We're staying with friends in Oakland and I ran down from their house around Lake Merritt and back. It's a beautiful day and here are a few shots.
Oaktown Art says:
"This is actually Alameda County’s Fifth Courthouse. The fourth was a real stunner, built in the Parisian Second Empire Style with a domed central tower and four miniature corner towers… see historical photo below. It was opened in 1875, located between 4th and 5th Streets at Broadway, and for over 50 years served “as a powerful symbol of the importance and wealth of what was then California’s fourth most populous county.” Sadly, it fell out of favor before the modern historic preservation movement and was ultimately replaced and eventually demolished. (Courthouse historical placard)" [The link has a picture of the demolished court house. It was pretty spectacular.]
Guitarist embraced by eucalyptus tree
I couldn't help thinking that these Canada Geese were a bit lazy, hanging out here in Oakland instead of going on to Alaska with the others. But, we're probably better off without all of them coming our way.
I'm afraid my shot of the Scottish Rites Temple was too bright to see all the carvings and even the name. And I'm getting hints to get off of here so we can go on our afternoon sightseeing to the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center. Here's a link to the Scottish Rites Temple Oakland website.