Seabirds Returning to Oregon Islands Refuge…

“Seabirds are already returning to Oregon Islands Refuge for the summer breeding season. Keep your eyes peeled for the lanky Cormorants atop nearby islands, rafts of Common Murres floating in the surf, and the feathery flapping footballs that are the Tufted Puffins. A number of Puffins have already been spotted around both Pacific City’s and Cannon Beach’s Haystack Rocks this year. Head to the Haystacks early in the morning to take a look at the earlybirds.”

Photos by Ram Papish

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/oregon_islands/

Spanning the Oregon coast, the wilderness islands and windswept headlands of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge are celebrated for their abundant wildlife and rugged grandeur. Rocky islands and sheer cliffs provide isolated breeding and resting habitat for diverse communities of birds, marine mammals, and plants along the wave-battered coastline. 

My days are most rewarded from learning more mystery, magic and stunning beauty of the Oregon Coast. I literally can’t get enough of this delicious and delightful soul food by the sea…

I learn new things each and every day. Living in the moment allows me to be completely captivated by this dreamy life by the sea…

Yeah! Breathing the fresh clean air from the sea is mindful and healing all day long, if my mind can dream, not fret. The seabirds bring new life to the coast in the spring, just in time…

Seabirds bring us more love and kindness too. After all, it’s springtime on the coast. We need more love and kindness than ever before…

Spring is here when the seabirds arrive at Oregon Islands National Refuge. It’s time once again to be thankful for our blessings in this beautiful land by the sea…

I see brighter days ahead! I see pink SeaThrift blooms and seabirds flying together, through the winds that heal us, by the sea…

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate…and aspiring artisan.

Draftwood Art Captures My Imagination…

I picked up a piece of strange looking driftwood on the beach at the Cove. It was black and completely soaked with sea water. I didn’t know what it was then…

The piece was heavy too. I almost left it on the beach. My curiosity wouldn’t let me. Beach combing does that to me…

http://www.drbeachcomb.com/Treasures.html

So, I took it home to dry out. I thought it would take many weeks to dry out. And it did. Seemed like it would never dry out…

The piece was very light after drying out. It was beautiful too. Zoom in to see for yourself. Imagine how the sea formed this perfectly shaped sculpture made from nature’s sea power over time…

Some weeks later, I started to see this beautiful Red Cedar piece of driftwood transform. All the nooks, cranies, corners and crevasses appeared. I gazed at it for several days imagining how old and where it came from…

I started cleaning and sanding all the edges revealing secrets from the sea. I could see the little creatures carving holes that took up residence over time. It must have traveled along the shore and out to sea over many decades…

The tides and winds showed the way until it landed on Little Whale Cove Beach after the storm. Imagine where it traveled and how many decades in the making…

When the piece was finished, I saw a Heron sitting on the top. This, then, became a sculpture to enjoy forever…

The treasures of the sea move my soul and bring a peace of mind never felt before. A sculpture made by God not man is a special gift from the sea…

Go find your special treasure from the sea. Find your secret cove along the coast. These moments of mindful mediation will bring love and peace to your heart and soul…

“Drifter” Mindfulness Meditation Creations by Steve Sparks
Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate…and aspiring artisan…
Cape Perpetua driftwood…wow!

“Captain Pelican Pete” And, The Flying Aces of Little Whale Cove…

Captain Pelican Pete, The Flying Aces of Little Whale Cove…
“Captain Pelican Pete and The Flying Aces” https://myodfw.com/wildlife-viewing/species/pelicans-and-cormorants

“I want to be a Pelican in my next life. Pelicans fly as a true team with one goal motivated by one thing…love for each other.” Steve Sparks

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelican

“A group of pelicans is called a pod. Actually, there are many other names for pelican groupings — a pouch, a scoop, a squadron or if they are fishing as a group, a fleet. … At first, squadron was a good name as the magnificent…White Pelicans fly low in formation on a stealth mission.”

Oregon has two species of pelicans, American white and the Brown pelican, and three species of cormorants. All are fish-eating water birds with four toes joined by webbing. Depending on the species, pelicans and cormorants inhabit the Oregon coast, rivers or interior waterbodies.”

While looking down closer to the sea below the cliffs, I can see Captain Pelican Pete. He leads his squadron of flying aces on another secret mission along the shore near Little Whale Cove…

I can’t see Captain Pelican most times as they fly by in stealthy form. He leads his squadron of Flying Aces very fast, and so very close to the surface of the sea…

It’s too easy to miss Captain Pelican Pete unless I move quickly to the edge of the cliff. Sometimes I get to the edge of the cliff just in time to see the beauty and grace of his squadron of Flying Aces in perfect formation…

Captain Pelican Pete’s squadron flys near the water surface close to shore. He and the right and left flank commanders spot a school of herring just below the surface.

Captain Pelican Pete hits the water first followed by his stealthy Flying Aces. The herring are surrounded for a gourmet buffet like no other before…

With pouches full with herring, Captain Pelican Pete gives the order to return home. The flight home would be a little slower with pouches full…

Captain Pelican Pete’s squadron of Flying Aces takes off in perfect formation for the return flight home. They fly up high and a little slower while making a perfectly orchestrated approach to Little Whale Cove…

Captain Pelican Pete glides in without hardly a splash. He is followed by 12 of his Flying Aces as they glide in one by one into the Cove below…

I love to watch Captain Pelican Pete and his squadron of Aces splash and play in the fresh water pond In the Cove. It is here when love of brothers and sisters shines through…

I want to be a Pelican in my next life. These beautiful sea birds fly as a true team and family. It is this one goal motivated by one thing…love for each other as brothers and sisters in arms…

In that moment, then, is when my soul speaks to me the most. It is this love I see from my feathered friends that moves my heart and soul so deeply…

Dreams to fly in Captain Pelican Pete’s Flying Aces of Little Whale Cove will someday come true. It is this faith in God that brings hope and peace to my heart and soul…

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health
https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Billie-Pillie-Christopher-Evans/dp/1946540919

“I highly recommend this book for all who seek the beauty of the sea and precious wildlife we love…” Steve Sparks

Description

The Adventures of Billie and Pillie tells the story of two young pelicans living along the Oregon coast with their parents.

While Billie does everything right and follows the family rules, his brother Pillie is very mischievous and is always getting in trouble. In fact, he never seems to learn right from wrong.

From the day these two are hatched, the pelican brothers take on one adventure after another, most of which end up with Pillie breaking all the pelican rules. Even the Oregon Coast Guard becomes involved in a sea-to-air rescue involving, you guessed it, Pillie.

About the Author and Illustrator: An Oregon native, Christopher J. Evans taught in Roseburg, Oregon, for thirteen years before teaching overseas for the next twenty-five years. A retired biology/chemistry teacher, he currently lives in a small town on the Oregon coast, with his house a five-minute walk to the beach. This is his first book about Billie and Pillie; however, his children and grandchildren grew up listening to these pelican stories. He volunteers at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and also enjoys hiking with his dogs