This baby gray whale was witnessed being attacked by a group of Orca Whales (about 15 of them). As they worked to separate the calf from the mother they played with it for about an hour and then consumed the head, eyes and tongue. I had a friend who was on a boat and witnessed the kill. Not a Happy Mother’s Day for everyone – but it is nature and an Orca has to feed it’s young too.
Grand Master Tanaka – Seiichi Tanaka is the first Japan-trained teacher of taiko in the United States and largely regarded as the father of the art form in North America. He is the founder of San Francisco Taiko Dojo and a recipient of a 2001 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Grand Master Tanaka was presented by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, Emperor Akihito, the Order of the Rising Sun -5th Order: Gold and Silver Rays (established in 1875). The Order is for “achievements in: international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, field advancements, and development of welfare or preservation of the environment.”
I took this photo through a window. My friend David said the trick to reducing glare from a window is to place the camera right on the window and snap the photo. So I did and this is what I got! A new technique – gotta love it :O)
It’s been a while since I’ve posted any photos. I’ve been toying around with Black and White Photography and Street Photography. I’m gearing up for a 25 day Pilgrimage in India this year (Nov) so practicing some new skill sets. Any and all critiques are as always – welcome! :O)
Northern Bull Elephant Seals: The male elephant seal is a sight to behold, up to 15 feet long, 4,500 pounds, with a huge bulbous nose that inflates with air and makes a thundering noise used to intimidate other males. Elephant seals make one of the longest migration of any marine mammal, with males migrating for a total of 13,000 miles for their semi-annual trips to the Aleutian Islands.
A wonderful year for the annual Morro Bay Bird Festival (except for the California drought). Was able to grab this photo of a Double-Crested Cormorant during my first class on Birding Hotspots for Photographers. More photos of the Bird Festival to come later.
Happy New Year Friends and WordPress Family! Music and Laughter are the high cards for 2014. Play them often.