In the last week my new book has been available for sale at a few local art events. The sales have been fantastic. Exceeding projections. The response has been overwhelming. I'm receiving very positive comments about the high quality production of the book, its stunning high resolution images inside and valuable information about the wildlife and environment.
This weekend I will be in Anacortes on Saturday and Everett on Sunday selling my book. I also have a very special month long event planned in Everett, details coming next week.
Thanks to everyone for supporting 'Made In Puget Sound®' by purchasing my book. I look forward to meeting and seeing more of you this weekend at events in north Sound areas.
July and August will be very busy months for 'Made In Puget Sound®'. We have a series of events promoting and publicizing our nonprofit, all-volunteer organization. Every dollar from the sale of any book and artwork goes directly to the work of this organization. Autographed copies of my new book: Puget Sound Underwater will be on sale. This book is totally unique and one of a kind. Never before has anyone focused not only on the amazing underwater wildlife living in our cold local waters, but also on the health of our ecosystems.
Please come out and help support our educational programs and the work we are doing to protect and promote Puget Sound.
July 21 & 22, I will be at the Gig Harbor Arts Fest signing my new book: Puget Sound Underwater.
This book, like all of my work, is a unique window into the underwater world of north Puget Sound. Including Whidbey, Camano and Fidalgo Islands.
To learn a little more about me, my book and the 'Made In Puget Sound®' nonprofit organization, watch my short video.
Every dollar raised from the sale of my book and my artwork goes to this important, all-volunteer organization.
We educate people about the importance of one of the world's largest and most important estuaries.
Earlier this month I created and launched the 'Made In Puget Sound® Underwater Wildlife Photography and Videography' MeetUp.
This is a group designed to help anyone that is interested in underwater photo and video. We will meet every third Thursday of each month at the Seattle Film Institute at 7:00 PM. 3210 16th Ave W., Seattle WA 98119. PostFX Room, 2nd Floor. The parking is limited. Please respect QFC and do not use their parking lot.
Join up and bring a friend.
Made In Puget Sound® Explores Burrows Island
Since the first few months after becoming a certified scuba diver in Puget Sound, I've often wondered 'what's down there' nearly every time I pass a body of water. On various boat dives with the few remaining dive charters in this area, I've wanted to explore below the surface of the Sound in places the charters would not, or could not get to. I am now able to explore our waters and bring images back that most people would never see. As the first in my series of 'Explore Puget Sound' blogs, I've chosen the northern islands of Puget Sound first. Many are uninhabited islands and rarely visited by people.
Burrows Island is just south of Fidalgo Island, west of Anacortes. It is no longer inhabited by people, but is still home to an important and functioning Lighthouse. For years I've been curious about the plants and animals living just below the surface around this somewhat isolated island. This is a stunningly beautiful area with secluded coves and tiny sandy beaches. I chose the west end of the island because of its safe entry and exit point.
What bottom topography might I encounter while diving throughout the Bull Kelp and rocky shoals surrounding the island? To learn more about this area, and to discover much more excellent information visit the Burrows Island lighthouse website.
As I motored on to a small sandy beach adjacent to the lighthouse, I found the perfect protected cove for me to gear up and drop into the water. My dive, although late in the day, was just prior to slack tide. This allowed me to explore the entire area during minimal current, for upward of an hour.
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Although not a deep spot, it is filled with beautiful and colorful life. Ribbed, Split and Bull Kelp surround the area. The kelp cover the bottom. It feeds, hides and protects Northern Kelp Crab, and Purple, Red & Green Urchins, and a multitude of Sea Stars. A very large Widehand Hermit was not intimidated by my presence what so ever.
As I left the island, the sun was beginning to set behind the Olympic Mountains to the west. I passed Fidalgo Island, I was able to capture a spectacular shot of Fidalgo Head. It's ominous steep cliffs tower over Rosario Strait, the perfect end to an extraordinary journey.
Fidalgo Head on the southwest corner of Fidalgo Island
Drew Collins professional underwater photographer and environmentalist living and diving primarily in the beautiful Emerald green waters of Puget Sound near Seattle, Washington.