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Here In Oakland

Art & Life


May 10, 2017


Wednesday. To bed and lights out before ten to awaken at five minutes to six, right on target. Off to walk to breakfast with all three papers in tow, ordering the Eggs Benedict, country potatoes, fruit cup, toast and coffee for breakfast. Hungry. Overcast and cool this morning, but it doesn't look like, nor are they forecasting, any rain.

Just as I was taking a picture of the last pandorea flower still recognizable as such after leaving the restaurant, a bus pulled up and I opted to take it home. So much for the morning walk. A picture of a tent pitched by the lake. Someone sleeping inside? Don't want to think about the decisions the tent person has had to make in this life.

Later. After an hour lying down on the bed listening to the news on the radio it was time to get up and out the door for some air over along the lake. Just gulls in evidence, although a small bird appeared and landed on a nearby pipe. OK. Then spotted a cormorant in the distance, but he (or she) was too far away to photograph and so a picture or two of the flowers they'd planted under the white column pergola. Then the distant cormorant popped up from the lake bottom right in front of me and took off with a reed in its beak.

And that's been the afternoon, as I now sit now listening to the PBS News Hour. I've seen all of the episodes of Law & Order they've been running today. Only so many times you can watch one of them, whether you can remember the plot or not, before you stop.

Evening. Watched the second half of the Glenn Greenwald interview I'd missed this morning on Democracy Now!, checked out whatever they were doing on the current Law & Order episode and then headed back to bed and checked out today's New Yorker before turning to the tablet for the remainder of the evening. As I did last night and the night before. Exciting times we're having here in Oakland.

The photo up top was taken at the How Weird Street Faire in San Francisco with a Nikon D5 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.