Sunday, April 13, 2014

Monday Mural: a brief history of Oakand

There are scads of mural panels on what would otherwise be a monolithic wall for a large power station in the Temescal neighborhood.  This panel shows certain highlights in Oakland's history beginning with the Ohlone Indians who inhabited settlements around the SF Bay before the coming of Europeans.  The train represents Oakland as the terminus of the transcontinental railroad.  The Palazzo Vecchio tower is our local newspaper's headquarters built in 1923.  I'm not so sure about the guy with the horse unless it's a nod to our agricultural past.

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 get to 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 to the mural finds posted this week.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Monday Mural: radiance

This is part of a very large mural that wraps around the building.  You've seen part of it previously.  There's a lot going on in this panel, but for me it is the woman's radiant face that makes the composition.  Found in East Oakland on International Blvd.

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 get to 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 to the mural finds posted this week.

Sorry about the delay.  Broadband issues.  Grrr.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A laundromat

Just in case the washing machines and dryers didn't make it clear enough, this is a laundromat.  Found on Piedmont Avenue and linked to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Theme Day: triangle

It's the first of the month, which means Theme Day in the City Daily Photo world.   Triangles a-go-go in this shot.  Taken along the estuary where multiple small marinas can be found.  For more takes on the triangle, visit CDP.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Mural: un-stable

Found at American Steel, the artist collective in West Oakland.  I imagine that scary looking unicorn behind the fence has fiery eyes when it visits Burning Man.

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 get to 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 to the mural finds posted this week.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

¡ay, chihuahua!

Who wouldn't love this little guy sitting on their chair or sofa?  Shot through a store window in Temescal Alley.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Oakland marathon

The 5th annual Running Festival was Sunday and 10,000 people participated in the events.  It's a big deal and a point of pride for all Oaklanders.  I couldn't attend this year but am posting a photo from last March to commemorate the event.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Mural: we do dirt

Murals can be found everywhere.  Even on trucks.  DFM probably stands for something like "dirt for money" or a more clever variation on the theme.

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 get to 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 to the mural finds posted this week.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

giant bird feeders


An amusing installation at the Oakland Museum.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

hair of the dog?

Just in case you need hair of the dog, here's a place that will do the trick.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Monday mural: MSK crew

Another mural on Honest Al's wall near the devil featured two weeks ago.  This looks rather sweet especially in contrast to some of the darker images on the wall.  But give it a look and weird images start to pop out.  I spotted angry birds, a crazed Woody the Woodpecker, and lots and lots of eyes.  Not so sweet after all.  By the MSK Crew (Mad Society Kings).  To make things even more interesting, it's quite likely that a signature is hidden among all those swirls.

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 get to 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 to the mural finds posted this week.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Temple Sinai

Temple Sinai is a reform synagogue located on the edge of the Uptown area.  The congregation was established in the late 1880s after European Jews settled in the area subsequent to the Gold Rush.  This building was built in 1910 and proudly sits on the corner of Webster and 28th Street.  The most recent rains did not appear and we are now doomed to sunny skies for at least another week.  In the meantime, trees are leafing out and spring blooms are everywhere.  Linking to Skywatch Friday.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

when you're out of planter boxes...

What can I say?  Those wacky guys at Automania Studios are starting their spring gardening.  Found in the artistic enclave of Jingletown.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday Mural: West Oakland beauty

This charming lady is next the buxom beauty from two weeks ago.  I like Deb's pop art style of outlining the blocks of color.  Not your typical street style and waaay different from Bode's representation of female pulchritude.  Deb has been featured here before

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 get to 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 to the mural finds posted this week.

Friday, March 7, 2014

blue skies again

We've had some much needed rain but there will be fair skies for the weekend.  This ship-like observation deck is at Arrowhead Marsh in the MLK Jr. Shoreline Park.  Linked to Skywatch Friday.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

industrial West Oakland

West Oakland has a long industrial past that is now on the wane.  It looks like this factory is abandoned, but one can never be sure.  Much of the area is now filled with artist workshops and gentrified housing.  One can only hope for a resurgence of the area that still has wonderful Victorian era houses.  Last week's mural can be seen in the far distance.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday Mural: the devil's in the details

Honest Al's wall in West Oakland has new murals.  This one really caught my eye.  Scary good.  Don't know if "Chucky" is the artist of this image or the one next to it.

