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Move to Higher Ground

Last May I took a couple days off and headed to La Push, Washington, home of the Quileute Nation. I spent the night in one of their very cool cabins on First Beach.

After working with Jackie Jacobs, the tribe’s media consultant to get permission to fly  Spirit 3 around the beautiful coastal area  of the reservation for an upcoming episode of On the Road, I was granted that permission. The tribe’s media policy is very strict and I was appreciative of being granted that privilege.

For that permission, Jackie asked if I would share some clips for the Quileute’s compelling film, Move to Higher Ground, a look at what would happen to their children’s school if a tsunami hit the reservation. Because the tribe is at sea level, the destruction would be catastrophic and a generation of Quileute’s would be lost if the only road in and out of the reservation would get cut-off by an earthquake.

Although Spirit Vision Films contributed to the aerial views of the reservation, it is my intent to make the viewer aware of their dire situation and hopefully, a solution can be found to alleviate this threat to the children of the tribe.

Please enjoy this very compelling film and maybe you will be the one to help them move these children to higher ground. Thank you.

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On the Road – the Olympic Discovery Trail

Our PAPA TV series On the Road, now has another episode. It is the Olympic Discovery Trail that highlights the hiker biker trail from Blyn, Washington, the home of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and the start of the North Olympic Marathon to the Port Angeles Waterfront Trail the finish of the marathon.

We have multiple stops along the way including, the Jimmy Come Lately restored estuary, Sequim Bay State Park, the Johnson Creek trestle, the John Wayne Marina, City of Sequim, Railroad Bridge Park and the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Robin Hill Park, the hilly section of the Bagley Creek ravine, the beautiful Morse Creek trestle, as the well as the incredible Port Angeles Waterfront Trail.

So enjoy a 30-minute trip along the trail and make your own plans to ‘discover’ the North Olympic Peninsula’s Olympic Discovery Trail!

 

Busy Summer

Spirit Vision Films has been busy this summer.

Not only are we producing the third episode of our PAPA TV, On the Road series, highlighting the Olympic Discovery Trail, but we picked up a contract from the Clallam County Road Department documenting the deconstruction and rebuilding of the MacDonald Creek Bridge on the Old Olympic Highway between Sequim and Port Angeles. We will go into more detail on that project in future posts.

Real estate sales on the North Olympic Peninsula are in full summer swing. SVF has received many calls about using our UAV to film both land and homes.

One such call was from Amy Williams of Avenue Properties in Bellevue, Washington. She hired us to not only fly the property located in the Elwha River estuary, but to also do some interior shots for her company last weekend. With the help of Trisa and Christine, who specialize in staging homes for photo shoots, we went room to room staging and photographing this beautiful property situated in the very heart of the Elwha River estuary, right on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

I also went to the property the evening before the shoot to capture a beautiful sunset with our UAV. I flew the following day as well. We wanted to really deliver a quality product to our new clients and I believe we accomplished our goal! You be the judge.

Here is the video that was created to highlight that listing, as well as a few of the interior shots of this amazing Nantucket style home.

 

 

 

Lyre River Hideaway

Lyle Lape, from Brigadoon Vacation Rentals, had me fly a beautiful property located on the Lyre River, west of Port Angeles, Washington. The day couldn’t have been nicer!

I created a short one and half minute highlight film of the 2 bedroom 1 bath upstairs apartment on this unique property. It has private beach access to the mouth of the Lyre River, as well as views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

It abuts the 280 acre Lyre Conservation Area and has seasonal fishing for steelhead and cutthroat trout.

If you want to get away from the urban rat race for few days, this would make a great place to go.

Brigadoon Vacation Rentals phone number is 360-683-2255. Ask for Lyle! Here is the property from the air:

On the Road – The New Dungeness Light Station

Spirit Vision Films in association with PAPA TV (Peninsula Area Public Access TV) of Port Angeles, Washington, has created a series called On the Road, highlighting unique destinations around the North Olympic Peninsula.

The pilot episode is called the New Dungeness Light Station. We focus our attention on the Dungeness lighthouse, as well as the New Dungeness Light Station Association. This organization maintains and gives tours of the 160 year old lighthouse on the Dungeness Spit with their volunteers, board members, and lighthouse keeper program. All are located within the 775 acre Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, next to the Clallam County Dungeness Recreation Area campground, near Sequim, Washington.

Elaine Cochran, Joseph Bennett, Emily Enges my niece, and myself spent two days at the lighthouse interviewing the keepers, exploring and filming the lighthouse, and the many natural sights of the wildlife refuge. This is our efforts.

This film was grant-funded through the Clallam County Lodging Tax fund to promote tourism on the North Olympic Peninsula.

 

 

Taste of the Peninsula

April 15th always conjures up two words in my mind …… tax day! Usually it is the day you had better have gotten your taxes done and sent in by.

Well this year two things are different. One, we get an extra three days to get it done. And two, it was Habitat of Humanity of Clallam County’s third annual Taste of the Peninsula benefit dinner and auction.

