Dear Internet – Please find this couple

EDIT: the couple has been found! Thank you to everyone who spread the word and made it possible.

Hi everyone, sorry for the wildly-topic post, but sometimes when you are photographing birds, you see wonderful things.

In this case I was photographing a River Otter at Sutro Baths in San Francisco on 12/12/12, and looked over to see a proposal in progress. I was moved by the moment and snapped a couple of pictures because the scene was just so lovely, including the graffiti backdrop.

So I ask you internet, please circulate this post widely via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and any other means you have so we can find this couple and make sure they get access to these images. It was a beautiful moment and I’m guessing they might like to have a record of it.

Thanks in advance! More birds on the way, including a Red-shouldered Hawk with an unusual prize.




28 responses

  1. Walter, these are adorable…..I posted them……and wondering if you got photos of Sutro Sam the lovely otter? Check out our FB page and Jouko’s photostream for some of his great shots of Sam the Otter. River Otter Ecology Project.

    December 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm

  2. Kendra

    Happy to post it around. I don’t recognize the spot–where is it? Amazing shots, as usual.

    December 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    • Siobhan Ruck

      Sutro Baths, out near the Cliff House.

      December 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    • Sutro Baths, I just edited the post to include that info. Thanks.

      December 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm

  3. Siobhan Ruck

    What the heck… I sent a link to the Chronicle. Maybe they’d like something happy to counterbalance all the other news.

    December 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    • Thanks Siobhan, every little bit will help. Stay warm tonight!

      December 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm

  4. Laura Bergang

    You are such a lovely person! Couldn’t you send the photos to the Chronicle? Isn’t this the kind of “good news” story they like? Love your photos. Laura from Berkeley.

    December 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    • My friend sent a link to the Chronicle… lets keep our fingers crossed.

      December 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    • Laura Bergang

      Whoops! Why NOT do things bass ackwards! I just read the previous post about the Chronicle! L from B

      December 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm

  5. this is such a sweet post! i hope that you unite the couple with their images! z

    December 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm

  6. Kendra

    Just asked my most influential Twitter friend to RT! Let us know if you find them!

    December 15, 2012 at 6:39 pm

  7. chickeee

    nice! I’d like to see the otter too

    December 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm

  8. Ilsa

    I saw this posted today by a friend, and realized it was your beautiful photographs! Yes, let’s find them! Hope you’re well, old friend.

    December 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    • So nice to hear from you Ilsa. All my best to you and yours.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:43 am

  9. done! Let us know if you find them.

    December 16, 2012 at 9:22 am

  10. lorenzo

    Can you shoot my wedding?

    December 16, 2012 at 10:14 am

    • Only if it takes place in some random setting full of birds.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:28 am

  11. Perry Morris

    I think I just found your couple.

    December 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm

  12. Perry Morris

    Thanks to the app “Zite” I did find them! Small world lol. I just told Karly and she should be posting soon!

    December 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

  13. Oh my gosh that’s me! A friend of mine just called and had noticed these pictures and wondered if they were me and they are!

    December 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    • Oh great! I’m so glad the Internet works. Let me know if you want some hi res versions if these pictures so you can print them or do whatever you want with them. Congratulations by the way!

      December 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      • I would like some pictures if it’s not too much trouble. And thank you so much for capturing that moment 🙂

        December 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    • Siobhan Ruck


      December 17, 2012 at 6:20 am

  14. That’s me! A friend of mine just called and let me know about your blog! Oh my gosh, it’s so crazy that you posted these and they managed to get back to me.

    December 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm

  15. my email is so if you wanna send me the photos that would be great!

    December 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    • Give me a couple days and i’ll get you the photos when I get home. For now feel free to click on each one and get a nice email-able lower res version. Thanks.

      December 16, 2012 at 10:58 pm

  16. Love sure is grand! Congrats to the happy couple! WTG, Walter!!!

    December 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm

  17. it warms my heart to see that your mission was accomplished! z

    December 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm

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