Friday, May 22, 2015

Fern's Hotel

Fern is probably long gone.  This is clearly an old time hotel that probably originally rooms with  a bathroom down the hall.  It's survived the decades although it has fallen on hard times.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

West Oakland beauty

There was a spurt of development in Oakland after the 1906 earthquake as San Franciscans, who lost their homes to the giant earthquake and ensuing fire, came to Oakland to resettle.  West Oakland has a still has huge number of their pre-earthquake Victorian houses.  This beauty has been lovingly restored and just shines.  I love that rounded porch.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

shipping and receiving

Who knows how old this sign is.  I'm guessing 1050s.  Spotted in West Oakland just off Mandela Parkway.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Monday Mural: Oakland 2 Gaza

This mural is found on International Blvd around the corner from Solano Way.  As you no doubt have noted, many murals in Oakland have political themes.  Some might say that all street art is political.  What do you think?

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.  I'll be gone for a few weeks and won't be able to leave comments, but the Linky will go up (fingers crossed) every Sunday evening.  Cheerio.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Friday, May 15, 2015

old motel sign

This sign was spotted on a short dead end street in the downtown area.  The sign looks vintage, so I'm assuming the business is too.  I doubt the neon is working.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

strange crop

Spotted in a West Oakland community garden.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Monday Mural: Korean heroine

This massive mural is on the long wall of Ohgane Korean restaurant on Broadway.  Artist Dave Youngkim handily tells us the story:  As a 16-year old EWHA student, Yu Gwan Sun organized a rally after the March 1, 1919 protest that led to nationwide demonstration in Korea against foreign occupation.  To signal the start for those gathered around the pagoda that day, Yu lit a bonfire on a mountain.  A tiger approached her, and instead of consuming her, looked on her and left--a symbol of blessing.  Though soldiers killed her parents, and she died in prison, her heart for freedom lives on. The mural is triple the size I'm showing you and conveys the dignity and respect afforded her by her people.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.  I'll be gone for a few weeks and won't be able to leave comments, but the Linky will go up (fingers crossed) every Sunday evening.  Cheerio.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Q is for question: can they pull it off?

 
The Warriors won the first game in the second round of the NBA playoffs.  This photo shows the jubilation that followed the win.  Yippee.  In the next game they lost to the Memphis Grizzlies.  Uh oh.  The question remains, can they pull it off to make it to round three?  The Dub Nation has its collective fingers crossed.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Monday Mural: those d**n kids

Driving up 5th Street I saw this truck and pulled over.  It's not the best thing TDK (Those Damn Kids) has done, but I found it amusing.  I've met Krash2, whose not exactly a kid anymore, but is still passionate about street art.  BSK is another crew they often work with.  Sometimes individual artists are in both crews.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Monday Mural: planet of the apes

This mural is on a large wall facing E. 8th Street in East Oakland.  It looks like an ape uprising at the Golden Gate Bridge.  The mural was signed with complex pieces (one seen on the right side) that I had no hope of reading. The foreshortening of the images contributes to a strong sense of movement and immediacy.  If there is another level of meaning to the images, I'm in the dark.
Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

why the drawbridge went up

I'm usually amused when I see why a drawbridge has gone up.  Small sailboats like this, with their not so tall masts, have a lot of power while tootling along the estuary.  This is the Fruitvale Bridge which also has a railroad track section that can be be lowered when a train wants to cross the estuary.  (Visible at the top of the photo).  Versatile bridge, no?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Monday Mural: lovely ladies

The minute I saw this mural I thought of Allyn whose beauties you've seen before here and here.  This time she had more than the usual collaborators including Tati, Yoshi, Reds, and Twigs.  This is found on International Blvd. just a block from the Lake in what is called the Eastlake District.  Another celebration of female beauty with a slight nostalgic twist.  Well, except for the figure on the right who though beautiful, looks like she's waiting for the Mother Ship to return.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Monday Mural: International Blvd. mural

