photography and learning more about the Lagoon come to 4th Street Vine at 2142 E. 4th St. this Sat and check out 'ella' a photography show by Timothy Dunham. There is free wine and food from 4-6pm and is bound to be a great time!

Also be sure to check out our new signs on Park/Appian way. Its the best way to get the word out about events at the Lagoon. These signs were made at our Creative Arts Innovators meeting last night. For more information about the Innovators program or any other program feel free to email or check out

It is a beautiful morning and the sunrise was glorious. I truly hope everyone has the opportunity to get outside and take a moment for themselves!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lagoon Report for Wednesday Feb 25Th

Hello Hello!

I was up early and out of the house before sunrise. On Wednesday mornings Taylor and I meet for coffee before I head into work. Sometimes we get carried away with conversation and I end up at work late. Today I said, Taylor I have to get to work on time make sure I leave the coffee shop at a reasonable time. So being the supportive friend that he is, he sets his alarm and I leave with ample time to get to work. However, today I thought it would be a great idea to walk up towards the North arm of the Lagoon and get some shots for the blog.

What ends up happening? I'm taking pictures and of course a nice gentleman walks by with his dog and we begin to talk. We have a nice conversation and I continue shooting only to realize when I get back to my car....that I'm late for work.

So here is today's shot. I don't know the name of this beautiful flower, perhaps someone would like to post a comment with the different names? I call 'em Pipe Cleaners, but that's me.

Tonight we have our Creative Arts Innovators meeting at 630. Please stop by as Taylor and I will be down there hanging out ready to get creative!

Also, Be sure to check the Grunion Gazette tomorrow for an article for about the Lagoon and all all the projects going on, should be exciting!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Its Tuesday and Gorgeous! The morning brought some beautiful fog over the Lagoon and golf course. It was a nice morning with all the wildlife out playing. It's as if the Lagoon came alive compared to other recent mornings when it has been pretty quiet. I enjoyed myself as I watched all the activity before heading into work.

I had an awesome opportunity to meet the FOCL board members last night. It was great to finally see everyone in the same room. While I didn't get to talk with them individually I could sense that this was a group who was serious and compassionate about their involvement with the Lagoon. I feel privileged to be apart of something that has been going on for a while and that is only going to get Bigger! I really appreciate the their willingness to be open to new and innovative ways of approaching our community outreach for the Lagoon, good things are bound to happen!

This week we have a couple of events going happening. Tomorrow night (Wed) at 6:30pm We have a Creative Arts meeting. Come on down and join in the fun of Sign making and discussing events of how we can rock the Lagoon. We will be prompt on time so we won't take up your whole night! Its bound to be a good time, get to know your fellow innovators or just come check it out. No commitment required :)
Also on Thursday at 3pm we have an Ice-Plant destruction party. Come help us clear the way for Native Plantings. We had a very successful and productive turn out two weekends ago. Lets make it happen again!
Be sure to smile and enjoy the beautiful day!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Happy Monday!

So we are back into another great week. The weather in Long Beach over the weekend was a little weird to say the least. The clouds that loomed overhead all day yesterday finally decided to drop a little rain on us last night. It hasn't been cold, not really warm either it is this in between stuff and I don't get it! The Lagoon was quiet this morning, not too much activity with the wildlife. The tractor was out cleaning the sand so maybe that was keeping all the birds at bay.
Stay tuned this week for any events that may be taking place, I will post about them here as usual. I hope everyone has a great day!

Friday, February 20, 2009

'ella' a Photography Show from Timothy Dunham


'ella' features my latest photographic work from various locations including, Yosemite, Seal Beach, Puerto Rico, Long Beach, Malibu Coast and many others. It represents the different elements of my life and how I see them through a camera lens. Unique adventures, awesome landscapes and obscure content fill the walls of 4Th Street Vine- a local wine shop and bar here in Long Beach, CA. All photographs are shot on 35mm black and white and color film. I enjoy shooting film as this ensures the true essence of the moment as the images have not been altered in any way.

If you live in the area be sure to stop by on February 28Th from 4-6pm(with after party) at 4Th Street Vine and check out the work and have some free wine with us. If unable to make it on Saturday the show will be up through April and is open to the public during normal business hours.

