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Brown Pelican Pictures + Some Facts and Inspiration for My Linocut Art

Updated on December 14, 2017
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Brown pelican on jetty in Florida
Brown pelican on jetty in Florida | Source

Spotting Pelicans

My early childhood days were spent in the countryside of Wisconsin. My teen years were spent in McAllen, Texas which is approximately seventy miles from the coastline and Padre Island. I attended a junior college the first year of my college days in Corpus Christi, Texas which is situated on the Gulf of Mexico.

For the majority of my life I have lived along with my husband of 4 1/2 decades in Houston, Texas which is about fifty miles from the Gulf of Mexico depending upon which part of the 4th largest city in the United States one lives.

In all of that time excepting the years spent in Wisconsin, we have had many occasions to spend time along the Gulf of Mexico enjoying the many sites which naturally include seeing the omnipresent pelicans. This does not even take into account vacationing along the Gulf shores in other states where pelicans also reside.

Pelican seen roosting on jetty rocks in Sarasota, Florida.
Pelican seen roosting on jetty rocks in Sarasota, Florida. | Source

Pelican Quote

My maternal grandfather was a great one for remembering and reciting quotes, poems and limeriks which he considered humorous. One of them that he learned while traveling in Arizona was called "Me Mudder." He often entertained guests with that one.

I have no idea where he first heard or read this pelican limerick created by the poet and humorist Dixon Lanier Merritt who was the editor of Nashville's daily newspaper called The Tennessean (formerly called the Nashville Tennessean prior to 1970).

This humorous limerick has been around since its creation in 1910 and must have been published at one time. Mr. Merritt was obviously interested in all types of birds as he was a founding member of the Tennessee Ornithological Society.

Suffice it to say, I remember hearing this funny "ditty" from my grandfather's lips through the years and here it is for those who may be unfamiliar.

"A wonderful bird is the pelican

His bill can hold more than his belican.

He can take in his beak

Food enough for a week;

But I'm damned if I see how the helican."

I can remember seeing the humor in my grandfather's eyes and the broad smile on his face after reciting this!

Pelicans do have large beaks with which they scoop up fish. They then tilt their heads back letting water that has also been collected flow out and proceed to swallow the fish whole.

Pelican seen roosting on jetty rocks in Sarasota, Florida.
Pelican seen roosting on jetty rocks in Sarasota, Florida. | Source

Pelican Photos

Some of the pelican photos in this post were taken when my mother and I were visiting my aunt and uncle in Florida. One time after they had taken us to see John and Mable Ringling's winter home called Cà d'Zan (which in the Venetian dialect means "House of John") as well as the Ringling Museum of Art, they took us to a jetty area where many people were fishing.

Dolphins were actively feeding and the fish were jumping. Some private boats were motoring nearby and views of the bay were stunning.

Obviously the pelicans that I photographed had already caught their fill of fish and were resting on the jetty rocks seemingly undisturbed by all of the people walking along the jetties.

Original linocut and block framed together with image of pelican as subject matter.

I had the carved linoleum block along with some fishnet, sponge and shells framed along with my signed & numbered linocut titled "Seaside Serenity."
I had the carved linoleum block along with some fishnet, sponge and shells framed along with my signed & numbered linocut titled "Seaside Serenity." | Source

Linocuts

Shown in the photo above is the one and only block from which I printed my pelican linocut along with the signed and numbered print. The shells, actual fishing net and a finger sponge were all acquired while in Florida. It was assembled and made into a shadowbox. My husband and I have it displayed in the built-in cabinets and bookcase area of our living room.

Not only does it make for a unique piece of art, but it reminds me of that one particular vacation trip that my mother and I enjoyed together.

My uncle and I walked along the sandy west coast Florida beach while my mother and aunt sat in beach chairs and caught up on some visiting. I picked up some beautiful shells to add to my collection and snapped some photos while my uncle successfully added to his sharks tooth collection. A few of those very shells picked up off of the beach made it into this shadowbox.