Here's another mural found on International Blvd, just on the other side of the wall from this one.  Sorry, but I couldn't find a signature.  I'm guessing it is another work of the Community Rejuvenation Project.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Monday Mural: tree house

This mural by Griffin One is on the side of a two-story building in East Oakland.  It is also next to the Doty bird I showed you two weeks ago.  They often work in tandem.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Monday Mural: more birds in the Laurel

This small mural is painted on the back of a magazine rack for multiple newspapers.  Interestingly, the rack is no longer in use and the other side looks very shabby.  Seems like the rack should be removed; but in the meantime this image adds some sparkle to the streetscape.  Couldn't find a signature on this piece.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

spring has sprung

Last year I showed you this pergola in Mt. View Cemetery.  This year I wanted to show you it's wonderful display of wisteria.  Wisteria is a favorite planting in the East Bay and seeing them in bloom is always a pleasure.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Monday Mural: dogs, cats, and rabbits, oh my!

This amusing mural adorns a holistic vet's office.  What makes the practice holistic?  I'm afraid I don't know.  I do know of one office that offers doggie acupuncture.  Really.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.  I'll be out of town and unplugged for a while, so will not be able to leave comments.  Apologies.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Monday, March 16, 2015

late afternoon at the Lake

This scene is late enough in the afternoon, that the lanterns and Necklace of Lights have already turned on.  Since it's redesign a few years ago, the Lake has become incredibly popular for walking, picnicking, and general people gathering.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Monday Mural: another Doty bird

I found another bird mural by Edward Doty.  Just love how he presents them with such sentient awareness.  Can't tell you what kind of bird this is, but I'm pretty sure the real plant is a cotoneaster.  And the bird is sitting on a New Zealand tea plant featured in Friday's post.  I'm guessing the mountain in the background is Mt. Tamalpais which is part of the bay skyline  and found in Marin County.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Friday, March 13, 2015

things to see while you walk the Lake

When you walk around Lake Merritt, you'll see these trees with twisted branches that over time tend to lay down on the ground.  The lake’s iconic plant is the New Zealand Tea Tree (Leptospermum sp.), which grows with picturesque gnarled branches along the water’s edge.  We love them because of their unusual texture.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Monday Mural: in the field

This loving image fronts a vacant lot on International Blvd. in East Oakland.  All around the man and his truck is a poem written in three colors as if one line is echoing the other.  I couldn't read much of it because of the angle of the sun in my eyes but I thought the image had a lot of dignity.  And I liked that it fronts on a lot that looks green and lush as if he were out in a field.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hungry?

Spotted this week at the farmer's market at Jack London Square.  Made me laugh.  Belatedly linked to ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Monday Mural: the firefighter

Artists Mike and John Manente have created a new mural on the back wall of the Haley Law Offices. This is the fourth mural in their series "The People of Oakland."  "The Firefighter" is a portrait of a friend of the Haley lawyers who recently retired after a long career in the Oakland Fire Department.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Monday Mural: alley mash-up

This is another wall in Solano Way, a four-block alley lined with street art.  I didn't see signatures but am thinking this is a collaboration between Canon Dill (the fox) and Girl Mobb.  Maybe the fox is  sweating because of the arrows in her hand.  The piece and tags appear to be newer and I didn't bother trying to research them.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

rrribbit

This giant frog graces the facade of a metal recycle center previously featured here.  These folks are too clever by half.  Ah, the artistic mind...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Monday Mural: solemn greeting

This is a new mural to me, probably put up a couple of months ago.  The photo was taken in the late afternoon when both the light and shadows were strong.  The mural celebrates the local Vietnamese community.  Behind the young woman are photos of local families.  The small markings in the background represent designs in traditional Vietnamese textiles.  I couldn't find a signature.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

mortuary architecture

Have you ever noticed that mortuary architecture is quite grand?  I wonder why that is?  This business goes back to 1873, although I doubt the building does.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Monday Mural: mermaid with attitude

