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Necropsy Results Are In For Mama, the Klamath River Whale

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According to results of the necropsy, an autopsy on animals, Mama, the Klamath River whale, died from a skin infection.

Here are two links to the full story, both of which used my images of Mama and her calf:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/12/mama-whale-skin-infection.html

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/29/BA401MI7AL.DTL

MG 0163A A Song for Mama

MG_8404 Goodbye, Mama

 

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Creative Nature and Seascape Photography

_MG_4201-2 Cambria Waves, Cambria, CA

_MG_4202-2 Cambria Waves, Cambria, CA

Using a slow shutter speed, aka as “dragging the shutter,”  is a great way to shoot ocean waves and achieve a creative blur in nature and seascape photography.   There are many ways to shoot creative photography, and this is just one of them.  These images were shot early in the morning when I was shooting sunrise near the beautiful coastal town of Cambria on the Central Coast of California.  I focused on the rocks in the foreground.  Using a slow shutter speed, any movement will blur.   I like to use the lowest ISO possible.  On the Canon 5D,MII, it goes down to 50.   For these images, I used a tripod.   The aperture was at F14 and exposure at 1/6 sec.    Using a tripod is a must and a mirror lock up is very helpful to avoid camera shake.  It’s really fun because you never know exactly what the water will be like – sometimes silky, sometimes sharp and frozen.  Use different shutter speeds and see what you can come up with.  Living on the California Central Coast we have plenty of opportunity to shoot amazing nature and seascape photography with opportunities everywhere.

_MG_4144-2 Cambria Waves, Cambria,

This image  shot for 1 sec at F22 creates the look of more wispy waves as opposed to the sharp edged ones above.

 

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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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Nature and Seascape Photography is Full of Surprises

_MG_4795-2 Sunset at Pismo Pier

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In nature photography, you never really know what the conditions will be for a shoot.  You can plan and plan, but when it comes right down to it, you never know what the universe will hand you in terms of light.   The other night I headed for Pismo Beach thinking that, since I was in the area, it might be a chance for a great sunset.   When I arrived I was greeted with a rather drab sky and the sun about to set in 10 minutes.  I almost did not take equipment out of the car thinking it would be a waste of time.

I saw some surfers out in the water and thought maybe I could get a good sillhouette shot.  I proceeded to schlep my equipment down to the waters edge.  And as the sun was setting the most amazing sunset and colors happened.  All I could say was “Oh, My God, Oh, My God.”   When I saw the Christmas tree light up at the end of the pier, it turned out to be an exceptional day of shooting.  I am not sure where all the photographers were, but there was not another soul with a camera on the beach but myself.  Maybe they all thought it would be a drab sunset, too.

I took a lot of time exposures as it got darker and when the water finally started creeping up and covering the soles of my shoes I decided it was time to pack it up.  Am so grateful for a great night of shooting an awesome sunset on the California Central Coast.  Nature and seascape photography never ceases to amaze me.

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_MG_4808-2 Christmas on Pismo Pier

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Night Shooting on the California Central Coast

 

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I love wintertime when the sky is filled with clouds, which can be a recipe for AWESOME sunsets.  I raced over to the small beach town of Cayucos from Paso Robles, 1/2 hour away, when I saw the clouds in the sky.    I was too late to watch the sun disappear, but the drama, as usual, was after the sun set.  The sky was aglow with color. Cayucos, a beautiful little beach town on Highway 1, a surfing community and a throwback to the 50’s, is great for shooting.   I was nearly alone on the beach except for a few people around a beach campfire.  Using my trusty 5DMII, which is my go-to camera for landscape photography, I decided to try some night shooting from the beach.

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Night shooting is a simple process and fun as you never know what you will get.  Since night shooting calls for slow shutter speeds, a tripod is a necessity, as is a remote shutter release.

Use the bulb setting and try different time exposures to find what works.   Using the AV setting, gives you the ability to choose the aperture and to see if the shutter speed is long enough.   If it is not long enough, raise the ISO.  100-400 ISO works just fine at night.   I started with 10 seconds, viewed the image;  went to 20 seconds, viewed; then 30 seconds, until I found what worked.   Use of a remote shutter release will minimize camera shake.  It is also needed if you shoot longer than 30 seconds.

