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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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3554-2 Welcome Home

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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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0083-2 Motorcyclist

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0067-2 Welcome Home, Soldier

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_MG_3493-2 SLO Town Welcome

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3475-2 Glenn "Sage" Donaldson

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California Photo Festival

 

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Just spent an amazing week in San Luis Obispo and surrounding areas at the California Photo Festival from Oct 12-16th.    The festival was put on by Los Osos based Light Photographic Workshops.   Photo instructors were well known in the industry, i.e., Rick Sammon, author of 36 photo books;  Hanson Fong, famous wedding photographer;  Tim Grey, top educator in digital photography;  Rob Sheppard, editor of PC Photo and Outdoor Photographer; Juan Pons, amazing wildlife photographer, just to name a few of the presenters.

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There were seminars, lectures, and workshops in all types of photography from Landscape to Portrait to Lightroom to Marketing.  The most difficult task was deciding what courses as so many were offered.   There were sunrise and sunset shoots set up all over the county from the ocean to the Morro Bay Estuary to the Paso Robles vineyards. Classes were held in every type of photography imaginable, from portrait shooting, to seascape and landscape, macro shooting, to learning Lightroom and Photoshop, IPhone shooting, and way too many classes to mention.

I wanted to learn to used my video in my SLR so I attended a couple of classes in video shooting.  We went to the Paso Robles vineyards at sunrise and shot video of the workers harvesting the grapes and the inside of the plant with all the processing equipment.  Another class I attended was held at the pier in Cayucos.  Sunset was equally as good with horses on the beach.  Great fun shooting the horses racing down the beach.  Models were also brought in and we were able to shoot them dancing in the sand.

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If you have a chance to sign up for the California Photo Festival next year, I highly recommend it.  Website is http://www.californiaphotofest.com.

 

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RIP Mama, the Klamath River Whale. Day 54 in the River, 8-16-11

As many of you might know, Mama, our Klamath River Whale, passed away at 4:19 a.m. this morning.  Those with her said she went very peacefully and beautifully and were by her side in a boat when she drew her last breath.

After my post last nite requesting prayers for her as she was stranded in the sand, I was amazed when I heard her  by the bridge spouting and not in front of the Klamath River RV Park where I last saw her  stranded.   According to sources there, she was freed from the sand when the tide came up  and, with a little help, was able to swim freely again.  I made my way  to an area past the bridge about 1:30 a.m. and found her swimming in the area she liked past the bridge upriver.  She swam there for a long time.  In retrospect, it was my opportunity to say my last goodbye to her.  I then made my way back to Klamath River RV Park and found she had returned there.  After listening to her and seeing spouts, I was going to post at 3 a.m. that she was back swimming and doing fine.   Thinking it was late and I would post in the morning, I went to bed.  I was shocked this morning when I awoke to see her lifeless body in the river.

Today was a very long and sad day as this beautiful being I had come to know and love has left us.  What her message was, we may never know.  Why she was here, we may never know.  There are so many things we don’t know and are not meant to know.  But what I do know is she was truly a “gentle” giant, a loving creature who charmed and mesmerized the throngs of  people, young and old, who came to watch her from atop the bridge, from the water, from the shoreline.

Mama, the gentle Klamath River Whale, we will so miss you and we thank you for gracing our lives with your presence.

RIP, MAMA.

Many more images of these beautiful mammals can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashala
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MG_0843 Mama, the Klamath River Whale, at 8 pm Last Night

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_MG_0909 Mama, the Klamath River Whale, This Morning

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