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Sea Otter in Santa Cruz

Looks like he's got an abalone or big clam on his belly. They use rocks to crack open shells. I had a friend in high school, Mike Barnato, a swimmer, who said he wanted to be reincarnated as a sea otter.

Street art, 6:30 AM, corner Filbert/Columbus, San Francisco


House in San Francisco Last Week


No Shoes No Shirt No Service

House in Santa Cruz last week

Bikes and Banjos

"The unconventional life of I, seeking thrills in hills of thighs, thighs of hills, on bikes resonating along the twang of banjos and books whispering beside the silence of now. Leave your mind, gasm a little and become one with the dingus, sporadic, raw and original material included. - T.P"


I caught up with Trevor a few weeks ago and he gave me his new online photo journal:
http://bikesbooksnbanjos.tumblr.com/

Here's my encounter with him in 2012: http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2012/01/ride-down-mountain-this-afternoon.html

China Bullying Filipino Fishermen in South China Sea

In today's New York Times:
"…Over the past two years, China has worked to strengthen its claim of sovereignty over the South China Sea, dredging sand to turn scattered reefs and atolls into islands despite protests from neighbors and the United States.
Now, China is said to be considering plans to build Scarborough Shoal into an island, too, an effort that would be its most ambitious and provocative yet. China would gain an outpost on the eastern side of the sea, more than 530 miles from its mainland but just 140 miles from the Philippines.
That could bolster China’s claim to the sea, including oil exploration and fishing rights, and could substantially extend its radar, air and missile coverage, including over United States forces in the Philippines.…"
This fishing boat caught my eye:
Photo: Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times
It looks like it's used to transport smaller boats to fishing grounds, much as the Russians used larger vessels to transport Aleut fishermen in their kayaks to hunt sea otters in the 1800s in Northern California waters.
More photos of Filipino fishing boats; outriggers a key feature, many of them elegant lightweight vessels: https://www.google.com/search?q=filipino+fishing+boat&num=100&newwindow=1&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwirxJvI4-vNAhVI6WMKHc2tCcoQ_AUICCgB&biw=1563&bih=1040