Posts Tagged ‘Animals’

How Many Goddam Pit Bulls are Too Many Goddam Pit Bulls for One McDonalds? Eight on Haight

Friday, September 28th, 2012

This was the scene last night at the famous Micky D’s at the end of Haight Street at Stanyan near famous Hippy Hill.

I passed by two pit-bull-looking dogs outside at the rear entrance, two pit-bull-looking dogs inside the store with owners on the way to the bathroom, two pit-bull-looking dogs with owners in line to buy food,* and two pit-bull-looking dogs as I exited out the front steps.**

Now, some of them might have been less than a year old, mere pups I suppose, and some of them might have been presa canarios or whathaveyou, but goddam, I didn’t expect to encounter eight fighting dogs*** in one minute at one McDonalds.

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I’m not particularly afraid of dogs at all and I’ve never been bitten, but that was my reaction.

And here’s an update – the Dollar Menu is still there but it’s not as prominent as before, as if they don’t want you to see it, it seems.

See you in about a year or so, Haight Street McDonalds.

*At this point, I was looking for an exit strategy, like if they all went Hera and Bane on me, I’d have hopped on one of the counters, that kind of thing. 

** Sans food. I was going to get a large order of fries and two side salads for $4-something for a special lady friend but the line was kind of long and there was some kind of kerfuffle going on so I said the Hell with this and left for the WF right across the street.

***The most I’ve seen in one place at one time.

 

Remembering the Good Old Days When It was Legal for Tourists to Feed the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Back in the day down there betwixt San Francisco’s Financial District and the Golden Gateway Apartments, tourists would come along and just hold their hands out, with astonishing results.

Wild parrots looking for a handout – via Gwen in a great capture from 2007, before The Law

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Ah mem’ries;

First it was all like this (Yes, this is the view you’ll get of the 415′s famous wild parrots from our Filbert Steps.)

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

But now it’s all like this. (Gee, should I get a Chinese character inked on my Europid skin and be a laughingstock for the rest of my life or should I get something cool like this instead? Mmmm, decisions, decisions…)

Wow! That’s a good one, Deanna Wardin of Tattoo Boogaloo.

That’s the best tattoo I’ve seen in the 415.

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill were made famous a few years back by the movie with the same name. Get the new Special Two-Disc Collector’s Edition today, why don’t you?

A friendly pair in the Presidio. Click to expand:

They love to fly

and eat flowers.

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders…

Here’s What It’s Like to Discover a Raccoon Family Living in Your San Francisco Residence – First You See the Eyes

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Like this:

And then the rest:

Those little rascals!

The Masked Bandits of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle: Energetic Raccoon Charges from NoPA to SoPA

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Look at ‘em go!

This thing was just a blur shooting by in the dark – I wasn’t sure what it was.

I prefer my critters less squirrelly, like the nice raccoons you’ll find in this outstanding capture from Plomomedia’s Flickr Photostream.

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Full-size.

Anyway, I’ve never before seen a raccoon running through the Panhandle…

OMG, OMG, Here are the Totally Adorable Coyote Pups of Golden Gate Park for 2012! They’re Teenagers Now

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Word comes from renowned San Francisco photographer David Cruz:

“A pair of wild coyote pups enjoy the sun on a midsummer’s day in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.”

Via David Cruz

Here’s the super big version.

See? Adorable.

(Will the State of California soon pay us a visit in order to blow these critters away? We’ll see.)

The Wild Coyotes of Golden Gate Park: Richmond District Resident Gets Some Great Shots on Easter Sunday

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Look what Richmond District resident and photographer David Cruz spotted yesterday afternoon:

“Early this morning, I was walking through the forrest on the West end of Golden Gate Park when I saw 2 ears and 2 eyes watching me. I stood still and was able to take a few pictures.

Big ears like an Easter Bunny but it turned to be an Easter coyote :)

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I’ve never been this close to a coyote in San Francisco and I haven’t seen any lately…

It’s good to know that San Francisco’s urban coyotes can live in peace out there…

 

The Wild Parrots of San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill, From Far Away and From Nearby

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Believe it or not, this is a color photograph of the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.

