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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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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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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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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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

 

 

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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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California Least Tern

California Least Tern at the Alviso Slough Trail at the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso (San Jose)

The California Least Tern is one of a few Tern species. They are still considered an endangered bird species. The bird is relatively small measuring ten inches with a wing length of four inches and weighing only 45-55 grams. Their diet consists of diving towards the water picking off fish just below the surface. California Least Terns are identified by a short, forked tail, and a long, slightly decurved, tapered bill. Their territory is only in the United States along the immediate coast of California from San Francisco Bay south to the Mexican border. But due to coastal development and intense human recreational use of beaches the numbers greatly diminished with numbers around 6,000 pairs today.

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Fair Play Rose

San Jose Heritage Rose Garden at Guadalupe River Park in San Jose, CA May 2022

Fair Play Rose

Rosaceae Family

1 ft. to 5 ft. size

1 ft. to 5 ft. width

edibles, shrubs

medium leaves, deciduous

purples, reds

Bloomtime Range: Early Summer to Mid Fall