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Out & About — The fawn never wins

Out & About

When I was in Yosemite National Park on July 29, I stopped at Tenaya Lake for a short rest.

I heard a lot of rustling and screaming in the bushes, so I walked over to the cliff edge and watched a pack of 7 coyotes take down 2 fawn.

I didn’t know until this morning when I was cataloging pictures that I got this great shot of a shocked fawn eyeing 2 of the coyotes.

Fawn and 2 coyotes in Yosemite National Park

The other 5 coyotes were surrounding her so that she couldn’t run away.

At the Park exit station I told a couple of park rangers who got excited, saying that I “was privileged” to have seen that part of the food chain, and that “the fawn never wins.”

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Coyote or fox?

Who knew there was so much life in a cemetery?

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Out & About San Diego

 

My home inspection yesterday was across the street from a huge cemetery. Cemeteries are rare here in San Diego, certainly much rarer than in my home state of Texas where I think there were just as many cemeteries as there were churches.

Although we used to play in the cemeteries in Kingsville, Texas, when I was growing up, and they have tours of cemeteries in New Orleans, I had not been in a cemetery in 20 or 25 years.

I took 357 pictures in the cemetery in a little over two hours. Here are fourteen of my favorites:

Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)


 

Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)


 

Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)

How long you gonna watch me?


 

Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)

I wonder if he has friends. Better check over here....


 

Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)

....and over here....


 

Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)

....and behind me.


 

Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)

Now that nobody's looking


 

Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)

Let it all hang out


 

See ya later!

See ya later!


 

The cemetery was actually quite relaxing, and I wasn’t the only one who thought that:

Mallards, a snow goose, and turtles

Mallards, a snow goose, and turtles


 

Squirrels were frolicking everywhere but were wary of me:

Squirrel

Where'd you come from?

Squirrel on a eucalyptus tree

Squirrel on a eucalyptus tree


 

I saved the best for last. I don’t know if the gal in this picture is a coyote or fox. I’m thinking it’s too big and too light to be a fox. Anyone?

Coyote or fox?

Coyote or fox?


 

I was at Mt. Hope Cemetery, a municipal cemetery for the City of San Diego. Two other cemeteries are nearby: Holy Cross Cemetery, a Catholic cemetery; and Greenwood Memorial Park, an endowed care cemetery, which means you have to pay big bucks to be buried there.

San Diego cemeteries

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Me?

Cremate me, scatter my ashes one-third at Blacks Beach in San Diego; one-third under the Century Oak at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas; and one-third on the railroad tracks at the Union Pacific Railroad yard in Omaha, Nebraska. Then forget about me and get back to enjoying life.

Oh, by the way. Ask me how many living people I saw in the cemetery in two hours.

YOU: Russel, how many living people did you see in the cemetery while you were there?

ME: Three. A San Diego Gas & Electric employee was hiding out in his company truck parked under a tree. He was sleeping. Probably wore himself out at the Padres game the day before when we beat the dastardly Dodgers 8-4. A groundskeeper was mowing the lawns. A lady was pulling weeds from around the headstone at the grave she was visiting, obviously not happy with the job the cemetery was doing.

 

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos