It's been an incredibly busy season for me thus far in 2016. Every weekend for the past seven, I've either been doing Art Shows / Festivals or traveling on photo shoots. I've not been in the water nearly as much as I'd like, but today I had a very good 'Day at the Office'. Spending some quality time in Puget Sound with Octopuses, Opalescent Nudibranchs, a Wolf eel, Painted Greenling and many other amazing underwater creatures is wonderful. The visibility was very good for this time of year, almost 30 feet. The plant life is blooming and the animals are everywhere.
Remove the Dams on the Lower Snake River
Another very important item I am compelled to mention is the removal of the four dams on the lower Snake River. These old dams serve no purpose. Bonneville Power Admin. is continually delaying upgrades because not only are these dams completely obsolete, but they cost Washington State millions every year. During the annual spring snow melt and during the highest runoff period, these dams produce their most electricity. But Washington is awash in excess electricity, and BPA pays California to take our excess electricity.
Contact your elected officials and demand the removal of these dams. The removal cost is almost nothing in todays construction dollar. The result will be to hopefully save the very few remaining native salmon trying to return to spawn up river. In 2015 only 50 salmon returned to the lower Snake River! That is unacceptable. Within only a few years there may be no more original native salmon in the Snake River.
Take a few minutes, make a phone call as I did and demand action to save the salmon, and help our endangered Orcas.
Call POTUS ask him to issue an Executive Order to Breach the 4 lower SnakeRiverDams 202-456-1111
Call Senator Maria Cantwell, ask her to SUPPORT an Executive Order by POTUS to breach Snake River Dams (202) 224-3441
Call Senator Patty Murray, ask her to SUPPORT an Executive Order by POTUS to breach Snake River Dams (202) 224-2621
Call Governor Jay Inslee, ask him to SUPPORT an Executive Order by POTUS to breach Snake River Dams (202) 224-2621
Sign the petitions https://srkwcsi.org/take-action/sign-the-petitions/
This weekend I will be at Crossroads for the annual Strawberry Festival in Bellevue. Starting at 10:00 AM Saturday and Sunday, I will have my beautiful Puget Sound underwater art work on display. This event promises to be a wonderful time for everyone attending. I have quite a few other Art Shows coming up this summer. I may be in your region of Puget Sound very soon. Information is posted on my Schedule page about future shows and events.
This weekend I will also be premiering a new and very cool product. I have created 'Mini-Prints'. Like all of my matted prints, I use only the finest Canon Photo Paper and highest quality Canon Ink. My new Mini-Prints are an excellent choice to accompany my new 2017, 15-Month Calendar as well. My Calendar is for sale for only $20.00 at any of my events. These and any images on my website are available for sale on my online Store.
Finally, if you're looking to learn something new about our amazing animals in Puget Sound, check out my videos. My original video about Kelp Greenling Eggs looks at their development. Look close, you can actually see the heart beating!
New artwork, new 15-month calendar, and great weather. Come out to the Edmonds Arts Festival this weekend and see what is new at 'Made In Puget Sound'. Check my Schedule page often to learn where and when my next event will be happening.
Recently I spent a week in Yellowstone as part of a professional photo tour. 5 days and almost 15 hours each day of shooting, viewing, traveling and discussing photography. It was a week well spent in a truly spectacular part of the country. I have been posting shots from my trip in the Gallery page of my website. All of the images in this or any gallery are available to sale. Contact me via my Connect page for more information.
2017 Made In Puget Sound, 15-month Calendar is available for sale. Only $20.00 for my very best and most impressive calendar to date.
Drew Collins professional underwater photographer and environmentalist living and diving primarily in the beautiful Emerald green waters of Puget Sound near Seattle, Washington.