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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 6:09 AM
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:wave: Greetings, everyone. It's been too long.

I've taken a long hiatus from DeviantArt for personal reasons; I've been doing much soul-searching, self-improvement, and focusing on my health and my hobbies. I apologize from the bottom of my heart to all my wonderful, incredible friends here that I've seemingly abandoned. I've missed you ALL, and if you'll let me back, I'd love to begin chatting once more.

DeviantArt is a place I'll always remain-- I have so many ties here, and the artists are just beyond amazing. Thank you to all my watchers who have continued watching my account...I'll begin uploading soon! I have had many adventures since we last talked. :)

By the way, I have really improved my birding skills and, this summer, on a FULL SCHOLARSHIP, I am attending the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Young Birders Event as well as the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine! I'm an active member of the Ohio Young Birders Club now, and I have been published in the OYBC newsletter as well as the American Birding Association's Young Birder's Blog. Last fall I begun volunteering with bird banding and this spring I hope to continue that training. The Biggest Week in American Birding is coming up!! :)

Highlighterjuice , I know we've got an entire world to talk about. ;)


PEACE ALWAYS,
~Saphire

  • Listening to: Florence and the Machine
  • Reading: Warriors :)

What Birding has Taught Me

Tue May 17, 2011, 3:31 AM
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When: May 14 2011
Where: Magee Marsh, Oak Harbor, Ohio

International Migratory Bird Day was perhaps one of the best days I've ever had. Why? Well, here's a short list:
I met and talked with Kenn and Kimberley Kaufman; both such wonderful and passionate people. What a pleasure to meet them! (along with Greg Miller and Ken Keffer. More awesome bird people!)
Saw my first Swainson's Thrush, my second Veery, my first spring-plumaged Blackpoll and Magniolia Warblers, my first Blue-headed Vireo, and my first Canada Warbler
Got some great close-up looks of a Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Black Throated Green Warbler, American Redstart, and Baltimore Oriole
Saw a banding demonstration, in which a Blackburnian Warbler was banded along with three NOPAs
Held and released a Grey Catbird after it was banded
Saw bird fat!
Ok, the last one isn't that great, but it was still interesting! As I show you photos from the day, I'll elaborate on each point.

Here's that Swainson's Thrush!


First, the banding demonstration. Ken Keffer was the speaker and he did an excellent job. The presentation was fun and informative. Many different species of passerines were banded; including...

There were LOTS of Warbling Vireos banded that day!


Bird fat! (of a Red-eyed Vireo)


This Baltimore Oriole isn't being too nice to Kim...


Kim shows me how to hold the Catbird...


Me with the Catbird! When I released this beautiful little bird, it was incredible to feel the energy as it launched into the air. What power, grace, and determination is packed into their tiny bodies! And such detailed topography and mysterious eyes. Birds are AMAZING CREATURES and really DESERVE to be loved, conserved, and WATCHED with passion!! I'm so very glad to be a birder, to be part of an everyday effort to conserve and learn about these complex animals.


A stunning male Maggie!


The first NOPA of three...can you believe that this tiny bird flew across the GULF OF MEXICO withOUT stopping? Minimal food, no drinking, and NO rest. And, because she has adult plumage, it means she's done it at least three times! So have any other birds in definitive basic plumage. Isn't that the most incredible thing? Just imagine! Being four inches long and skimming along the waves of the Gulf, knowing it's fly or die?? THIS is why I love birds!


A close-up of another Catbird banded that day. Look at the orbital feathers around its eye, and those tiny little whiskers on its chin! And notice how the black cap feathers are a bit longer. And who knew their eyes were a deep maroon-BROWN? What amazing detail these birds have.


This guy brought "oohs" and "aaahs" as he was pulled from the net. A male Blackburnian! A "poster bird" if I've ever seen one.
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The Vireos were fiesty! This is a blurry photo, I know, but it was too neat not to share.


Male Wilson's Warbler. Look at the pattern on his face...as "plain" as he may seem, the feather groups are still apparent. It's amazing! Remember, even the drabbest of birds have flown further on their own two wings than you've probably walked on your two feet your entire life. Think about THAT the next time you dismiss an American Robin as "just" a robin! Take time to appreciate birds and what they are capable of!


Checking a Tree Swallow's wing...they're perfectly designed for their lifestyle. Evolution is astounding.


Female Blackpoll warbler! This one stumped the crowed until Ken showed us the orange legs! She didn't want to be held...


Male Chestnut-sided Warbly. TONS of these guys too!



A male Canada warbler...unfortunately I've got a sad story to tell about a Canada Warbler. After banding, the warbler wasn't ready to fly away, and it had been released it over the crowd, so the bird fluttered down and onto the ground. A guy stepped RIGHT ONTO IT and kept his foot there (he didn't realize, of course); but he couldn't have been more accurate if he'd tried. It was quite sickening and scary. I gasped; we all did. I was one of the few who saw it; those who didn't were happy they didn't. Ken hurried to pick it up and rush it away to try and save it...it was dead, though. Poor, poor thing. An accident, but still horrible. We all were silent for a bit after that. R.I.P. little guy, and may your relatives continue to inspire and teach us all.


Two Wilson's Warblers getting ready to be weighed.


Kim bands a Grey Catbird...


And now for the "wild" bird shots. Here we have a stunning male Black-throated Green Warbly...he was super cooperative! I was standing just feet from this branch as I took these shots.




