Man Eater

Very sad news this morning regarding Tatiana, the beautiful female Siberian tiger we photographed in SF this summer.

SAN FRANCISCO — One zoo visitor was mauled to death and two others severely injured when a Siberian tiger escaped from its grotto at the San Francisco Zoo early Christmas evening and went on a bloody rampage in front of terrified zoo patrons.

The tiger – the same animal that chewed a keeper’s arm during an attack last December – was shot to death outside a zoo cafe by four officers who managed to distract the animal as it mauled one of its victims. Source: San Francisco Chronicle

This shot was from the trip – Tatiana (4-year-old female) and Tony (the male) – August 15th, 2007.

Back From the Dead

I’ve been there before, many times. BSODs (Blue Screens of Death) or worse: complete failure, inability to boot. I’m sure you have too. In fact, you grow to expect this when working with any Windows (Winblows) OS – that’s how bad they are.

This time I got the notorious “Invalid Boot.ini” message. It happened after performing some routine maintenance using Microsoft’s Chkdsk utility. For some reason known only to Bill Gate’s entourage, Chkdsk was unable to run to completion. It left a cryptic message about bad sectors, and then it totally froze – forcing a power-off.

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Vancouver 07

Vancouver: Dec 2nd – Dec 5th, 2007.

It’s a cold Decembrrrr. Last Sunday a big storm was coming to whitewash the Canadian East Coast. That’s where this wolf photographer is based. Another storm was already hammering the crap out of our West Coast. Well that’s where I was headed, specifically beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.

My Air Canada flight left on time Sunday at 8 PM. Although the storm had not yet hit Montreal, very strong eastward winds would mean a stop in frigid Winnipeg for refueling. This resulted in significant delays for what was scheduled to be a 5 hour trip.
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Winter is here and it sucks big time. Apparently we’re headed for one of the coldest winters in the past 15 years! Time to go down memory lane to a very hot summer in Italy. The photos below were taken on the Amalfi Coast (June – July 2006).

The Amalfi Coast, or Costiera Amalfitana, is a stretch of coastline on the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula of Italy (Province of Salerno). The towns lying on the Amalfi Coast are Vietri sul Mare, Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Ravello, Scala, Atrani, Amalfi, Conca dei Marini, Praiano and Positano. The Amalfi Coast is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.