The fishnet and finger sponge were purchased in Tarpon Springs, Florida...the "sponge capitol of the world." While the pelican art is the prime focus inside of this shadowbox, I think that the other elements collected from our vacations adds to the overall effect.

My original linocut of a pelican with seagulls in background.  Titled "Seaside Serenity"  (copyrighted - do not use without permission)
My original linocut of a pelican with seagulls in background. Titled "Seaside Serenity" (copyrighted - do not use without permission) | Source

Brown Pelicans

Brown pelicans are found on both coastlines in the Americas. They can be seen from Canada on the Atlantic side of the ocean all the way down to the Amazon River and from Canada on the Pacific side ocean all the way down to the Galapagos Islands according to Wikipedia.

They migrate and like warmer waters during the winter so are found year round in Galveston and all along the Gulf Coast where I have seen and photographed them.

Pelicans seen near shrimp boats in Galveston, Texas.
Pelicans seen near shrimp boats in Galveston, Texas. | Source

Pelicans can weigh up to twelve pounds and can be viewed gliding low over brackish to seawater ready to dive head first to scoop up fish, shrimp or other shellfish and even amphibians like toads and frogs that are spotted near their habitat.

Brown pelicans are social birds and do their nesting in colonies.

Their numbers were in decline and pesticides and DDT were found to be causative factors. Fortunately for the brown pelicans, the use of DDT was banned in the United States back in 1972 and their numbers have once again grown.

Pelicans seen in Galveston, Texas.
Pelicans seen in Galveston, Texas. | Source

"The Pelican State"

There are so many brown pelicans spotted along the Gulf of Mexico that one of the bordering states has even adopted it as their state bird.

Louisiana has the brown pelican also portrayed on their state flag and their great seal and is nicknamed "the pelican state."

State seal of Louisiana
State seal of Louisiana | Source

When the United States celebrated its bicentennial and the U.S. mint issued quarters from every state, the brown pelican was also a part of what was shown for the one from Louisiana.

Louisiana state flag
Louisiana state flag | Source

Pelicans

The brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) is one of eight species of pelicans and while much more information about this species as well as others can be gathered from reliable sources, you now have some of the background information and the inspiration of what led me to create my original linocut that I titled "Seaside Serenity." Hope you enjoyed these photos and videos and that your approaching days and years to come bring you great serenity.

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Lastheart,

      I learned how to do linocuts at a local community center long past my school days. Nice that you got to study it in art class. I am so glad that you enjoyed this hub regarding this subject...and also the pelicans, of course. They are fun to watch as are all birds.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      This is a great hub. You brought to my memory a forgotten experience with linoleum. When I was taking art classes I just couldn't get straight the idea of thinking in "negative" now I am able.. but I'm not doing art. You have inspired me to keep trying. I love birds and enjoyed your hub.

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Happy Easter to you also! It is a wonderful day here in Houston. Enjoy the balance of your day and thanks for the good wishes and also the sharing of this hub. Sending angels your way!

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Peggy first Happy Easter Sunday...it is glorious here...I hope it is there also.

      I love love Pelicans...it is such fun to watch them especially when fishermen and women have come in and are cleaning the fish. The Pelicans huddle around to get a great snack.

      Love the photos, Peggy

      Shared and voted up

      Angels are on the way ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gail,

      I am so pleased that you really like that particular print and the story behind it. Yes...the shadowbox makes for a wonderful memory. Thanks for your votes and the share.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      3 years ago from South Carolina

      Dear Peggy,

      Oh how I loved reading this hub about the brown pelicans! I've always enjoyed watching these magnificent birds, especially when they fly in formation or are gathered together along a pier or on pilings, but after reading this informative hub, I now appreciate them even more.

      I think the way you framed your original linocut and block together with the image of the pelican is stunning!

      As a proud owner of your "Seaside Serenity" linocut signed print (which is one of my favorite art gifts--thank you so much for gifting it to me), I can attest to the beauty of this image and love the way you put it into a shadow box frame that held so many sweet memories of time spent with your beloved mother, aunt and uncle. How special it must be to have this physical reminder of that wonderful trip.

