Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
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.
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!
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 Taylor.Parker@yahoo.com or check out http://www.coloradolagoon.org/
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
'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 www.somethingscreative.com/.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Here are some Photographs from the day....
“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.
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 TimothyDunham9@yahoo.com 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: Tmailto:Taylor@coloradolagoon.org or 562-331-0226.
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: Tmailto:TimothyDunham9@yahoo.com 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...
Friday, February 13, 2009
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.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
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
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 Taylor.firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Monday, February 9, 2009
Tim and Gina out on an adventure
Looking South from Point Mugu