Alviso Slough Trail at the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso (San Jose) 1-2017
There were many rainy and gray days of January and February. It was good for our drought and agriculture but bad for flooding and landslides. Was it caused by global warming? Only the future will tell.
Photograph taken by Haruya Kono from Yokohama, Japan who was on a business trip to Singapore on December 2016. Singapore with a population of only 5.61 million, has a strong global economy, a high GDP, low unemployment, and a diverse population. It is the world’s only island city-state.
A fervent Women’s March crowd of over 30,000 women and supporters marched from San Jose City Hall to Plaza de César Chavez in San Jose on January 21, 2017. It was one of the largest marches in San Jose history. They marched to denounce the attitudes and beliefs of new President Donald Trump. Trump is threatening to overturn abortion rights, shut down Planned Parenthood, and nominate anti choice Supreme Court Justices. The Women’s March brought many new activists forward and re-energized the movement to protect human rights, civil liberties, and social justice.
An exuberant rally and march fighting for immigrant rights started at the San Jose City Hall and ended at the Plaza de César Chavez on January 17, 2017. It was the national and international day to demand protection against criminalization, deportations, and hatred resulting from the election of Trump. They were fighting to defend DACA (it allows young undocumented immigrants a deferred action from deportation), immigrants, LGBTQ, Muslims, and refugees.
Concetta Ferrell, Xray technologist and San Jose Stands with Standing Rock organizer
Concetta recently divested money from her account at JP Morgan Chase Bank. Chase Bank is one of 17 financial institutions that fund the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). There has been a growing campaign for customers to divest from these banks that support funding the pipelines.
“It’s time for people to come together and act. Find a way to help make things better. It’s time to bring light to the racism and colonization which helped shape our nation. It’s time for real change and people are starting to wake up. I want to help people wake up. Stand up for what we believe in. I feel like the Standing Rock movement is helping me find my voice.”
It takes a moment
While the heron waits
To catch a meal
Great Blue Heron
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso (San Jose)
Mariachi Flor De Toloache was greeted by a very enthusiastic crowd at the San Jose Mexican Heritage Plaza on Sunday October 30, 2016. It was part of the San Jose Jazz Fall Concert Series at the La Ultima Parada: A Celebration of Life on the Day of the Dead. Their emotive songs are a mixture of mostly traditional ones and modern influenced songs done mostly in Spanish but some English. Mariachi Flor De Toloache are an indie multicultural all women mariachi group that was founded in 2008 and based in New York City. They are co-led by Mireya I. Ramos (founder) and Shae Fiol (original member), as well as, Julie Acosta on trumpet and Eunice Aparicio on guitarron. The 13 members perform violins, trumpets, guitarron (bass), vihuela (5 string guitar) and guitar. They are a diverse group as the members are from United States, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Dominican Republic, Italy, Cuba, Colombia, and Mexico.
San Jose Japan-town at night 10-11-2016
Waiting Waiting Waiting
The shutter is released
Movement of lights captured
Nature the artist
Creates and designs daily
Over & over again