Winter Landscape

From the top of the Tidelands Trail near the park headquarters in Newark off Marshlands Road. Newark Slough Trail is in the middle of the picture near the water. Dumbarton Bridge and Facebook are on the far right background.

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/don-edwards-san-francisco-bay/map?trail=newark-slough-trail

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Mosquito Sampling

Santa Clara County Vector Control District worker sampling for mosquito’s larvae

Searching for mosquito larvae

Mosquito larvae sample to be tested

There are about 20 species of mosquitoes in Santa Clara County, including the common house mosquito (Culex pipiens), Western encephalitis mosquito (Culex tarsalis), and the summer salt marsh mosquito (Aedes dorsalis). Mosquito bites can cause symptoms such as headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or a rash and elderly individuals and people with weak immune systems are more vulnerable and can cause serious illness or disease. Mosquitoes need water to lay eggs and often use standing water to reproduce. The best way to prevent mosquitoes is to drain, remove, or turn over anything that can hold water.

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Evening Rush Hour at Ochanomizu

In front of the JR Ochanomizu Station. Rear curtain sync (flash fired after shutter is released) with a 1 second exposure on a tripod.

Ochanomizu is in Chiyoda-ku in Tokyo and is where Tokyo Medical & Dental University, Juntendo University & Hospital, Meiji University, and Kanda Myojin Shrine are located. Akihabara is located about 1 km from Ochanomizu. You can access Ochanomizu by the JR Chuo Line, Marunouchi Line or the Chiyoda Line.

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San Jose Japan-town at Night

5th & Jackson Street in San Jose Japan-town

6th & Jackson Street in San Jose Japan-town

Gifts Kogura Company since 1928 San Jose Japan-town

Roy’s Station (coffee shop) since 2009 San Jose Japan-town

Night photography is a very different experience than during the daytime. For one there is a strong contrast between the light and the shadow areas of a scene. And certain areas that are lighted are more pronounced and stand out. Night photography can make an average day time scene stand out.

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Kita-in Temple Kawagoe

Kita-in Buddhist Temple in Kawagoe, Japan is thought to have begun when the monk Ennin founded Muryoju Temple in 830 A.D. It was burned down during fighting in 1205, and was rebuilt in 1296 by the monk Sonkai. Then Emperor Gofushimi made it head of the Tendai Sect temples in east Japan in 1300. Kita-in became the main temple of the three-temple complex after Tenkai became the head monk in 1599.

〒350-0036 Saitama, Kawagoe, Kosenbamachi, 1 Chome−20−1

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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.

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Foggy Morning

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

A dream?

 

 

 

A dimension?

 

 

 

 

A reality?

 

 

 

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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

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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

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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/

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