joel smith surfs scripps

Intrepid CSUSM student Joel Smith surfs Scripps. Joel sent me this photo yesterday. Former TA for my Advanced Digital Arts class, he introduced us to his friend, the incredible local Carlsbad avian photographer, Chris Mayne, who visited the class last semester.

chris mayne: sandhill crane

We hope to lure Chris back to campus for another visit this spring. A long-time surfer, Chris started out photographing other surfers, but became increasingly captivated by the shorebirds and wildlife in the local lagoons.

According to his website, Chris was “the first person to photograph a Sandhill Crane in San Diego County, hundreds of miles from where it belongs—it was only the third reported time a Sandhill has ever been in San Diego!” I was interested in this because in the Henry Rodriguez Archive Collection (1920-1992) we have housed at CSUSM, Henry includes a name for the Sandhill Crane in the Luiseño language, qarú:t. So I wonder if at one time Sandhill Cranes were  more prevalent in San Diego.

Chris’ beautiful photo above is from a series of Sandhill Cranes he shot at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.


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