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Otter Creek by chateaugrief Otter Creek by chateaugrief

Did you know that you can find otters in California streams now?  They got driven out of the streams in the 1800’s due to I guess lack of food via pollution or just people being around (pretty shy), and they all went to sea, where they didn’t do too well, the sea otter population got down to just a handful of critters, one breeding pair?  The USGS keeps strict count of exactly how many sea otters are in California, or tries to, and have data going back to 1985, which is kind of cool www.usgs.gov/centers/werc/scie…  but now these 30 lb whiskery shellfish connoisseurs are making it back into the rivers and streams, particularly around the Bay Area where groups devoted to river otter spotting are springing up to track them  riverotterecology.org/otter-sp…  and see how they’re doing.  If you want to know what they look like, and how to tell the difference between a river otter and a muskrat and a beaver, here’s a nice set of photography to assist www.maxwaugh.com/2015/06/27/an…   River otters look a lot like dogs to me, I see the face and it’s got something of the pit bull look to it, broad flat head, wide set eyes.  Beavers and muskrats are rodents, but otters are weasels and they love eating fish and shellfish and crayfish, even frogs. So if you get a chance, keep an eye out for them!  Reminds me of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind In the Willows, a delightful children’s book if ever there was one.  My internet has been down for like three days so sorry for the short story, can’t do much research, and my post is late ‘cause I had to wait for the public library to open. 

Xander’s library not pictured this week unfortunately.

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Lumimyrskydawn Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Photographer
I absolutely love the use of colors here. Very beautiful.
And very cool info! Thank you :)
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edinaB Featured By Owner 3 days ago
nicely done :)
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rainylake Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful color choices!
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vanndra Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully painted!  Beautiful lighting and I love the fact that it has a traditional media feel to it :)
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TheGentlemanCupcake Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is such a great landscape. the colours are just... so damn good.
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AikoNekoOtaku Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty. Nice waters.. if only I could swim.. :) (Smile) :heart::( (Sad) CURSE YOU! 
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RadianceStudio Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018  Professional Artist
This is beautiful, I really love how you did the little waterfalls!
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Tiffin24 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2018  New Deviant
mee tooo Heart 
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AliceJigsaw Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018  Student Artist
It's soooo beautiful! :o
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Cryptomantra Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, stunning! 😊
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trilliondollerman Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
*slaps bed* this artist can create some fiiiiine art.
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usappakin Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist
So beautiful! ^^
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CrimsonSunset218 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018
*hugs*  I hope your internet gets better soon. :heart:
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ArtxDreamer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  New Deviant
incredible!
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magigrapix Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018
Nice dramatic river.
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tarlanx Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the flow of this piece :)
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JustJaxx Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
Wonderful work! La la la la Clap 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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JustJaxx Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018
Welcome!
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PBCEpicness Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional General Artist
very relaxing... somber, breezy river side...
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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RainbowPhilosopher Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Very beautiful and impressiveHeart I love the use of the brushstrokes here especially and the colour harmonyMeow :3 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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RainbowPhilosopher Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2018  Student Digital Artist
You´re welcomeMeow :3 
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KuroNekoKeef Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Artist
Speechless ...
Paradises maker ...
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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KuroNekoKeef Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018  Professional Artist
It's my pleasure !
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Shadow-Ghost26 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful! I love all the detail <3
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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Shadow-Ghost26 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! <3
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yet another great piece, and I'm a sucker for otters ;P
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! yeah me too it's like almost a dog...a seafood dog perhaps.  sea lions too... why do they look so canid?
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
For sure haha.  Hm, similar hunting styles at times, similar kinds of foods, the need to be streamlined and have a similar bite strength for aforementioned reasons…:shrug:  That's just off the top of my head without getting all technical XD
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warreni Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018
This is terrific. The colors of the water are striking. Good information in the narrative too. 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! glad you liked it!
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warreni Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018
You're quite welcome. Have a good weekend!
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lonermade Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Another beautiful work, a bit different with the sweeping vista and rainbow spectrum of color running thru the middle. I like that your landscapes are often accompanied by threatening weather on the horizon, at times it creates conflict in mood and others reminds of how fleeting the moment is.

In my town it's been decades coming and I'm old enough to have seen the Grand River go from an open sewer to being clean enough for recreation. Wild life has returned including game fish, pan fish, fowl, herons and while fishing the river I've even seen otter or mink along the bank. In the 19th/early 20th century a series of dams were constructed to produce hydro power for furniture industry. There is currently an effort to remove the dams and restore the rapids for which the city was named. As it turns out it is not as easy as simply removing the dams since much of the stone that made the rapids was remove to use as building material.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
that's a wonderful story!  it's always great to hear about things getting cleaned up and the animals coming back in.  how it got polluted and bad in the first place should be a great warning to everyone, especially now that (at least in california) so much progress has been made that things are coming off the endangered list and onto the varmint list.  careful, thoughtful management of wildlife and wild lands.  and the thing is, the people who worked for it get to enjoy the fruits of their labor, beautiful rivers, forests.  now if we can just get the slovenly carpet installers and contractors to stop dumping trash in the canyons. 
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Imdraproc Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018
Nice sky and background, and really good job on making the water look real and moving.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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Nuideas2001 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018
Very pretty!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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RossiTorres Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018   Digital Artist
Wonderful :love:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
this sort of post is more suited for forums.  therefore, I am hiding it here...
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lonermade Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
WTF go away Russian bot
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BCburlesque Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Very nice and soothing
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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FloridanPhotographer Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome, just jawdroppingly beautiful.
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