Labor Day Weekend Trip to Western Nevada


My Labor Day weekend trip into Nevada was one of the hottest ones’ yet. Saturday September 2nd the desert heat reached a high of 118 degrees. At those temps the iPhone shuts down, a good DSLR will also shut down and mine did.
But it was all worth it to be able to see the mighty Zorro again, and that wild man named Rogue.

Years ago when I hung out with the Virginia Range horses I found one that didn’t look like the rest. Of course I was clueless and did not know if it was different than all the others, so I did some research. Turns out it could have been a Hinny. A Hinny is a “domestic equine hybrid that is the offspring of a male horse, a stallion, and a female donkey, a jenny. Hinnies are also sometimes classified as mules.These hybrids are sturdy and intelligent equines who have a longer work life, stronger hooves and greater endurance than horses. Mules and hinnies tend to be more resistant to disease and live longer lives than their parents.
I returned to that same area this past weekend and saw another wild horse that didn’t look like the others.

I’m starting to get the same feelings for western Nevada as I do when I visit Yosemite. While driving home, and when I was near Truckee, California I felt a need to pull over and have a moment. I stopped at some burger joint, and had that moment. Their were also burners in that joint having their moments. It was surreal.
My eyes welled-up with water, and I had to eat my burger with my shades on.

Sometimes in your life you find those places that excite you and lure you back again and again.

Western Nevada I will be back, REAL SOON.

Observed Wild Horses in Nevada

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On Memorial Day weekend I once again visited our nation’s wild horses. This time I visited the herd on the Pine Nut Mountain Range in Nevada. That area is an HMA or a herd management area, which means they are “are lands under the supervision of the United States Bureau of Land Management that are managed for the primary but not exclusive benefit of free-roaming ‘wild’ horses and burros.” During previous visits to see wild horses I mostly concentrated my observation of them on the Virginia Range, which is geographically north of the Pine Nut’s. I targeted this herd because they have advocates that speak for them and maintain them. In other word’s they have people who look after them. It is my opinion the wild horse herd in the Pine Nut’s are very special because of the bonds they form between each other. Wild horses are considered by some, to simply be feral horses. Brought on by economic desperation or owners who simply became too poor to care for them, but, after they are in the wild, they are wild again. Wild horses do indeed become themselves after they are free to roam on the ranges. They form their own families, socialize with each other, they adopt or raise their own off spring, they have leaders, followers, babysitters, and bosses, and many become best friends’. Observing wild horses is simply the most amazing experience a wildlife photographer could do for themselves.

First Words Become the Caption: Psychology of a Street Photog

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Love, love, love. There are 3 shapes on her body that match my first words, and are representative of the word LOVE.
Anyhow this lady was about 30 feet away, but yet she knew I was photographing her. This kind of cooperation between a photographer and a subject is kind of special. Eye contact is what sometimes initiate’s these kind of interactions, but it’s also timing. Eye contact is sometimes compromised by shades, but when 2 people know they have connected this is what happens. When I looked at this photo the first time on my computer the first words I thought of were, love, love, love,

Then I noticed there are 3 shapes on her body representative of love. In a row laterally.
What I do sometimes, is look at my photos and document my first thoughts and or observations, and use them, subconsciously.


Loving my DJI Phantom drone

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Something that occurs when I take my quadcopter out to the park. I get lots of looky-lou’s. But I educate and teach each and every person who strikes up a conversation about it, in hopes of getting kids hooked on the technology. I feel children now will be using them more often in the future. Plus it seems the people who do strike up conversations about the drones are people who go to the Makers Faire’s. Each and every time, the people who asked about the quadcopter, mentioned they attend the annual Makers Faire in San Mateo.

Aerial shot Aerial shot of Bercut field Aerial shot

Day 17,886 of my Life: In pictures.


My day in pictures on Sunday October 27, 2013. First was a red-light runner accident at Van Ness and Ellis Street in San Francisco. I witnessed it. I have other pics but it was a bloody accident.

Next up was my mighty fine Coyote encounter in Golden Gate Park.


And then naturally of course hung out with my favorite brood of critters.

Then on the way back into the City ran across the scene below at Divisadero and McAllister.







