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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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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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/

 

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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

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Fukushima Rice Field

 

 

 


Fukushima has long been famous for its agriculture and is Japan’s premier rice-growing regions. Some of the best rice brands are grown in Fukushima Prefecture.

 

 

 

the rice fields

 

October means

 

ready for harvest

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