Fred Marx

cycling photography and other images I feel like sharing

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Seals

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Today is Sunday.  It’s chilly (all of 48º) here in La Jolla.  Since early morning is a good time to wander around without crowds of look-loos, it was time to walk along the beaches.  There are birds.

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There are also seals.  These are controversial seals.  They took over a popular La Jolla beach many years ago.  Now some people think the seals should go, others feel they should stay.  Go, stay, I care not.  I like pictures of sea life.  Seals count.  On this beach there are signs.  Some signs are Official.  They say plainly; only signs with the San Diego City Seal are official signs.  The local Seal Protection Forces also have a sign.  It says in not so many words, Seals scare easily.  Watch the seals from the sidewalk or the breakwater.  Small print: stay off the beach.  Farther down the stair is the Official Sign, it has a City Seal on it.  It says plainly; This beach is open to the public.  Please respect the seals.  Harassment of sea mammals is a federal crime.  No loud noises please.  In fact both sets of signs ask for quiet.  As I decided where to shoot the following picture, I read all the signs.  I walked down the stair to sand level.  Apparently the Seal Watcher assumed I had not read the signs, and wanted to make sure I would not disturb his charges.  “Sir, sir, They scare easily” he reminded me. Shouting from the top of the stair……

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I think this sums it up nicely.  Please note that no seals were harrassed, intimidated, or in any way disturbed by the making of these photos.  Not even by the yelling.  Telephoto lenses are a beautiful thing in these cases.  There are a couple more shots at Pbase.

Written by fredmarx

November 29, 2009 at 11:51 am