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Frances Wood
Whidbey Island, Washington
Frances is an author, columnist, birdwatcher and naturalist
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This Marsh Wren is announcing my upcoming art show titled: "Light and Flight: A 10th Floor Perspective" featuring my watercolor and ink paintings of birds. The show will open October 7th at the Tacoma Unitarian Church. Opening reception is at 12:30-1:30. Church address is 1115 56th Street, Tacoma. The show... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at FrancesWood
I'm off to the Sandhill Crane Festival in Othello, Washington. I'll be lecturing at noon on Saturday. My topic: Swallow Migration. If you are at the festival, please come find me. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2012 at FrancesWood
There is a wonderful series on trees airing this week on KUOW by Sarah Waller. Monday featured the gingko, Tuesday the yew, yesterday the nurse log, featuring Whidbey's own Larry Daloz. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2012 at FrancesWood
My writer friend Joyce Yarrow's new book is free. FREE at the Kindle store this Wednesday and Thursday - March 14 and 15 -- a mystery set in New York and Russia: THE LAST MATRYOSHKA by Joyce Yarrow Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at FrancesWood
BirdNote event at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley tomorrow night. The 7:30 event will be preceded by a bird-themed art display in the lobby. Art show at 6:00 is free BirdNote event is $20. Hope to see you there. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2012 at FrancesWood
Tonight I'm participating in a panel discussion at Book-It Repertory Theater before the performance of Jim Lynch's "Border Songs." Here's the info. Come on down to the Seattle Center. Nature Artist Panel Discussion How Nature Inspires My Art Wed., Sept. 21 6:30-7:10pm Center House Theater Featuring Moderator Lyanda Lynn Haupt... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2011 at FrancesWood
I've just soft launched a web-based project called 41 Whidbey Places. It's a collection of stories linked to special locations on Whidbey Island, Washington. The stories are personal; the places are public. Together they form a mosaic of Island life. Visit to read the stories, find their settings and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at FrancesWood
Hello blog. Long time no write. I watched an osprey soar and circle lazily above our bluff. Wings unmoving, it floated in and out of the noonday sun with white wing patches appearing translucent against the deep blue backdrop of sky. I think it was looking south, preparing for its... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at FrancesWood
Yesterday I attended a book launch for the Whidbey writer and artist team of Craig and Joy Johnson. Their new children's book "Rufous" follows the life of our Whidbey Island rufous hummingbirds. It's well written, full of Craig's watercolor paintings and certain to please young and old. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2010 at FrancesWood
"Good luck or bad, birds have feathered the nests of many myths" By FRANCES WOOD South Whidbey Record Oct 19 2010 "The days are getting shorter and the evenings colder and rainier. We’re slipping into the dark time of year and Halloween can’t be far away. Yet October always brings... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2010 at FrancesWood
Last Saturday I graduated with an MFA in creative writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, Whidbey Writers Workshop. Woo Hoo. Can't believe I finally made it. But here is proof. Photo shows my sister Nancy, me, husband Bill and step-son Cory (r to l) Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2010 at FrancesWood
This morning I found a white eagle feather on my back lawn. Two eagles regularly sit and call back and forth in our fir trees and I've found blackish brown eagle feathers before, but this one is ragged, well-used and all white. Is that good luck? Will something special happen... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at FrancesWood
"Toot, toot, toot." The sound of my own horn. Warning: this post includes blatant bragging. Frances Wood has earned honors in the Society of Professional Journalism’s 2009 NW Excellence in Journalism Contest. Wood was awarded first place for her column “Whidbey Birding.” Her columns featuring birds and bird watching appear... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2010 at FrancesWood
May is the prime month of birds nesting. The May show at the Brackenwood Gallery (located in Langley on Whidbey Island) is called "Oh, Spring!" It features nest sculptures by Sharon Spencer and flower and landscape paintings by Nola Allen. Check it out. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2010 at FrancesWood
Hope you'll read my May birding column in the South Whidbey Record. Here is the link: Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2010 at FrancesWood
Gojo Tenjinsha, Tokyo, Japan. We walked through this Shinto shrine in Ueno Park. It was the most elaborate entrance to a Shinto shrine that we saw. A few plum trees were in bloom. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2010 at FrancesWood
On our first morning in Tokyo we left our hotel in Asakusa and took the subway to Ueno Ponds. Saw lots of familiar ducks and these gulls resting quietly on the pilings. We identified them as black-headed gulls, larus ridibundus, in their winter plumage. I, too, was in my winter... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2010 at FrancesWood
Life has been busy including a trip to Japan. More about that later. Right now I want to share my recent column on birdwatching in the South Whidbey Record. Here is the link Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2010 at FrancesWood
Today's quiz: Who was the first woman to scale Mt. Rainier? The answer is in my feature article in the Washington State Museum's on line magazine, ColumbiaKids. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at FrancesWood
On Sunday 2/28 Phyllis Kind and I birded Point Wilson at Fort Worden, Pt Townsend on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. We viewed hundreds of wintering seabirds including a pair of Marbled Murlettes and a fairly rare Yellow-billed Loon. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2010 at FrancesWood
I turned off the Olympics long enough to write my column for the South Whidbey Record. Check it out. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2010 at FrancesWood
Have you seen Craig Johnson's photography at the Open Door Gallery in Bayview, Whidbey Island? Here's the gallery info: Open Door Gallery + Coffee 360-321-3020 Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2010 at FrancesWood
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Feb 9, 2010