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Here In Oakland

Art & Life


July 7, 2017


Friday. Not a bad night's sleep, at least from what I can remember, so up and out the door at six-thirty or so with all three papers in tow, the sky clear and smoke in the distance, two helicopters hovering near it, news helicopters filming what I was assuming was a fire. A large fire.

OK, on to breakfast, maybe someone at the restaurant will know what's happening, wishing I'd brought a camera with a medium zoom lens instead of a telephoto to better capture the smoke I was seeing. I'd forgotten I was planning to catch a bus after breakfast to Broadway and then on to the Honda dealer to pick up the car. Fuzzy headed is called fuzzy headed for a reason on a day that hasn't started as you'd been thinking.

Oatmeal and toast with fruit cup and coffee this morning, the waitress saying she'd heard it was an apartment house fire “by Whole Foods Market”. Whole Foods? Which apartment house was near Whole Foods?

Lucked out and caught a bus at the stop across from the Grand Lake theater, thinking we'll pass not far from Whole Foods and maybe get a better sense of the fire's location to discover they were rerouting buses as Grand was closed off between Harrison and Broadway. OK. As I said, a little fuzzy headed, this should not have come as a surprise.

Got off at 20th and Broadway and ended up walking the ten or so blocks to the dealer, passing the apartment house in the distance as they were finishing up with the fire. Cinders were everywhere on the sidewalks and on dealership display cars, and so took pictures in passing.

I was tired or I'd have stopped and gotten closer, might even have done so, tired or not, had I had a more suitable lens on the camera. I remembered the apartment house as I'd taken a few pictures months ago when they started construction. This marks the third or fourth time apartment houses near completion have caught fire now in Oakland.

Evening. Television and not much else for the rest of the afternoon and into the evening. There seems to be a street festival in the San Francisco Mission district tomorrow, another chance for photographs. I'll be in Seattle a week from tomorrow and so will miss the Japantown Anime Festival, one of my favorites for photographs. So maybe we'll do something tomorrow.

No you won't.

Probably so.

The photo up top was taken at the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.