Archive for November, 2009

Driveway of delight

29 November 2009

On a walk in North Oakland in connection with my hobby, I was delighted to see another example of a homemade decorative driveway. This is just the beginning of it:

rock driveway

Whoever built it had access to big chunks of waste glass as well as a variety of rocks from near and far. One of those, the green one in the lower right, is a fine specimen of actinolite schist:

actinolite

To my knowledge, you won’t find such a thing in Oakland. I got my first hand specimen of actinolite from that rock shop on 101 next to Squaw Rock on the Russian River, south of Hopland. I asked the owner, as I often do, “What do you have that’s local?” and he handed me that one. The boulder in this driveway looks just the same.

Oakland from the air

22 November 2009

airship

I have got to save up the money to ride the Eureka, our local airship, to survey Oakland from above. Good as Google Earth is, or a ride in a small plane, there is nothing like the leisurely, quiet flight of a lighter-than-air craft for viewing and photographing the ground. (Click the photo for a larger version.)


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