A particularly vibrant male Baltimore Oriole. I've seen them in my neighborhood start to build nests...flying around with streamers of hay, hair, and grass. To think just weeks ago they were in SOUTH AMERICA and by the time autumn comes, they've got to raise a family and fly BACK across the Gulf until NEXT spring, when (if they survive) they get to do it all over again. Being a bird is hard, but I am sure they have so much joy with it. To be able to fly, to sing such beautiful songs, and to inspire so many people...what an incredible life.


and a Yellow Warbler...did you know one Yellow Warbly, "Wally", returned nine years in a row to a certain banding station in Canada every spring? Wow!! How birds find their way back over thousands and thousands of miles is simply unfathomable...



In conclusion, I'd like to relate to you how important it is to conserve and protect birds and their habitats. We must realize that the actions we take here in America will affect countries like Venezuela and Ecuador; and what they do will affect us. Why? Birds!

Birds, quite literally, connect us all-- they spend winters in South American countries and breed in North America in the spring. If American habitat isn't saved, then the birds in South America will have no home to come home to! And if South American habitat is destroyed, our spring migrants will have no winter vacation home! If habitat worldwide isn't protected, birds will cease to exist. Rachel Carson warned us of a "silent spring", and it is a very real possibility. Without everyone's help, passion, and dedication, our feathered friends will have no homes. With no homes, they have no where to raise their young. Without a new generation, once the current generation passes, there will be no more birds. It's a very scary and sobering thought, but it's necessary to keep it in mind as we go about our daily lives. Birds are an important part of our world and without them, life would never be the same.

So, help the birds. Help the world. Support efforts to conserve birds and their habitat! Get outside and appreciate the birds! Take photos and paint pictures of these wonderful creatures, and share their beauty with others. WE have harmed their habitats, but WE are the solution!

BE THE CHANGE!

If birding has taught me one thing, it is to appreciate and learn from our avian neighbors, and to share that passion with others. They are DESERVING of our efforts, time, and love, and we must do ALL WE CAN to preserve these AMAZING, ASTOUNDING,BEAUTIFUL, INSPIRING, INCREDIBLE, STUNNING, and POWERFUL beings.

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
~John Muir

**Peace Always,
Saphire**

:star::star: VISIT <MY BLOG> FOR MORE PHOTOS AND BIRD STORIES! :star::star: Thank you!

  • Listening to: Birdsongs
  • Reading: Songbird Journeys

Back from Florida!

Sun May 1, 2011, 2:12 PM
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Hey, guys! It's great to be back...I've had a crazy week. I was in Florida from last Friday until this Friday, and then came back to the news that my laptop wasn't repairable so I got a new computer today (15 inch MacBook Pro). Since I didn't have my computer during my vacation, I had no way of emptying my memory cards...so I had to survive with only two cards for the entire trip! Considering that I can take over a thousand photos in one day, it was difficult but it made me really think about the shot before I took it-- awesome practice. I visited Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Viera Wetlands, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Universal Orlando/Harry Potter world, Cocoa Beach, and Cape Canaveral. I went on a boat tour of the Banana River and saw wild Bottlenose dolphins, manatees, and an array of birds. At Cocoa Beach I picked up lots of life birds including the Royal Tern and Black-bellied plover! In Cape Canaveral we saw dolphins from shore (Far off, but still!) and I got close to two Brown Pelicans. At Viera Wetlands I saw my first Limpkin, got my first real view of a Sora, and got close to a pair of Mottled Ducks and White Ibis! At Merritt Island, which was a wonderful and very large refuge, I got some amazing shots of a bathing Greater Yellowlegs, saw my first Little Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, Semipalmated Plover, Black necked Stilt, Reddish Egret, and more. (Plus, I got over 20 mosquito bites in a matter of 5 minutes. UGH! Those bugs!!) Also at Merritt I got an awesome t-shirt featuring 5 of my favourite raptors! Yay!!

While at the INCREDIBLY AMAZING Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, I drank two (non alcoholic) butterbeers, spent $135, and was declared "hipper" and "more creative" than most Ravenclaws. :w00t: Seriously, if you're a Potter nerd, GO TO THE THEME PARK. It's amazing!

And finally, at Clearwater, I got to see my favourite dolphins: Winter (the dolphin with no tail; she wears a prosthetic), Panama, Nicholas, and the new baby Hope! :) Awesome place and just wonderful to finally see those guys. I waved hello to Nick a few times, on the first time he turned and looked at me...and Panama is such a ham!! When she saw me photographing her, she spyhopped repeatedly and went on the slideout and put her tail up! Winter was beautiful and a bit shy, and I was able to see a short training session with Hope. Hope is the cutest baby you will ever see!

So...in short...I've got tons and tons and tons of photos to upload. I'm getting used to this Mac (I'm a PC type of person) so the editing might be a bit tricky for a while, but I'm sure I will get the hang of it. Thanks for reading,

~Saphire

  • Listening to: Somewhere Only We Know - Darren Criss
  • Reading: The Kind Diet
  • Watching: TV

Spring is Blooming: Blog Post

Sat Apr 2, 2011, 3:09 PM
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I've got some new blog posts; I'll give you a preview of the one about my trip to Virginia last weekend!


When: March 26 2011
Where: Alexandria, VA / Washington, D.C.


Last weekend I went to my dad's in Virginia for the weekend... and I'm SO glad I did! The reason for going was the fact that he finally bought a house and I wanted to say goodbye to our ol' apartment. To make the weekend even more fun, it was the beginning of the annual Cherry Blossom blooming! These world-famous trees were a gift to America by the Japanese, therefore making this year's blooming a bittersweet sight. The flowers only are open for about a week, and I have been lucky enough to see them two years in a row, now! Check out these beautiful flowers...



