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First Condor Chick Hatches at Pinnacles National Monument in 100 Years
Forged by Fire: Lightening and Landscape at Big Sur
Big Sur artist Emile Norman dies at 91
Mr. Norman was one of the pioneering artists in the 1940s to use plastic and resin to make sculptures.
Born Emil Nomann in 1918 in San Gabriel, he began his career making plastic jewelry in Los Angeles. He moved to New York in 1943 and designed department store windows before turning full time to his art.
Mr. Norman discovered epoxy, or "German mastic," on a trip to Europe in the late 1940s, and that discovery shaped the rest of his career. One of his most famous works is the mosaic window in San Francisco's Masonic Memorial Temple on Nob Hill, done in 1958.
Mr. Norman met Brooks Clement, who would become his life partner and business associate, shortly after moving to New York. They returned to Los Angeles after World War II and, in 1946, moved to Big Sur.
The redwood house they built became a showcase for Mr. Norman's talents as he designed tables, lamps, walls and windows as if they were sculpture. His caregiver, Jeff Mallory, said that even well into his 80s, Mr. Norman would tell visitors that the house "is almost finished."
Mr. Norman opened his own gallery in Carmel in 1961. In 2005, he created the Emile Norman Charitable Trust to preserve his art and support the arts on the Peninsula.
He was profiled in a documentary, "Emile Norman: By His Own Design," that was broadcast on PBS in 2006.
Mr. Norman was predeceased by Clement, who died of cancer in 1973, and is survived by three sisters and five nieces and nephews.
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Biologists Find Condor Chick Dead in Big Sur, Trash the Likely Cause
Biologists from Ventana Wildlife Society’s Condor Recovery Project in Big Sur made a disappointing discovery on July 21st. They found the lifeless body of a wild California condor chick lying in thick brush beneath its redwood nest tree in Landel-Hills Big Creek Reserve. Joe Burnett, Sr. Wildlife Biologist for the VWS Condor Project and who recovered the chick personally said, “Although the loss of a wild chick is never easy, we still feel very fortunate to have four chicks surviving in the wild this year. In 2007 and 2008 we had a combined total of three chicks produced and they still thrive today and 2009 is on track to be the most productive year yet for condors in central California.” Mark Readdie, Manager of UC-Santa Cruz Landel-Hills Big Creek Reserve added, “We are excited that the pair is nesting at Big Creek Reserve but it’s tragic how their chick died.” More>>>
Big Sur's Treebones in world's top-10 eco-resorts
Eco-resorts are defined by features including traditional structures, minimal energy use, solar power, recycling, shared living arrangements or service to the community.
The Big Sur resort was one of four in the U.S. honored by Coastal Living. More>>
...pregnant females begin to arrive on the beach a little after mid-December with the first birth shortly before Christmas. Birthing peaks in mid-January with over 50 births a day on the beaches adjacent to the parking lot. The new pups have a shiny black coat and are often quite active. Indeed, with non-dominant bulls trying to invade the harems; mothers defending their section of the beach from encroachment by other females, pups, and even the big males; and the pups screaming for milk or misplaced mothers, the scene is the noisiest and most active of the year.
To see the Piedras Blancas elephant seals yourself, check out Friends of the Elephant Seal online. (Want to see them from the safety and warmth of your own home? The Año Nuevo State Park and Animal Reserve has installed a high-definition Sealcam!)
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