Fukushima Is Here Human Banner


On Saturday October 19th 2013, people formed a human banner on Ocean Beach in San Francisco California that said “Fukushima Is Here.”




Then they lined the surf, and formed a human chain.



If you look real close you can see a drone flying above the crowd.
More information can be found at the website http://www.fukushimaishere.info

Panoramas and Stills from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2013






One method to spot wildlife

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Went to Golden Gate Park today and hung out with a documentary filmmaker. Talking about wildlife, tracks etc. Didn’t get any Coyote sightings but did teach someone how to spot wildlife by “looking for movement.” Lots of things in nature move, some things have natural movements and some things go against that natural movement. Those are the things you want to take-notice-of. Anything that goes against natural movement, more often than not, lead to someone or some thing that is there under a different set of circumstances.
Spotting wildlife means watching for things that go against and with natural movement.

Covered the group “Homes Not Jails.” World Homeless Day Event

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Homes Not Jails World Homeless Day, protest, march and building take-over ends in arrests.

Disclaimer: This piece is biased, only because I have recently been evicted from a home where I paid over $84,000 in to, and the home was only worth $32,000. It was a manufactured home. Upon being evicted I was forced to give up my two pet cats whom I lived with for 14 years, and had to put my blind dog down. I was suddenly thrust into the abusive, degrading and dangerous world of homelessness.

On Wednesday October 10, 2012 people who are “homeless, have recently been evicted, and foreclosed-on, the dispossessed, and their allies took to the streets in San Francisco protesting and marching to express their frustration with the current homeless situation and numbers both here in San Francisco and in the whole United States. Here in San Francisco it is believed that at least 10,000 people are homeless, and there are at least 35,000 vacant “housing units,” city wide. It is also believed that there at least “3.5 million homeless people in the United States, and that at least 1 million are children, but only 112,000 nationwide are chronically homeless.”
The group Homes Not Jails organized this protest because a building at 531 Castro Street who is owned by landlord, and business owner Les Natali has sat vacant for 5 years and allegedly he used the Ellis Act to evict the tenants who had been living there. It is common knowledge that the Castro neighborhood is home to at least 5,000 LGBTQ youth and is where they seek refuge from families, society norms(like discrimination and hate), and people who just don’t accept them for who they are. And because of the so-called tech bubble San Francisco has become one of the most expensive places in the US to live. This so-called tech bubble does not help the City in any manner because recently Twitter was allowed to move into this City and they are not required to take local taxes out of their employee’s paychecks.
And the current conditions of the local homeless shelters are unacceptable, unsafe and just sleeping in them can cause mental illness so many homeless people still sleep on the streets. I tried contacting the San Francisco homeless czar Bevan Dufty, about the conditions of the homeless shelters in SF, but he has not returned my call, nor email. But I can say first hand that through my experience I have dealt with hate, sleep deprivation, lice infestations, just to make sure I am not sleeping on the streets or my car. This article by the local newspaper the Bay Area Reporter highlights the problem. I was merely evicted because I could not get a livable wage job offer, and what I was thrown into because I am homeless gave me health problems so severe I became unable to work.
In San Francisco it is illegal to sit-and-lie on a sidewalk, sleep in a car, inhabit vacant buildings, so the group Homes Not Jails organized themselves and because most of the members need housing they will continue “to take to the streets to and take direct action” by taking-over vacant buildings until their needs are met.
World Homeless Day was started 3 years ago because of those staggering numbers and the current economic climate.

In this post on Indybay.org I used stills, including a panorama, and video to tell the story.


Purchased a Canon Rebel T3i

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Yesterday I purchased a new Canon T3i. Wolf Camera is closing down stores in San Francisco, so I went to one of them and a T3i was sitting in the box on a shelf. It was their last one and was selling for $674 plus tax. I even got a new bag for free. It has some exciting features, some of which I know nothing about, but I will learn and use it and exploit it to its full potential. Hopefully most of the work you’ll see coming out of me in the future will be done using my the Canon Rebel T3i. I do also currently own two Canon Rebel XTi’s, and both have made me thousands of dollars and have brought out the best when it comes to my photography work.

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