Mallards are always a common sight alongside the Cherry Blossoms, as the trees line the Patomac river. I settled down near a pair of sleeping ducks and took advantage of the incredible mid-day lighting:

On the way back from viewing the blossoms, I got a surprise: Pied-Billed Grebe! Not a Life bird, but certainly a year bird and a really neat one at that! Grebes are wonderful little birds. Unfortunately I was on a busy bridge when I sighted these guys, so I couldn't switch to a bigger lens. I had my Tamron 18-270 out, however, and used that to get this photo:


And you'll have to visit MY BLOG for the rest! Thanks for reading and please, pay a visit to my blog. It's all decorated for spring! :)

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  • Listening to: Orca vocalizations
  • Watching: Voice of the Orcas

Shining Waters Await

Sun Mar 6, 2011, 4:57 PM
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Lolita, the female Southern Resident Orca who has been held captive for over forty years. is going through some medical troubles. We don't know how severe or even the details on her conditions right now, but reports show some sort of "toothache". Now, let me make this clear: a "toothache" of any degree in a captive Orca is NOT a good sign at all. Police, helicopters, medical personell... they've all been sighted within the Lolita stadium (which has been closed for a week). Lolita has been heard vocalizing so she's still alive-- but stressed and in pain nonetheless. Sadly, all we can do currently is send our loving thoughts and PRAY in any way we can for her well being and eventual release! Hopefully there is still a chance to release her... please keep dear Toki in your thoughts and don't let up hope!

Also, no news on Ruffles J1 or any of the other missing Southern Residents. As a tribute and to get you to thinking for/about the whales, here is a showcase of all my best Southern Resident deviations... send your love!

Those Summer Days by verybluebird The Big One That Got Away by verybluebird The Cookies -and Rhapsody- by verybluebird
Guy Time II by verybluebird Passerby by verybluebird Power by verybluebird
Jump for Joy by verybluebird

Guiding Light by verybluebird Keeping the Faith by verybluebird Big Enough For An Orca by verybluebird
Ruffles have Ridges by verybluebird Ruffles J1 'Badge' by verybluebird The Gift Whale by verybluebird

Thank you kindly for thinking of the Orcas. :)

~Saphire

  • Listening to: Orca vocalizations
  • Watching: Voice of the Orcas

Updates//New Puppy

Mon Feb 28, 2011, 2:45 PM
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Introducing, my new puppy! She's a 3 month old Soft coat Wheaten Terrier. She lives with my dad (who lives in Washington DC; I live in Ohio) so I won't be able to photograph her all the time. :lmao:

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>>Click on the thumbnail above to go to its Deviation page<<



I'd love to name her Rachel (doesn't she look like a Rachel?) but no one else likes the name! So for now she's unnamed.

PS-- If you didn't see my earlier Poll, I have cleaned up my gallery and consolidated the sub-galleries. :) Go take a look! Thank you.
Also...what the heck? Last night on the Oscars, How to Train Your Dragon didn't win Best Score and "I See the Light" from Tangled didn't win Best Song. Seriously, those are my top two favourite animated movies and they were both  beaten by Toy Story 3; which I didn't really enjoy. :X

RE-LAUNCH of my Blog!

Sun Feb 20, 2011, 5:03 PM
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FINALLY, after over 4 months of waiting, my blog Wild at Heart has a new look and a new post! I really hope y'all check it out...I spent a while editing the photos and uploading them all. I'm excited and proud of WaH's new look and I hope you are too.

Click HERE for the new post-- Ringing in the New Year



Derby Dozen, or Derby Nothin?

Sun Feb 6, 2011, 12:35 PM
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My views on the 3yo colts on the 2011 Derby Trail

After reviewing the colts on the 2011 Derby Dozen list.... besides Uncle Mo, this crop doesn't seem to have any standout star talent. There was Dialed In's recent romp in the Holy Bull which was impressive, and Comma to the Top in the CashCall looked good... but there's nothing "amazing" here other than Uncle Mo (in talent). Of course Tapizar, Boys at Tosconova, and To Honour and Serve have been gaining fans, but I don't think they've got 'what it takes' for the Derby. If Uncle Mo has the stamina for 10 furlongs... then he's got the Run for the Roses in the bag.

Uncle Mo, Dialed In, Comma to the Top, and maybe To Honour and Serve have made me lift my eyebrows and go "woah". Mo and Dialed In have put out great races, and To Honour and Serve runs consistently... Now, Dialed In seriously came onto the Trail with that Holy Bull performance, and doing it off of only one maiden sprint--and beating the graded stakes horses like he's been doing it for a while... that's impressive. Uncle Mo is, well, Uncle Mo. His 3 for 3 record is great-- 14 length win in his maiden race, about 4 length win in the Champagne S., and 4 1/2 length win in the BC Juvenile beating the top of the 2010 2yo crop. Good record right there!!

Mo's cousin Stay Thirsty is a threat IF and ONLY IF he can pull his act together and mature a bit. In the BC Juv., he had a bit of a mishap and has not produced any standout racing although he's shown some promise. To quote Steve Haskin, "He'll be in Uncle Mo's shadow all winter".

Boys at Tosconova had some good races but to be withdrawn from the Holy Bull because of 'low energy' is a concern. To Honour and Serve has a good and relaxed stride, he's a contender. He won the Remsen S.,well played, and he looked great in the Nashua S.

Astrology seems like he could be a contender with his win in the Iriquois S. and second place finish in the Kentucky Jockey Club...and Tapizar broke a record in his Sham S. win...people love Tapizar but there's just something "boring" about him to me.

To sum it up, I want Uncle Mo to win, but I think he'll have threats in Dialed In, To Honour and Serve, Tapizar, and possibly Stay Thirst.

