Sometimes it’s all about the image. Berkeleyside has strived to track down and publish great photography since its inception more than three years ago. You know what they say about the worth of a picture …
As the year draws to a close, we have selected photographs for each month of 2012 to present a visual trip down Berkeley’s memory lane.
This is an opportune moment to thank all the wonderful photographers who contribute to the
Berkeleyside Flickr pool and send us their images by other means. Berkeleyside would be a lesser site without you.
January Berkeleyan Michael Layefsky, who we profiled in January, launches helium balloons to capture dramatic shots such as this one of the Berkeley Art Museum from on high. BAM/PFA will move to a new downtown location in the not too distant future, into a building designed by New York architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, as its current building does not meet seismic standards. Photo: Michael Layefsky
February There was much excitement in February when it was discovered that five Western burrowing owls had returned to Cesar Chavez Park on the Berkeley Marina. The small ground-dwelling birds spend much of the day sitting alertly near their burrows, astonishingly close to all those humans enjoying the park with dogs, kites and strollers. Photo: Doug Donaldson
March March saw a fair amount of rain. Berkeley’s creeks ran high and the early spring skyscapes were often beautiful to behold. Photo: Joe Parks In March, hundreds of Cal students took part in Occupy protests against cuts to public education. Photo: Pete Rosos
April In April, Occupy the Farm activists broke into and took over the UC Berkeley-managed Gill Tract in Albany, planting carrots, broccoli and corn seedlings to protest what they saw as the university’s inappropriate use of the property . Photo: Tracey Taylor In April, a Great Horned Owl made its nest in the crotch of a Eucalyptus tree on Berkeley’s Claremont Canyon fire trail. The arrival of a chick was a source of fascination for many bird-loving hikers and photographers. This photo was taken on April 24 by Lee Aurich
May Watching the partial eclipse of the sun on the afternoon of Sunday May 20 at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Photo: Elazar Sontag May offered another reason to gaze skywards with the appearance on May 5 of the supermoon, “the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit.” Photo: Ira Serkes
June Yarn decorates the bike racks outside Berkeley’s North Branch Library in June after the originals were removed by the Library because they felt the guerrilla artwork detracted from the library’s grand re-opening ceremony in April. Photo: Streetcolor
July When the U.S. Post Office announced it would sell the historic building that houses the downtown Berkeley post office, many locals and officials vowed to save it. However, as we reported in July, precedents set in other states suggest chances of it not being sold are slim. Photo: D.H. Parks Berkeleyside contributor John Rieger wanted to know what’s up with all the chickens in Berkeley. So, in July, he set out with Berkeleyside contributing photographer Nancy Rubin to find out what’s clucking and produced a wonderful photo-podcast. Photo: Nancy Rubin
August Berkeleyans had front row seats to a fire that erupted at the Chevron refinery in Richmond on Aug. 6. More than 80 firefighters spent five hours battling the blaze which prompted shelter in place orders for an estimated 160,000 local residents. Photo: Jef Poskanzer August saw the unveiling of a renovated Memorial Stadium, the result of more than 30 years of planning, $321 million in pledged funding, many feats of seismic engineering, and 21 months of construction. Photo: D.H. Parks In August, SOL Grotto, an art installation at the Natural Discourse show at the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens, got right-wing bloggers, Fox News and the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a froth after they discovered it used 1,368 glass tubes salvaged from Solyndra, the Fremont-based solar cell manufacturer that went bankrupt despite a $527 million loan from the federal government. Photo: D. H. Parks
September On Sept. 12 Berkeleyans looked up to see numbers being drawn in the sky. “Pi in the Sky,” a Bay Area spectacle put on by a team of synchronized skywriters orchestrated by California artist ISHKY, was part of the Zero1 Biennal, a Silicon Valley-based art gathering. On display: pi, 3.14159 and so forth a thousand places being painstakingly depicted in the sky. Photo: Carly On Sept. 21 Berkeleyans in their thousands turned out to see space shuttle Endeavour, carried on a specially adapted NASA 747, fly just over the city’s rooftops and the bay. Many gathered at vista points in the hills, including Grizzly Peak Drive, Inspiration Point, and the Lawrence Hall of Science, but others looked open-mouthed from sidewalks, school playgrounds and the bleachers at Berkeley High. Photo: Alan Tobey
October Measure S, the proposal to ban sitting on sidewalks in commercial districts in business hours, was by far the most hotly debated measure on the Berkeley ballot in the run-up to the elections. (The measure failed.) Photo: Emilie Raguso A California newt on South Park Drive. Every year the road is closed for the annual newt migration, and this year local residents asked authorities — to no avail — if it could be done early as newts, brought out by early rains, were being slaughtered by cars. Photo: s. jo
November Jeff Tedford, head coach of the Cal Golden Bears football team since 2002, was fired on Nov. 20 after a 3-9 season and a combined 15-22 record over the last three seasons. Tedford was the highest paid state employee in California, with a salary of $2.3 million a year. Photo: Joe Parks The elections came to Berkeley and, despite some hard campaigning for Council seats and lobbying for crucial city measures, there were no big upsets after Nov. 6 2012. Photo: ‘fathomfive
December It got cold in December, and, somehow, the plunging temperatures always seem to take us Berkeleyans by surprise. This photo, by Ira Serkes, was titled, “Forget Berkeley in the 60s, it’s Berkeley in the 30s.” If staying informed about what goes on in your city is important to you, then please consider becoming a Berkeleyside Member and supporting us. Members get invited to special parties, get first dibs and discounts on tickets to events, a behind-the-scenes newsletter, and the knowledge that a contribution will keep the news reporting flowing.