A view from the Financial from a few days back:

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But leave us remember more colorful San Francisco scenes…

First it was all like this (Yes, this is the view you’ll get of the 415′s famous wild parrots from our Filbert Steps.)

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill – Click to expand

But now it’s all like this. (Gee, should I get a Chinese character inked on my Europid skin and be a laughingstock for the rest of my life or should I get something cool like this instead? Mmmm, decisions, decisions…)

Wow! That’s a good one, Deanna Wardin of Tattoo Boogaloo.

[UPDATE: OMG, OMG, it’s their One Year Anniversary on July 30th, 2011 - Joyeux anniversaire, Tattoo du Boogaloo! All the deets.]

That’s the best tattoo I’ve seen in the 415.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Dolphin Roundup 2011: The Best San Francisco County Dolphin Sightings of the Year, Plus Babies From Years Past

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

I’ll tell you, I was shocked when I found out that you could see dolphins while just walking about San Francisco.

Like this, from Lands End, from a while back:

Now I personally didn’t take any new shots this year, but here’s a roundup of the best shots from 2011 so far:

From Fort Winfield Scott, The Presidio – jump jump!

From Ft. Winfield Scott – jumping the other way

From the Golden Gate Bridge – see the shadow? 

From the Golden Gate Bridge – bottlenoses

From the Golden Gate Bridge – at 200mm

From a boat – Pacific white-sided

From a boat – northern white whale dolphins

From a boat near the Farallones – Risso’s

Castro Street Fair – tattoo category (Uh, law school called – they want their diploma back)

That was 2011, now here’s yesteryear:

From Fort Funston. (Now, why did we name an entire fort after that Filipino Killing Cracker?) Anyway, here’s the view, sometimes:

Same angle:

As promised, baby dolphins, avec maman:

And here they are swimming south, off to sample the yummy seafood in the waters off San Mateo County:

Swimming past the PG&E Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge:

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And, this is cheating somewhat, a military dolphin near AT&T Park:

Keep a lookout for dolphins!

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma Teaches Us How To Deal With the Urban Coyotes of Golden Gate Park, West Bay

Friday, August 19th, 2011

I’m not up to speed on what Fiona Ma is telling people today up in the Richmond District, but i do know that there aren’t as many coyotes now as there were back in the aughts, you know, years 2000-2009.

They were all over the place back then.

And then a man from the Dept. of Fish and Game came with a rifle and plumb blew away some of these critters.

Here’s one of the coyotes that was shot and killed a few years back in Golden Gate Park:

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As long as we don’t feed them, things should work out. Don’t get too excited. These animals aren’t big like wolves, so mostly people just ignore them. Mostly.

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Can’t we all get along?

I can’t imagine being afraid of a ten-pound wild dog, but some people are.

Or a red fox – I consider them five-pound wild dogs.

As seen in Strybing Arboretum, back before they started charging admission:

People you have nothing to fear…

The Best Tattoo in Town: A Flock of Cherry Headed Conures – The Wild Parrots of San Francisco from Tattoo Boogaloo

Friday, July 15th, 2011

[UPDATE: OMG, OMG, it’s their One Year Anniversary on July 30th, 2011 – Joyeux anniversaire, Tattoo du Boogaloo! All the deets.]

First it was all like this (Yes, this is the view you’ll get of the 415′s famous wild parrots from our Filbert Steps.)

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill – Click to expand

But now it’s all like this. (Gee, should I get a Chinese character inked on my Europid skin and be a laughingstock for the rest of my life or should I get something cool like this instead? Mmmm, decisions, decisions…)

Wow! That’s a good one, Deanna Wardin of Tattoo Boogaloo.

That’s the best tattoo I’ve seen in the 415.

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill were made famous a few years back by the movie with the same name. Get the new Special Two-Disc Collector’s Edition today, why don’t you?

A friendly pair in the Presidio. Click to expand:

They love to fly

and eat flowers.

Look to the skies…