I can't wait 'till spring!!!!

(By the way here's Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen if you're interested cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/kentuc…  )

  • Listening to: Tom Durkin call Funny Cide &quot;that gutsy geldin
  • Watching: tons of race replays!

It's Time to H.A.W.K.

Tue Jan 25, 2011, 4:20 PM
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The following is meant as an inspirational message and is not at all intending to be offensive in any way. If it IS offensive to you, I apologize.



My wish is for our generation would realize what it's doing to itself and put down the drugs and pick up a pencil , and show the world what they know, and put down the alcohol and pick up a microphone, and tell the world how they feel.

I wish people could begin to think. And speak. And SHARE, peacefully, their thoughts and words without being afraid, and stand up for what's right, without  impeding on others' beliefs and without  being a bully. And, most importantly, to do it ABOVE the influence.

It's time to start Helping to Advance the World with Kindness, or HAWK. The Hawk is the totem and symbol of Observation, Awareness, Creativity, Purpose, and Wisdom. Hawk's message is to inspire creativity and action in others, to awaken one's life purpose, to initiate and lead for a better world, and to protect our natural world from future harm.



This is the ethical and personal level we should all strive to reach.

The Hawk's call is a message in itself; it cries for self-awakening and self-examination, to look at oneself in a different light. To say to yourself, "I CAN  MAKE A DIFFERENCE."

To live with the guidance of Hawk is to know  one's purpose and to reach for the sky with every step. To H.A.W.K. is to take that guidance and share it with others.

To H.A.W.K. is to inspire.


So, with this very hour, take the flight-- begin to H.A.W.K. YOU can change the world, YOU can be a leader, YOU can help others, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE and YOU can be yourself.

Help Advance the World with Kindness and know that YOU are somebody and YOU belong to a world worth protecting.

SO START H.A.W.K.'ing!
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I got a Canon 60D!!

Sat Dec 25, 2010, 6:02 AM
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Guys! Do you know how awesome that is? A Canon 60D! And a flash and a 1.4x lens extender... now you'll see some awesome photos! :) I also got some horseracing books, and How to Train your Dragon on Blu-ray. :excited: This is so awesome! Thank you mom and dad, lol!

And... there was an unexpected surprise! My mom bought me the Southern Resident Orca Calendar. I knew that one of my photos The Cookies -and Rhapsody- by verybluebird had been published as an inset photo. But as I flipped through the calendar, I saw not one but TWO of my photos in there! ( The other one: Guy Time II by verybluebird )I didn't know both of my entries made it! It was really neat. I ask you all to think about buying it, as ALL THE PROCEEDS go to the Whale Museum's efforts to conserve the endangered Southern Resident orca whale.

I might go out birding within the week and try out my new equipment. And don't worry, xmas giftart will keep on coming--I'll try to have it done before the new year, haha!

:santa::xmas:HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE!:xmas::santa:

~Saph

  • Listening to: Tess &amp; Spetter - Mijn allerbeste vriend
  • Reading: Top 100 Racehorses of the Century
  • Eating: Toast
  • Drinking: Orange Juice
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Help Me Support This Cause

ORDER YOUR ORCA CALENDAR HERE  


My photo The Cookies -and Rhapsody- by verybluebird appears as an inset in one of the months. All proceeds go directly to the Whale Museum's efforts to conserve the endangered Southern Resident Orca whale and educate the public on how to protect them. Please think about giving it as a gift to a loved one this season, and show you care for the whales and your family! :) The photos are amazing and they'll look great on your wall. Again, ALL PROCEEDS go to supporting the whales!

THANK YOU!

-Saphire

  • Reading: Bird Coloration

Long Time No See

Mon Dec 13, 2010, 9:05 AM
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Help Me Support This Cause

Hey, all. I'm sorry you haven't heard from me in so long! My blogs and journal have been inactive since September, and I haven't uploaded much either. School and other commitments have kept me busy, and I've been developing my birding hobby as well.  (I've seen a lot of new bird species!) I have drawn weekly and I have many sketches although my scanner doesn't work... this is the reason why artwork is few and far in between recently. I'll try to get a few up though... I have improved greatly and refined my style. I've also expanded my subjects to include deer and birds. Hopefully you will be able to see more, and soon!

I've taken thousands of new photographs and might be getting new equipment. My new year's resolutions are to write more (I've neglected my blogs, and I have started developing a new story as well.) and to upload more to Deviantart. Also, to talk more often to all my friends! All of you on DA have supported me with comments, favourites, and friendship and I need to take time to appreciate it more.

So how is everyone doing? School started in late August for me and I've gotten mostly A's. Sophomore year in high shcool is going fairly well. I've become a Harry Potter nerd as well... read the last three books in two weeks. ;) I'd really love a Harry Potter scarf for the holidays...!

BIRDS, BIRDS, BIRDS! They are my life, I frequently brave the cold, hot, rainy, snowy, or otherwise annoying weather here in Northeast Ohio to view and photograph my avian neighbors. This summer I visited South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana and saw over 30 new species. It was a blast! You can read more HERE . I have studied my field guides and other books, brushing up on my avian anatomy and identification. There's an Ohio Young Birders club I am thinking of joining... Birding is a GREAT hobby and I'm so glad to have found it!

Now winter is upon us, and it also brings the New Year. An exciting yet daunting realization! Is everyone ready?

-Saphire

  • Listening to: Hold My Hand- MJ and Akon
  • Reading: Bird Coloration

Birdy Blog Entries!

Sat Sep 11, 2010, 5:57 PM
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Help Me Support This Cause

:excited: I'm now proud to present three new birdy blog posts over at my main blog, WILD AT HEART. Please go check them out!

