Some of you may have noticed that I only posted one photo early this morning. (At least early my time.) That’s because I have found myself exhausted by always putting up at least two posts a day. So I’ve given myself permission to only put up one post, if that is what I feel like doing. My older daughter, son-in-law, grandkids and I are going away for a four day weekend before school starts again for the kids. I’ve scheduled single posts per day through next Monday, so if I don’t want to add any more, I can relax for 5 days while we all are on a mini vacation, plus the additional first day that I’m back. I might be checking in on comments, etc, but if I don’t, I’ll catch up when I return.
Here is an idyllic photo of a bench and the lake to add to the challenge. Wishing you all a good 5 days!
Enjoying a Oakland Municipal Band concert in Lakeside Park on a warm August afternoon.
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
Kids climbing on the repaired and newly rededicated 50 year old “Green Monster” climbing structure.
I live in a city so my Lakeshore photos are going to be a bit different than most. We are incredibly lucky here in Oakland, California to have Lake Merritt available to all residents and visitors. Lake Merritt is in fact a natural salt water lagoon, although with the construction of a dam in 1865 between the estuary of the San Francisco Bay and the tidal lagoon, water levels of the lake were able to be more controlled. That means that the salinity of the lake could be reduced, opening the lake not only to wetland birds but also to fresh water fowl such as ducks. Over the last 100+ years, the land around the lake has been build up with apartments and high rise offices buildings. None-the-less, Lake Merritt offers respite, wild life, and sanctuary for all who come. It is known as The Jewel of Oakland.
Here is a daytime view of the lake taken from the north shore looking south east toward some of the wetlands.
This photo was taken from the north-east end of the lake, looking toward the western shore.
And finally, looking toward the south western shore at twilight.
Or perhaps in this case, I should say Distorted Detail. This is an outrageously distorted detailed reflection from the same black BMW car I posted yesterday. You can clearly see the door handle front and (almost) center, and down in the lower left, you can see the seam of the back passenger door. But after that, the fun begins.
Above the door handle, you can’t even see the black of the car, as the curvature reflects the bright blue sky and the Norman styled church tower. Then below that, there’s green grass, and in the handle itself is a distorted me with red hair (that part is true to life) and my arms akimbo. Then there’s a quarter oval of blue sky again with perhaps a few white clouds reflected (the optics of curvatures working again). Then below another curve of the door there’s my hands, phone camera, my shirt and pants, and more green grass. And if you look in the lower right corner you will see a distorted sign, and the dogs – Teddy the labradoodle, and if you follow the line of the leash, just a peek of the face of my grey miniature schnauzer, Zoë.