Sunday, September 22, 2013

Crushing Away the Dull Days

I have had a very slow couple of weeks since we last spoke. Motivation to Crush has been low due to lack of birds and an excess of fog and wind. Still, I have managed to make a few Crushings here and there. The secret for success during these comfortless times is to greatly lower your standards when looking for Crushing victims. Anything becomes fair game at this point. Here are the wholly unremarkable Crush subjects from my last few weeks on the Farallones.

When all seems lost, I usually go spend time with the hauled-out Northern Elephant Seals. They have the uncanny ability to lift one's spirits on the gloomiest of days. Sadly, this individual was brutally Crushed only moments after cheering me up with her hilarious kelp mask.

On dull days such as I am experiencing, it becomes necessary to Crush abysmally common birds such as this Red-winged Blackbird. I don't mind. It helps people to find the simple beauty of their mundane everyday lives.

Warbling Vireos sometimes engage in their own kind of crushing. This one is crushing a Cormorant Fly while I Crush its face.

Black-throated Gray Warbler is among the finest of all warblers. Also one of the most cooperative when it comes to Crushing. This one served itself up like a lamb for slaughter.

One of the few vagrant warblers I've seen on the Farallones this year is this Chestnut-sided Warbler. It is the only vagrant warbler that I have successfully Crushed, which is exceedingly abnormal for a man with a camera on the Farallones in September.

Yesterday, I basically won the lottery. I was gifted with the chance to be in a boat next to a Great White Shark while it ate a Northern Elephant Seal. I was a bit too close to Crush the shark with the Crushing equipment I was carrying, and this was my best one. 

*No animals were harmed during the crushing of this web log.

1 comment:

  1. Glad to see your new blog. If you were trying to make the rest of us look bad with your sweet photos, you're doing a pretty damn good job. A great white too? Wow.