Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

close encounter with Moby

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It spouted and then suddenly came towards our boat in such rapid speed that caught us all off guard. its knobbly head emerged (hello) and doved in again into the salty waters off Moss Landing beach. The Hippo's never seen the head of a humpback live before. And as if to bid us a farewell, it showed off its tail, big and black, right before our eyes, and dove under our boat. The Hippo was stunned with disbelief and even had tears of awe in her eyes. We just couldnt believe our close encounter with Moby. her first whale watching expedition and rookie's luck prevailed. A woman, sat at the tip of the bow, recorded the whole encounter. her bucketlist to see a whale, but never imagined it would be such a close-up encounter. The rest of the whale sightings paled in comparison and from now on, any distant sights of whales or even closer ones would mean nothing. It was Moby, my first, and will always forever and ever just be Moby. (alright, so it wasnt a great white, but the Hippo can still call it Moby!)

For grand finale, the Sooty Shearwaters, migrated from New Zealand, swarmed the Monterey Bay, providing a backdrop as humpbacks swam and played beneath them in the ocean. What a sight! And what a day with whales all around us and birds from half way across the globe to complement our whales watching.

The close encounter with Moby was almost as freaking awesome as the close encounter with the Canadian Moose bull in Jasper. After a disappointing Moose Hunt at Moose Lake, we were driving back to our cabin when suddenly, this male Moose crossed the highway right in front of our car. He's massive, super tall, and with ginormous antlers. The Hippo was petrified on the spot and all she could do was to watch the Moose gently and slowly crossed the highway and disappeared into the flora.


On the Monterey Bay, off the Moss Landing beach (all photos by A. O'Racca):

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  Humpback tail

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  Spouting

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  Sooty Shearwaters migration
  from New Zealand

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  Shearwaters swarm over
  humpbacks

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  Elephant seals on
  Moss Landing harbor

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  Tomaso & Hippo
  onboard the Sea Goddess

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Sunday, July 09, 2017

so far

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Some photos of this year


tom Trudi farewell

tom at Trudi's farewell

tom Tom at SF LGBT parade

tom Tom wearing Myanmar tshirt

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Saturday, July 08, 2017

ceramics galore

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Paly ceramics and glass festival ... bought some plates!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

in Brigadoon

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Tomaso at the Highlands

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

we choose

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"I don’t think I was born gay. I don’t think I was born straight. I was born the way all of us are born: as a human being with a seemingly infinite capacity to announce myself, to re-announce myself, to try on new identities like spring raincoats, to play with limiting categories, to challenge them and topple them, to cultivate my tastes and preferences, and, most importantly, to love and to receive love."
-Brandon Ambrosino, freelance journalist - June 2016

Well said. Finally the Homo sapiens sapiens had caught up with so many others across the animal kingdom. the intersex kangaroo. a fish with four separate 'genders'. the clownfish that can change sex. Perhaps only now we recognize our astonishingly diverse sexual behaviours. Far too long had we compartmentalized our sexual orientation into a binary system. Any deviation was considered a disease. find that 'gay gene'. Then find a cure. sounds like the XMen. Time for the sapiens to realize that we were born whatever and both gene and environment make who and how we are, but we still ultimately have a choice, and it's up to us to find/discover/explore/experiment/cultivate our own identities, preferences, and to suffer, to cry, to love, to overcome our lives challenges and hardships, and finally to choose who we want to be in life.

 

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