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Performing Arts mural, Eureka, CA -- Sophie Lagacé, 2009The July tour from Eureka Discovery Walks is the popular Art and Murals walk, this Saturday July 25. The walk starts at 9:30AM in front of the Eureka Co-op at 4th and B streets (do not park in the Co-op lot!)

Our tour guide and the driving — er, walking — force behind Eureka Discovery Walks, Ruth Moon, says:

This is an easy walk along city sidewalks, mostly level, with some crossing of busy intersections. The tour will talk 1½ to 2 hours.

The detailed itinerary can be downloaded from her site but being my usual geeky self, I thought I’d also share the map of what that itinerary looks like. Naturally, Ruth may decide to alter it at any time to improve the experience!

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Buoy at the Samoa Cookhouse -- Copyright 2009 Sophie Lagacé

I mentioned a few days ago that I had done some light painting and night photography at the Samoa Cookhouse. It was the first time I had ever tried this technique, which involves

We had a very pretty moon, full at 11:12 pm, veiled in shreds of clouds; I took some photos of that too.  Here is one of my images of light painting; this is an old buoy lying next to the little gift shop and mini-museum.  I used a standard flashlight to paint the parts I wanted to stand out.

Technical info: Minolta SR-T101 with 28mm lens, using Portra NC 160 film and a 15-second exposure at f/22.

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Bay Rhythym, by Jay BrownYesterday, my husband and I spent the afternoon at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary for a little photography and a little bird-watching. We stopped at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center and discovered that artist Jay Brown was exhibiting some of his works there and was holding an Artist’s Reception.

We had a chance to look at the Works on Paper exhibit and have an excellent chat with Mr. Brown. Several pieces showed roughly the same landscape in completely different weather and lighting conditions; Mr. Brown says that’s the view he gets from his home in Manila.

Mr. Brown uses several different media for his art, such as watercolours, gouache, acrylic, pen, pencils, and a variety of paper types and textures. He also frames his paintings himself. He has a fascination for interesting cloud formation and lighting effects. I really loved the exhibit, and my two favourite pieces were “Invasion” and “Minus Tide Plus Fog”.

Go enjoy the exhibit!

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Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Monday, March 2 is the 105th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, alias Dr. Seuss.

He was a wonderful cartoonist, storyteller, and observer. In his books he spoke for environmentalism and against consumerism, racism, fascism, arms escalation, and isolationism.

He also portrayed loving families that differed from the accepted nuclear model, facing problems rather than running from them, trying new things even when they seem too strange, and much more. He was a good guy.

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

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Squint/Opera, a film and media production studio in London, recently created a series of five images called “2090: London After the Flood.” The series, which has been discussed in Dezeen online design magazine and the Environmental Graffiti news blog, is on show at Medcalf Gallery in Clerkenwell, London from June 20 to this Sunday during the London Festival of Architecture.

Another interesting view of a post-Ice Cap Meltdown world is provided by the Global Warming Flood Maps created by Alex Tingle using Google Maps (and some mad skillz), also in England. There must be something about living on an island and watching the water rise… Anyhow, this site allows you to select a location on the world map and an increment of mean sea level increase, then watch what happens to the coast line when the water rises.

Hint: the shallower the incline along the coast line, the greater the visual effect as the sea fills in your city. It’s actually not as bad as that in Seattle, which has a fairly abrupt rise from the water’s edge. The Interbay area would be flooded, but Downtown would stay pretty dry. For a fun view, watch what happens to the San Francisco Bay area and especially the East Bay at a default depth of 7m…

And in case you’re not sure you should be buying a bathing suit (and a parka, just in case) to welcome the new coastline and the new climate, go check out what NOAA and NASA have to say about the mess we’ve created.  It’s going to be no end of fun.

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