To see a selection of my work you can always visit
It has truly been a pleasure doing the Daily Lagoon Report for this Blog. If you like what you have seen on the blog... 'ella' is that much better! Thanks for all your support and positive feedback!
Many Thanks,

Lagoon Report for Friday Feb 20th

I went down to the Lagoon a little earlier than I usually do and what a lovely morning it was. I wanted to take some time and enjoy the peacefulness before starting into a busy day. There wasn't as much wildlife out as I'm used to seeing but the ones I did see were busy feeding, bathing and enjoying the calm waters. It was a nice time indeed..
There is no major events planned at the Lagoon this weekend. HOWEVER, I think that's a great opportunity for folks to go an enjoy it at their own pace without having a reason to get down there. Go check out all the new native plants that helping to stabilize the bluff, go walk around and notice all the different bird species. Believe me, when you are there on your own time without a trash pickup to do, you can get lost in time and its wonderful.
I trust that everyone will have a great weekend, see you Monday!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lagoon Report for Thurs Feb 19th

Hey There!

Wow, what a great day! There is not a cloud in the sky, the air feels good with a sweatshirt on (or a couple of layers like me if you think low 60's is cold!) Its beautiful out to say the least. I hope that it continues on for the weekend and that everyone gets outside and enjoys.

I would like to share some thoughts and my experience as last night we had our very first Creative Arts meeting! We had two innovators show up along with Taylor and I. To be honest at first I was a little bummed out that more people didn't show up but I quickly realized as we got underway that, Oh My Gosh two people showed up, How exciting!! As I talked and tried to convey our passions and goals for this program I became acutely aware that three weeks ago NONE of this existed. As Taylor graciously reminds us all that even if we do something small that's more then what was being done three weeks ago. The meeting went well with A LOT of solid ideas of how we can take action NOW. We also discussed what needs to be done today, in the coming weeks and what our goals are a few months out.

I think the idea that surprised us all was, 'Why don't we have a sign on Park/Appian way advertising THE BLOG!' What a novel idea. This blog is quickly becoming a resource for volunteers, the community and a place to point interested folks, why not let more people know about it. One of my true goals is to reach out to the immediate surrounding community and help change peoples perspective of this Beautiful Wetland area and allow people to feel comfortable enough to enjoy it!

To say the least it was a great night and it left the four of us Very excited about our next meeting (next Wed 2/25 @ 630). We have some direction of what needs to happen and excited to see those activities get underway.

Here is a glance at what we covered last night. You can check out our New Colorado Lagoon Discussion Group in Google. I'll have a link for it soon. Its a place where we will post notes from meetings, express ideas, ask questions and connect with others from the group.

I don't know if you can feel the energy in the air but its vibrating and I know I'm smiling about it!

Have a great day!


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lagoon Report for Wednesday Feb 18th

Buenos Dias!

The clouds have cleared away, not completely but the sun was shining bright and the Lagoon was alive! The air felt clean and crisp as I took photos this morning, it was really nice. Looks like another beautiful day here in Long Beach.

The FOCL Collective had their first TIDE meeting last night with about seven people in attendance. They all taught and learned from each other as they discussed different marsh plants. There is talk of a Long Beach Field Guide in the works, all to be put together by the Colorado Lagoon TIDE program. How awesome would it be for Lagoon to produce a document that could be used by Future generations for Education and knowledge. Thanks to everyone who is participating in that program!

Thanks again to Amber Parker for writing a truly inspirational piece about the Lagoon. She was able to truly capture the essence FOCL is trying to convey with their work at the Lagoon. If someone is interested in writing something for the blog about your own experience, PLEASE feel free to do so!

Have a great day with many smiles,


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Words and Pictures from Taylor


What a great response from Amber and Tim! Thank you Tim for making this blog one of the most gorgeous things on the web and thank you Amber for your beautiful words. This weekend was so, so great and we had so many people from all over. Members of Green Deen came to our event on Sunday to help get rid of iceplant and Adam took these photos! Thanks everyone for all of your support – can’t wait to see what we create together!


Here are some Photographs from the day....