This is the companion mural to Queen of the Deep shown a couple of weeks ago.  Some of the sea creatures look a little afraid of her.  This one is also by Bode.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Saturday, February 7, 2015

as the sun sets

Taken before the rains came.  Linked to Weekend Reflections.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

dusk at the Lake

It's a beautiful time of day to just sit and watch the changing light.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

running the embarcadero

Late afternoon, and the Lake has a lot of activity around it.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

looking across the lake

Who doesn't love using telescopes and binoculars to bring the far near.  Especially nice on a bright winter day.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Monday Mural: girl mobb

Here's another tall mural along Solano Way.  This one is by Nina of Girl Mobb.  She seems to favor hooded figures and disembodied hands.  The pink softens what could be a gruesome image--an ironic element I'm sure.  Here's another one by her posted a little over a year ago.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Weekend Reflection: more views of the Lake

It was a mild evening and the lake waters were fairly still.  Linked to Weekend Reflections.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Skywatch Friday: another clear day

Another clear day without rain.  Sometimes there are clouds in the morning but they tend to dissipate by noon.  December's rain seemed to say the drought is over; January seems to say "not yet."  Linked to Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

canine companion

It was a nice day and I think they were taking each other for a walk.  Linking to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

vertical bicycles

For some reason, bicycles are mounted on several poles around Jack London Square.  Don't know why.  Biking culture is big in Oakland and every year bike lanes are added to our roadways.  JLS also hosts the annual Pedalfest.  So, I'm assuming a connection.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Monday Mural: Queen of the Deep

This beauty by Mark Bode graces a metal recycling center in West Oakland.  He also painted this one I showed you four years ago.  This new one is on the opposite side of the same building as the mermaid.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Friday, January 23, 2015

Weekend Reflection: dusk at the Lake

Clear skies and calm air provides nice flat water for reflections.  The conical building is the recently constructed Cathedral of Christ the Light for the local Catholic diocese.  Linked to Weekend Reflections.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

veiled view

I don't know who was more surprised---them at being photographed or me never expecting to see veiled women in West Oakland.  Cultural diversity in Oakland is something we're proud of; seeing these women walking on Mandela Parkway taught me that our diversity is greater than I realized.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

sculpture detail

This detail of a sculpture by Karen Cusolito gives you an idea of how massive it is.  Her creations often appear at Burning Man.  Spotted at American Steel Studios in West Oakland.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Monday Mural: asana bees

Bees by Ernest Doty cover a new yoga studio in West Oakland.  He has a fondness for the creatures in nature when he is not painting imaginary beings with four or five eyes as featured two weeks ago.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weekend Reflections: Lady of the Lake

Docked near the Lake Chalet restaurant on Lake Merritt.  Linked to Weekend Reflections

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Skywatch Friday: lights around Lake Merritt

Our weather pattern is the same these days:  overcast mornings, intermittent sunshine by 11AM, blue skies from the afternoon into the evening.  The high fog returns again late at night.  So here is a typical sky shot at dusk.  Meanwhile our graceful Necklace of Lights creates a pretty light around Lake Merritt.  Rain predicted for this weekend.  Fingers crossed.  Linked to Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

the Superior Court at dusk

This is the Superior Court building at dusk.  Built in the 1930s, it is a well-recognized profile around Lake Merritt.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Mural: Lady in the alley

Another example of the murals in Solano Way that I introduced last week.  This one is by Granillo.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Saturday, January 10, 2015

outdoor living even in winter

There's a new place down at Jack London Square called plank (yeah, a lower case "p").  It replaces a Barnes & Noble bookstore that closed without warning.  Besides food, it offers billiards, bocce ball, bowling, a children's play area, and of course, an outdoor sports bar.  What can I say, it's California.

Friday, January 9, 2015

embarcadero

This is one of a number of the former boat launching points around the lake.  They have a stately feel and are often now used for gathering, talking, and just viewing the Lake.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Z is for zheng


I'm going out on a limb here, but I think this is a traditional Chinese instrument called a zheng.  The guy playing it was engaged in a decidedly untraditional performance with his jazz quartet!  They sounded great at this summer's Chinatown street fair.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.