A Tribute to Tom Iamesi

Beginnings of mural

Roan Victor painting mural

Mural nearly finished

Mural finished

Roan Victor, a fine art painter, muralist, and youth arts educator based in San Jose Japan-town, painted a mural to honor Tom Iamesi an affordable housing professional and mentor in the San Francisco Bay Area who passed away in 2020. Iamesi Village was named after Tom Iamesi and is a new low income housing by First Community Housing in San Jose located at 201 Bassett Street and Terraine Street near downtown San Jose. Painting of mural was assisted by Sean Boyles and Marc Wallace who are also San Jose Japan-town artists. This mural was organized and sponsored by Empire Seven Studios in San Jose Japantown.

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Your donation will assist the stability and growth of the photography blog. It will assist Specifically with internet blogging fees and promotion, computer maintenance, photographic equipment, and some travel expenses. Please Make a one-time donation.

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

$2.00
$5.00
$10.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly

Foggy Morning

 

 

 

Alviso Slough Trail in Alviso (San Jose) at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

 

 

 

A dream?

 

 

 

A dimension?

 

 

 

 

A reality?

 

 

 

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Your donation will assist the stability and growth of the photography blog. It will assist Specifically with internet blogging fees and promotion, computer maintenance, photographic equipment, and some travel expenses. Please Make a one-time donation.

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

$2.00
$5.00
$10.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly

Bandai-Asahi National Park



In the Bandai-Azuma/Inawashiro Area at Bandai-Asahi National Park. Nearby is the Urabandai Visitor Center.



Bandai-Asahi National Park is a very scenic and nature filled park in Japan. The entire park includes Fukushima, Yamagata and Niigata prefectures. Millions of years of volcanic activity have shaped the scenic landscape and topography. Inside the park there are historical sacred mountains, dense beech forests, and volcanic lakes and ponds and swamps. Many outdoor hikers and nature lovers enjoy Bandai-Asahi National Park.

https://www.env.go.jp/en/nature/nps/park/bandai/index.html

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Your donation will assist the stability and growth of the photography blog. It will assist Specifically with internet blogging fees and promotion, computer maintenance, photographic equipment, and some travel expenses. Please Make a one-time donation.

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

$2.00
$5.00
$10.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly

Viva CalleSJ September 2022

 

 


On a very windy and rainy day many hardy and eager bicyclists rode the Viva CalleSJ in San Jose on Sunday September 18th 2022

Viva CalleSJ is a recreational program that closes miles of San Jose streets. VivaCalleSJ’s route take participants through some of San Jose’s most engaging and historic neighborhoods. The open street events brings all people and communities together to walk, run, bike, scoot, skate, and explore the city. It’s a fun, lively, and energetic event held several times a year in the Spring and Fall.

 Viva CalleSJ is inspired by similar Open Streets programs organized in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Guadalajara, Mexico, and other cities around the world. The name combines the Spanish “Viva Calles,” which can mean both “the streets live” and “long live the streets.”

 VivaCalleSJ is organized by City of San José’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services and supported by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition.

 https://www.vivacallesj.org/the-event/featured-event

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Your donation will assist the stability and growth of the photography blog. It will assist Specifically with internet blogging fees and promotion, computer maintenance, photographic equipment, and some travel expenses. Make a one-time donation.

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

$2.00
$5.00
$10.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly

Save Juristac

 

 

 

Valentin Lopez, Chair, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band at rally for Juristac at County Government Building in San Jose on Saturday September 10th 2022

 

 The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is in a battle to protect sacred Juristic site from the proposed Sargent Ranch Quarry. Juristic (“Place of the Big Head in Mutsun language) is the center of ancestral homeland near Gilroy, CA. Historically the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band are survivors of the destructive power and authority of Mission San Juan Bautista and Mission Santa Cruz. And the proposed mining development of the Juristac is the modern day continuation of these inhumane and unjust policies.

A San Diego-based investment group applied for the permit from Santa Clara County to establish 403 acre sand and gravel mining operation. Three open-pit quarry sites 250 deep and 62 acre processing plant and 1.6 mile conveyor belt are proposed for the site. A 60 day public comment period ends on September 26th, 2022 with over 20,000 people signing the Amah Mutsun petitions and numerous officials and community leaders supporting Juristac.

According to the Santa Clara County Draft Environmental Impact Report there will be multiple significant and unavoidable harmful impacts such as biological resources, air quality, traffic and tribal resources (sacred sites), and is eligible for California Register of Historical Resources. The mining would also eliminate habitat for the California red-legged frog and California tiger salamander, both federally-listed threatened species. The loss of grasslands would also impact the American badger, and birds of prey that forage in the area such as the Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Prairie Falcon and Burrowing Owl.

“Juristac is the heart of Amah Mutsun spiritually and culture, and an open-pit sand and gravel mine would forever desecrate this sacred place,” said Valentin Lopez chair of Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.

