Friday, January 25, 2013

Corporate and Local News

Yellow-rumped Warbler
CNN came into popularity during the first Iraq assault in 1990. I guess these type of events are very profitable for Corporate news outlets. So CNN, Fox New and MSNBC relish and may even help to create major events such as the Iraq War. Most of the main news anchors such as Wolf Blitzer were cheer leaders for the Bush administrations push for an invasion. I think perpetual wars and perpetual 24/7 news are closely intertwined. The two most commonly used phrases on cable news channels are "We'll be back after a short break" and "Breaking News". I've not done any research on this, but I would guess cable news has more advertisement time than any other channel. Breaking News is so over used as to be a joke.

I'm a news junkie type so I will scan TV stations and the Internet for legitimate news both nationally and internationally. Over the years cable news and network news have steered away from serious news in favor of more tabloid content ranging from celebrity ad nauseam to political drivel. This week has been a fine example as two non-stories have received much coverage, Beyonce's possibly lip-synced performance and the fake girl friend of a college football player.

On the local news front I estimate that there is actually about 5 minutes of interesting local news in any given day. Local news coverage begins about 6am and runs to about 9am and is covered here in the San Francisco area by 5 major news outlets. Most of the news time is taken up by some attractive weather person looking at a map and reading off temperatures that vary about 3 degrees. It goes something like this, humm Santa Rosa 51, Oakland 53, Kentfield 52 and burrr Berkeley 49. This is not made up!

I woke up to the local San Francisco news last week and the lead story was how some places in the SF Bay area had temperatures below freezing, like OMG 31 degrees. For 7 minutes they interviewed people complaining of cold hands and premature cold coffee. Despite 4 people murdered in Oakland the night before, the lead story is 31 degrees!
Yikes, these bozos really know how to waste time!!!!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

White-tailed Kite Vole Meal

White-tailed Kite swallowing vole whole!
Yesterday while checking the preparations for the Maverick contest down at Pillar Point I photographed this White-tailed Kite swallow a vole whole.
I always thought most raptors ate by ripping the prey into small bits.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

King Tides

Surfer Beach Tide 6.4 feet swell 15 feet 1/22/12
King Tides are formed in the winter months of December-February are are caused by the position of the sun and moon. From my experience in the Half Moon Bay area, king tides are generally about 1 foot higher than normal high tides.
Surfers Beach is the closest that the ocean comes to highway 1 in the Half Moon Bay area.  This photo shows a swell 15 feet from the WNW at a 6.4 ft high tide. Surfers Beach faces SW.  Once I saw large pieces of driftwood on hwy 1 after a storm. I'm looking for the combination King Tide with large storm surge from the west . I believe under these conditions this would be a very dramatic scene.................I'm waiting!

I've been collecting the King Tide Photos for 3 years now and this year I've added some new places in Pacifica California.

King Tides Rockaway Beach Tide 6.9 Swell 13-15 WNW

Surfers Beach at low tide 1.1 feet 1/22/11
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tide 6.7  looking S  121412
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tide -1.4 looking S  121212
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tide 6.7  looking N toward Moss Beach 121412
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tide -1.4 looking N toward Moss Beach 121212