Sunday, August 11, 2019

Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, Fremont, Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge was created by an act in Congress in 1972 and named after the U.S. Representative who championed its creation.  The refuge now encompasses 30,000 acres and stretches from the Dumbarton Bridge south to Alviso.  We visited the Fremont part of the refuge.  Although it consists mostly of wetlands, it has one hill, the smallest and southernmost of the Coyote Hills, which provided overlooks with superb views of the Bay, the Dumbarton and San Mateo Bridges, marshes, salt ponds, and the Newark Slough.

It was a beautiful day at the refuge.  It started off partly cloudy, but the clouds burned off by about 10:30 AM, then the wind blew but not too hard -- just right to keep us from getting too hot.

For more information about the refuge, visit:

Upcoming Paintsites:  See the SCVWS website or the August Newsletter for details:
  • Thursday, August 15, Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, San Jose
  • Saturday, August 17, Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, San Jose
  • Thursday, August 22, Senior Safari, Happy Hollow Zoo, San Jose
  • Thursday, August 29, Villa Montalvo, Saratoga
  • Thursday, Sept 5, Emerald Lake Country Club, Emerald Hills
  • Thursday, Sept 12, Rosicrucian Museum Park, San Jose
  • Thursday, Sept 19, Allied Arts Guild, Menlo Park
  • Saturday, Sept 21, Edenvale Gardens Regional Park / Hayes Mansion, San Jose
  • Thursday, Sept 26, Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

Artists and their artwork:

Dick has a great view of the wetlands

Dick's painting of the wetlands

Salinda, Dick, and Broncha set up at the overlook
by the Complex Headquarters

Salinda showing her two completed paintings

Salinda's painting of the wetlands

Salinda focused on the Dumbarton Bridge

Jane P. painted from an overlook at the side of the hill

Jane focused on one of the historic buildings

Marilyn's painting of the wetlands

That tiny figure is Brad sitting on the levee right by the water

Brad's painting of one of the ramshackle buildings

Brad's pen and ink drawing of a historic building converted into a picnic shelter.

Broncha painted from inside the picnic shelter, a perfect spot
out of the wind with a terrific view of the Learning Center.

Broncha's painting of the Newark Slough and the Learning Center

Sham's painting of the hillside by the Complex Headquarters.

Indira's painting of the same

It is a Wildlife Refuge, and we did see wildlife.
Here is a red-tailed hawk soaring above the wetlands and Highway 84
and showing off its red tail.

The same red-tailed hawk, soaring almost
directly above.

More wildlife:  many resting avocets

The artists with their paintings
on the picnic table by the Learning Center.

Marilyn showing Broncha's painting during our sharing time

Artists at lunch.  Photo by Salinda

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