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Video of Wily Coyote on Road Last Night

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Fox was the only living man. There was no earth. The water was everywhere. “What shall I do,” Fox asked himself. He began to sing in order to find out.

   “I would like to meet somebody,” he sang to the sky.

   Then he met Coyote.

   “I thought I was going to meet someone,” Fox said.

   “Where are you going?” Coyote asked.

   “I’ve been wandering all over trying to find someone. I was worried there for a while.”

   “Well it’s better for two people to go together… that’s what they always say.”

   “O.K.. But what will we do?”

   “I don’t know.”

   “I got it! Let’s try to make the world.”

   “And how are we going to do that?” Coyote asked.

   “Sing!” said Fox.

   -Jaime de Angulo, Coyote Man & Old Doctor Loon

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Bringing Back California’s San Joaquin River

At 85 years of age, organic raisin farmer and lifelong river advocate Walt Shubin is not slowing down. He has dedicated the last 65 years of his life to restoring California’s once-mighty San Joaquin River to the wild glory he remembers as a young boy. Driven by his passion for the river, and despite worn out knees and joints, he takes us on a journey to help us understand why this river is so important to all of us as well.

From David Shipway

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Close Encounters With Creatures Medium and Small on Warm Summer Night

I went on a slow 4-mile run on a coastal trail the other evening. A skunk ambled across, then cottontails, one after the other. These little rabbits seem to have proliferated. I counted 9 of them in all. A young deer stood stock still as I went by, his ears revolving and tracking me like radar antennas. At a hillside pond, swallows were swooping down to skim the water, picking up insects and leaving ripples on the smooth surface.

Driving home along the coast that night, I spotted the wily coyote that I’ve seen before, standing by the side of the road. “Let the Juke Joint Jump” by Koko Taylor was playing on the radio. I backed up so the coyote was about 20 feet from my rolled-down window and turned up the volume. He stayed right there—his first experience with the blues. Fittingly, this song is on Koko’s album titled Force of Nature.

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Brazilian Seahorse in Aqarium Store

This is just one of the many sea creatures at this remarkable store: the 6th Avenue Aquarium and Flowers place at 429 Clement in San Francisco. There must be 50-60 tanks of exotic sea creatures, all clean and beautifully tended.

The 3 or so blocks centering on 5th Ave. and Clement is a great neighborhood, with 3-4 dim sum places, Chinese herbs, all kinds of ethnic restaurants. The Cafe Bunn is a great Vietnamese restaurant, with Vietnamese sandwiches along with typical Vietnamese dishes, good, inexpensive.

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Pacific West Coast Ocean Warmer

Hi Lloyd, warm ocean down there! But same up here in BC.  Droughts in the rainforest, this year’s salmon in big trouble.

Readers of your blog can see the ever-changing blob for themselves here:

Drag the view you like and click anywhere to get a reading of sea surface temperature anomaly.  Click on “earth” to get full menus – wind mapping at any elevation too, very cool.

I’ve been tracking this slow-moving ocean heater for months, there were some +5.3C hotspots out there last week.

David Shipway

Cortes Island, BC, Canada

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