How Quirky is Berkeley? Rainbows!

1717 Cedar. Photo: John Storey
1717 Cedar St. Photo: John Storey

Editors — Berkeleyside readers have been sharing some wonderful photographs of rainbows with us recently, so we thought it was timely to publish this Quirky Berkeley post.

Tom Dalzell: I roughly divide my posts into two groups. First, a major manifestation is a collection of photos taken at a single location. Second, an aggregation is a collection of photos taken around town. Presented here is an aggregation, a few of the many photographs of depictions of rainbows that I have collected in Berkeley.

Some are institutional or commercial:

2455 Telegraph Avenue. Photo: John Storey
2455 Telegraph Ave. Photo: John Storey
Oxford School. Photo: John Storey
Oxford School. Photo: John Storey
1346 San Pablo Avenue. Photo: John Storey.
1346 San Pablo Ave. Photo: John Storey

Others are residential.


3090 King Street
3090 King St.
740 Keeler Avenue. Photo: Tom Dalzell
740 Keeler Ave. Photo: Tom Dalzell
1648 Cedar Street. Photo: Jay Claiborne
1648 Cedar St. Photo: Jay Claiborne
1235 Monterey Avenue. Photo: John Storey
1235 Monterey Ave. Photo: John Storey

And one even includes a leprechaun and his hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

1110 Chaucer Street. Photo: Colleen Neff
1110 Chaucer St. Photo: Colleen Neff

In a land of rainbows, one expects unicorns, but I have yet to find a unicorn in Berkeley, absent toys in stores. I trust that Berkeleyside readers who know of a Berkeley unicorn will let me know.

Tom Dalzell, a labor lawyer, created a website, Quirky Berkeley, to share all the whimsical objects he has captured with his iPhone. The site now has more than 8,600 photographs of quirky objects around town as well as posts where the 30-year resident muses on what it all means.

A longer version of this post may be found at Quirky Berkeley.

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