Creative Waves

Nature Conservancy Photo Contest

2019 Winners

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The Nature Conservancy announced the winners of its 2019 Photo Contest, which drew submissions from more than 150 countries, with Tyler Schiffman winning the Grand Prize for his underwater photo of a sea lion swimming in California’s Monterey Bay kelp beds.

Featuring awe-inspiring photos from the depths of the sea to the highest mountain peaks, the photos showcase the beauty and mystery of nature.

Animals of all kind, hovering storm clouds, people in nature,

photos that celebrate the majesty of the world around us.

See for yourself at:  nature.org/photocontest

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Autumn Leaves Delight

By SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Summer was so bold and strong,

sun-splashed days that went on and on.

Who could guess that fall was near?

That autumn leaves would soon appear.

Covering the trees,

drifting on the breeze.

Leaves of all shapes and sizes,

here to delight and surprise us.

Beautiful, delicate, red and gold.

A wondrous joy to behold!

Wishing you a joyful fall…

especially Patti’s niece Theresa Flores, who has been eagerly awaiting its arrival.

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Smiles of Summer

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The warmth and beauty of summer heightens our senses, making us smile and turning our thoughts into poetry.

And inspiring artists Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin to create masterpieces.

Now that we’re nearing the end of this golden time of year, take time to savor Mother Nature’s special gift.

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Summer’s Here!

By SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

It’s time to cheer.

Summer’s here!

Say hello to sun,

to days filled with fun.

Going to your favorite beaches.

Eating fresh strawberries and peaches.

Loading up the camper.

Stocking the picnic hamper.

Wearing flip flops and cool sunglasses.

Lying on the sand and green grasses.

No more fog and mist.

It’s summer solstice!

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Lifeguard Stations Are Works of Art

Colleen Gnos Captures Colorful Past

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 

As spring transitions into summer and lifeguard stations get fresh coats of paint, the ones in Avila Bay, on California’s Central Coast, stand out from the rest.

That’s because they are works of art created by acclaimed local artist Colleen Gnos.

Unlike traditional lifeguard stations, the ones painted by Gnos are adorned with unique marine scenes that draw you into a captivating ocean world. Take a look and you’ll see fishermen, divers, surfers…

whales and mermaids.

Commissioned by the Avila Beach Community Foundation & Arts Obispo, Gnos created eight murals that reflect the quirky beach community’s colorful past. “I remember the old Avila. It had a lot of character. It was a very salty fishing village for over 100 years,” says Gnos.

Voted San Luis Obispo’s Best Visual Artist of 2016, Gnos’ paintings are in galleries throughout the U.S. and Italy where she studied in Florence. The granddaughter of a tugboat fisherman, she told SurfWriter Girls she is fascinated by the sea.

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Make Way For Spring!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Ka-pow! Bam! Boom!

Spring is in bloom.

Flowers everywhere.

Birds flying here and there.

Bright colors all around.

Air filled with birds’ happy sounds.

Each brand new sprout

pushing winter out.

Time to plant. Time to sing.

Time to all welcome spring!

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Meet the Brophys!

Brophy Gallery, San Clemente

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The Brophy Gallery in the rustic SoCal beach town of San Clemente is instantly recognizable by the colorful van parked in front.

With a welcoming patio and large windows open to the street, it beckons you inside to a dazzling world of oceans and suns painted on large canvasses and gleaming surfboards.

It’s here that surf artist Drew Brophy and his wife Maria bring artistic fantasies to life.

A warren of rooms filled with mounted artworks, painted surfboards, work and gathering spaces, the gallery is more than a showcase for Brophy’s art.

It’s a tranquil place to work, contemplate and spend time with family and friends. Close to the ocean, like the art inside, it is dynamic and filled with energy – bathed in sunlight on some days and covered in fog on others.

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2019 Color of the Year Is Living Coral

Pantone Celebrates Nature’s Beauty

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The Pantone Color Institute‘s Color of the Year for 2019 is Living Coral – a life-affirming, bright coral hue that energizes and enlivens our surroundings.

