Tag Archives: North Olympic Peninsula

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:

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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.

 

 

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!

Haiku House

I just finished a short video incorporating aerial videography and still photography showcasing a client’s beautiful home located near Freshwater Bay, WA.

My client has a wonderful ‘Haiku’ home located on high bank waterfront property along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, nestled in tall fir trees and natural surroundings.

Haiku is a Japanese poetic term associated with the relationship and interaction between nature and humankind. When form and function become one to bring inherent peace, tranquility, and harmony to your home and property.

This most certainly would describe this magnificent home and property. By using what is known as ‘fusion’ between videography and still images, Spirit Vision Films kept the Japanese theme throughout, including the music.

While my client is not selling his property at this time, if and when he chooses to, this video will be a great asset for that purpose.

Spirit Vision Films is a full service aerial and ground-based videography and photography business, with a eye on providing high quality films, videos, and still images to their clients.

 

Peninsula College 2016 Commencement

It was hard for me to believe as I sat outside in the rain yesterday at Peninsula College’s Commencement for the graduating class of June 18th 2016, it had been two years since I walked across the stage with the graduating class of 2014. At that time my young nieces, Addie and Emily Enges were in the audience watching me. Today, I had the pleasure of being in the audience watching them graduate.

It was the Fifty-Fourth Commencement of Peninsula College here in Port Angeles. It was also the largest class in its history to graduate. 591 folks from all walks of life received their diplomas in many different fields across the spectrum. Because of this fact, there was no room inside and the ceremony had to be held outside.

In the Pacific Northwest we are very used to rain at anytime of the year. June is no exception. And it proved to be very wet for the graduates and audience alike. But Rick Ross who has been in charge of getting it all together for many commencements was prepared. As the spectators filed in they were all issued a small bag with a hooded poncho inside. And they were most certainly put to good use!

The Kenmore Pipe Band led the staff and faculty to the stage, followed by the graduating class. My friend, mentor, and videography professor Renne Brock-Richmond was part of the faculty procession. She has been instrumental in inspiring me in the field of videography and getting my business started, as well as many other students. Some of those students were Sierra Horsley and Woody French who were graduating yesterday. I have had the pleasure of working with both. They are talented videographers and I expect to see them flourish in this field here on the Peninsula.

President Dr. Luke Robins introduced the class and the keynote speakers, Rep. Steve Tharinger and student speaker Mia Steben. The theme was from Eleanor Roosevelt, who once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Rep. Tharinger reminded the attendees that Peninsula College was a community college. A community of diverse people whose dreams can be made real by hard work and commitment to those dreams.

Young Mia Steben’s story was incredible. She told the audience that she didn’t know her real birthday and who her biological parents were. She had been abandoned on the streets of Beijing, China as an infant and had found her way to the United States, where she was standing as an honor student to the amazement of many in the audience, me included. She overcame much and dreamed large to be where she was today. Truly an inspiration!

As I read through the commencement program, looking for people I might know, reading the names on the very long list, I came to the last two pages. I was shocked and surprised to see me and my story gracing those last two page! The title was, “Student’s Dream Take Flight.” It was the story Peninsula College ran in their PC Magazine and ran on the their website on how I had changed careers. (It can be found in the archives on this website) And with the help of the VA’s VRAP program, Terry Smith, Peninsula College’s veteran coordinator, the encouragement of faculty members like Renne Brock-Richmond, Marina Shipvoa, my digital editing professor, and my English teacher, Helen Lovejoy who all contributed to give me a ‘dream’ of starting Spirit Vision Films.

I owe so much to Peninsula College. Being around young folks and the constant encouragement of the staff and faculty gave me a vision that transcends my current age. In my mind, I am still forty (that is until I look in the mirror!). Clint Eastwood turned 86 years old this year and he is still making films. So I think that gives me at least twenty more years to accomplish something with the skills I have learned at PC!

Although the rain dampened the atmosphere, it could not dampen the enthusiasm I felt from the graduating class as one by one they ascended the stairs to the stage and received their diplomas. It was a great day to be in the audience!

Finally the tassels changed sides on the graduate’s caps and a shout was heard from the crowd as President Robins congratulated the class and dismissed them. Then the pipers came back and lead the processional away from the stage and the commencement ended. Although the ceremony had ended, it was actually the beginning of new life adventures for those students, including my nieces who I am so proud of! I can’t wait to see what dreams they make into reality.

Here are a few of the images I shot at the ceremony. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UAV Aerial Bluff Inspection and Survey

Spirit Two has been getting quite a work out lately and hasn’t let me down yet. We entered the bluff inspection and survey field with a recent job inspecting a high bluff waterfront property along the Strait. We were amazed at what we found.

We have been doing aerial real estate listing work, photographing utilities from the air, and using the UAV in documentary film making. All in a day’s work for Spirit Two.

Today I created a short film highlighting the uses of our UAV to inspect and survey high bank waterfront properties along the Strait and the Puget Sound areas. Using a UAV is an economical decision to record previously inaccessible property’s erosion problems, especially those of man-made kind. The property owner can then take a course of action that will limit further erosion and have a video record and date of that survey.

So if you are a high bank bluff owner that has never seen close up the condition of your bluff, please contact us for an estimate for our services. We service all of Northwestern Washington.