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Director’s Letter: A Window on the Bay

We sometimes see mother otters with pups on their chests floating by.

    Lexie Bell has been with the Estuary Program for more than six years. 2016 was her first full year as Executive Director, and it’s been a year full of progress and inspiring partnerships. Below, you’ll find Lexie’s reflections on the past year and her hopes for the year to come.   Hello Friends, Have you visited our office lately? Our work here at the Estuary Program has a lot of perks (paddleboarding for science, anyone?), but one of the most immediate is the simple pleasure of looking out our office window. The view of the bay is stunning …

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Textures of Morro Bay Photo Contest 2016 Winners

Bee Boxes in the Rows by Katrina Kramer

  Our Textures of Morro Bay Photo Contest asked photographers to capture the unique and varied textures of the estuary and watershed. We were pleased to receive submissions from locals and visitors, from casual and serious photographers, and from camera-phone devotees and those who only use SLRs. The images themselves were stunning. They included more textures than we had imagined, along with a variety of Morro Bay’s moods in different locations around the bay and the surrounding watershed. The judges deliberated over anonymous submissions, weighing each photograph’s use of the theme, each photograph’s composition, and the artistic impact of the photograph …

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Textures of Morro Bay Photo Contest

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  The Morro Bay estuary and the surrounding watershed are full of different textures. Water droplets fall from a great egret’s feet as it takes off into the air, marking the glassy surface of the water with ripples. The egret’s feathered wings contrast with the clear blue sky.   The fuzzy seed pods of the hummingbird sage contrast with its smooth petals.   The receding tide ripples the mud along the shoreline before a raccoon visits the water’s edge, leaving its footprints.   The rocky sides of the morros seem to glow in the sun.   Any time you visit the estuary …

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