For night landscape or seascape photography, bring a flashlight, tripod, remote shutter release, warm clothes, experiment, and just have fun … and stay warm in the winter weather.

 

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Shooting Fall Colors in the California Vineyards

 

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_MG_3092 Hot Air Balloon over Paso Robles Vineyards

Here on the California Central Coast we do not have the trees full of fall colors like on the East Coast and other parts of the U.S., but what we do have are rows and rows of vineyards which provide a taste of that fall color and plenty of opportunity for landscape photography.  I set out very early to to shoot the fall colors.  I drove around Paso Robles and saw a likely vineyard for shooting.   I asked permission, and was granted, to shoot in the vineyards at Summerwood Vineyards by a kind gentleman standing inside the vineyard waiting for the workers to arrive.  Being able to get in the gate and in the vineyards afforded me the opportunity to get up high on the vineyard road and shoot down the rows and rows of color.

It proved to be a great day for shooting as that was harvest day and the workers were out picking grapes providing the opportunity for action shots.

After awhile I became bored with the usual vineyard shots and decided to try something different.  I had already shot low, shot high, large aperature, small aperature.  I took the 100-400 and set to 400 mm, focused, and then with a slow shutter speed, manual focus, rapidly brought the barrel towards me.  That was really fun to do and fun to see what I ended up with each time.

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_MG_4034-2 Paso Robles Vineyard Row

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_MG_3908-2_Paso Robles Grapes

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Other times, I focused the camera and with a slow shutter speed, pushed the shutter and rapidly turned the camera 90 degrees.  More fun stuff.  It is always fun to step out of the box and see what can be created.

As far as the hot air balloon, I was shooting a few weeks ago in a vineyard and happened to look up and saw approaching a large hot air balloon.  Life is always interesting.  You never know what to expect.  When out shooting, be ready for anything it hands you, like a great big, colorful hot air balloon flying overhead and camera in hand, and a great opportunity for landscape photography.  It was a good day…

Let Nature Come to You – a Zen-Like Experience in the World of Macro Photography

 

 

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_MG_0320 Cormorant in Flight

 

I was at Santa Margarita Lake in Santa Margarita, CA the other morning doing nature photography, shooting egrets, cormorants and other large waterfowl.
After a few hours of shooting the “big” birds by driving around, stopping; driving around, stopping, I was walking back to my car and noticed some butterflies in the tall grass and weeds.  After a long morning of shooting, I decided to sit and watch the butterflies.   I sat on a rock and proceeded to watch a very small area directly in front of me teaming with activity.  I marveled at the activity in that one small area.   It had been a long time since I had just sat and watched this small natural world as opposed to driving around the lake following the  large waterfowl.   What I realized was if I just sat there quietly in the moment, watching this world unfold before me, that nature would come to me – a zen-like experience, for sure.

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The first attention grabber was the butterfly with the bright, vivid colors.  Great shooting with the morning light.  The butterfly went from flower to flower endlessly.  Then there were the busy bees flitting from flower to flower.  Then there was the moth…  At this point I pulled out the 100-400mm and proceeded to do some hand-held macro shots.  I had not taken the time to shoot macro in a long time.  What an amazing world there is in such a small area right in front of me.  No need to drive around – just sit and wait and let nature come to me.  No need for extension tubes or a macro lens – although those would have been nice – just the 100-400 mm and my rock to sit on.  What a great way to pass the morning, just sitting and watching nature come to me… I could have set up the tripod, but didn’t want to ruin the moment.  With the 100-400 mm handheld, I was able to easily follow my tiny subjects as they flitted from flower to flower as we shared our morning.  I love the world of nature photography, and the addition of macro photography opens up a whole new world.

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Do What You Love

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When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.
— Nancy Coey

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Saturday during my visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, I came upon the epitomy of “Do what you love and the money will follow.”   It was in the form of La Loupiote Sailing Circus in the harbor in Sausalito, Ca.

French acrobats Franck Rabilier and his wife Delphine Lechifflart and their 2 children travel around the world on their 40-foot sailboat and subsidize their travels by giving acrobatic performances from their vessel, La Loupiote.  They have been traveling since 2004.  They use the rigging, mast, boom, other parts of their boat to perform aerial acrobatics.  They dangle from a long piece of white silk attached to the mast.