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel are excited to see that an ocean color is center stage again with this year’s choice – Living Coral. Last year’s top color (picked by Sherwin-Williams) was Oceanside blue.

Picking the Color of the Year isn’t easy. “A global team of color experts combs the world looking for new color influences,” said Laurie Pressman, vice president of Pantone Color Institute. These could come from the entertainment industry, art, fashion, travel destinations, social media and more.

Pressman described Living Coral as “a color of carefree happiness that symbolizes our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits. It is a color we see in nature. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, it is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of nature’s colors and serve as a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life.”

Complementing the colors found under the sea, Living Coral pairs well with blues, greens, yellows and pinks.

So, let’s add the joyful colors of the world’s coral reefs to our lives and celebrate nature’s beauty!

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Season’s Gurton!

By SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Gurton’s warm bed by the fire was inviting,

but the city outside was too exciting.

Leaping through the window, he went on his way,

eager to explore his City by the Bay.

Holiday vendors were selling their wares.

Chestnuts were roasting in Ghiradelli Square.

Boats in the harbor bobbed when the wind blows.

The streets were lined with lighted windows.

Gurton heard carolers singing,

cable car bells ringing.

Wherever he looked, there was so much to see.

The Transamerica Tower just like a Christmas tree!

When he finally reached home

his food bowl was waiting and he wasn’t alone.

Contentedly stretched out on the floor,

Gurton had much to be thankful for.

Season’s Gurton to all!

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Much to be Thankful For

Written by SurfWriter GIrls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

We have much to be thankful for.
Family and friends at the door.


The Thanksgiving table set for more.
A delicious feast and treats galore.


Rooting for your team to score.
The oceans, beach and shore.

A beautiful world to explore.
So much to be thankful for.

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Autumn Is Here!

by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

After summer says good-bye

autumn leaves start to fly,

blanketing the ground

in orange, gold and brown.

Dazzling sands and brilliant blues

give way to softer hues

and fall’s harvest weather

brings friends together.

Birds start on their quests,

mice are happy in their nests.

And now you and I

can have some apple pie.

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Gurton On The Go!

by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

From the hills of San Francisco to the harbor down below

Gurton moves quickly, always on the go.

Traveling by the stars.

Dodging cable cars.

There are streets and alleys to explore,

fragrant gardens and busy stores.

With sleek, black fur and feline grace,

he roams from Chinatown to Marketplace.

Tail swishing and green eyes glowing bright,

Gurton watches the city day and night,

mysterious and unnoticed,

a phantom in the mist.

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Gurton lives in the City by the Bay with his human and cat family, the Garbers.

An adventurer at heart, you never know where he is going to turn up.

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Sunrise with You

A Poem for Greg

by Patti Kishel

Greg opened the window on an amazing view,

purples and reds of every hue.

The morning sky was all aglow

with a panoramic show.

Together we shared the dazzling sight,

the sun rising to push back the night.

The colorful moment soon faded away,

but the vivid memory is here to stay.

Fresh, vibrant and true,

like my love for you.

Greg, Happy Anniversary! – July 1st

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Riding the Waves of Life

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Riding the waves of life

there’s joy and strife,

ups and downs,

twists and turnarounds.

The tides go in and out

while sea gulls fly about

and surfers at the break

choose which waves to take.

The sea is vast and open,

a dazzling blue ocean

filled with people, places, voices,

a lifetime of choices.

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Shore Stories

Films Build Public Awareness

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Thanks to the power of film – six films – you can find out about the impact offshore drilling is having on the environment.

Oceana, the Surfrider Foundation, and other environmental organizations focused on protecting waterways, oceans, waves and beaches, have been hosting free screenings of Shore Stories in local communities throughout the country.

This collection of six films, curated by Working Films and allied organizations, highlights the grassroots reaction to offshore drilling taking place across the United States.