 

http://www.protectjuristac.org/

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Your donation will assist the stability and growth of the photography blog. It will assist Specifically with internet blogging fees and promotion, computer maintenance, photographic equipment, and some travel expenses. Make a one-time donation.

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

$2.00
$5.00
$10.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly

Two White Pelicans

 

 

 

 

White Pelicans on the Alviso Slough Trail at the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso (San Jose)

 

Largest North American birds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live in lakes, marshes, and salt ponds mostly

 

 

Similar to Brown Pelicans

 

 

Don’t dive from the air for fish

 

 

Your donation will assist the stability and growth of the photography blog. It will assist Specifically with internet blogging fees and promotion, computer maintenance, photographic equipment, and some travel expenses. Make a one-time donation.

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Your donation will assist the stability and growth of the photography blog. It will assist Specifically with internet blogging fees and promotion, computer maintenance, photographic equipment, and some travel expenses. Make a one-time donation.

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

$2.00
$5.00
$10.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly

Bicycle Dream

 

 

 

 

My Schwinn Speedster in front of a levee on the Alviso Slough Trail in Alviso (San Jose). Used GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) and used canvas filter. GIMP is a cross-platform image editor for GNU/Linux, macOS, Windows, and more.

 

Bicycle dreaming

 

 

 

 

No automobiles

 

 

 

Peaceful

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.vivacallesj.org/

http://www.sjbikeclinic.org

 https://www.gimp.org/

 

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Your donation will assist the stability and growth of the photography blog. It will assist Specifically with internet blogging fees and promotion, computer maintenance, photographic equipment, and some travel expenses. Make a one-time donation.

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

$2.00
$5.00
$10.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly

When the mountain fell in love with the sea + 30 Flickr photographs

“In this piece I wanted to create a landscape that is both grand in scale as well as intimate and close, making use of scale shifts to incorporate both a large landscape as well as flower large enough to make the viewer feel like they are Alice walking through a (California) wonderland. I wanted to take the landscape back to the period before the land was developed and celebrate the natural beauty of this place. The figures emerging from the land/seascape embrace to create the “Bay Area” and are also a celebration of the connections between those who are grown here and those who came from across the sea to help make this region what it is today.” -Lacey Bryant

Lacey Bryant is a scenic artist and enjoys when things are slightly ambiguous. She likes to create a vivid dreamlike atmosphere that includes flowers, plants, objects, and animals into her creations. In addition, Lacey incorporates nostalgia and has a unique artistic vision to her paintings.

Mural Artists: Lacey Bryant and Stephen Longoria, and Marc Wallace

July & August 2022

Sponsored by Empire Seven Studios in San Jose

http://www.laceybryant.com/

lacey bryant mural mock up 7-26-2022
Please click top left to view 30 photographs on my Flickr site or click side arrows

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Your donation will assist the stability and growth of the photography blog. It will assist Specifically with internet blogging fees and promotion, computer maintenance, photographic equipment, and some travel expenses. Make a one-time donation.

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

$2.00
$5.00
$10.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly

Cistus Creticus (Cretan Rockrose)

 

 

 

Cistus Creticus (Cretan Rockrose) at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens

 

 Cistus Creticus (Cretan Rockrose) is a Mediterranean flower

 

Purple-pink to rose pink flowers with orange stamens (pollen bearing organ of flower)

 

Each flower lasts a day

 

Visited by bees and butterflies

 

Drought and salt tolerant, and deer resistant

 

2’ – 5’ (60cm – 150 cm) height and 2’ – 3’ (60cm – 90cm) spread

 

https://www.sfbg.org/

 

 

 

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Your donation will assist the stability and growth of the photography blog. It will assist Specifically with internet blogging fees and promotion, computer maintenance, photographic equipment, and some travel expenses. Make a one-time donation.

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

$2.00
$5.00
$10.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly

Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) photograph taken in the 1990’s (Kodachrome)

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) is a horrendous reminder of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6th 1945 that killed over 100,000 people and destroyed the City by the American Armed Forces. It was the only structure left after the tragic bombing. The nearby Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum which educates the public about what occurred on that catastrophic day and afterwards. It symbolizes the horrendous power of the nuclear weapons but also gives hope for permanent world peace and preventing a re-occurrence. There has been three renovation projects (1967, 1989-1990 and 2002-2003 to preserve and maintain the Peace Dome since it was built. The Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) is a historic site from the Japanese 1950 Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties, and is managed by Hiroshima City and Prefectural Government and the Government of Japan.

https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/775

https://hpmmuseum.jp/?lang=eng

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Your donation will assist the stability and growth of the photography blog. It will assist Specifically with internet blogging fees and promotion, computer maintenance, photographic equipment, and some travel expenses. Make a one-time donation.

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

$2.00
$5.00
$10.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly