Catch of the day


University of the Pacific students pick up trash during a clean-up of the Calaveras River in Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300.Lens Nikkor 70-200mm @ 120mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/8. ISO: 200).

The University of the Pacific has a cool program called MOVE (Mountains, Oceans, Valley Experience). Incoming freshmen (more than 900 this year) participate in a weekend of community service in locations from the Bay Area to Stockton to Yosemite. The group I followed worked to clean up the banks of the Calaveras River through Stockton.


University of the Pacific Student Evan Zayas picks up trash during a clean up of the Calaveras River in Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300.Lens Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/8. ISO: 200).

They collected everything from plastic barrels and shopping carts to a large tattered Verizon Wireless banner. Student Evan Zayas of Mission Viejo found a rather large sex toy among the wild grasses and blackberry vines and beckoned friends to come take a look in his trash bag for a laugh.

UOP Student Evan Zayas shows off an old shoe he found while cleaning up the banks of the Calaveras River in Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300.Lens Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/8. ISO: 200).

I didn’t take a shot — I work for a G-rated paper after all. Later he found a discarded shoe. It wasn’t as interesting as his first find, but at least I could take a picture of it.

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