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Coyotes will not eat your dogs

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Recently NBC BAY AREA came out with a report that coyotes are showing up in odd areas within San Francisco City Limits. In the piece it stated that one lady said a Coyote went after her pet Chihuahua . http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Coyote-Urban-Wild-Creatures-Appear-in-Downtown-SF–236280831.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_BAYBrand
I don’t believe the statement.
I’ve seen Coyotes back down from Wild Turkeys.
If you see a Coyote raise your arms, stomp your feet and holler. It will back down.
Coyotes are trying to fatten-up. This is the month they mate.

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Wildlife Encounters in Golden Gate Park

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Had some very nice wildlife encounters in Golden Gate Park this past weekend. The Coyote is the female I have been photographing off and on for 2 years.

A Facebook entry by me: ”
Ladies and Gentlemen; please meet THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED Coyote in SF, and maybe California.
This is the female parent I’ve been photographing, in Golden Gate Park for the last 2 years. I have over 7,000 photos of her; eating, carrying her young, walking on trees, protecting her pups, raising her pups, stalking and finally running.
I can tell she remembers me.
Yesterday I was walking along, heard some rustling of leaves off to my right, then I stopped, she then ran out in front of me. It’s a game we play, she runs or walks away fast, I catch up she then stops stares at me and this can go on for hours.

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Photos of the AC72 Catamarans Racing on the SF Bay

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IMG_0009 IMG_0021 IMG_0032 IMG_0056 IMG_0117 IMG_0148 IMG_0160 IMG_0365 IMG_0372 IMG_0427 IMG_0550 IMG_0607 IMG_0609 IMG_0631 IMG_0636AC72’s can foil which means that they can fly on water using daggerboards and foils on the end of those boards. The boards and foils must hold up 18 tons. They cannot foil under 18 knots. Foiling is like hitting a turbo and boosts their speed 35-40%.
Foiling consists of a 3 part platform.

Photos taken using the mobile app called Hipstamatic.

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I have installed on my iPhone an app called Hipstamatic. The trick is to make sure you have the best composition and make sure you have chosen the best lense and film type combo that you think best captures that moment.
There are a lot of film types and lenses and at least one of them will capture the moment better than the others.’

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Recovered From Loss of Mom by Photographing Wild Horses.

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Recovered from loss of my Mom by Photographing Wild Horses
In December of 2012, my mom succumbed to Pancreatic Cancer. She was diagnosed with it in the summer of 2012, and died from the cancer less than 6 months later. My mom was my rock, she was the only one in my immediate family who cared and loved me. She knew I was alone and unwillingly at odds with society.
It was a strange trip back to Maryland, I currently live in California and had not been to MD, where they lived, in over 15 years. I left Maryland in 1997, disgusted and estranged from the rest of my family. I left MD to seek out my Manifest Destiny. I left to remake my life, and pursue and develop the creative side of me. I also left Maryland to recover from the trauma caused from the fact that I could not raise nor be in my son’s life.
While at the hospital my mom could hear me when I talked to her, and she briefly opened her eyes to see me. While she laid there dying, I only had three brief moments without my sister in the room, but I made sure I communicated my exact thoughts; “mom, you made me happy.” She was the World’s best mom, at least in my mind. On December 30th, only a mere 40 minutes after I arrived at the hospital I watched her last breaths, and she was gone. I did not understand, and I was confused why she had been taken away from me and why I had to see her while she lay in a hospital bed dying from one of the worse diseases a human must endure.
The trip back to California was filled with teared-up eyes and utter grief. I was tore up, but I knew when I got back to California I had one thing, and one thing only at my disposal. MY CAMERA, and an urge to fulfill another one of my life’s dreams.

I rented a car and drove to Nevada. Nevada you ask? Yes, Nevada, the Reno area to be exact. Reno is mostly known for gambling and cheap hotels, but I knew something that most photogs don’t know. In an area known as the Virginia Range there exists a species of wildlife that has largely been ignored, disrespected and mistreated. They are known as MUSTANGS, aka wild horses. One of my life’s’ dreams has been to photograph them in their natural setting.
What I encountered and learned next was astonishing, shocking, sad, intimate, and satisfying. I drove around Storey County in Nevada, asking questions of locals, looking and searching and seeking those horses. And guess what? I found them. The first herd I found was located in an area known as the Pine Nut Mountain area. That was where I learned what the terms “boss mare” and a “stallion” meant. That is where I learned the boss mare protects and inquires about whom or what enters their family or space.
After I photographed that band and or herd, I moved onto another area. An area east of Reno known as the Clarke Mountain area, where there is a power plant, industrial parks, a dump, and police training areas. An area where the Truckee River weaves through, an area where there is abundant wildlife, a large brothel, and BLM land.

That is where I learned a fact that triggered something in my brain. The trigger fixed me; I was no longer depressed about my mom, a trigger that helped me to speed up my recovery.
I will explain, people asked me how can you tell those horses are wild; they could simply be roaming around on a ranch, so I allowed them to tell me and show me their life. I parked the car on the side of the road, grabbed my cameras, GPS and started walking. I immediately encountered a band. A band is a family unit that has a stallion (a male), juveniles and mares. One stallion may fulfill multiple mares and create multiple juveniles. Stallions protect the band. Mares are the Moms, they need to know who is penetrating their band and they need to know who you are if you decide to proceed. I followed one band many miles into land that showed evidence of Mountain Lions, Coyotes and multiple bands of Mustangs.
Wild horses were originally not wild, they were feral, left to run on the range by previous owners who for economic or personal reasons felt they would survive better on their own.
That band of horses, allowed me to get close, allowed me to be in their space, allowed me to observe their young playing and frolicking. But after several hours something happened that helped me realize: were all confused, were all sad, and were all dismayed about death. (see photos)
You see that band of horses led me into an area that was full of bones. Horse bones were everywhere, and the boss mare of that band with a simple glance, facial or body gesture helped me conclude even a horse has a hard time with the death of one of their own.
No other person nor religious text nor song nor relative helped me out of my depressive state, but a boss mare from a Mustang band in hostile wild country snapped me out-of-it. I was now okay.
I miss my mom, but I constantly think back to my encounters with the Mustangs in the Virginia Range. My encounter with those Mustangs made me happy just like my Mom did!

Flickr Photo Set of Mustangs

Mustangs: Untold Stories

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When I was photographing the Mustangs on the Virginia Range I noticed a behavior that was sort of heart breaking. I followed one band for a few miles into the range. You could tell they accepted the fact that I was there by their behavior, but suddenly a boss mare stopped kicked at the ground, looked at me, and gave me an expression that got my attention. At the bottom of her feet on the ground were the bones of another horse. I looked around and I realized the whole area had lots of bones. I’ll never forget that.

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Mustangs may also be struggling to understand why they die. I have been told, when their in captivity, when they die, they are usually isolated from other horses, so death may still be confusing to them.Some of those Mustangs, can die while giving birth, some die by natural causes, but some also die under suspicious circumstances.

Boss mare led me to this bone field.

Boss mare led me to this bone field.

Look at her feet. What do you see? Bones.

Look at her feet. What do you see? Bones. This Boss Mare and her band led me to the bone field. I wish I could figure out what she was trying to communicate. This has been one of the most precious wildlife encounters I had.

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