Sunday, December 02, 2007

City Streets

We spent yesterday on foot. We walked the lower streets of Berkeley, cameras in hand. It was a perfect blue sky day (like most days in California from what I can tell!) and a cool breeze kept our coats buttoned up. We shot porches and windows, and dogs. Old trucks, cats on windowsills, yellow leaves against that deep blue sky. Our journey took us to Sawtooth Studios which was having an Open Studio day in a block long building, a warren of narrow hallways and skylighted studio spaces. We looked at everything and chatted with the artists. Once again Nancy and I both decided we would sell everything and move here, just to have a neighborhood of like-minded people around us. A wonderful dream.

Then we got in the car and drove to Chinatown, lucked into street parking, and spent a couple hours on the streets taking blurry street scenes. We weren't in the tourist area, and the local Chinese population seems to be in a big hurry -- too fast to focus a lens. Then we lost the light and sat down to dinner in a place full of locals. I can't say anything good about the food. We knew we didn't want to eat chicken feet or pork stomach, but it wasn't clear what we should order, and we didn't do a good job. I had a power bar for desert, back in the car.

Nancy had a red eye flight from Oakland to Ft Lauderdale, and I bet she's not feeling that great about now, but I've been on the couch with a big cup of coffee and the Sunday paper, sharing my morning with two squirmy poodle puppies. Yum!

Inspiration for the Day: Puppy Breath

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would love to see how you pack or carry your camera, I always want to take pictures but I have a big camera and dont just want it hanging around my neck. Is that just how it has to happen?