From newest to oldest...



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THANK YOU FOR LOOKING!
Click the images below to go to my two blogs.





  • Listening to: Owl City ~ The Airway
  • Reading: Field Guide to the Birds of North America

NEW Daily Feathers!

Tue Sep 7, 2010, 2:42 PM
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I'd like to announce that one of my blogs, THE DAILY FEATHER, is back online and better than ever! With 7 new photographic entries of 7 new birds, get ready for some flying feathers! Zip on over to see a Hummingbird, dove, sandpiper, and more. Please take a look and/or comment! :) It would mean alot. Remember, check back every day to find a new photo of a new bird! It could be a colourful warbler, a singing sparrow, or a fishing heron.


...A feather a day keeps the doctor away!






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  • Listening to: Owl City ~ Fuzzy Blue Lights
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... in the form of "fisherman". Today (September 1) marks the  beginning of the 2010 annual Dolphin Drive Hunt in Taiji, Japan. Think, The Cove. Up to  
  2300 dolphins will be killed this fall   in the "drive fishery". I would call it massacre, and so would a vast number of other dolphin lovers. I cannot put into words how much I resent and detest the malicious practices that take place in Taiji each autumn. Dolphins are sentient, intelligent, beautiful, and innocent beings who deserve to live a peaceful life on this planet shared by all of us.

Killed by harpoons, knives, and gaffs, dolphin species of all kinds (including Striped dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins,Risso's Dolphins, Piolot whales, Pseudo orcas) are murdered by a fleet of ships and "fisherman". They are driven chaotically into tiny net-pens set up in the cove. They wait overnight for their fate, and the next day, they watch as the water fades violently to red and their family dies around them. Literal screams of terror, pain, and anguish ricochet through the waters. The dead dolphins are hoisted ungraciously onto small boats, then laid out behind screens or tarps (the "fisherman" know what they do is wrong) hidden from outsider's eyes. Their throats are slit, and their toxic meat bursting with mercury is sold to petfood packing plants and cheap TV Dinner companies. A few are sold at high cash values to marine parks around the world, therefore visiting marine parks holding dolphins may be supporting the murder of dolphins. Dolphin trainers have even been seen assisting in the killing of the dolphins, including the young calves. And no, they are not 'saving' them-- if they were interested in saving the dolphins, they'd be holding protest signs and cameras, not picking and choosing which dolphins would yield the most profits.

This, as you can clearly assume, is a MURDEROUS and MALICIOUS event that MUST BE STOPPED. Click on one or both of the DA Groups shown above to learn more and to join a community of likeminded Deviants who are interested in stopping the slaughter. For detailed and official cause information, gear, and news, please head over to Help Me Support This Cause. They are the head of the action movement against the slaughter, led by none other than Ric O'Barry, former dolphin trainer turned activist. SJD is a active organization well worth your time and donations.

Help Me Support This Cause
and take it upon yourself to learn more about this horrendous killing, and get involved in protest/action efforts.

STAND STRONG, A WORLD AGAINST SLAUGHTER.

Until next time,
~Saphire

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*VOTING ENDS TONIGHT! *

For most of the bulk information, please visit my previous journal, PLEASE VOTE for my Names for the new Orca Calves!. Bottom line is, I have two names in the running to be given to two of the newest Orca calves of the Southern Resident population of killer whales. I would really appreciate your vote! Anyone who votes tonight gets a llama badge!

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:pointr::pointr: CLICK HERE TO SEE THE NAMES AND VOTE :pointl::pointl:


There are 4 wild southern resident Orca calves that are being named by the Whale Museum in Friday Harbour, Washington (USA). Two of my name suggestions have made the cut for the final tally. PLEASE, would you vote for these names? Email  oap@whalemuseum.org  and tell them...

Hello.

I would like to vote for the names of the orca calves:


J46: Galaxy


L113: Talise

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:wave: Hello, watchers and friends. I appreciate you reading my journal! :) To all my new watchers, I thank you so much for awarding me a :+devwatch: ! It means a lot and I do hope you enjoy all my uploads.

Now, onto the actual point of this journal. I am going to re-do my room, and make it themed with Orca. As you may know, I am passionate about the Southern Resident Orca whales in the Salish Sea off of Washington's coast. They are very dear to me and I know about their genealogy, markings, families, histories, and so on. To study them is my desired career. I am 15 now and I have purple walls and a butterfly themed bed spread...not very mature, is it? I'm going to miss my purple walls (they're purple! what more could a girl want? ;) ) however it's time for a change. I have decided to paint some of the Southern Resident Orca on my walls, and some related bird species (if you don't know I'm also an avid birder). It will be a Pacific Northwest themed room, complete with a light blue bed spread! I am choosing the colours and bird species right now, but something I just can NOT decide on are which whales to paint!! I have narrowed it down to a few of my favourite whales, and I would like you all to help me choose who to paint on my walls!

We have...

:bulletblue: The J22's :bulletblue:
~Oreo J22
~DoubleStuf 234
~Cookie J38
~Rhapsody J32

ABOUT THIS GROUP:
Oreo is the mother of two sons, DoubleStuf J34 and Cookie J38. In 1998, Oreo lost her sister Ewok J20. Born in 1998 was Oreo's firstborn son J34, and also Ewok's daughter J32. Oreo, struggling with her own first born calf, took her niece in and raised two calves! (All while dealing with the loss of her sister). One year later in 1999, Oreo's brother Everett J18 was found washed up on a beach. The next year Oreo suffered yet another loss with the death of her mother J10 Tahoma. In the span of three years, Oreo had lost all her immediate family, given birth to her first son, become an aunt, and adopted a daughter. What a strong young whale! In 2003, Oreo's youngest son Cookie J38 was born, completing the little family. This group is very tight knit.

