January 5, 2009

We just spent “a week on a deserted island” – literally – watching for the arrival of pelicans from the north. Santa Barbara Island is one of two places in the Channel Islands National Park, in southern CA, where “our” NorCal brown pelicans breed. This volunteer work for the park service also served as a location scout for my upcoming shoot (probably in May or June) of pelicans nesting and raising chicks. Gigi may have been born on Santa Barbara Island, and I got to experience what she might have seen and heard as a youngster: sea lions, gulls, elephant seals, cormorants, lovely weather turning cloudy and windy, and the quiet and peacefulness of an island without cars, people, or lights. What a change it must have been for her to find herself on the roadway of the Golden Gate Bridge!

Santa Barbara Island

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