The building that houses Catholic Charities of Santa Clara has a magnificent main door on E. San Fernando Street in San Jose. This door does not get a lot of use, however. Most of the people coming and going from the building use a door at the side, on N. 5th Street. The reason for […]
The door to the Myth Lounge on Post Street in San Jose, CA, caught my eye. Its arched opening is reminiscent of church doorways, and the gray-stained woodgrain gives it an echo of a much more ancient building. I wondered if it had once seen a fire. To add to the mystery, the door has […]
I am spending most of February with my Canadian family and flew today from San Jose California to Edmonton Alberta via Seattle. Here are some of the views I had from the planes I took.
Here are a few more murals that I was able to photograph this week. It was a cloudy day but the colorful images actually stand out nicely against the gray background.
Every year, when I come to San Jose, I am delighted to see flowers. It amuses my sister to see me taking pictures of what seem to her to be unexceptional blooms, but when you come from a snowscape, greenery and blossoms are a lovely contrast. Today I was playing with the macro lens on […]
Here are some new and some new-to-me murals seen this week on South 1st Street in San Jose. I always appreciate the colorful creativity of the artists’ work and am often surprised by the imagery. When I was here last winter the site at 791 South 1st Street was a car dealership and the building […]
My Canadian family and I are having Christmas in January this coming weekend. It’s also going to be a joint celebration with my son Jamie’s birthday. I flew up yesterday from San Jose and the journey was, like most airline travel, tedious. I arrived at the San Jose International Airport early because I was taking […]
The U.S. Post Office that is adjacent to St. James Park in San Jose is a splendid building. At first glance, it is quite austere. It is very large, with grand entrances, very high ceilings, and lots of dark wood panelling. It reminds me of some 19th-century banks that were designed to be intimidating. I […]
In a short walk today around my neighbourhood I discovered that there are now two very large multi-family residential buildings in construction and almost completed. When they are occupied, this area will take on a very different character. As the new buildings go up, some of the older stores are closing down. Several small businesses […]
Recently, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing some of the sculptures that are temporarily on display in San Jose’s city centre. They are Tara Mechani by Dana Albany and Ursa Mater by Mr and. Mrs Ferguson, and they originated at the Burning Man Festival last year. (The San Jose Mercury News has written about Tara Mechani here and Ursa Mater here.) Enjoy!
Thousands of us marched this rainy morning in San Jose. It was encouraging to see so many people trying to make the world safer for all of us, but for children in particular.
One of the perks of walking around the city is that I see some things that you would probably miss when driving by. You would miss the lovely flower boxes, sculptures in unexpected places, welcoming outdoor restaurant seating arrangements, and murals. Lots and lots of murals. I have posted about these before, but here are some […]
Today I enjoyed a delightful walk with my sister by Lake Cunningham in San Jose, California. We saw lots of lovely birds and ducks and one lizard that stayed long enough to have his photo taken. I have tried to name the birds as best I can, but I am happy to receive identifications and corrections […]
Here are some of the lovely happy people I saw outside the San Jose McEnery Convention Center today. My son was right: people in costume like having their photo taken.
I would like to credit the artists for these works but have not been able to find their names. Please let me know if you can identify any of them. Thank you.