Tuesday, April 05, 2011

This site has moved


It's been a fun ride, but it's time to move on to bigger and better.

I've moved this blog to my new home at ShaminderDulai.com

There you'll find this blog and my photojournalism and multimedia portfolios all in one place.

Thanks to both my readers for years of good times and I hope you'll join me at the new house.


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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bones and kids

A couple of you saw me tweet this today and were curious about what I was up to.

"Walking around in the woods w/ boy scouts showing me where they found the dead body. Now I've nvr seen Stand by Me, but I imagine it's this"

Well it turns out a group of friends were walking through the woods, hunting for birds with a BB Gun Friday evening, behind their homes when they came across a pair of old pants and what looked like a bone inside. Being Boy Scouts they quickly recognized it as a human bone and then found other human remains.

It was later learned that the remains were that of a man who went missing on Mother's Day in May 2007 and police are still investigating a cause of death.

It was a surreal experience for me. On the one had a man had died where we were walking around. But on the other hand the kids didn't see to be bothered by it and they and their parents were sort of in awe of the whole situation. It was a strange mix of respect for the dead and sense of Indiana Jones style adventure.

I'm still not sure how I feel about it. Walking among the final resting place of the remains and the remnants of a police investigation. I guess that's what this job is like sometimes. We're not ever supposed to have an opinion on anything anyway.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Birds on a wire

San Antonio seems to be under some flight path for many migrating animals. Last spring there were tons of grackles, I'd never seen them before but they look like something between a raven and a crow, and some of them are pretty mean to as you'll see in this video. A couple months ago we were inundated with moths, they were everywhere and around sunset they filled the sky. I never got a good picture of them though (sorry no link... sigh... I've failed you Roberto, Daniel and my mom... because seriously y'all are the only ones reading this), they were so small that by the time you got a good look they had already run into your face. Around that same time came the monarch butterflies.

Well, the latest critter to fill our skies has been these birds, which I am still not sure what kind they are, but they are everywhere. A year ago when I lived in Midland, Mich I had a very similar experience when groups of crows started showing up and filling every single tree around my home, and I thought that was amazing, but this now is insane. They're on every perchable surface imaginable, poles, signs, freeway mediums, buildings, wires, cars, post office boxes... you get the idea. It's like the playground scene out of the birds. And what fascinates me is how they all seem to keep an equal distance from each other on all those surfaces. It's like they all carry around a ruler to measure it out.

Nature huh?


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day 2009

This year for Veterans day I was sent to a new GI Forum housing and a work center for homeless veterans. It's part of a larger campus called Haven for Hope which is all designed around aiding the homeless and low income folks in need of a hand. The campus isn't open 100% yet, they started building it last Spring (around March I think) and pieces of it have been opening as they are finished.

I've done a few stories down there but there's still a ton of real stories to be told still. Today I meet a group of Vets from a local VFW post in San Antonio, all very nice guys who have done more than their fair share for this country.

I thought that since today is Veterans Day, I'd share some of the pictures from the day.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Stopping by at Can't Stop Street

Everyday as I leave for work I drive past a man who walks up and down my street with a broom. When I come back he's still walking.

Years ago I lived next to a women who every Thursday morning, before the sun came out, would cruise through recycling bins. A few months later the bank foreclosed on her home.

Last summer I found a man drawing with chalk on street corners. Everyone knew about him, but no one knew his name.

We've all seen them and everyday we look over our shoulder as we fly by and wonder what they're about. But we never stop to find out.

I think that's partly why I got into this field. I was always a shy kid. But the camera drew me out. The chance to communicate my thoughts and ideas, to show others the way I see things and to do so without having to talk to anyone sounded pretty good at the time.

It didn't last though. Walking anywhere with a camera in my neighborhood wasn't very inconspicuous, I might as well have hired a guy to walk around behind me with a spinning arrow. In hindsight that probably would have been safer.

I was getting noticed everywhere I went, people were coming up to me, curious about the clicking box in my hands, asking me to take their picture, wondering what I was up to. I was talking to people I would never have normally stopped to talk to; hearing their take on current events, sharing laughs and taking trips down memory lane. Sitting with them on a street corner, at the bus stop, walking in the park; I was finding stories and interesting people everywhere I turned.

It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. My camera had become my excuse to not be shy and before long I was finding my curiosity was taking over too.

Fast forward to today and I guess I'm still at it. Stopping at a street called Can't Stop, because my camera allowed me the excuse.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Butterfly Migration

Turns out there's a family of the monarch butterflies which migrate through south Texas and today I had the opportunity to make a two hour drive to spend the day in a sea of them fluttering all around me.

For a day, I feel like I'm back in California :)

There's more pictures if you're interested in the slideshow over at the San Antonio Express-News website.


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Monday, October 05, 2009

Sinkhole recharge

A series of caves in Stone Oak City Park are part of the recharge zone for the aquifer.

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