Big horn sheep

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I went on a road trip to Anaconda, Montana with a friend to hang out with friends and participate in a few events. Firstly the drive from San Francisco to Anaconda, Montana takes at least 16 hours. But since I drove with a friend we did a through drive. We arrived in Anaconda at approximately 4:30a.m.

A lot of stuff happened in Anaconda and I’ll write another story about my road trip with a friend.

However I would like to introduce you to some of the wildlife I was able to photograph there. Big horn sheep.

Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep (Ovis Canadensis)

Big Horn Sheep crossed the Bering Land Bridge from Siberia, and at times reached a population of millions. Big horn sheep are susceptible to disease from livestock, and many of them are often dispatched due to that issue. There are three sub-species of big horns, Rocky Mountain big horn, Sierra Nevada big horn and Desert big horn. The sub species in Montana seems to be Rocky Mountain big horn. The herds in that area have in the past, been culled due to disease.

The mating season for big horns is November. The herds segregate according to age and sex. Ewes, lambs and yearling males will band together, and some adult male’s (ram’s) band together by classes. Big horn sheep are herbivores, however you see in the photos they are licking the salt off the road to supplement their mineral intake.

In 2010 a driver ran into seven rams and one ewe killing them. The driver claimed he did not see the warning signs. Some of the big horns are collared either to trigger road side signs or to monitor their health. The collars are also used to determine where they die.




Photographed another building fire in the Mission district in SF

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On November 8, 2015 at approximately 8am a fire was reported at a local business called the Rolling Stock Tire shop at 16th and Shotwell streets in San Francisco. The fire quickly grew to 3 alarms. This is how I discovered the fire. From a Facebook post “The Rolling Stock Fire(yep it’s official name) was very much a discovery fire. Let me explain. I woke up at 7:30am, minutes later I heard fire trucks. I went on Twitter, saw a blip, turned on the scanner, then made a decision. I then got dressed and geared-up, and started walking towards the smoke plume. The blip on Twitter only mentioned 16th street.
I followed the plume. I did not know the exact location.”

Photo gallery here>>>>>Rolling Stock Fire

Raw video footage herer>>>>>Rolling Stock Fire video.

Photos of a stranded sailboat stoked up interest on social media.

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On Monday September 29, 2015 while I was out at Golden Gate Park taking a break from all the drama, I heard helicopters. The helicopters were very low, so I went to investigate. So I got in my car and followed the helicopters,(yes that is possible) and they led me to Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Where I then noticed a sailboat had been beached or grounded in the surf. I then scanned Twitter, and the information I collected on that social media site said “Two people were rescued.”
I then walked down to the boat and began taking photos. Another person walked up to me, and said they had a backstory. They had noticed the boat acting weird off the beach earlier in the day, so I then dismissed the scene as thieves whole stole a boat and went on a joyride.

My initial reaction on FB here,
“2 people had to be rescued after their sailboat drifted onto the beach, at Ocean Beach in San Francisco.”
“If you ask me that boat doesn’t look sea worthy.”
“Authorities are suspicious.”
“A sail boat named the Sea Beach ran aground at Ocean Beach in San Francisco on September 28 at approximately 2:30p.m. “Two people were allegedly rescued from the vessel.”
“SFGATE, published one of my photos of the stranded vessel.”

and finally this post.

“Apparently the grounded sailboat stoked up a lot of interest on social media. I underestimated the importance or interesting-ness of that “beached sailboat?” Next time I will handle those scenes differently. I myself dismissed it as nothing more than thieves out for a joy ride on a stolen vessel. That’s why I wrote down “allegedly” on my posts. Thieves who wreck boats don’t get rescued, they get arrested.
I took one look at that boat, and my initial reaction was “stolen.”

Flickr photo set here>>>>Breaking/Spot news

YOU COMING? Another Precious Urban Coyote Encounter

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You Coming? An Urban Coyote Encounter

I think this is a female, who is pregnant, maybe why she has a pack of male Coyotes, who come running to protect her? I will find out.
Today I walked up on this Coyote while he/she(?) was laying down on the ground. There were duck feathers everywhere, then I noticed bone fragments, a partial head, and a foot from this Coyote’s last meal.
When a Coyote takes off running their initial stance is so confident and wrought with strength that you can feel and hear them. Today my heart skipped a beat when I walked up on this Coyote and it ran off. They always seem scared at first, but after while they seem to entice me or lead me on.
‪#‎beingmyself‬ ‪#‎urban‬ ‪#‎coyote‬

Coyote Encounter Pine Lake area in Stern Grove in San Francisco

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After reading a new’s clip about a Coyote attacking a pet dog in the Stern Grove area in San Francisco I decided to track them down. My first visit to that area there was scant evidence of their presence other than the warning signs. The second time I did not find any evidence of their presence, but on the 3rd visit I had an encounter and mistakenly walked through their den.

I heard noises in the leaves and debris, they’re were no domestic dogs around and I saw no birds, so I followed the sound. I kept my head-on-a-swivel so-to-speak and focused on looking for movement. Then off to the left corner of my left eye I noticed movement. The movement was a Coyote.

I checked it out for a few minutes and watched pet dog’s walk right by the Coyote and they didn’t even know it. Even the pet dog owners couldn’t see the Coyote. I continued to watch the Coyote for about 10 minutes and then decided to walk off. I now know their are Coyotes in Stern Grove in San Francisco.

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Bike vs bike accident at Octavia and Market Streets in San Francisco

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A bicyclist collided with another bicyclist at Octavia and Market Streets in San Francisco on Monday August 24th 2015 at approximately 10:30pm.

One bicyclist walked away and the other one was taken away in an ambulance.

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Burn Area Rocky Fire and Jerusalem Fire

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Rocky Fire and Jerusalem Fire burn area

The landscape in the photo is where the ‪#‎RockyFire‬ and the ‪#‎JerusalemFire‬ have burned. So far together the fires have burned over 80,000 acres, and that estimate is rounded down. This is what the land looks like afterwards. In the future if an El Niño hits, this landscape will be dealing with extreme mudslides, and rock falls. The vegetation that has burned sometimes holds the land together, but when its burned its integrity is compromised thus causing slides when the heavy El Niño rains occur.

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