Wednesday, April 20, 2011


When my co-workers explained to me that the next topic for our photo assignment would be spring, it took me a while to try to come up with an idea. Capturing the essence of spring with a photo would not be an easy task. First I thought of the usual ideas like flowers, or a beautiful sunset on a clear day. But I didn’t want to come up with the same old thing that every one else was probably gonna do.
Then it came to me, spring is new life, time for new beginnings. It’s the time when all the animal’s that have been ducking out for the winter, making sweet animal love, give birth to all their new young. But where do I find a deer popin out little deer? I live in the city for pete’s  sake! This was a great idea, but unless I come up on some sewer rats, highly unlikely.  This was very discouraging.
After some more thought it came to me, my sister ‘n’ law just invested in some goats. Don’t ask why it’s another long story. So I gave her a call, and sure enough one of the mammas was going to give birth at any time! YES!!!!

This is our mamma now, heavy in labor all day long

I waited all day long, hopeing to get these shots and this was the view i got for the better part of the day.
This is the placenta working it's way out.
There was some issue's, little mamma just wasn't makeing it happen. So my brother 'n' law had to help out by pulling the first one out.

This was the look on little mamma's face when the baby was being pulled out of her.

The first one paved the way for the next two
Yes, it was a little messy!

Mamma goat did well, and the baby's in perfect health. Here are the two brother's, and one sister now.    All in all..... it was a beautiful thing to witness.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tuna Purse Seining

picture courtesy of Jose M. Alves
The Tunaman's Memorial dedication is broken up into three catagories. Founders, Pioneers, and Lost at Sea. With this... the memory of many will live on for ever. My father being one of them, Basilio Alves Freitas, pioneer.

My father was a Tuna Fisherman on the bait boats out of San Diego. This was back when they used bamboo poles to pull in the Tuna. One generation later, I spent a good five years of my life traveling the Western Pacific Ocean dedicated to Tuna Seining. The links above I found on U-Tube to give a little more insite as to what the men on these vessels had to go through on a daily basis.

Tuna Fisherman are notorious for working hard, and playing hard. At the same time they are dedicated to their family's. Away for months at a time, they risk their live's on a daily basis to put food on the table for their children. In the same note, as they put a little food on the table for their families, Tuna Fisherman provide food for the world and feed millions of families