Underwater cinematographer calls Whidbey Island home

  • Fri Feb 19th, 2010 12:06am
  • News

By Kristi O’Harran, Herald Columnist

World-famous folks live on Whidbey Island.

At least one spends a lot of time underwater.

Cinematographer and marine biologist Florian Graner lives at Holmes Harbor.

His film, “Beneath the Salish Sea: An Underwater Odyssey through Puget Sound,” will be shown free at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Harbor Library, 1000 SE Regatta Drive, Oak Harbor.

Graner started Sealife Productions in the early 1990s. He holds a Ph.D. in marine biology, with specialization in marine mammals, and is a freelance marine cinematographer.

He has worked on films for the British Broadcasting Corp.

Graner will answer questions after the film. A 65-foot teaching vessel, Indigo, will be available for free tours, before and after the show, at Oak Harbor Marina.


As they suspected, someone on their way to the 2010 Olympic Games in Canada wanted information about these parts.

Karen Daum, director of tourism and operations, says someone stopped at the temporary visitor center at the Stanwood exit off I-5. They stopped to get a Glass Quest book so that after a visit to the games, they could swing into the Stanwood area and hunt for glass gold.

As Herald writer Gale Fiege wrote in her Feb. 13 article, “Businesses create treasure hunt to lure visitors to Stanwood and Camano Island area,” more than 68 business owners hid 250 plastic clue balls in public parks and in shops around town and on the island.

When found, the clue ball is traded for the treasure hunt prize: an art-glass snowball shaped like a Japanese fishing float. Stanwood artist Mark Ellinger blew the glass balls by hand.

“The majority of people stopping in were from surrounding areas like Arlington, Marysville and Everett,” Daum says.


Register for the HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center session that begins March 23.

The registration deadline is Tuesday to take therapeutic riding lessons.

Those with special challenges, autism, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, hand and eye coordination trouble, or trauma from an injury or a difficult life experience may experience horseback riding from certified instructors.

For more information, call 360-221-7656 or e-mail hope@whidbey.com.

Their motto is their goal: “Discover Your Abilities … Grab the Reins of Life.”


Shopping, eating and buddy bonding is on tap in Silvana.

The town runs swap meets once a month and the February event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday at Viking Hall, 1331 Pioneer Highway, Silvana.

Kevin Buhr, president of the Silvana Community Association, says they have almost 30 vendors selling lots of general merchandise, art, crafts, rocks, gems, furniture, antiques, collectibles and good old garage-sale stuff.

Should be lots of fun for all and a great outing with a friend, he says.

“Last month’s swap meet had a big turnout,” Buhr says. “The event raised some money towards the ongoing septic system fund, there were lots of great deals and the food was awesome.”

Soup and sandwiches are served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.

Kristi O’Harran: 425-339-3451, oharran@heraldnet.com.