WHY I WANT TO PAINT THESE WHALES:
Oreo's story struck me when I first read it. How could any young mother be so strong, and in between giving birth and losing a sister, still have the heart to take in a newborn calf? J22 is an inspiring Orca that has a wonderful family. I would honour her greatly by painting her and her family on my walls.

:bulletblue: Ruffles and Granny :bulletblue:
~Ruffles J1
~Granny J2

ABOUT THIS GROUP:
To anyone who knows Orca, the names Ruffles and Granny will instantly ring a bell. They are the elder members of the SRKW community, with a large following of fans and admirers. Granny, who is now in her estimated 100th year, (:party:)is a strong senior citizen and is believed to be the matriarch of the Community (J, K, and L pods). She often leads the way, her companion Ruffles always by her side. Thought to be mother and son, the pair are inseparable. Ruffles J2 is also nicknamed "the Stud" as he is a prominent factor in the gene pool for this group of Orca. During a superpod, in the midst of all those black and white beauties, Ruffles gets his game on and does what any male has to do to keep the population going.

(A fun fact about Ruffles: During the captures of the late 1960's, Ruffles and fellow males Ahab and Ishmael were captured! Ruffles was deemed too large at the time for captivity, but Ahab and Ishmael were sent away to serve the Navy in diving duty, searching for explosives and the like. To think, the great Ruffles might have been a captive whale! Please think of him and his wild cousins before you visit a marine park like Sea World, where there are captured whales living in the small tanks. )

WHY I WANT TO PAINT THESE WHALES:
Ruffles and Granny are the icons of the Southern Residents, and a symbol to many as the "classic" whales. No tribute to the SRKWs would be complete without J1 and J2!

:bulletblue: Faith, Lummi, Luna, Taku :bulletblue:
~Faith L57
~Lummi K7
~Luna L98
~Taku K1

ABOUT THIS GROUP:
Though from different pods, these four whales are some of the most inspiring, iconic, and beloved whales ever to pass through the Salish Sea. They are all deceased (Faith and Lummi in 2008, Luna in 2006, Taku in 1998) although we still remember them dearly. Most will know of Luna L98, the young male born to L67 Splash. He is famous for separating from his pod and living amongst humans, interacting with them (and a few dogs!). He was loved by many and was certainly a very special individual. His story is being re-made (from the previous documentary 'Saving Luna') into a silver screen film, titled, The Whale. Check it Out! Taku K1 was the first photo-ID'd souther resident, and at the time of his capture two notches were cut into his dorsal. He was released and years later, the notches remained. This showed that Orca could be studied by their individual markings and shapes-- founding the basis for the photoidentification Orca Survey! Serving as an icon to the scientific community researching the SRKWs, he became much loved. When the whale watching industry began, Taku was there! His mother K7 Lummi was the oldest Southern Resident, although she died in 2008 at the ripe age of 98! Lummi, being so old, was also admired by lovers of the whales. A wonderful ceremony was held in her honour at Lime Kiln state park. Faith L57, who died the same year, was a 37 year old male from L Pod who was often seen travelling with Canuck L7 and Lulu L53. They became a close group, always together. With his distinct tall, leaning dorsal fin, Faith was easily recognized. We continue to Keep the Faith even though he disappeared late 2008.

You can see my tribute to Faith L57 here:
Keeping the Faith by verybluebird

WHY I WANT TO PAINT THESE WHALES:
Just like Ruffles and Granny, these four whales are true ICONS of the Southern Resident Orca community, and they are all locally revered. Faith was one of my favourites, and I miss him very much. I would very much like to include him somehow in my painting. Lummi and Taku are reminders of the beginnings of the Orca Survey and historical members of the community. Luna, oh, well, it's LUNA for the spirits' sake! Luna is famous around the world for being 'the orca who loved people'. If you would like to learn more about Luna, go to: Reunite Luna and Luna's Story.

:bulletblue: Cappuccino K21 :bulletblue:

ABOUT CAPPUCCINO:
Cappuccino K21 is a 24 year old male in K pod. He has a sister Raggedy K40 who he is always side by side with. Their mother Kiska K18 died in 2003, and their siblings Pachena K17 and K46 are also deceased, making them the last in their family group.

WHY I WANT TO PAINT THIS WHALE:
Cappuccino was my first adopted whale! He is special to me in that he was the one I chose to adopt when I first learned about the Southern Residents. On my whale watching trip of 2009, I saw him and it was very exciting. I just have to include dear "Cappy" in my art somewhere!


So, there you have it. The 11 whales I wish to immortalize on my walls. I know this is a huge undertaking, especially because I have no experience painting, but I have been wanting to do this for a while. Why not, since my mom is willing to fund a room makeover?

This is my plan so far:

I would have the J22's on my main wall, and they would be the largest in the room. I could have the recognizable fins of K1 Taku and L57 Faith on the horizon, with the smaller fins of Lummi and Luna in the background of a dock/pier scene on the smaller wall by my door. (In the foreground on the pier would be a few Gulls) Ruffles and Granny could be on my window's wall, along with a soaring Bald Eagle. the wall with my bulletin board would feature a Raven and other various birds, also Cappuccino in the distance.



Do you like this plan? Please voice all comments or suggestions here! And did you enjoy my little lesson on the Orca? :) Tell me so in a comment, please!

