Focus on Redmond - Summer 2018

Volume XXXIII No. 2 Summer 2018

Photos by John Reinke


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Redmond Photographer John Reinke Shares His Inspiration with the Mayor

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In 1980, I organized and led a research trip to Prince William Sound to take photographs of the underside of humpback whale tails. The black and white patterns are unique to each whale like a fingerprint and were used to identify the whales for the National Marine Mammal Laboratory. What are your favorite subjects to photograph? Since retiring back in 2007, I’ve had time to wander up and down the Sammamish River Trail. Birds are some of my favorites, as are the river otters. I’ve also taken many photos of the great blue herons in the heron rookery. One of the most interesting encounters occurred in 2012. A crow flew up from the grass with what looked like a branch in its beak. I quickly snapped off a shot-from-the- hip. I was surprised later to see that it was actually a snake! You work with a variety of non-profit organizations in the community. Could you share some of your interests? I work with Water Tenders, a citizen volunteer group with a focus on stream protection in the Bear Creek watershed. I am also active with Amnesty International Puget Sound, the regional organization for Amnesty

John Reinke, a long-time Redmond resident, spends his free time capturing the natural side of Redmond. When he’s not volunteering his time at one of

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International in western Washington. I’m also involved with Nourishing Networks, which is committed to filling gaps in local food needs. What inspires you most in Redmond? I moved to Redmond in 1989. There’s a lot of civic concern evidenced on the part of many folks to be involved and support the community in a wide variety of ways. The Redmond City government is also very good in supporting activities that encourage folks to come out and be part of the community. I enjoy the annual Redmond Derby Days and Ananda Mela festivals. The access to nature is remarkable. To have such a wide variety of birds and other wildlife in a city is impressive. If you could share one thing with the Redmond community, what would it be? Get out and be involved! Even if it’s as simple as going for a walk and seeing eagles and other birds or becoming more involved in actual civic life here. It’s all good.

Mayor John Marchione

the many non-profit organizations he helps, you will find him appreciating and sharing the natural beauty surrounding Redmond through his photography. See his photos above! What are some of your most memorable photography experiences? In the summer of 1954, I took a bus from New York City to the town where I was born, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, to work on a farm. I had my 35-mm camera with me and started taking photos. When I was serving in the Peace Corps in the Philippines and Nigeria, I had my camera with me and sent photos home to share my experiences. I worked in Switzerland with the United Nations agency, the International Labour Organization, and later during my trips to the Middle East and Central and South America, I took pictures to show folks about the various social issues I encountered.

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