I have had the privilege of being at all three of the benefits and seeing the generosity of our community come together for the great causes Habitat fulfills on the Peninsula.

I created a video for Habitat, as I have for the last two benefits, describing the work of Habitat.  This year, Habitat focused on their Neighborhood Revitalization program they started about two years ago with the partnership of the City of Sequim and the Sequim Sunshine Rotarians, along with many volunteers from all over the Peninsula.

We feasted on some of the best foods and wines of the Peninsula brought to us from businesses like Michael’s of Port Angeles, Olympic Cellars Winery, Jose’s of Sequim, to name just a few of the many who contributed to the success of tonight’s event.

I heard that the auction and event brought in over $28,000 to help with Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization program helping homeowners who wouldn’t be able otherwise repair their homes. This will impact low-income seniors, disabled folks, family’s that are struggling to meet the basics of life, let alone replacing a roof, rebuilding a fence, or just applying a new coat of paint to make the house alive again. This is what Habitat’s revitalization program will provide and more.

Here is the video that tells the story, from Neighborhood Revitalization to Rally in the Alley, along with the partners and volunteers who make the program work. You may not be able to help build a Habitat house, but anyone from a child to senior citizen can come out and help cleanup our neighborhoods in Sequim and beyond.

And if your not from the Peninsula, get involved where you are!

 

Future News

Although the winter seems to be hanging on here in the Pacific Northwest, spring is right around the corner.

Spirit Vision Films has already started its spring roster of films for our clients, beginning with Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County’s annual benefit, Taste of the Peninsula at the Sunland convention center here in Sequim, in mid-April.

We will be creating a short video for their benefit highlighting their efforts to help not only those that are under-housed, but also those that cannot afford or for lack of strength, repair their houses when needed (senior and the disabled community especially).

It is Habitat’s new program, along with its partners including the City of Sequim and the Rotarian’s as well, called ‘Love thy Neighborhood,’ …. a neighborhood revitalization project aimed at the folks who just need a new fence, or roof, a little paint, or just a good cleaning up, but are unable to do it themselves.

They also have brought out the community in Sequim with their Rally in the Alley events. They just completed the third event two Saturdays ago with the help of over 100 volunteers that swept through northern Sequim’s alleys and streets, collecting enough trash to fill three very large dumpsters. Their previous event collected over 10 tons of garbage. Very impressive! Port Angeles will be targeted next.

Also, Spirit Vision Films in conjunction with PAPA TV has been awarded a grant from the Clallam County Lodging Tax committee to create three videos targeting the tourism segment of the county and the greater Olympic Peninsula.

Beginning in April, Spirit Vision Films, along with PAPA TV personnel will begin shooting a new series, with a working title called, On the Road. Each of the segments will be 30 minutes long and will focus on destinations around the Olympic Peninsula that would attract tourists considering coming to the peninsula for a visit.

The first video will focus on the New Dungeness Light Station on the Dungeness Spit. We will be following a group or couple that have signed up to become ‘keepers’ on the lighthouse for one week. We will also be relating the history of the lighthouse, as well as the Dungeness Recreational Area that you can take to get to the lighthouse by hiking 7 miles (one way!) on the spit to the lighthouse.

Our second tentative shoot will be highlighting the Olympic Discovery Trail from Blyn to Port Angeles. We will be stopping at points of interest along the way like the Sequim Bay State Park, John Wayne Marina, The Railroad Bridge Park, and the Port Angeles waterfront portion of the trail. We our going to have some fun!

Our third video’s location has not been determined as yet, but we’ll keep you informed as we go forward on this project.

And of course, when the videos are completed, you will find them right here! Stay tuned!

 

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New Dungeness Light Station – Dungeness Spit

Dungeness River Off-Channel Reservoir Project

Spirit Vision Films has just finished the Dungeness Off-Channel Reservoir project video that we started in November of last year.

The film describes the need and benefits of this 30 million dollar project that will bring to the Dungeness Valley a way to supply water to irrigators on the east side of the river in the lower Dungeness Valley, while maintaining a positive flow of water for the 4 species of ESA-listed salmon and steelhead returning to their spawning grounds in the late summer.

Because of climate change, the North Olympic Mountain snowpack has been negatively affected, creating a competition for water late in summer’s irrigation cycle.

The reservoir will also address the winter flooding that affects the City of Sequim and surrounding area by channeling the storm water into the reservoir to be used either in the early spring for aquafer recharge or to be saved through the spring and early summer when depleted snowpack is evident for use by the irrigators in the late summer months.

A 320-acre county park will also be created to encompass the 88-acre reservoir, which will provide hiking, birding, bicycle and equestrian pursuits, as well as being able to access the river.

This film articulates the concerns, benefits, and need of the reservoir by officials of Clallam County, the City of Sequim, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, the Clallam Conservation District, Washington Water Trust, and the Dungeness Water Users Association.

If you want more information on this important project on the North Olympic Peninsula, click on the seven minute video below. Thanks for watching!