Saturday, April 30, 2011

Outdoor Art Gallery

The beauty of walking along Eastshore State Park is that not only do you get your share of exercise and fresh air, you also get to enjoy some art - junkyard sculpture as one write-up called them.
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Eastshore State Park is a state park and wildlife refuge along the San Francisco Bay shoreline of the East Bay between the cities of Richmond, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland. It encompasses remnant natural wetlands, restored wetlands as well as landfill west of the Eastshore Freeway. It is 8.5 miles (13.7 km) long. Eastshore State Park is jointly managed by the California State Parks and East Bay Regional Park District. [source]
our main goal in coming here was to photograph the wildflowers. Unfortunately, there weren't many. But we managed to capture some.
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The trail wasn't as difficult as I remembered it. I must've mistaken it for another park.

We stopped to photograph wildflowers and birds - and of course my bird shots didn't turn out nice so there isn't any on this post. Soon enough we were nearing Albany Bulb.
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The park takes you to the water, the bay, to this landfill area that is known as Albany Bulb.

The Albany Bulb (also simply known as The Bulb) is a former landfill largely owned by the City of Albany, in California. The Bulb is the west end of a landfill peninsula jutting west from the east shore of San Francisco Bay. The term "Bulb" is often used to refer to the entire peninsula, which includes the Albany Plateau, north of Buchanan Street at its base; the high narrow "Neck," and the round "Bulb." The Bulb is part of the City of Albany, and can be reached via Buchanan Street or the Bay Trail along the east side of San Francisco Bay.[source]

I call this part of the park Outdoor Museum filled with junkyard sculptures and paintings on cement blocks. All the materials for this art are what washed up onshore. Some of the arts don't last due to vandalism and being victimized by the elements.

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And now for the sculptures made of styrofoam, scrap metal, driftwood, and anything that washes on shore.
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This one greets you when you first walk in.
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Hair made of twigs.
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Looks like a character from a Michael Bay movie.
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He said the graffiti needs a little shadow - I can't tell where he put the shadow :)
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Another artist at work - while his buddies (?) seem to be on a break.
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The Golden Gate Bridge is within sight and this is said to be a good spot for sunset sighting.

If you have time and would love to read up on the artist(s) of these works of art, click here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

People Watching: Working World

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She sells them and fillets them too.

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What is he installing?

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Getting ready for something?

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Buy this tee; it benefits the breast cancer foundation.

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I sell hats.

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Peanuts! Popcorn!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Mission San Rafael Arcangel (California Missions Series)

A few years ago when I was actively chasing the Missions, I tried and tried to locate this mission that is a few minutes and a bridge away from where I live - but I never got to find it. We had directions and all, but still couldn't find it. How hard could it be, right? But nothing.

Last year, we were in search of a gallery that was hosting a photography exhibit in the same town. And the first turn we took we were faced to face with the Mission. Can you believe that? When you're not looking, it will find you - just like love, isn't it?

In San Rafael, 20 miles north of San Francisco

CHRONOLOGY

1817 - December 14 - Founded by Padre Vicente de Sarria - 20th mission. Begun as a hospital asistencia for Dolores (the San Francisco Mission).

1818 - Church built.

1823 - Accorded full mission status. Named for St. Raphael, patron of good health.

1834 - Secularized.

1841 - Sold.

1842 - Abandoned.

1855 - Returned to church.

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San Rafael was the only mission that began as a hospital, or asistencia for another mission.

Health problems at Mission Dolores were so tragic in the early 1800s, with Indians dying in hundreds, that something had to be done fast. For one thing, when they got sick, they needed somewhere warm and dry to get well. Trying to recuperate in breezy, foggy climate of Dolores turned out to be a prelude to death for many. (from California Missions, a pictorial tour)

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Church of St. Raphael

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Interior
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The Mission
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The Mission Chapel
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This is my entry for this week's MY WORLD.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Saturday In The Park (Tilden Park -Berkeley)

With our busy schedules, my husband and I can't get away on weekends even though we feel like we need to very badly. We have to run errands, clean the house and do other chores. When we have a couple hours to ourselves after all these tasks are done, we run away to the many parks near our home. After an hour or so, we find ourselves energized. Just like a trip away from home. And much, much cheaper.

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Tilden Park was the park of choice that weekend. I like the road climbing up the hill. This park is very popular with bikers.

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He parked on the side and wanted to take this path, but this was fenced in and has a NO TRESPASSING sign. He wanted us to jump the fence but I convinced him no :)

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WE stopped again by the roadside where we can sneak a peek at San Pablo Dam/Reservoir. We wanted to see whether all the rain we had this winter has raised the water level. It looked like it did, and the snow pack in the Sierra Nevada hasn't melted yet.

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WE drove and drove some more and found ourselves near the Botanic Garden. The Regional Parks Botanic Garden contains the world's most complete collection of California native plants, including rare and endangered species.
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The Botanic Garden is free of charge. It had been years and years since I last came here, not the park, but this section of the park. So I was pleased to see that nothing had changed.
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We walked and walked.
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I am partial to the redwoods section of the garden.
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It was too early in the season, but I managed to capture a few of the early bloomers.

Then there was a booming announcement overhead that can be heard all the way in the back where we were when the announcement came on. It said the garden is closing so we have to hurry back to the front.

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And so we went back on the road - not ready to go home yet.

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We found ourselves stopping at Lake Anza, where during the summertime the lake is teeming with swimmers.

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While he contemplates on the rising cost of fuel, I took a photograph.
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The trail that led us to the car.

I will share with you more Saturdays in the park in the coming days.

This is my entry for MY WORLD (#115) this week. Show your world here.