Roadside birth of a calf

Two weeks ago I drove to Bodega to deliver a photographic print purchased as a gift.

The image she selected was a cow above the tall cliffs just north of Jenner.

On my way back, I spied a cow alongside route 1 with a placenta hanging out her backside.

What follows are a fraction of the amazing images I recorded as she gave birth to one huge calf.

The rancher said it was her first calf, a very large female, born to a large two-year old cow.

Less than fifteen minutes after being flung from her mothers’ uterus, this tiny cow struggled on noodle-wet legs to stand for the first time. Her mother licking her from head to toe during the entire process.

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Save our Tomales Bay – part 18.1, Walker Creek mess, construction

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Yesterday I paid a visit to the mouth of Walker Creek where it enters Tomales Bay.

There are 4 growers that extract profits in the form of oysters in this area.

Storms regularly rip their equipment out and paint it all over Tomales Bay, and the entire ocean.

These bags become lodged in the mud and pickleweed and are buried, to be ground into plastic bits forever.

The farmers must walk these areas every month, if not more often, to ensure the mess they make gets cleaned up before being buried in the mud and pickleweed.

The regulating agencies must exercise their authority and ensure that laws are being observed, fining those that continue to break the laws enacted to protect the environment.


This post will be updated, so come back to see more of the damage caused to our fragile planet by oyster farming.

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Plastic China – Film screening and presentation by filmmaker Wang Jiuliang, 20 February, UC Berkeley

My Friend Wang Jiuliang is screening his documentary at the Doe Library on UC Berkeley Campus next Friday the 20th.

I hope to see you all there!

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Below is what he sent me. All images are his, ©Wang Jiuliang.

February 20, 4-6p.m. ︱ 180 Doe Memorial Library, UC Berkeley

PLASTIC CHINA(Documentary/26 minutes/English subtitles)

Film screening and presentation by the filmmaker

Speaker/performer: Wang Jiuliang, independent filmmaker.

Sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

We live in a spotless, clean environment. The waste that we produce each day quickly disappears from our eyesight. But once the waste disappears from our eyesight, where does it go? Is it recycled properly as we imagine?

PLASTIC CHINA is a story about how plastic waste from all around the world, including the United States , ends up in China . It is because of this plastic waste that water is no longer clean, air is no longer fresh, and food is no longer safe in many areas in China . People living in these polluted areas experience elevated rates of disease and mortality. This film reveals the shocking degree to which we all play a part in this problem. Nowadays, the connections among people around the world is ever closer, and China is in fact not that far from home.

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