:bulletblue: LINKS OF INTEREST :bulletblue:

The Whale Museum
~Adopt an Orca, learn more about the whales, or donate!~

Center for Whale Research
~Learn the official alphanumerical designations of the Orcas, their family lines, general Orca facts, and more.~

Orca Network
~Connecting Whales and People in the Pacific Northwest. An organization well worth checking out!~

Orca Network's Orca Births and Deaths Page
~Learn about all the Orcas who have lived or died since 1998!~

Painting Whales + A Short Orca History Lesson

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 13, 2010, 9:41 AM



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:wave: Hello, watchers and friends. I appreciate you reading my journal! :) To all my new watchers, I thank you so much for awarding me a :+devwatch: ! It means a lot and I do hope you enjoy all my uploads.

Now, onto the actual point of this journal. I am going to re-do my room, and make it themed with Orca. As you may know, I am passionate about the Southern Resident Orca whales in the Salish Sea off of Washington's coast. They are very dear to me and I know about their genealogy, markings, families, histories, and so on. To study them is my desired career. I am 15 now and I have purple walls and a butterfly themed bed spread...not very mature, is it? I'm going to miss my purple walls (they're purple! what more could a girl want? ;) ) however it's time for a change. I have decided to paint some of the Southern Resident Orca on my walls, and some related bird species (if you don't know I'm also an avid birder). It will be a Pacific Northwest themed room, complete with a light blue bed spread! I am choosing the colours and bird species right now, but something I just can NOT decide on are which whales to paint!! I have narrowed it down to a few of my favourite whales, and I would like you all to help me choose who to paint on my walls!

We have...

:bulletblue: The J22's :bulletblue:
~Oreo J22
~DoubleStuf 234
~Cookie J38
~Rhapsody J32

ABOUT THIS GROUP:
Oreo is the mother of two sons, DoubleStuf J34 and Cookie J38. In 1998, Oreo lost her sister Ewok J20. Born in 1998 was Oreo's firstborn son J34, and also Ewok's daughter J32. Oreo, struggling with her own first born calf, took her niece in and raised two calves! (All while dealing with the loss of her sister). One year later in 1999, Oreo's brother Everett J18 was found washed up on a beach. The next year Oreo suffered yet another loss with the death of her mother J10 Tahoma. In the span of three years, Oreo had lost all her immediate family, given birth to her first son, become an aunt, and adopted a daughter. What a strong young whale! In 2003, Oreo's youngest son Cookie J38 was born, completing the little family. This group is very tight knit.

WHY I WANT TO PAINT THESE WHALES:
Oreo's story struck me when I first read it. How could any young mother be so strong, and in between giving birth and losing a sister, still have the heart to take in a newborn calf? J22 is an inspiring Orca that has a wonderful family. I would honour her greatly by painting her and her family on my walls.

:bulletblue: Ruffles and Granny :bulletblue:
~Ruffles J1
~Granny J2

ABOUT THIS GROUP:
To anyone who knows Orca, the names Ruffles and Granny will instantly ring a bell. They are the elder members of the SRKW community, with a large following of fans and admirers. Granny, who is now in her estimated 100th year, (:party:)is a strong senior citizen and is believed to be the matriarch of the Community (J, K, and L pods). She often leads the way, her companion Ruffles always by her side. Thought to be mother and son, the pair are inseparable. Ruffles J2 is also nicknamed "the Stud" as he is a prominent factor in the gene pool for this group of Orca. During a superpod, in the midst of all those black and white beauties, Ruffles gets his game on and does what any male has to do to keep the population going.

(A fun fact about Ruffles: During the captures of the late 1960's, Ruffles and fellow males Ahab and Ishmael were captured! Ruffles was deemed too large at the time for captivity, but Ahab and Ishmael were sent away to serve the Navy in diving duty, searching for explosives and the like. To think, the great Ruffles might have been a captive whale! Please think of him and his wild cousins before you visit a marine park like Sea World, where there are captured whales living in the small tanks. )

WHY I WANT TO PAINT THESE WHALES:
Ruffles and Granny are the icons of the Southern Residents, and a symbol to many as the "classic" whales. No tribute to the SRKWs would be complete without J1 and J2!

:bulletblue: Faith, Lummi, Luna, Taku :bulletblue:
~Faith L57
~Lummi K7
~Luna L98
~Taku K1

ABOUT THIS GROUP:
Though from different pods, these four whales are some of the most inspiring, iconic, and beloved whales ever to pass through the Salish Sea. They are all deceased (Faith and Lummi in 2008, Luna in 2006, Taku in 1998) although we still remember them dearly. Most will know of Luna L98, the young male born to L67 Splash. He is famous for separating from his pod and living amongst humans, interacting with them (and a few dogs!). He was loved by many and was certainly a very special individual. His story is being re-made (from the previous documentary 'Saving Luna') into a silver screen film, titled, The Whale. Check it Out! Taku K1 was the first photo-ID'd souther resident, and at the time of his capture two notches were cut into his dorsal. He was released and years later, the notches remained. This showed that Orca could be studied by their individual markings and shapes-- founding the basis for the photoidentification Orca Survey! Serving as an icon to the scientific community researching the SRKWs, he became much loved. When the whale watching industry began, Taku was there! His mother K7 Lummi was the oldest Southern Resident, although she died in 2008 at the ripe age of 98! Lummi, being so old, was also admired by lovers of the whales. A wonderful ceremony was held in her honour at Lime Kiln state park. Faith L57, who died the same year, was a 37 year old male from L Pod who was often seen travelling with Canuck L7 and Lulu L53. They became a close group, always together. With his distinct tall, leaning dorsal fin, Faith was easily recognized. We continue to Keep the Faith even though he disappeared late 2008.

