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Why

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Freedom and Fresh Breezes

Freedom and Fresh Breezes

I watched as the big white gull hopped frantically around in the sandy beige rocks of the beachside jetty that runs along Coast Highway 1.  Slowly I approached the obviously injured bird, not wanting to create any additional panic for it.  As I peered at the damage, it tried to sequester itself deeper into the jetty shadows which grew blacker as the sun rapidly disappeared.

Both it’s wings hung askew, broken at the shoulder hinge. Having raised birds, I knew what this meant. The animal was in shock. Maybe a car hit it. Not sure. But it was looking at the end of it’s high flying, trash picking, crab eating, mussel flinging days. It would die after awhile.

I waited till the last person had left the beach and then quietly approached the bird and grabbed for neck and body. It did not resist, not that there was much choice for it. I am fast, and knew what to do. I had made my own choice.

As we walked across the darkening beach cool wet sand crunching underfoot, I could feel the heartbeat, smell the salt air, and as we gingerly reached the top of the jetty turned and said goodbye to our sea and a chill breeze rose.

On the drive home the bird sat in my lap. Wrapped in a towel so that it would not move and with a hand on it. Steady.

As the stars winked on overhead, that gull looked at me and knew. You can tell what a suffering creature knows. If you get really quiet inside, they talk to you. All animals will. I said I was sorry, and thanked him, wrapped my towel over his head, lifted my axe and swiftly crushing it’s neck, I felt life leave.

I know it is “only a seagull”, but I cried.

We all have choices.

I hope that you get that.

At the Western Gate

At the Western Gate

World Oceans Day

Monday, June 8th, 2009
Danny Moa, Islander

Danny Moa, Islander

I awoke late this Sunny Sunday, having spent the night wrapping a job on the computer and getting to sleep at 6:30 AM. I pulled myself away from my girlfriend Donna who was doing her best imitation of a dead woman at 9:15 am. I had some coffee and rolled down the valley into downtown Ventura for a haircut appointment at 10:00 am with my Samoan pal Danny Moa.

By twelve, after we had rapped out and talked¬† a lot of story and I stood squinting in the broad light of high noon, I felt different. It wasn’t the haircut. I was now more relaxed. It was from contact with Danny and the Pacific Islanders style and mindset. They always want to connect you to the ocean. He had.

Yesterday I did an edit for a client. They had asked for a waterman’s point of view. Here it is. Happy World Oceans day. May you all be connected to, and cherish the sea.¬† It is the source of all life on this blue ball. Let us¬† respect it, learn from it and eschew everything and everyone that would try to keep it from us and us in turn, from it. If an organization or entity ever comes between you and the ocean, I hope that you would know not to support it. God made the seas for you. Take care of them. Be the good steward.

Historian and Hawaiian Tom Stone once told me that the Polynesian’s home is the sea. That land is only where we go to rest. That makes a lot of sense to any water person.

Here is a little film trailer from a piece we should hopefully complete sometime in the near future.

A beautiful piece by another sea tribe, Ireland’s native sons, U2 is here.

Holly Beck’s fantastic blog is here. Make sure to watch the video!

Ah, Project Kaisei is here. My friend George Orbelian kindly pointed out that in myopia, I had overlooked the project he had so generously included me on! Click that link and look around. It is revelatory.

A VERY fun film which is actually a demo reel that I did awhile ago won some festival acclaim recently and is here.

From Joe Noonan:

“I love the Native American saying that the white man took God from the earth and streams and waters and put ‘him’ way up in the sky, out of reach… the ocean’s my temple, church, playground and lover, where I experience the Divine so directly…”

Click on any of the images in the gallery for a larger view and a back story

When I am off center. I see this sign flashing.

When I am off center. I see this sign flashing.

Tiare and the Spinners

Tiare and the Spinners

Balinese Morning

Balinese Morning

Blue Ombak

Blue Ombak

Javanese Reflection

Javanese Reflection

Just a Wave

Just a Wave

Maldivian Eve

Maldivian Eve

Makaha Rush

Makaha Rush

Rockpile Sunset Push

Rockpile Sunset Push

Indian Ocean Fireworks

Indian Ocean Fireworks

Morning Magic

Morning Magic

Dawn Patrol

Dawn Patrol

World Champions, Hobie 16

World Champions, Hobie 16

Dolphin Swim

Dolphin Swim

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