They did two 20-minute shows  — “The Navigators,” a Buster Keaton-influenced act about inept sailors, and “Between Wing and Island,” a love story.    I found them at the Klipper Yacht Harbor in Sausalito.   About 100 people showed up for each of the free performances (donation requested).   It was just like the “old time” circus coming to town and passing the hat.

Franck went to circus school as a small child, but ended up becoming an engineer.  He met his wife, Delphine, while she was attending school in Paris.   In 1999, they started their own acrobatic/theatre company.  As time went on, they purchased a partially finished sailboat,  completed it four years later, and decided to combine their love of sailing with their acrobatics and take their show around the world.   Accompanying them on their travels is their 11-year-old daughter, Loeva,  and 3-year-old daughter, Ondja.   Loeva is home schooled, and the world is her classroom.

They have performed in hundred of harbors since setting sail from France 7 years ago.   From the Bay Area, they will sail to Los Angeles, San Diego, Mexico and then on to New Zealand and Australia.

It was a joy to watch a couple who  created a life for themselves by following their dreams and passions of art and travel and finding a way to fund it through sharing their art form with the world.

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_MG_2239 Audience in Sausalito, CA

Scheduled Bay Area shows:

  • Sept 24 & 25: KKMI, Sausalito, 2 p.m. “The Sailors”; 4 p.m. “Between Wing and Islands”
  • Oct 1 & 2: Encinal YC, Alameda, 11 a.m. “The Sailors”; 1 p.m. “Between Wing and Islands”
  • Oct 8 & 9: Treasure Island YC, 3 p.m. “The Sailors”; 5 p.m. “Between Wing and Island”
  • Oct 14, 15, & 16: South Beach YC, S.F.

Target Practice and a Dead Bear

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Yesterday I went upriver on the Klamath.  It was a gorgeous day with perfect weather and some trees just starting to turn.    The enjoyment was dampened when lying on the river bank was a dead bear that had been shot.  I cannot understand why anyone would shoot an animal for the fun of it and just leave it to die.   Was this beautiful animal used for target practice?  It certainly was not used for food.   The only ones eating were the maggots covering its body.  According to the fishermen I was with, the day before there was a cub near the dead bear.  Has the callousness of this act left a cub motherless?  I do not know.  A few days before that, I watched as the sea lions were shot at close range with rifles.   What has this world come to?   Have we lost all appreciation for life?   Do we have to needlessly shoot another being for the sheer fun of it?  Yes, I understand that the the sea lions get in nets.  Yes, that can be dangerous to the fishermen.  Yes, they can damage expensive nets.  The problem  is that there were no nets out at the time and they were simply killing these creatures.

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Dead Bear

Mama, the Klamath River Whale, Made a Difference in Someone’s Life

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I received an email last week and was granted permission to use it in my blog, but the writer requested I not include her name as some family members do not know the gentleman’s condition presently.   When I read this particular email, it touched me profoundly and wanted to share it.   I wonder how many people Mama touched that we will never know about.  The gentleman in the email was just driving down the highway when he saw Mama.  Here is the email I received:

“My younger brother and the love of his life went out west. After being gone for eighteen days, my brother Wayne told Lisa that the one thing he would love to do was go whale watching.  They realized it would take four more days of driving to go whale watching, so they decided to head home. As they crossed the bridge over Klamath River they noticed a crowd had gathered. They got out of their car to see what was going on. Much to their amazement there was the great whale in the river. My brother had recently learned he only has a few months to live because of esophagus and stomach cancer. As Wayne watched the whale he turned to Lisa with these words, “This whale is here for me!”

Lisa told us this story with tears in her eyes last evening.   Someone ask if she found out what happened to the whale.  She said I did not want to know. I looked on line to find out for myself and came upon your photos and stories. I can tell from your photos and words you have a kind and sensitive heart and thought you would like to hear my brother’s story of the Klamath River Whale.  It is going to be so hard to watch my brother die.
God bless you!”
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_MG_7913-1 Mama, The Klamath River Whale, Blowing a Heart

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