The Stories are told by a diverse group of people – surfers, fishermen, scientists, environmentalists, and others.

Find out what everyone is talking about!

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Blue Hue for 2018!

Sherwin-Williams Picks Beach Color

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

When it comes to colors, Life is a Beach in 2018.

Sherwin-Williams, the leader in paint and home materials, made news when it announced its Color of the Year – Oceanside – “a collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green.”

The marine-inspired color provides “a harmonious balance of blues and greens that makes a welcoming statement,” says the company.

What’s more, it can also “boost creative thinking and clarity of thought.”

What’s not to like in that? Architectural Digest calls Oceanside “a fun, bold choice.” The magazine notes that “the shade plays well with other colors” and recommends “going bold with corals and yellows or pairing it with calming shades of blue.”

SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel are stoked about the new color (SW 6496) because we love blues and greens. And the beach vibe is a definite winner.

 

 

So,  now’s the time to color your world in beautiful Oceanside blue and start channeling all your positive energies.

 

When it comes to mixing colors, it’s all up to you!

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Andy Warhol – Environmentally Yours

Flower Power And More!

 

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Andy Warhol’s paintings of soup cans, Marilyn Monroe and other pop icons are legendary – images that transformed their subjects and changed the way we see art.

 

But, there is another less-known side to Warhol’s art that shows his love for nature and commitment to protecting the environment.

Warhol did many paintings of flowers, plants and animals and a critically-acclaimed Endangered Species series.

Speaking out on behalf of the natural world, Warhol said, “I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.”

Warhol, a Pittsburgh native and adopted New Yorker more accustomed to city life, often escaped to his rustic Long Island retreat. It was a special place for him where he could see unadorned beauty and find new sources of inspiration.

In drawing attention to the environment and leaving his retreat as a nature preserve for future generations to enjoy, Warhol, who died in 1987, left a living legacy.

Ultimately, with tens of thousands of paintings to his credit, one of Warhol’s best works of art isn’t on canvas at all, but in the untouched land he left behind.

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Wildflowers Wow the Crowds!

CA Awash in Sea of Color

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

California’s wildflowers are putting on a dazzling show. Up and down the state the hills are alive with the vibrant colors of flowers.

Thousands of people a day are turning out to see Mother Nature’s colorful display!

 

 

At the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve near Lancaster SurfWriter Girls friends Mario Conti and Sarah Burt had their cameras ready to capture the moment.

Their results are striking, bringing to mind the Impressionist paintings of Claude Monet and the glorious flowers of Georgia O’Keeffe.

The wildflowers are definitely a sight to see!

 

If you go, remember to stay on the foot trails and don’t tromp on the flowers.

Park rangers are asking everyone to be careful to avoid crushing the flowers’ petals and stems.

Please don’t stomp,

Roll or romp.

Let the flowers be

For all to see.

That way we all can enjoy these living masterpieces.

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Springtime Wishes for Lesley

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

After months of rain and snow

it’s time for winter to go.

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Time to fill the day’s hours

with sunshine and flowers.

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For Lesley in Sammamish,

this is our wish:

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Warm, vibrant Washington days,

dropping in to Seattle’s cafés.

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An end to cold and flu,

a lovely spring for you.

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Steve & Lesley Meredith at the Empress Hotel on Vancouver Island.

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Treasure Life’s Little Things!

Sunrise to Sunset

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Written by Norma Sellers

Someone once told me to live for the little things in life.

Live for the 5 a.m. sunrises and the 5 p.m. sunsets where you’ll see colors in the sky that usually don’t belong.

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Live for the road trips and bike rides with music in your ears and wind blowing in your hair.

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Live for the days when you’re surrounded by your favorite people who make you realize that the world is not a cold, harsh place.

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Live for the little things because they will make you realize that this is what life is really about.

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Beaches Book Gives Bird’s Eye View!

