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A weekend full of wildlife encounters.

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As many folks know it is tough living in San Francisco. Being a City slicker is a pain-in-the-arse, but this City can turn things around with the wildlife alone.

Friday, the 29th after dealing with a broke vehicle I decided to go off and find urban coyotes. Well I found them or they found me.While walking my normal wildlife touring route in Golden Gate Park an ambulance went screaming through the park. One thing song dogs like to do is howl at sirens.
Listen to this>>>>Coyotes howling Golden Gate Park

Soon after I entered their den and I was greeted.

 

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On Sunday the 1st I decided to use my unused Groupon coupon for a trip out to the Farallon Islands. However, we could not make it out to the Farallon Islands. About 12-16 miles out we started encountering swells that would have beat the boat up. But it was still fun looking for whales, and birds. I gotta do this again though. This ride was free, the next one won’t be though. It got rough out there, so in one of the photos it shows a belt. I used a belt with a marine buckle to tether myself to the railing. Photographing on a boat is another challenge in itself. It got cold out there too. It quickly went down to upper 40’s.

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In the end we did see a Minke whale, a Humpback whale, harbor porpoises, and that pelican? that seemingly liked us. For the first time in my life I have smelled whale breath, and it is everything they say, StInKy!

 

The weekend of September 29-October 1st was an excellent weekend when it came to our wildlife both in the City and outside in the Bay and Ocean.

oh yea, can’t forget about that sweet Great Horned Owlet photo from Friday.

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I’d like to give a shout-out to Ryan at the company San Francisco Whale Tours. He was very knowledgeable about the wildlife in the Bay, the Ocean, and on the shores. An excellent host. We could not get out to the Farallon’s because if the waves. The waves were to big for the boat. There is nothing bad to say about the company San Francisco Whale Tours. They are women owned, and they care about the wildlife, and the Bay and the Ocean’s health. They have excellent employees.

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Went flying in a Cessna

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I got to fly in a Cessna today. The plane was built in 1961. It is older than me. We flew from Concord to Petaluma. On the way to Petaluma I sat in the back. On the way back from Petaluma I sat in the right seat. I did get the chance to take the controls and fly it for a few seconds. And I learned a lot. It was nice being at around 2500 feet up too, reinvigorates the hunt for other perspectives.
We flew from Buchanan air field in Concord to a small airport in Petaluma, CA via over the Bay and along part of the coast. Most of the coast is blanketed in fog.

Coyote encounter while leaving Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2014

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True story, while leaving the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival I decided to go back to the wildlife area and look for those owls. It just so happens, I found the owls, who were fighting with the ravens, but then once again, another hiker pointed out the Coyote was staring at me.

This owl was being mobbed by Ravens

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Photos of the AC72 Catamarans Racing on the SF Bay

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Foiling consists of a 3 part platform.

Photographed and Recorded Space Shuttle Endeavours Final Voyage over the SF Bay

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It was a picture perfect day. Sunny, little to no fog, temps in the 60’s, and no wind.
Friday September 21, 2012 at approx. 10:28am the Space Shuttle Endeavour, or Orbital Vehicle 105 passed over the San Francisco Bay Area.
It was the 5th vehicle and was built to replace the Challenger, which had exploded in 1986. Believe it or not the Endeavour was named after the British HMS Endeavour. The HMS Endeavour took Captain Cook on his first voyage, and this vehicle was named through a National competition amongst elementary and secondary schools in the southern part of the United States.
The Endeavour first launched in 1992 and went on 25 missions and flew over 122 million miles.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour is now headed to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. It will travel through the streets of LA on October 13th 2012. More information can be found here, http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/Exhibits/AirAndSpace/endeavour/Mission26/Mission26.php

 

America’s Cup Races Have Hit the San Francisco Bay

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Been photographing The America’s Cup World Series in San Francisco.
Posted a report on CNN’s iReport website. Link here http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-831801

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