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Keeping Oakland Beautiful Is Everybody’s Business.

I joined the board of Keep Oakland Beautiful almost two years ago and I’ve learned a lot about the community and its people. As a photography enthusiast who also enjoys history, nature, and cultural diversity, I took to Oakland like a bear takes to honey. Oakland offers a seemingly endless array of places and activities […]

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Daffodils Are Blooming.

In October, Keep Oakland Beautiful gave out 4,000 daffodil bulbs to various groups who agreed to plant them in visible, public spaces throughout the community. Given the rainy winter we’ve had thus far, the daffodils are already starting to bloom. Here are a few early photos of public areas in Oakland that have been graced […]

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Thanks for Planting Trees in San Antonio Park.

We want to give a big shout out to the more than 50 volunteers, young and old, who came out for today’s tree planting event in San Antonio Park, in East Oakland. The Keep Oakland Beautiful Flash Mob and other volunteers came out in force to dig holes, plant, and water numerous trees around the […]

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Meteor Shower Over Oakland, December 13-14, 2015.

OK, so the close pairing of the moon and the planet Venus described in last week’s blog didn’t pan out so well – Oakland’s skies were cloudy throughout the event. But, that’s the way it goes, sometimes. Mother Nature has a chance to redeem herself, however, on the nights of Sunday December 13 and Monday […]

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December 7, 2015: A Rare Treat For Early Morning Risers.

For those of you who are up with the dawn on Monday December 7th, raise your blurry eyes to the southeast sky. If it’s clear, you will be treated to a very close alignment between the waning crescent moon and the brilliant planet Venus. The thin lunar crescent will be arcing toward the southeastern horizon and Venus […]

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Tagging in Oakland Chinatown.

Please click on the photographs to enlarge and clarify them. One of my favorite parts of Oakland is Oakland Chinatown. There’s a vibrancy in the neighborhood that I really enjoy. It seems like people are always out, slowly strolling past sidewalk containers of fresh and exotic vegetables and fruit, with a parade of delivery trucks […]

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Have a Fun, Safe, and Litter-Free Halloween.

Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. Keep Oakland Beautiful wishes everyone a fun, safe, and litter-free Halloween. We encourage everybody to remind children (and adults!) to properly dispose of candy wrappers and other trash, as one means of protecting our environment. Keeping Oakland Beautiful is everyone’s business.  

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Beauty in the Oakland Skies This Week for Early Risers.

Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. If you’ve been up and out before dawn this week, you may have looked to the southeast and seen three bright stars appearing to be lined up in formation. What you’re seeing are the planets Venus, Jupiter, and Mars. Every morning this week, these planets appear to change position relative […]

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Oakland’s Architectural Oddities.

Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought I’d share some of my favorite architectural faces, animals, and grotesques that you can find right here in downtown Oakland. At first glance, you might think these are gargoyles, but they’re not. Gargoyles are mythical beings, usually carved […]

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Supermoon Eclipse: A Retrospective (sort of).

Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. Sunday was overcast for much of the day from my location. But, around 3pm, the sky showed signs of clearing, making viewing the rising supermoon in eclipse that evening a more likely possibility. By 6:55pm, when the moon was scheduled to rise, about 90% of the […]

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