Gray Malin’s Amazing Aerial Images

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the color photos in Gray Malin’s new book Beaches are worth 10,000 words.

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Taken from a helicopter with Malin literally hanging out the open doorway to get them, the 125 color photographs provide a view from above that’s normally reserved for birds.

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Los Angeles-based photographer Malin spent five years working on the book and photographing beaches from Sydney, Australia to Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

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With stunning aerial photos from around the world and six continents, the book’s unique perspective turns beaches into colorful motifs and abstract patterns that look like they could have been painted by Mondrian or David Hockney.

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For a day at the beach unlike any other you have experienced, settle in with Malin’s beautiful book and enjoy the vibrant images.

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Summertime

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Hot, sandy summer days.

Cool, blue ocean waves.

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Surfboard waxed.

Beach bag packed.

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Hamburgers and chocolate malts.

Margaritas rimmed with salt.

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Work’s on hold.

Carefree days unfold.

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Signs of Spring

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Skies are a brilliant blue.

The ocean is, too.

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Flowers glisten with dew.

Sprouts pop into view.

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flowers with dew

Birds chirp on cue.

The Earth begins to renew.

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NATURE IMITATES ART

White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata)

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

They say, “Life imitates art.” Well, it turns out that nature imitates art, too.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel’s friend Beverly Biber sent these amazing nature photos that definitely warrant a second look. It’s almost as if they were painted by an artist’s hand.

“Where’s E.T.? He phoned home, but we can’t find him.”

Aliens friends

Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings.

Angel Orchid (Habenaria Grandifloriformis)

“Up on your toes!”

Dancing Girls (Impatiens Bequaertii)

Just the thing for a December bride. “Kiss me!”

Hooker’s Lips (Psychotria Elata)

Dove Orchid Or Holy Ghost Orchid (Peristeria Elata)

Everything’s ducky.

Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana Major)

“Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees!” “Polly wants a cracker!”

Parrot Flower (Impatiens Psittacina)

Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula Simia)

“Earthlings, Mothra has come to eat all your clothes!”

Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

Swaddled Babies (Anguloa Uniflora)

“You’ve got the cutest little baby face.”

“Let’s dance!”

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Nature is the art of God. – Dante 

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Cowabunga!

Cows Dive In!

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

In surfing the web, SurfWriter Girls discovered some adventurous and playful cows created by Irish photographer, artist, author and video director Arthur Browne.

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Based in Dublin, the multi-talented Browne has a great sense of humor and a quirky way of observing the world around us.

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Browne’s cows are ready for anything…and love the water!

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To see more of Browne’s work, just go to his website: Pouring My Art Out

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Summer is Meow Time

Cats Stake Claim at Beach

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Now that summer’s here people aren’t the only ones heading to the beach. SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel discovered that, for some kool kitties, water is the cat’s meow.

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The next time you hit the beach and think you’re the first one there…look again. You might be in for a surprise.

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Beach Cats

Early in the morning at Huntington Beach,

Under the pier far from reach,

Slowly the cats begin coming out,

Twitching their whiskers and dancing about.

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Rested and hungry from their long naps,

Sniffing the air for fishermen’s scraps,

The cats frolic in the tide

Long before any surfers catch a ride.

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Quiet, except for hisses and meows,

Without its cover of colorful towels,

Bright umbrellas and tatami mats,

The beach belongs to the cats.

~SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel ©

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Birdsong for Spring

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

From the forests to the sea,

From a flower or a tree,

The birds sing for you; the birds sing for me.

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From high in the sky,

From a branch nearby,

The birds sing hello; the birds sing good-bye.

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From the earliest morning light,

From the darkest time of night,

The birds sing we’re here; the world is all right.

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“Haiku to You”

Surf City Haiku Reflections

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

A perfect wave break.

Sand and sea in harmony

in Huntington Beach.

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At dawn the seagulls

fly past the sun’s horizon.

The new day is here.

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Walking on the pier

early in the morning mist

just the seagulls watch.

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