Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bart Simpson in space

This is another part of the mural I showed you a couple of weeks ago.  Bart and his siblings are flying off into space while Homer is hiding in a storm trooper uniform.  The green man is from The Jetsons if memory serves correctly.  Once again I can only shrug about the meaning of the composition but I have to admit I think it's pretty comical.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

pond in the cemetery


Mountain View Cemetery has interesting nooks and crannies.  This pond (one of three) is used (I think) for the irrigation system at the cemetery.  While walking along the road near the pond I heard a rustling in the trees and out flew a gigantic heron.  It glided across the water, banked toward the trees and disappeared into the green.  I was so stunned I didn't think to raise my camera until it was out of sight.  Linked to Weekend Reflections.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

colors of the rainbow

The woman who painted this house has a bold sense of color.  It probably has too many colors for my taste, but then I'm one of those people who is intimidated by color.  Her car's pant job adds to the boldness of the overall appearance.  Her neighbor told me that lots of people walking by take pictures of the house.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Monday Mural: foo dogs and cosmic harmony

I just made up the title.  I have no idea what the artist's intent was.  This is a new offering on Telegraph Avenue where earlier murals were painted over.  This one starts the cycle again.

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 to the mural finds posted this week.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

liquid refreshment

All kinds of libations were available at the Temescal Street Fair.  This pitcher takes the prize for the prettiest drink I saw.  Doesn't it seem the epitome of summer?

Friday, July 11, 2014

dancing in the streets

These siblings were enjoying the music of Lagos Roots and decided to cut a rug.  Seen at the Temescal Street Fair.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

music on every corner

One of the many cool things about the Temescal Street Fair is that there is music everywhere.  This photo shows part of the Lagos Roots band.  They really got the crowd moving.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

smoke gets in your eyes

This looks like an uncomfortable job on a warm day, never mind all that smoke he's breathing in.  But the hoards must be fed and he kept at it for hours.  From the Temescal Street Fair this past weekend.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

you want it, we got it

This food booth always cracks me up.  They pretty much offer every fair food you can think of and a couple of extras.  Knishes?  Seen at this past weekend's Temescal Street Fair.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Mural: lounge lizard

This character is part of a large mural in downtown Oakland.  Every time I look at this guy I hear the BeeGees singing Staying Alive.  If he's not a refugee from the 70s then he's a transplant from Vegas or Jersey.  Any way you look at it, he's not from these parts.  Sorry, I couldn't read the pieces to tell who painted this section of the mural. 

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.  Please 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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Friday, July 4, 2014

flags in the breeze

The formal entry to Jack London Square has a nice display of flags.  The black one is the logo for the Oakland Raiders.  Linked to Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

the wedding cake

The cupola of City Hall.   Standing at the height of 320 feet, City Hall was the first high-rise government building in the United States. At the time it was built in 1914, it was also the tallest building west of the Mississippi.  The mayor, at the time of the building's inauguration, had recently been married, hence its nickname of the Wedding Cake.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Y is for "yonder"

From the shoreline or the hills, Oakland offers some pretty nice views.  In the middle distance you can see buildings in our downtown area.  Way out yonder on the right you can see downtown San Francisco.  Yep, it's that close.  The fog was in retreat, leaving surprisingly warm days and nights.  Linking to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Theme Day: celebrating summer

The long summer days sprout street fairs galore.   Visit the Theme Day contributions at City Daily Photo.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Mural: furry little critters

Lots of newer murals are adorning walls in Uptown, mostly on car repair businesses.  Many of them are primarily intricate signatures which I still haven't learned to read.  This comical wall is more accessible, regardless of whether or not you like it.  Frankly, all those smiles and sharp teeth make me laugh.

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 to the mural finds posted this week.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Mural: someone's watching you

Another mobile mural found in West Oakland.  This one on a hippy bus that appeared to be someone's traveling house.  Shades of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters.

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 to the mural finds posted this week.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

W is for weaver

Spotted at last year's Temescal Street Fair.  I'm always impressed with folks who dedicate themselves to preserving and promoting traditional crafts.  Spinning and then weaving are not easy.  This year's fair is coming up soon in July.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Monday Mural: more panthers

This mural is next to the one shown last week.  The distinguished man along side the Black Panthers is A. Philip Randolph, a civil rights leader, who organized and unionized the railroad porters.

