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.
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”
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