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Occupy San Francisco Shoot

The Occupy Wall Street movement is history in the making on many levels.  From a photographic standpoint, there is plenty to shoot.  This weekend I spent some time in the beautiful city of San Francisco and had the opportunity to pay a visit to the Occupy San Francisco encampment on the waterfront which is part of the Occupy Wall Street movement which has spread like wildfire both nationally and internationally.  I was fortunate to get the shots that I did, because 12 hours later at 1 a.m. 100 cops descended on the encampment and arrested 80+ people rousting them from their sleep and destroying the encampment.  I would have liked to have been there to document it, but I had left by then.   As of now, the pics that are on this blog are no longer there.  It was completely torn down and destroyed.  Growing up in the 60’s, this was quite a throwback to days of old.  I was captivated by the diversity of the people in the occupy encampment and spent hours talking with them.  The Occupy Wall Street movement gets bigger by the day.  As one is torn down, another springs up.

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Img 4878 Scott Peterson Holding a Sacred Space

 

Spent quite a while talking to Scott Peterson who comes each day to hold a sacred space.  He does not live at the encampment but comes each day bringing food to share and spends time in the sacred space he created

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San Francisco art still thrives everywhere in the City by the Bay at Occupy San Francisco.

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It was the small things that caught my attention…

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The Christmas spirit was alive and well at Occupy San Francisco.

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It saddens me to think this sacred space met its demise at 1 a.m. at the hands of batons.

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Gone, too, is the library.

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A Small Town with a Huge Heart

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Standing at the train station in San Luis Obispo, Ca. with camera in hand, I was reminded  of an era long past – right out of the 50’s.  No wonder San Luis Obispo was coined  the happiest town in America.  This is a place where people truly care and support each other.    On this beautiful Central Coast day, people took time out of their day to welcome home a young soldier returning from the Iraq war.  There were flags and signs held high by young and old.  This was not about whether one was for or against this war.  This was simply, when a soldier returns home, to honor a young man who put his life on the line.

Four organizations – American Legion Riders, Patriot Guard, Military Parents of the Central Coast and Welcome Home Troops – and family and friends gathered at the San Luis Obispo Train Station for a surprise welcome to Specialist 5, Daniel Donnahoo.   After he stepped off the train, a very obviously surprised soldier was greeted with cheers, flags and hugs.   Mom was first to reach him with an embrace that only a mother can give.  Daniel saw his daughter, who is one year old, and has not seen since her birth.  His wife, who is in the National Guard, was also there.

From a photographer’s standpoint, this was great shooting:  emotions were high, excitement was in the air, and there was color everywhere from shiny motorcycles, to the banners, to the American flags, to the posters.  I could not have asked for better shooting conditions.   As far as outdoor photography tips, in this situation, have your camera ready to shoot fast as there is a lot happening at once.  Stand back and get the crowd scenes and move in close and get the emotion of loved ones who have been separated for so long.  I was shooting with a wide angle 24-105 and telephoto 70-200.  I used Canon 5DmII and 7D.

                                                                                                                                           Daniel Donnahoo was overwhelmed by the show of support

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3516-2 Reunion A Mother's Hug

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3627-2 Motorcycle Motorcade

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After more hugs and media interviews, a motorcade of 45 motorcycles and many cars left the train station – mom and dad on a motorcycle, too — headed for Morro Bay.  They picked up a police escort at Cuesta College, motorcaded through Morro Bay and then headed home to Atascadero, but not before picking up more vehicles and motorcycles when they stopped by VFW 2814.    When the motorcade finally arrived in Atascadero, neighbors were there to greet him.  Everyone enjoyed food, drink and celebration.

A truly small town with a huge heart… Welcome home, Daniel.

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3535-2 Daniel's daughter and his mom

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0067-2 Welcome Home, Soldier

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3475-2 Glenn "Sage" Donaldson

Mama’s Message: The World is Out of Balance

Here is an excerpt from an article from the Mail Tribune that is of interest in regard to the Indians’ impression of Mama in the River:

“The whale revived memories of a story told by late tribal member Fannie Flounder and recounted by anthropologist Theodora Kroeber in the book, “The Inland Whale.”

“She said when the whale is in the river, it means the world is out of balance … things aren’t the way they should be,” said Janet Wortman, a relative of Flounder and partner in the Requa Inn. “Fannie said you all need to get together and pray and dance and beat your feet on the ground and that will tilt the earth back the way it is supposed to be.”

The last time wayward whales made headlines in California was in 2007, when a mother humpback and her calf journeyed 90 miles up the Sacramento River. The two were followed by crowds for more than two weeks before swimming out to the Pacific Ocean at night.

O’Rourke said he agreed that the whale’s visit meant the world was out of balance, that ecosystems failing. He said the whale brought together state and federal agencies and the tribe in a way he has never seen.

“It is acts like this that are going to happen if we are going to stabilize the environment,” he said.”

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If you have not seen it, Sierra Club posted an article on Mama.  Here is the link.  http://www.sierraclub.org/portfolio/whales/    It went on Sierra Club Facebook with 100,000 followers, keeping Mama’s story and memory alive.   Today the same article was in Sierra Club Insider E-Newsletter that went out to 1 million people.   I have not seen it but will post  a link as soon as I do.

Due to the internet , Mama is still getting lots of ink and her story is being told.   This week one of my images of her will be on the National Geographic website.  I will post it as soon as it comes out.

There was an interesting article printed by the Two Rivers Tribune entitled “Awok Whale, Messenger Comes and Goes.  The link is:  http://www.tworiverstribune.com/2011/08/awok-whale/

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_MG_9663 Whale Spout from Mama, the Klamath River Whale

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A Tribute Through Music and Poem To Mama, The Klamath River Whale. August 22, 2011

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MG_7694 A Flute Song for Mama, the Klamath River

This is a beautiful tribute written by my friend, Mihael Kavanaugh (pictured), in a farewell poem he wrote for  Mama.   Mihael played the flute to Mama on two occasions while canoeing on the Klamath River, one of which I was honored to accompany him on the canoe.

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_MG_9647 A Flute Song for Mama, The Klamath River Whale

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Peaceful Rest

She has laid down to rest
Her journey home now complete
Her story known by many
Her message, a mystery …
A sigh of sadness
For she touched many a heart

Her dance
Was with such grace
The mist of her spout
Still refreshes my face
Such a friend …
One can’t replace
Though in story and song
She’ll echo her grace
Mama whale ~~~
Peace be with you …
As you go
From this worldly place

©2011 Mihael Kavanaugh

_MG_9483 Yurok Indian Tribe Members Drumming and Singing for Mama

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_MG_9490 Yurok Indian Tribe Members Drumming and Singing to Mama

 

 

 

 

 

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MG_8404c Stand Up Paddler Bids Farewell to Mama, The Klamath River Whale

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_MG_0163A A Ukelele Song for Mama, The Klamath River Whale

Seth Altamus, a stand-up paddler, had hopes Mama would follow him out to the ocean.  She followed him to the Klamath River RV Park, a short way from the bridge, but then she turned and swam back to her spot by the bridge and continued her circles.    Here Seth is waving a bittersweet farewell to Mama when he realized she did not want to leave.   In the other image, he was serenading her with his ukelele from his paddle board.

All of the above images were what I would term a “holistic” approach in an attempt to soothe Mama or an attempt to convince her to head back to the ocean.  Music has the capability to touch all beings, but Mama had her own path to follow, a reason for which we do not know, and she seemed content to stay near the bridge and make her continual circles mesmerizing all who watched this beautiful creature.

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