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Ep. #4 Wonder, Art & Action: Inspired by Orca Community – Southern Resident J, K & L Pods

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

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The salmon eating Southern Resident Orcas of the Pacific Northwest inspire immense wonder in our lives & the lives of many people! We have had the amazing opportunity to spend several weeks every summer, throughout many years watching J, K & L Orca whale pods from the west side of San Juan Island, Washington, at Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse State Park. The Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) are a community of extended families that spend their lives together as they live, play, eat salmon, mate & raise their children in the inland waters of the Salish Sea, as well as out in the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. Our time spent watching & learning about this orca community has inspired our life in many ways! Their physical beauty, grace & power, combined with their incredible community driven, matriarchal society stirs wonder & compassion in our hearts & souls.

~ This closeup photo of the Orcas is courtesy of Bob Otis ~

Annually since 2004, we have spent many weeks throughout the summer seasons at Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse State Park on the west side of San Juan Island, Washington. This park is beautiful, and for us, it’s a home away from home. Throughout the years, so many meaningful experiences and friendships have been made in this special place, where the Southern Residents Orcas pass by. From sunrise to sunset, our days on the island have been filled with watching whales, learning about the Orcas, visiting with friends & making new friends, reading books, drawing sketches, hiking the park’s trails, picnicking, and soaking in the beauty of this unique paradise.

Those long summer days watching Orca J, K, and L Pods from Lime Kiln Lighthouse on San Juan Island will forever be a part of who we are and be held as some of our dearest memories.

The situation is different now. These orcas are rarely seen in the inland waters and are more often somewhere out in the ocean hopefully finding and eating salmon which they must have in order to survive. This community of Orcas are not eating other mammals. These orcas are endangered. They need salmon. They need cleaner waters. They need a quieter and safe place to call home.

~ This closeup photo of the Orcas is courtesy of Bob Otis ~

As two caring, inspired & action driven people, we refuse to lose hope even though the future of these Orcas is full of challenges. We envision a healthy win-win future that includes people co-operatively working together to restore salmon populations and healthy J, K & L Orca pods. These Orcas have the influence to inspire great wonder, and that wonder can take shape in all kinds of miraculous & possible ways!

We support solutions that will result in healthier salmon populations, cleaner inland waters, and respectful interaction with the orcas & with each other as we all work to act on the solutions that are required to ensure a future that includes salmon & Southern Resident J, K & L Pod Orcas in the Pacific Northwest.

These orcas inspired us to co-found an art business, Rainbow Orca Designs, where we create nature & wildlife inspired art that celebrates the beauty & playfulness of each animal we sculpt or paint. We donate 10% of the net profits from the sales of our art to conservation, animal rescue, humanitarian & arts projects.

You can learn more about our nature, wildlife & orca inspired sculptural ART & nature paintings by visiting our RAINBOW ORCA DESIGNS website:

It’s very meaningful to share so much of ourselves & our treasured life experiences in this week’s video episode.

This is our video tribute & thanks to the Orcas that inspire so many aspects of our life…

from our daily thoughts & dreams,

to our art,

to our daily actions as citizens,

to the passion we feel for the health of the Pacific Northwest,

to our buying decisions as a consumer,

to our daily prayers,

to the love we feel for J, K & L Pods in our own hearts

and to the passion we share about these Orcas in our interactions with others.

In honor of the Orcas who inspire us to feel & share wonder.

Southern Resident Orcas J, K & L Pods:

Our prayer for your health, longevity & future generations.

~ This closeup photo of the Orcas is courtesy of Bob Otis ~

We are building a "FINDING JOY" ONLINE COMMUNITY and we look forward to sharing our joys and wonders with that community.

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We create, film, and edit all our video episodes! This episode features a lot of our photography & videography from throughout our summers spent at Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse State Park. The photograph stills of the Orcas are courtesy of Bob Otis. The video of the Orcas was filmed by us on an older borrowed camcorder. We hope to have future opportunities to film the Orcas with better equipment.

The wonderful music that goes into underscoring our videos is all licensed through Artlist. Musical Artists heard in THIS Episode:

~ Hanjo Gabler, Ziv Moran, Ben Wagner, Evolv, SLPSTRM, Ian Post & Marc Robillard

All video & photos are filmed by the two of us with the exception of the following:

~ Closeup photographs of Orcas; courtesy of Bob Otis

~ Map & satellite imagery of San Juan Island & Lime Kiln Lighthouse; Google Maps

~ Licensed under the Unsplash license; photos of rainbow & rainbow paint colors

~ Images of news headlines; from news organization websites

~ Licensed under the Pexels license; underwater video footage of salmon

~ Licensed under the Pixabay license; image of Earth Globe

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THANK YOU for watching this very special Video Episode. Now you know much more about the Southern Resident Orcas that inspire our lives each & every day.

This is the 4th video episode of the WONDER ADVENTURE!

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See you next Sunday for a new video episode!


Wendy (Sequoia Win’Ni) & Megan

and "Wonder DOGS" Uluru & Konane

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