"Lovin’ The Lagoon" by Amber Parker

A few days before heading down to the lagoon, I described to a friend why Long Beach is one of the greatest cities in California.
“There’s just something about the environment and the people,” I told her.
Each part of this city has a history. A place that inspires creative minds and encourages us all to explore our greatest passions and desires. A place that thrives on diversity.
It is the individual communities, when pieced together, which create the image of Long Beach we all know. A binding of unique qualities into one whole. A place we call home.
“This city has character.”
And the Colorado Lagoon is a huge part of that. As I stand inside the Wetlands And Marine Science Education Center (WAMSEC), I find myself saying, “This shack has character.” And not just the shack (which once stood as an abandoned snack hut), but also the entire lagoon seems to possess a personality of its own.
It is a beautiful morning at the lagoon. It’s Valentines Day and I can’t imagine being anywhere else. As if the rain had ceased just long enough to allow the members of Friends of Colorado Lagoon (FOCL), and volunteers like myself, to admire the beauty of this wetland and how much it means to us. Not to sound cheesy, but love is the only word I can describe when standing amongst this group of eager individuals. This is their piece of Long Beach. A place they love. A place they can call home.
We watch the Snowy Egrets feed and I am suddenly pleased with the amount of ecological wisdom I’ve gained since hanging out with FOCL. I’ve learned more in the short time I’ve helped out at the lagoon, pulling ice plants and planting native bluffs, than anything I was taught in my Marine Biology class. Among FOCL’s long list of goals, there is a hope of creating a community appreciation of the historic wetland. To encourage the active involvement of kids, adults and the habitual wetland dwellers.
For example, FOCL introduces its Training and Influencing Docents and Ecologists program (TIDE) for purposes of educating those who are interested in becoming ecological experts.
“[It allows] me to unload that knowledge onto other people,” says Eric.
There’s always something new to learn.
Taylor says the TIDE program is “where we teach ourselves.”
Other programs include those already in action, like Estuary Exploration and Champions Curriculum. Anyone is welcomed to come participate, especially for service learning events like ice plant removal.
Eric explains how it can be a great opportunity to rack up those volunteer hours. And for those who are in it just for fun, he says, “[it gives you that] fuzzy feeling of helping the environment.”
And there’s plenty more to come! You can expect FOCL to be really “creative” in their upcoming events and projects.
I know I’m excited!
The end of our meeting sparks an innovative chapter in the future of Colorado Lagoon. Expect tons of fresh ideas from an inventive staff and die-hard volunteers. It is our ultimate goal to improve the wetland through education, conservation and water quality monitoring. A healthier wetland is in our reach! And the possibilities are truly endless.
Colorado Lagoon has become a place to have fun and interact with the natural environment. A place where diverse interests are welcome and learning something new is never impossible. This wetland is somewhere I can identify myself. It is my own piece of Long Beach too.

MEGA Lagoon Report for Tuesday Feb 17th

Good Morning!!!

Hey Everyone. After a long and much needed three day weekend I am back at the computer with a full report from the weekend. So much was going on at the Lagoon on Saturday and Sunday, it was a blast!

Also, be sure to read our FIRST blog entry from an Innovator herself, Amber Parker, a journalist from CSULB who is jumping into the fun and helping us out!

(If you are interested in writing something for the blog, feel free to do so. Type it up and email it to and i'll post it for you, include pictures if you want!)

First off, here is a picture from this morning. As you can see we aren't out of this rain yet and its looking like more is to come. Long Beach received a healthy dose of it this weekend and hopefully it was enjoyed by all. The earth needs a good watering and so do we. Yesterday I picked Taylor up first thing in the morning for a coffee meeting (the best kind) and we drove down to the beach to check out the storm. Waves were actually breaking on the shores of LB, not too big but the wind was so strong it was creating waves. It was an awesome sight to see.

This weekend was home to several great events at the Lagoon. Starting on Saturday morning we had our second Innovators meeting where 15 of us gathered for another presentation about how to get more involved with all the great things happening at the Lagoon. We had some SOLID people come out who want to give of there time and see things happen.

There are follow up meetings this week for both programs at the WAMSEC (Colorado Lagoon Education building.

Today,Tuesday Feb 17th at 6pm we will meet at the WAMSEC to start off the TIDE(Training and Influencing Docents and Ecologists) program. We will discuss upcoming classes, our resources for you and are going to have a little presentation on wetlands. Contact me, Taylor, if you want more info: or 562-331-0226.

Creative Arts
Wednesday (Feb 18th) at 7pm we will meet at the WAMSEC to kick off the Creative Arts Program. Here we're going to share thoughts, present some upcoming projects and explore ideas and resources. Contact Tim if you want more info: or 562-673-7875.

As we have said this whole time, Come to one, come to both and don't worry if you cant make it this week. If you are unable to attend that does NOT mean you can't participate, these are just the first of many meetings to come. Be sure to tell your friends or family who you think might be interested in being apart of something Great! We want to be people of action and there are a lot of education, events and programs already underway that we need help developing. Lets put the rubber to the road and get to work.

Ok, enough talking....lets get to the fun part...PICTURES!!!

Here is a mix from the Innovators meeting and our Lagoon Exploration...

Thank you All!


Friday, February 13, 2009

Lagoon Report for Friday Feb 13th

Happy Friday...The weekend is here!!

For some reason the color of the bridge really caught my attention this morning. It was so calm and peaceful this morning as if everyone was sleeping in or preparing for the long weekend. A lot of my photos have been from the same area and that's mostly due to the fact that I'm running late for work and don't have time to hike to different areas. However, that's going to be my goal the next week is to get new and interesting parts of the Lagoon not normally seen by people driving by. I'm also open to suggestions for photo ideas.