You can see my tribute to Faith L57 here:
Keeping the Faith by verybluebird

WHY I WANT TO PAINT THESE WHALES:
Just like Ruffles and Granny, these four whales are true ICONS of the Southern Resident Orca community, and they are all locally revered. Faith was one of my favourites, and I miss him very much. I would very much like to include him somehow in my painting. Lummi and Taku are reminders of the beginnings of the Orca Survey and historical members of the community. Luna, oh, well, it's LUNA for the spirits' sake! Luna is famous around the world for being 'the orca who loved people'. If you would like to learn more about Luna, go to: Reunite Luna and Luna's Story.

:bulletblue: Cappuccino K21 :bulletblue:

ABOUT CAPPUCCINO:
Cappuccino K21 is a 24 year old male in K pod. He has a sister Raggedy K40 who he is always side by side with. Their mother Kiska K18 died in 2003, and their siblings Pachena K17 and K46 are also deceased, making them the last in their family group.

WHY I WANT TO PAINT THIS WHALE:
Cappuccino was my first adopted whale! He is special to me in that he was the one I chose to adopt when I first learned about the Southern Residents. On my whale watching trip of 2009, I saw him and it was very exciting. I just have to include dear "Cappy" in my art somewhere!


So, there you have it. The 11 whales I wish to immortalize on my walls. I know this is a huge undertaking, especially because I have no experience painting, but I have been wanting to do this for a while. Why not, since my mom is willing to fund a room makeover?

This is my plan so far:

I would have the J22's on my main wall, and they would be the largest in the room. I could have the recognizable fins of K1 Taku and L57 Faith on the horizon, with the smaller fins of Lummi and Luna in the background of a dock/pier scene on the smaller wall by my door. (In the foreground on the pier would be a few Gulls) Ruffles and Granny could be on my window's wall, along with a soaring Bald Eagle. the wall with my bulletin board would feature a Raven and other various birds, also Cappuccino in the distance.



Do you like this plan? Please voice all comments or suggestions here! And did you enjoy my little lesson on the Orca? :) Tell me so in a comment, please!

:bulletblue: LINKS OF INTEREST :bulletblue:

The Whale Museum
~Adopt an Orca, learn more about the whales, or donate!~

Center for Whale Research
~Learn the official alphanumerical designations of the Orcas, their family lines, general Orca facts, and more.~

Orca Network
~Connecting Whales and People in the Pacific Northwest. An organization well worth checking out!~

Orca Network's Orca Births and Deaths Page
~Learn about all the Orcas who have lived or died since 1998!~

Missing Whales...

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 10, 2010, 6:34 AM



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...I just found out from the Whale Museum's and CWR's website that Georgia (K11), Flash (L73), and Saanich (L74) are listed as MISSING ...Georgia was estimated to be born in 1933, making her 77 this year (mid-aged, Females live to be in their late 90's) ...Flash and Saanich were born in 1986, making them 26 this year (a young whale; Males live into their late 50's).  Georgia lost her mother (Lummi K7) two years ago in 2008, at at the time her mother was the oldest living Southern Residents...so to have another loss of such a well aged female in the same matriline would be a very sad thing...and Flash and Saanich are both lively young males, just about breeding age, so they are valuable members of the community. I do hope they are not gone...this seems reminiscent of the disappearance of Faith L57 in late 2008/early 2009; he was a breeding age male in his mid-30's, a very healthy age for a male. If we lost Flash and Saanich it would be very sad and a hard loss for the community. Plus, Georgia is the second oldest female in the community, to loose her would be terrible. Her pod and matriline need her!  Orcas stay with their mothers and families their whole lives, and Georgia has 1 daughter (Skagit K13). Georgia is a grandma AND a great-grandma! (Her grandchildren are -Spock (K-20), Scoter (K-25), Deadhead (K-27), and Cali (K-34), and her great-grandchild is Comet K38) Of course Flash travels with his mom L5 Tanya, but Saanich's mom L3 is gone. Here is a twist:  Flash and Saanich  are cousins!   So for them both to be of the same family group and to disappear together, it is quite mysterious. Saanich has lost all his siblings and his mom, I do hope he is still alive to carry on his family bloodline. Flash has a great group he travels with (including Saanich and  Tanya), and he is growing well. PLEASE BE OK, WHALES!! WE ARE HOPING FOR YOUR RETURN.

~ Find Out More about the Individual Whales HERE

~ See the Official ID Photographs and Information of the Whales HERE

Here are some of my Southern Resident Orca photographs:
:bulletblue: Like a Princess by verybluebird:bulletblue:
:bulletblue: The Cookies -and Rhapsody- by verybluebird:bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Power by verybluebird:bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Guy Time II by verybluebird:bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Guy Time by verybluebird:bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Jump for Joy by verybluebird:bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Scenic Spyhop by verybluebird:bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Enjoy the Sun by verybluebird:bulletblue:

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EDIT:Please read! Power outage!

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 5, 2010, 7:07 PM



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EDIT: I am in an area with power now! We are staying the night at a friend's house. More storms are on the way, however, and it will be days before our own apartment will have power. PHOTOS may be coming! Hang in there.

To Highlighterjuice HOPEFULLY it will not storm on Satuday! :noes:


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ORIGINAL MESSAGE:




This is :iconkumarunga: here, and I have successfully hacked Saphire's account!... okay, just kidding. :giggle:

Saphire asked me to give you all a message. There was a storm in the DC area which caused a power outage, and power may not be back on for a couple of days. So be patient, and she will return in no time! :la:

*logs out before causing trouble* :wave:

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