      Voted up across the board (except for funny) and shared.

      Sending Blessings & Love,

      Gail

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Hope today will be smooth sailing with regards to making comments, sharing, etc. Crossing fingers! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      3 years ago from Florida

      I was able to comment on the feed, not the Hub itself. I am having problems commenting on other Hubs today, too.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      I experienced the same thing just now when trying to comment on a hub. Your comment...at least the second one did register. Too bad the first one did not.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Peggy, I really enjoyed reading this Hub. I wrote a lengthy comment, but when I hit the submit button, the page goes right back to the top of the Hub. This happened about a week ago, hope it gets fixed quickly.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Angelo,

      We have also seen pelicans flying together in Galveston, Texas. They are an interesting bird! So glad that you liked this hub. Thanks for the thumbs up and share. :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      So glad that you liked my framed linocut of the pelican that I created along with the shells, finger sponge and the like that was put into the shadowbox. It did turn out pretty. Also happy that you found this hub informative regarding brown pelicans. Thanks for your votes, share and pin. :)

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      Angelo52 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Great article. I like to see the pelican in flight especially when there are a few of them in a V formation. Makes them look like jet fighters cruising along the beach. Thumbs up and shared.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Awesome and beautiful is the framed picture of the pelican linocut along with the accessories which make it a great display of artwork. I've always admired these graceful pelicans and this hub was truly informative and the pictures are beautiful.

      Voting up, beautiful, sharing and pinning.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Peg,

      That limerick that my grandfather used to recite is a cute one. Glad that you liked my photos and the linocut that I did using a brown pelican as subject matter. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This art is fascinating and so creative, Peggy. I loved all the pictures of Florida and the birds. How it makes me miss the sea shore and the sound of the ocean! Your story about your Grandfather telling that limerick was great. Very enjoyable.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stacy,

      So glad to know that looking at our shadowbox with the pelican art and other "treasures" has you thinking of doing something similar with your photos, etc. I am thinking of having one made with some of my dad's old carpentry tools. May just hang it in the garage...but at least they would be viewed that way. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Thanks for the compliments on my linocut and the assembly of the shadowbox using the art and things from the beaches in Florida. That limerick is cute! Appreciate your votes and the share. :)

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      Stacy Harris 

      5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Pelicans definitely are a unique bird... and I have to say, I absolutely love how you put that shadow box together. Now that is something I would love to do to some of my pictures and collectibles!

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      You are such a talented lady! You have showcased a really beautiful linocut of your own in this hub as well as in the shadowbox you have in your home. What a beautiful memory filled piece it is!

      Fabulous photos as always, and a cute limerick about the pelicans. I knew they were endangered for a while and I'm glad to read they are coming back.

      Voted up and BAI and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sweetie1,

      Glad to know that you liked the photos of the Brown Pelicans. The art is a linocut created by me. There are many of these birds all along the Gulf Coast in our part of the world. Thanks for the vote up.

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      sweetie1 

      6 years ago from India

      I live in Delhi and I have never seen any pelican in Delhi. I checked all 8 pictures of pelicans you put ( out of 11 as 3 were paintings or photos) Really loved the pictures.Voting it up.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Nice that you get to visit your aunt and uncle who live in Florida and therefore get to see these brown pelicans up so close. Appreciate your comment.

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      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Enjoyed your hub Peggy. When we visit my aunt and uncle in Florida I enjoyed the pelicans that came in their yard. Voted up.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello aviannovice,

      Thanks for your comment on this hub about the brown pelican and also about my linocut art. Nice that you now are aware of what goes in to creating such a piece. :)

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      very nicely done hub AND I like the linocuts that you do. I had never seen any before and appreciate the work that goes into it.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vespawoolf,

      Nice to know that you learned something about the brown pelican by reading this hub & thanks for the compliment about my art in linocut form. The range of pelicans is wide as you can attest. Appreciate your comment.

