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September 9, 2017

Good Day

Saturday. To sleep at a decent hour and to awaken just after six, getting up and getting out the door at six thirty-five without the East Bay Times and the small V 1 camera again under the light weight jacket. Overcast, humid, but reasonably cool and so a decent walk to breakfast.

The oatmeal, toast, fruit cup and coffee for breakfast over the two papers, taking my time walking home and shooting the usual set of pictures except, as I was approaching the lake, found a number of tents and a large crowd, many of whom were in costume, attending something called the Hella Gay 5K. Had no idea they were running such a thing and so took pictures before continuing on home to finish yesterday's entry and start this.

Later. A walk back over by the lake to take more pictures, the 5K had already been run and so people were breaking down the various tents and such, although there were still a number of people about. A walk on by the farmers market and then around back to the apartment, carrying the DSLR this time and noting how often I was checking over my shoulder. More than half the time. This jumpiness is going to last, I'm afraid.

Back to process pictures and prepare to go downtown to the City Center to photograph a DACA demonstration scheduled for two. Some hesitancy in going, this hesitancy not something I like to see. Is this the future?

Later still. Packed the one camera with the long lens in the backpack and headed downtown on the bus to arrive not long after one, just two or three people in front of the City Hall for the DEFEND DACA! demonstration scheduled for two and so over to the bagel shop in the City Center to kill time over a mixed fruit cup and coffee.

Back to the plaza to see more people had arrived and so wandered about taking pictures, the crowd growing into the hundreds by the time it was two. Forty-five minutes later and I was ready to catch a bus home, but with enough pictures to easily put together a web section or two.

Evening. Processed pictures, enough to get started, enough to post a couple to Facebook and Twitter. We'll get to the rest after the Oakland Pride Festival tomorrow. Well after the Oakland Pride Festival tomorrow.

Tried watching Agatha Christie's Partners In Crime at seven and decided it was best watched while working on photographs at the computer, which made its improbable plot incomprehensible and much less annoying. Obviously tired, but after what has clearly been a good day.

The photo up top was taken while passing by the Hella Gay 5K at Lake Merritt while walking home from breakfast this morning with a Nikon V 1 mounted with a 30-110mm f 4.0-5.6 VR Nikkor lens.