I have two of these original prints to give away, titled:
"The Struggle Between Coyote & Man"
All you have to do to enter the contest, is like this post! You don’t have to follow me or re-post (although it would be super rad if you did)! One of the prints will be given away here, on my tumblr. The other will be given away on my Instagram here —-> http://instagram.com/kshoban# giving you two chances to win. Hooray!
Contest winners will be announced Christmas day!
The print is a limited edition of 18 prints. All done with linocut on Rives BFK paper.
I haven’t been out hiking or camping much lately. I have been pretty busy with school and a new part time job. Luckily, I was able to get out last weekend with the Gaston brother’s and we camped out on one of the coldest nights here in California (not that cold compared to most of the country)of the year. I think the temperature was down to around 20-26 degrees Fahrenheit. The hike was great, the camping, even better. We all stayed relatively warm in our tents as we slept on a bed of pine leaves. It was a much needed short excursion, which brought back a few good shots.
Yesterday, I went out hiking for the first time in two and a half weeks. Far too long, but well worth the wait. On the way home, I came across an open field where a big group of deer were hanging out. The females were running around teasing the males, and the males were sparring. It was great fun to watch, and a great way to get me back into the hiking mood!
I finally found a fox! Ever since I got into nature photography, I have been searching for foxes. Last weekend I took a walk through Baylands, Palo Alto, CA, and came across a couple of foxes, but they were to quick for me to shoot.
Yesterday I went back to Baylands, but to another spot where I have some friends who had recently seen a fox. I walked around for a few hours with no fox (but I did get some nice shots of a moth and egret). I was taking my last stroll back and forth to try to see the fox and then like magic, the little guy came out of the bushes and right up to me. I was able to get a few good shots of him before he got tired of me and left. I decided to stay a little longer and kept walking around. Again I was planning on leaving, but decided to walk back to where I saw the fox.
There he was again, sitting, waiting for me. He was so calm and stayed with me for twenty minutes (enough time for me to almost fill my 32gb sd card). It was fun and exciting finally to see and capture the illusive fox with my camera.
Even though it was a fantastic experience I can’t help but worry for the young fox. Why is he so tame, and let me get so close? The area where I saw the fox has a decent amount of foot traffic, and I cant help but wonder if people are putting this fox at risk by feeding it? It’s great to have such an amazing encounter with such a beautiful animal, but hopefully our interactions aren’t making the fox dependent on us.
To see all the photos I took of this little grey fox, visit myflickr page.
For the past five months I have not seen a single coyote while out on my hikes. Not only is it frustrating, unable to see one of my favorite wild animals, but also a bit odd given the time of year. Coyotes typically make a den for their pups around the months of April - June. When the pups are born, coyotes become more active as they have to find more food to feed their pups. This means I should have been seeing coyotes in abundance every time I have gone out hiking, but unfortunately this has not been the case. Even though I enjoy hiking very much in different natural environments, an emptiness due to the lack of coyotes has been building up inside of me.
Thankfully, just when I thought all was lost and coyotes would forever avoid me, I came across a young male today In Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto, CA (above photo). I was heading back to my car defeated again, when a young male popped out in front of me. He didn’t stick around too long but I walked to where I thought he would emerge again. Low and behold, there he was. I watched him for a little while as he made his way up the recently burned hills and finally out of sight.
Unfortunately it looks as though the young male might have mange. Mange is a potentially deadly skin infection caused by mites. Although Mange seems to be becoming more common in Bay Area wildlife, this is the first coyote I have seen with the parasite. In the photo, you can see he has patchy fur on his face which is a sign of mange in this little guy.
I then proceeded back to my car when I heard a ground squirrel let out a warning call. I turned around and looked at the squirrel in the distance. Could I have triggered the warning? For some reason I didn’t think I was the cause for alarm, so I stood and watched for movement of another possible predator. On the corner of my eye I spotted yet another coyote. A female with a beautiful summer coat (below photo). Unfortunately she didn’t stick around for quite so long and quickly disappeared into the coyote brush. What a great feeling it is to see my favorite local predators after all these months without them. Maybe it’s possible the coyotes have had a late year, and are just now begging to feed their young, but who knows? I’m excited and hopeful that I will begin to see the coyotes a lot more often like I used to throughout the past year.
Today was the last Biology class for the quarter. We headed over to Elkhorn Slough, and Moss Landing State Beach near Monterey, CA. While at Moss Landing Beach, we saw a large group of otters hanging out, playing, and just being otters. What a great way to end a great class!
Yesterday I went back to Sunol Regional Wilderness and had yet another amazing day of hiking, and animals. On the way back down the trail, I spotted this bobcat near a pond and was able to get a few photos of him. Unfortunately it looks like this guy has Notoedric Mange which is a potentially deadly disease. Poor guy.