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      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a beautiful pelican linocut! You have quite a history with this bird, and how nice to have spent so much time along the Gulf of Mexico. The pelican limerick is very cute...I'd never heard it before...and I was embarrassed that I didn't even know that Louisiana is called the pelican state! Some nice pelican handcrafts are made in some parts of Peru. We used to see them when we lived in the North, up near Ecuador. Very well-written and informative hub. Thanks so much!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello carolinemd21,

      Nice to know that you enjoyed this hub about the brown pelican and also the linocut that I created using it as subject matter. Thanks for your comment.

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      Caroline Marie 

      6 years ago

      Great hub Peggy. Gorgeous photos. Voted up.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello thumbi7,

      Nice to know that this hub about the brown pelican as well as my linocut art of the same was so educational. Thanks for your comment and sharing of this hub.

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      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      This bird is not familiar to me nor the art. This was great education for me . You have packed lot of valuable information into one single hub.

      Thanks for SHARING:)

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sofs,

      Nice to know that you enjoy armchair traveling and looking at the brown pelicans in these photos from the comfort of your own place. Thanks for letting me know! :)

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      Sophie 

      6 years ago

      Informational hub, great pictures here Peggy. I have never seen a pelican before and it is good that you make arm chair travelling so exciting! Have a lovely day! God Bless!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi radhikasree,

      Glad that reading about and seeing photos of the brown pelican as well as my art interpretation could bring back happy memories for you. Thanks for your comment and also the sharing of this hub with others. Appreciate it.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      6 years ago from Mumbai,India

      The linocut prints of pelican are so sweet and the carved linoleum block also looks good. Watching the photo of the pelican sitting so close makes me nostalgic. Up and beautiful.

      Sharing with my followers here.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi oceansnsunsets,

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed this hub about the Brown Pelicans and also the linocut that I created of one. Thanks for your comment and votes. Appreciate it!

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Peggy, I am so excited to see this hub about pelicans! I absolutely love these very unique birds. It was interesting to read some of your history and the places you lived. My life has been kind of like that to some degree, moving around here and there. It is nice because you can see so many different things.

      Thanks for sharing this neat hub, and what a great tribute to an awesome bird! I absolutely loved your photos and linocuts too. :) Up, awesome, beautiful and interesting!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      Thought that I would use the subjects of some of my linocuts for making hubs. Glad that you liked this one about the brown pelican. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Wow, you're a rare combination of an artist with both text and visual representation. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello travel-O-grapher,

      Nice to know that you enjoyed all the information and photos + my linocut regarding the brown pelicans. Thanks for your comment.

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      travel-O-grapher 

      6 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      wow... that's a lot of interesting info on them big birds!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dolores,

      Nice that you are enjoying the brown pelicans up in Maryland. Supposedly they go as far north as Canada in the summers. I know what you mean about them being a bit prehistoric in appearance. I'm glad that you liked my linocut. Getting that thin line on the beak and not having it blocked in with ink when printing it was the challenge. Thanks for your comment.

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      Dolores Monet 

      6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi, Peggy - I love your linocut! It's so dramatic and brown pelicans are dramatic birds, almost prehistoric looking. Also crazy for brown pelicans. In the late 1980's, brown pelicans began to appear in Maryland. What a thrill for bird lovers! Now, they are resident in summer.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      So glad that you found this hub about the brown pelican informative. The limerick is humorous, isn't it! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      So glad that you liked this hub regarding the brown pelican and also my linocut of it. It is an old art form...similar to woodcuts. Thanks for your comment.

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      agusfanani 

      6 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Peggy W, I like this hub for that nice limerick, beautiful photos and from this hub I learn different kinds of pelicans that I have never known before. As always I enjoy the way you present the hub too. Thank very much, Peggy W.

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      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey Peggy enjoyed reading about your time near the Gulf and Padre Island. That is a funny/clever limerick and the pelican fishing vid and photos are nice, especially the close-up. The linocut is very cool. Quite an art technique/form there.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Movie Master,

      Hopefully you will find your linocut one of these days...or perhaps be inspired to make another one. Do you still have your tools?

      Glad that I could show you those brown pelican photos that I have been lucky enough to take, being in the right place at the right time. That one on the jetties in Florida seemed to be posing!

      Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      Thanks for your complimentary comment on this brown pelican hub and also with regard to my original linocut of the same subject. Appreciate it.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peggy, I did a lino cut-out a few years ago of a pineapple when I took a college course in art, I was so proud of the result, but unfortunately I have no idea where it is now! I love your framed 'seaside serenity' it's beautiful.

      I have never seen a pelican and have enjoyed reading about them and your great photos and limerick.

      Thank you for sharing and voted up.

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      What a true gem Peggy.

      Whatever you turn out it shows that you have committed 100% to your task in hand.

      Take care and enjoy the rest of your day.

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico had many volunteers scrambling to wash the oil off of the pelicans and other birds saving them from certain death. Thank heavens for those kind hearted souls!

      Glad that you liked the pelican limerick and thanks for your comment.

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      Cheryl J. 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX

      A wonderful and interesting hub. Your presentation and art on Seaside Serenity is absolutely beautiful. Pelicans are very interesting birds and they are great indicators of our environment. Oil spills are enemies of nature's water birds. Love the ditty from your grandfather's lips. Beautiful photos and interesting videos. Another great hub.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi LadyLyell,

      Pelicans truly do look graceful floating on the water. What type of pelican do you have in your part of the world? That limerick is a good one! Ha! Thanks for your comments.

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      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Loved the limerick!

      Pelicans look so gracefull floating on the water don't they?

      Another excellent read, thanks!

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      LadyLyell 

      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Seems I am surrounded by pelicans, as today there were many at Terrigal beach (Central Coast NSW Aust) and I have come home from enjoying watching them gracefully floating on the water to read your excellent atricle.

      Loved the limerick!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello vwriter,

      I think that you will enjoy learning more about linocuts. Glad to hear that you liked these photos. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      I have created other forms of art besides linocuts but thought that information about some of the linocuts might make for some interesting hubs. Glad that you liked this one about brown pelicans and also the photos, videos and funny limerik which still brings smiles to my face because of memories of my grandfather reciting it. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gene,

      Apparently there is quite a difference between white and brown pelicans. They fish differently and from what I read about brown pelicans, they seldom wander to inland lakes except infrequently or sometimes when young, preferring salt water most of the time. White pelicans must be different in that respect also.

      Thanks for the compliments on my art and also for your comment.

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      vwriter 

      6 years ago from US

      This is a great hub Peggy W. And the pictures are great. The Art technique is interesting, I believe I'll explore it future.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I didn't know that you created linocuts, Peggy. Your linocut of a pelican is a beautiful piece of art! Thanks for showing it, and for the information, photos and videos about pelicans too - they make a very interesting hub. Thanks too for sharing the funny pelican poem!

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      Gene Jasper 

      6 years ago

      Great Art! I've always been impressed with you work. Pelicans are fascinating birds, aren't they. We have a winter resident population here in Dallas at White Rock Lake. Although these are White Pelicans, I love watching them.

      Gene

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello North Wind,

      If your grandmother did find out that you "embellished" her linocut and never said anything...obviously she thought that you did it out of ignorance and she was a kind soul not to make you feel badly over the incident.

      Pelicans are beautiful birds. Don't think that I would appreciate one flying into my head either. Haha! Probably not very likely. Thanks for your first comment on this hub.

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      North Wind 

      6 years ago from The World (for now)

      Great hub, Peggy! I have never seen a pelican up close but only in the distance. I am always paranoid that it will fly straight at my head as other birds have done that and bats as well. Not that I am afraid of birds I just don't like them flying in my face :)

      I love this particular Art technique and your pelican looks wonderful. I remember my grandmother having a piece at her home of a house and that I drew on it with a pencil because I thought it would look nice * Wince* She never found out what I did or if she did find out she never said :)

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