Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #57: Taking a Break

Enjoying a Oakland Municipal Band concert in Lakeside Park on a warm August afternoon.

People

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You can see a little bit of Lake Merritt to the left of the band stand in the photo below. And very faintly, if you look for it, you can see the “Green Monster” climbing structure, also to the left of the bandstand by the lake,

People and Musicians

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Kids climbing on the repaired and newly rededicated 50 year old “Green Monster” climbing structure.

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And, of course, the GEESE.

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All images: Lakeside Park   Hannah Keene 2019

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Animals

My animals are a little different because I live across the street from a lake. And because I’ve already posted pictures of the dogs. So here it is – Canada geese! I was so excited when we moved here that I would finally be able to see a Canada Goose.

Let’s just say that my excitement has waned a little. Since Lake Merritt has been a wildlife refuge since 1870, and was, in fact, the United States’ first official wildlife refuge, the Canada geese have been stopping here twice a year on their annual migrations. However, some decades ago (no one seems to know exactly when), the geese decided that the small temperature fluctuation here in Oakland meant that Lake Merritt would make a great home year round. So…… they stayed. And thrived. And mutiplied since they have no natural enemies here. So they have become something akin to pests. However, they are still beautiful, and I still enjoy them. I’m just not so fond of the bird poop they leave all over. In quantities.

Nonetheless, here they are.

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Images: Hannah Keene 2019

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