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Small Rabbit

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by Terry Costales

My son spotted this very small rabbit in our backyard at dusk one evening. Still light enough to get a quick shot.

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Orange Rain

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by Bryan Costales

Oranges were knocked from tree during a heavy rain. The tree was planted in the sidewalk, so the oranges were public and could be picked up and eaten by anyone.

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Two Held Ropes

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by Bryan Costales

Two construction workers held ropes to help guide a huge, heavy I-beam into a hole. This was part of the construction of San Francisco's Central Subway.

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Shut Door Stencil

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by Bryan Costales

The words, "Shut Door." were stenciled to a roll-up door. The meaning of the sign was ambiguous. Was it a command to those that used the door to always leave it shut? Or was it a notice to strangers that this was a working door that was currently shut? Or was this notice that this door was permanently shut and would never open?

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Replaced Front Lawn

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by Bryan Costales

A raised garden bed and path around it replaced a lawn in the front of the house. As you can see, the raised garden bed really improved the look of the front yard.

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Some Lit Most Dark

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by Bryan Costales

While waiting for a trolley on King Street in San Francisco, I notice that only two of several windows were lit at 10:00 at night. The street and building lights dipped into the orange and gave the entire scene an eerie feeling.

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Doomsayers

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by Bryan Costales

Two boarded up windows were found in an old brick building in downtown Sacramento, California. The window on the left contained a bit of art that read, "Doomsayers." The window on the right was two windows inside one frame. The left window in that frame was gone. The right window in that frame was a bit more present but still lacked glass.

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Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

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by Terry Costales

This Capybara needs a good brushing.

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Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

(158 views)
by Terry Costales

Catching the afternoon sun, the master of the grasses rests in its domain.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

I love the pattern of this seal's fur, but I would never entertain the idea of taking it away from her to use for myself.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

(158 views)
by Terry Costales

Portrait of a large male sea lion sleepily surveying his domain.

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Raft of Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

For an unforgettable wildlife experience, I highly recommend the Elkhorn Slough Safari in Moss Landing. We saw over one hundred sea otters, almost eighty harbor seals and dozens of sea lions very up close and personal. This photo shows a raft of about eighty sea otters. Raft is the official label for a bunch of otters hanging out together, looking like a raft. In addition to sea mammals, I also photographed sixteen species of birds. The trip was two hours of wildlife bliss. There were a few . . .

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

The Harbor Seal was very curious about us as we motored past, but not curious enough to actually move.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

Bette Davis eyes? Bedroom eyes? Puppy dog eyes? They've got nothing on harbor seal eyes! The little slit behind the eye is the ear which is an easy way to distinguish it from a sea lion with its little external ear.

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Macaws

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by Terry Costales

Two Macaws preening one another. A very intimate, gentle moment in a birds' life.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

Two Harbor Seal were of quite different fur colors but all the whiskers were blonde.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

I was able to get nice close-ups of the harbor seals because I used a telephoto lens. If the boat had come this close they would have been disturbed and swum away.

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

A shell was almost the size of the otter's head, but was no match for its appetite.

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Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

The otter balanced his "plate" on his stomach while enjoying that last little morsel.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

A very pregnant Harbor Seal looking quite pleased with herself.

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

(154 views)
by Terry Costales

More of the endless variation of facial expressions you can always find in sea lions.

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

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by Terry Costales

I know they are wild animals with big teeth and claws but jeez, don't they look cuddly?!

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

(154 views)
by Terry Costales

A very young sea lion was sleepily curious about his observers.

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Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

(154 views)
by Terry Costales

A capybara peeking coyly from behind its giant palm frond.

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Anna's Hummingbird

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by Terry Costales

A male Anna's hummingbird perches on Neptunes' trident. I was surprised to see a hummingbird stay still for so long.

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