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Scenes Around Lake Merritt

September 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I love Oakland. There's such a breadth of landscapes, culture, restaurants, and people. The energy here is real. Today was overcast and cool - so I thought I'd take advantage of the soft light and take a stroll around Lake Merritt. Headphones in, I checked out the latest album from Watsky while taking in the world. A perfect morning. 


australian tea tree, Leptospermum laevigatum, bridge, lake merritt, oakland, california, sony rx1r iiBridge to the Veterans' Memorial BuildingThis bridge is flanked by beautiful Australian Tea Trees.

These beautiful trees are all around Lake Merritt. They have stories in their twisted, vine-like trunks, and they add so much character to the surroundings.


shed, Lake Merritt, black and white, B&W, Sony rx1r iiUtility Shed by the LakeI'm guessing here. I don't actually know what this shed is used for.

I don't actually know what this building is for - but I'm guessing it's a utility shed housing tools for lake maintenance. I like how it's tucked into this group of trees. 


Children's Fairyland, sign, Lake Merritt, colorful, Sony rx1r iiChildren's Fairyland SignThese colorful letters have become a landmark around the lake.

From this vantage point, it's difficult to tell that this sign for Children's Fairyland is perched high atop a hill by the lake. On warm, sunny days, people spend their afternoons relaxing on this hill, scattered on blankets around these colorful letters. Today, the geese claimed it for themselves. 


lamp, trees, leaves, Lake Merritt, Sony rx1r iiLamps Around Lake MerrittOne of more than 120 lamps that light the pathway around the lake.

These lamps connect a string of lights that go all the way around Lake Merritt, and they've been here since 1925. According to wikipedia, the lights around the lake were extinguished in 1941 during World War II. They weren't restored again until 1987.


picnic bench, Lake Merritt, trees, black and white, b&w, sony rx1r iiPicnic BenchLake Merritt has picnic benches and BBQs in various locations.

I like this hill along the path around the lake. It feels like a private forest, and the light peppers the ground through the tree branches.


trees, bark, number plate, black and white, B&W, Sony rx1r iiA Numbered TreeSeveral (perhaps all) of the trees have number plates in their trunks.

I would like to know what these numbers are for. I didn't look carefully, but it's possible that every tree around the lake has a plate like this one. 


trees, white bark, tangled branches, black and white, b&w, sony rx1r iiTangle of BranchesNot sure what type of trees these are.

These trees really stand out to me because of their white bark and dramatic branches. I don't know what they're called, unfortunately. Here's a closer look:

trees, tangled branches, white bark, black & white, B&W, Sony rx1r iiTangle of BranchesSame as above.


band stand, Lake Merritt, black and white, b&w, Sony rx1r iiEdoff Memorial Band Stand

Tucked in between Children's Fairyland and Lakeside Park is the Edoff Memorial Band Stand. I've seen community bands play here as crowds gather in the grass and on benches nearby. 


flowers, pink, yellow, grand avenue, landscaping, Sony rx1r iiRandom Flowers

Of course you have to stop to admire the flowers. 


color, flowers, landscaping, parkside manor, Lake Merritt, Sony rx1r iiParkside Manor LandscapingLots of color here.

wrought iron sign, parkside manor, oakland, Lake Merritt, Sony rx1r iiParkside ManorBeautiful wrought iron sign.

I love a good sign - and this one always catches my attention. The building used to be private residences, but now it appears to house businesses. 


Of course, this is just a small sampling of the sights around Lake Merritt. There's so much more to see, and I may do a series of Lake Merritt posts to show off its many hallmarks. More to come.



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