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 to the mural finds posted this week.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Monday Mural: all power to the people

This West Oakland mural commemorates the Black Panther Party which emerged in the late 60s and endured until the early 80s.  It was a self-determination movement born in West Oakland with a more radicalized agenda than the non-violent civil rights movement of the time.  While it devolved into armed conflicts, it also had a significant impact on the social zeitgeist of the time that moved forward the cause of civil rights for many disenfranchised groups.  Although long dissolved, West Oakland continues to be proud of its history in this movement.

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 to the mural finds posted this week.  

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Monday Mural: surf's up

It's been a long time since I've seen a California raisin.  Back in the 80s when the advertising campaign was hot, you could find every manner of California raisins including toys, t-shirts, and decals.  Now, not so much.  So imagine my surprise to find a surfing raisin on a new mural.  I think the signature says Mick.  The brown waves and sea monsters spell out his name.  So clever.

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 to the mural finds posted this week.  

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Monday Mural: mystery woman

This mural was found on Poplar Street in West Oakland.  If there was an artist's signature, I couldn't read it.  This and a partner mural are the first I've found with veiled women.

Addendum:  Greenkozi tells me this is by artist Jihad.

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 to the mural finds posted this week.  

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Monday Mural: White Elephant Sale mural

Last week you saw this mural in progress.  Here is the finished product.  To the Women's Board, the gigantic white elephant is the pièce de resistance of the mural.  The bicycle gives you a sense the scale of this mural.  Below is the bird you saw sketched in last week's post.
Below are two more sections from the far end of the mural.


The artists are great guys who were more than willing to talk with folks who stopped by.

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 to the mural finds posted this week.  

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Monday Mural: mural in progress

The White Elephant Sale, an annual event that supports the Oakland Museum, has commissioned a mural on the side of its warehouse.  Doty, Griffin One, and Vogue, well-known street artists, are seen here creating the mural.  Next week shots of the finished product.

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 to the mural finds posted this week.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday Mural: Jurrasic park

Another Craig Stuckey mural very near last week's post.  I'd swear the dinosaur on the left is related to the dodo in Alice in Wonderland.

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 to the mural finds posted this week.

Friday, May 2, 2014

low tide

Low tide reveals more than shore birds.  Usually in celebration of Earth Day, the tires and other junk get plucked out of the estuary.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Theme Day: squares

While looking for murals in West Oakland I came across this building off Poplar Street.  Granted it's not a pretty one, and neither is the photo, but you've got to admit this facade screams "squares."  I'm guessing this building dates from the 30s and the door and tile were installed fairly recently to upgrade the look.  The recycle can adds a certain je ne sais quoi.  Click here to see City Daily Photo's participants in this month's Theme Day.  Thanks, Jack for the heads up.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

P is for pergola

Mt. View Cemetery has a wonderful old pergola on stone pillars near its entrance.  It supports an equally old wisteria vine that now entwines most of the pillars.  The flower display is incredible but I guess you'll have to take my word for it since I never remember to get a picture of it.  Sigh.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fruitvale Railroad Bridge

The Fruitvale Railroad Bridge spans the Estuary from Oakland to the island town of Alameda (on the right).  To my eye it looks like a 1930s construction but it was actually built by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1951.  It's a vertical lift bridge with railroad tracks on it that is lowered into position when trains need to cross the estuary.  The Miller-Sweeney Bridge it the drawbridge next to it that carries car traffic.  It was designed to raise to full height it only 66 seconds.  The truth is that locals  call them both the Fruitvale Bridge.  Bridge fans will be happy to know there is a website for the bridges!  For a picture of the bridge drawn up, go here.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday Mural: hero

Found this dramatic mural by Craig Stuckey in West Oakland on Poplar Street.  I think it's called Super Hero.  Lucky for me Poplar Street is a treasure trove of murals that are new to me.

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 to the mural finds posted this week.

Sorry for the delay.  Snafu.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Port of Oakland

Along the estuary shoreline near dusk.  Linking to Weekend Reflections.

Friday, April 25, 2014

tulip time

It's tulip time at Mt. View Cemetery.  An added bonus is that the cherry blossoms are also on view.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

downtown skyline

Walking downtown the other day I hit upon a view of our two government buildings.  The nearer buildings with the peaked roofs are the Dellum's Federal Building complex.  Down the block is the State of California building.  The morning fog had burned off to reveal blue skies.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Old Oakland

Old Oakland is the original downtown area that grew up around the train station where the transcontinental railroad ended.  It's primarily Italianate buildings were renovated in the 1970s and it is now popular for the many restaurants that dot the area.  Linking to ABC Wednesday.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Mural: condo jewelry

Spotted this mosaic adornment on a condo facade downtown.  Rhythmic colors and shapes.

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 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.