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day at the Lagoon, hopefully it doesn't rain! We have our Innovators meeting at 10am and a lagoon exploration in the afternoon. Stop by and check things out, I'm sure there will be some characters hanging around.

Many Smiles


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Lagoon Report for Thursday Feb 12th

It is really another beautiful, brisk morning down at the Lagoon. Perfect for a morning walk and I'm sure it will prove to be a wonderful afternoon! Last night we had our Innovators meeting here in the WAMSEC (Wetlands And Marine Science Education Center) so I thought I would post a picture of the rising sun on the side of the building looking towards the Lagoon. This building is our Education Hub. I didn't call it a classroom because the Lagoon, the wildlife and plant life is our classroom and an exciting one at that!

There was about 12 of us who came to the Innovators meeting and listened to Taylor give a little presentation about the direction of the Lagoon and how we can be involved. It was great to see people get excited with ideas, goals, community involvement and about Nature. There will be another Innovators (volunteer) meeting on Saturday morning at 10am. Come check it out and tell your friends or family about all the fun that's going on down at the Lagoon!!!

Here are a few pictures from last nights meeting...

Everyone Checking out what supplies and materials we have..

I forced Taylor into letting me take his picture...isn't he pretty...Pretty AWESOME!

Eric going through shelves of endless possibilities...

Cris, another amazing worker and smiling face!

Thanks for reading and looking :)


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Lagoon Report for Wednesday Feb 11th

Special Posting!!!!

Good Morning, My post today is a little different than usual. Last night while I was running around town doing my thing I drove by the Lagoon and couldn't help but see that some beautiful night pictures needed to be taken. So I stopped and set up shop near the playground and got these photographs. I hope you all enjoy as this different perspective of the Lagoon, its a different way to view the Lagoon and all its beauty!
And with the almost full moon we have right now its a perfect time for a night walk/hike around the Lagoon.

The west arm and Park street...

Even at night the Wildlife is out enjoying the Lagoon(The golf course in the background)

Looking towards the North arm..

Tonight we have our first meeting with our new Innovators program. Its an internship type setting for high schoolers, college students or others who want to take a more active roll in the Lagoon and giving them an opportunity to participate at the next level. The crew is all pumped up to get new people who are excited about making a difference in our local Wetland area! Its gonna be great. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes!

If you are interested in being apart of this Innovators program OR just want to help out, you can email Taylor at


We have a Lagoon Exploration on Saturday at 12pm, come on down and see what there is to discover at the Lagoon. Learn about Migratory birds, native plants and many other fascinating facts. Also on Sunday at 11am we have an Ice-Plant Pulling Party. We need to continue clearing the bluff of this non Native plant so we can plant more sustainable and stabilizing vegetation. Come help out, its a party!

With Many smiles on this Gorgeous Day


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Lagoon Report Tuesday Feb 10th

Good Morning!

It is a beautiful, crisp, chilly morning here in Long Beach and especially down at the Lagoon. My hands were definitely cold while out shooting this beautiful flower. The Lagoon seemed to be a little more alive today with ducks and other species out enjoying the warmth of the rising sun.
I wanted to take a moment and reintroduce myself to people who may have just joined the blog. The Colorado Lagoon Blog was an idea I had to help bring more awareness to the daily beauty that can be found in and around the Lagoon. Passing by the Lagoon is part of my daily commute to work and its been a great pleasure to stop and take a photo and share that with others. As always I am open to suggestions on how to make this blog better?!
I work at the VA Hospital full time and just recently got involved with Friends of Colorado Lagoon, the non-profit governing body who helps to Educate, Restore, Preserve and bring awareness to the community about our local Wetland. I couldn't be more excited about all the new programs that are going to be implemented this year. This includes nature walks, bluff stabilization projects, Education classes, Ice-plant removal, Tidal Artwalks, 5k Run, Acoustic Summer nights and So many more!!!
Be sure to check back Daily!
With Smiles

Monday, February 9, 2009

Lagoon Report Monday Feb 9th

Happy Monday once again....

It was a beautiful weekend filled with rain, wonderful clouds and storms alike. I heard Long Beach got rain both Saturday afternoon and Sunday. I went camping at the North end of Malibu near Point Mugu at Sycamore Canyon with my lovely girlfriend Gina. We had perfect weather and surprisingly no rain. I took a lot of pictures of all the amazing plants and canyons in the Santa Monica Mtns. If you have never had the chance to make it up that way, I strongly suggest you make the trip, it is well worth it!

Anyhow here is your daily shot of the lagoon. Huge clouds lingering overhead kept a lot of wildlife at bay this morning, things were quiet. Enjoy!

Here are a few shots of the Malibu coast...

Tim and Gina out on an adventure

Looking East...

Looking South from Point Mugu