Home' Island Sun : ISN 101615 Contents ISLAND SUN - OCTOBER 16, 2015
Kern Debuts Third
by Jeff Lysiak
For the third consecutive year, the
former owner of Island Graphics
– Bob Kern – has published a
calendar filled with images he has pho-
tographed of local scenery and wildlife
taken on and around the island.
The 8.5-inch by 11-inch Sanibel
Scenes calendar features some of Kern’s
personal favorite photographs, includ-
ing closeup images of a white oleander
(January), a night blooming cereus (May)
and an orchid (November), scenic images
of a fish house in Pine Island Sound
(March), a beach sunset (July) and restless,
stormy Gulf waters (August), plus dazzling
pictures of wildlife including several spe-
cies of birds and a Florida softshell turtle.
“Each year, we’re selling more because
the demand has increased,” said Kern,
who produced his first calendar in 2014
at the suggestion of Sanibel Public Library
director Margaret Mohundro. “People
around town tell me they love it because
the photos are local. Plus, visitors like
to have something in their home that
reminds them of Sanibel.”
In this year’s edition, Kern featured a
screech owl sitting in an owl box on the
cover, along with a pair of screech owls
peering out of the same structure on the
April page, with the latter photograph
captioned, “Hey mom... what’s for din-
ner?” According to the publisher, those
birds are found right in his own back
“When my wife and I get up in the
morning, we’ll sip our coffee and hear
those owls making their little noises,”
said Kern, who noted that during the
almost 10 years of having an owl box on
his property, almost half of the time it’s
been inhabited by a family of owls. “They
call out ‘Waa-doo... waa-doo,’ which
I’ve determined means ‘Where are you?
Where are you?’ They’re really very social
Earlier this year, the owl box was over-
taken by honeybees. However, after the
old structure was removed, Kern installed
a new owl box purchased at the Sanibel-
Captiva Conservation Foundation.
“The day after I installed it, I saw an
owl – mom or pop, I don’t know – sitting
on the perch at 6:30 in the morning,” he
One of the trademarks Kern is known
for on the island are his one-liners ,which
often accompany the Sanibel & Captiva
Island Chamber of Commerce’s weekly
email newsletter. Among his wittier
• A diet is something you keep putting
off while you keep putting on.
• DORMITORY: When you rearrange
the letters: DIRTY ROOM
• Light travels faster than sound. This
is why some people appear bright until
you hear them speak.
• If you try to fail, and succeed, which
have you done?
• A hangover is something that occu-
pies the head you neglected to use the
“People always comment on the pic-
tures... that gets most of the attention,”
said Kern. “But I also hear a lot about my
‘Bob-isms,’ as they are called.”
The 2016 Sanibel Scenes calendar,
priced at $13.95, is available at Bailey’s
General Store, Bailey’s at Sundial Resort,
Jerry’s Market, CVS Pharmacy, Tuttle’s
Sea Horse Shop, Island Pharmacy, Doc
Ford’s Sanibel and Suncatcher’s Dream.
A softshell turtle, photographed on Pyrula
Street, is the last image featured in this
Bob Kern pictured with his 2016 Sanibel
photo by Jeff Lysiak
A photograph of a flock of birds, taken at Sanibel beach access #6, is featured during
the month of December
Is A Must
by Barb Cacchione
out a house.
doesn’t mean using
the same color
scheme in every
room – how bor-
ing would that be!
It does, however, mean a smooth color
transition from one room to the next.
One connecting color will serve to
accomplish this. It could be a soft sage
green shade or robin’s egg blue or butter-
cup yellow – any color, actually. The key
is to use your connecting color in varying
degrees of intensity from room to room.
Sometimes, your main color in one room
would then be better used as an accent
color in an adjoining room. It might be
carpeting in one room, walls in another,
an occasional chair in a third or an ele-
ment in the drapery fabric in a fourth.
It’s also extremely important to add
one unexpected fun, splash of color into
your basic color scheme. Did you know
that when we walk into any room, our
eyes crave visual movement? And by
adding a splash of color, something un-
expected into your overall color scheme,
you instantly add visual interest into
your design plan.
Think about a basic color scheme of
buttercup yellow, sage greens and warm
winter whites. Most would find this a
calming color palette, and can easily
visualize carrying varying degrees of
intensity of these colors from room to
room. But just think about the awesome
impact a splash of color could add. How
about introducing a warm coral shade
into this color scheme? By cleverly using
this color in accent or accessory pieces,
and then moving these colored accents
strategically around your room, you’ve
immediately created a much more pleas-
ing design plan, full of impact and visual
And if you love to rearrange your fur-
niture, just think of the possibilities color
continuity from room to room affords.
All your furniture pieces, as well as your
accessories, can be easily interchange-
able color wise room to room.
Barb Cacchione is an interior design-
er on Sanibel/Captiva Islands. She can
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