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 get to 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 to the mural finds posted this week.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

lilliputian library

This little house is a free service from a local home owner.  Just walk by to take and leave a book.  Pretty nice if you ask me. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Mural: green eyes

Bode is the street artist who also brought us the Mermaid.  Did you notice that this lovely lady has two tattoos?  Found in the industrial section of West Oakland.

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 get to 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 to the mural finds posted this week.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday Mural: the vendor


The People of Oakland is an ongoing series of murals by father and son team Mike and John Manente. The murals feature various homeless people in Oakland, and are painted on the side of the Haley Law Office building at the oddly-shaped intersection of Clay, 17th Street, and San Pablo Avenue.  The Vendor is the 3rd in their series.

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 get to 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 to the mural finds posted this week.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

E is for estuary

Early evening along the estuary.  Runners, walkers, and bikers like to take the trail along the estuary as it runs through much of East Oakland.  This guy warned me not to snap the shutter yet because he didn't want to spoil my picture.  I thought, "Are you kidding, you make the picture."  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday Mural: zombie babes

The official title of this mural is Murals and Girls.  But I don't think it tells the tale, do you?  Found downtown in a parking lot near all the Oakland Love murals.  Lots of initials of the artists, but I have to confess I couldn't put them together with the names I know.  My bad.

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 get to 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 to the mural finds posted this week.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

D is for doorway

Spanish-style architecture has been popular for a long time in the Bay Area.  As in LA, it dates back to the 18th century land grant era.  This old 4-plex, possibly from the 1920s, has many of the style's components:  tiled entries, wrought iron, arches, and terracotta roof tiles.  Lovely, don't you think?  Spotted in the Bella Vista neighborhood.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

playtime along the estuary

This family was having a great time playing on the the sculptures at Arrowhead Marsh at MLK Jr. Shoreline Park.  The metal for the sculptures looks like it came from a mothballed boat or ship.  Don't know for sure but I like the idea.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Mural: Irie Lion

Infinite Artistry painted this mural in 2010 on the side of a liquor store just off International Blvd.  Couldn't find anymore information about this artist/business.  Wiki tells me that "irie" is connected to the Rastafarian movement and means feeling alright, powerful, or excellent.  This elegant lion has familiar Oakland landmarks in the background, including the now closed and defunct Bay Bridge.

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 get to decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and to visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to the mural finds posted this week.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Theme Day: entry

...to eternity?  It's the first of the month, and members of City Daily Photo publish photos related to the month's theme.  This month it's "entry."  This photo was taken at Mt. View Cemetery.  To see other Theme Day photos click here.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

chopped Chevy

I wish I had asked the owner more about this car.  I have no idea if this is an original design or it has been modified to cultivate a cool look.  Taken when there were leaves on the trees.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

cafe zone

Oakland seems to indulge in the bottomless coffee cup given the number of coffee houses and coffee trucks that abound in our town.  The Fountain Cafe can be found in the City Center.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday Mural: more glamour girls

Mags as another bathing beauty up only a block from the ones I've previously shown you.  They really grow on you.

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 get to decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and to visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to the mural finds posted this week.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

BART station

Standing on a BART platform waiting for the train to San Francisco.  It doesn't look busy, but you'd be surprised how quickly the platform fills up just before the train arrives.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Mural: remembering Dr. King

Found on a construction fence in West Oakland.  Today is a national holiday where we honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and work.  One of my favorite quotes from  him:  We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

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 get to decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and to visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to the mural finds posted this week.

Friday, January 17, 2014

lovely old house

This graceful old house anchors a corner in the Bella Vista neighborhood of East Oakland.  Love that oval hallway window.  Oakland has tons of old and pre-1906 earthquake houses.  The skies are still blue and dry.  The temperature reached 75 today.  Hardly a typical winter, and a harbinger of drought.  Linked to Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A is for Automania

Those wacky guys at Automania have cut up another car and placed it facing one of their walls.  Their stuff always makes me laugh.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

bike lanes

These green swaths are showing up around town.  They indicate dedicated bike lanes---no cars allowed.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday Mural: culture is a weapon

Photographing this mural took some gymnastics because it is behind fencing on all sides.  A lot of the murals in Oakland reference cultural pride by marginalized groups.  Here we see symbols of Latino and African-American cultures both past and present.  This mural is off the traffic corridors and peeked out at me while I was driving down E. 12th Street.

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 get to decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and to visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to the mural finds posted this week.

Friday, January 10, 2014

the estuary at dusk

Dusk at the MLK Jr. Shoreline Park.  Some days the skies can get gray and misty.  And then the sun breaks through.  Linked to Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

submarine crossing?

I'm not sure what this is about but it sends the mind reeling at the possibilities.  Linked to Signs, Signs.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

sights along the shoreline


While much of the shoreline around the Bay is being rescued and resuscitated, you still find a lot of industry.  Next to the shoreline path is this storage "facility" for heavy industrial trucking equipment.  It looks like so many building blocks stacked before the setting sun.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

union hall with axe

Had to laugh at how the firefighters designed their union office.  Spotted downtown.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Monday Mural: more love Oakland

This is one of the larger Love Oakland murals on 15th Street.  Included is a shoreline image of Lake Merritt which is only a few blocks away.

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 get to decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and to visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to the mural finds posted this week.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

shoreline reflection

Did you know Oakland established the first bird sanctuary in the nation?  We are fortunate to be along the migratory path of many species and our waters are filled with hundreds if not thousands of birds during their migratory flights.  Egrets abound in the estuary, at Lake Merritt, and along the East Bay shoreline.  They don't seem particularly bothered by traffic noise or the rumble of a nearby freeway.  Adaptable creatures they are.  This one is poking along the estuary shoreline where remnants of a pier still jut from the water.  Linked to Weekend Reflections.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Shoreline Park sunset

The air quality has been poor lately and we've had several days where burning in the fireplace has been prohibited.  Ironically, particulates in the air frequently lend themselves to lovely sunsets.  Taken at the Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Park on the estuary.  Linked to Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Oakland Stonehenge

A massive sculpture in the City Center complex.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

winter wonderland

Every Christmas Mt. View Cemetery has a light display that draws visitors from all over.  This is one
small corner of the bounty of lights that turns the entry into a magical wonderland.

Don't forget, tomorrow is CDP's Theme Day with January's theme Best Photo of 2013.  Click here to see what CDP bloggers post.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Monday Mural: aim for the stars

Here is another mural along 15th Street done by the Love Oakland group.  The little guy looks scared as he aims for the stars.  But his mentor and guiding spirit exude confidence.  A bonus is the ghost sign left on the wall.

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 get to decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and to visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to the mural finds posted this week.

Friday, December 27, 2013

in case you're looking for a dentist

Saw this last week and it make me laugh.  Reminds me of all those westerns that show a dentist advertising with a tooth hanging outside his office.  As you can see, we still are in a dry and clear period.  It's definitely looking like a year of drought.  Linked to Signs, Signs and Skywatch Friday.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Monday Mural: love Oakland

Several murals reside on one block of 15th Street downtown.  They are sponsored by Love Oakland Group which is self-decribed as "a collective of activists, artists, gardeners, and other free spirits that want to make Oakland the most beautiful city in the world."  Several of the murals say "love Oakland" in multiple languages

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 get to decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and to visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to the mural finds posted this week.

Friday, December 20, 2013

There

The City Center sculpture by Roslyn Mazzilli, seen in the background of yesterday's post, is titled "There."  Oaklanders keep trying to correct the misapprehension that Gertrude Stein was talking about Oakland when she said, "There's no There there."  Actually, she made this famous comment after looking at the empty lot that once held her family home (here in Oakland).  Still, it's a dynamic and colorful piece.  Linked to Skywatch Friday.  More cold air and blue skies predicted.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

dancing in the plaza

These students are dancing to a West African band that is performing.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

W is for water works

City Center is a business and government complex in downtown Oakland.  The fountain was up and running this week while concerts were held in the plaza.  Yowza.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.