The Albany Bulb

In between the scudding storms of what will probably be the last rains of our Bayarea winter, Nico and I made a dash for the Albany Bulb. This is an extraordinary little oasis of man-made wilderness that juts out into the San Francisco Bay pointing directly at the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Albany Bulb - West Bayarea

It is the only place I know where dogs can run free off leash, swim, dig in the sand and explore the bush within easy drive of my home in West Oakland. Its a wonderful spot that is created totally from ‘clean’ construction land fill that harbors an urban forest of invasive trees and shrubs (I know of at least three species of Australian Acacia growing in profusion), a surprising assortment of wildlife (its one of the most important waterbird sanctuaries in the Bay – they must be attracted to its duck-like form!), and a constantly changing display of ‘outsider’ art; all with spectacular views of the city of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. The great little beach that is in the back of the ‘neck of the duck’ is reputed to be one of the last remnant of the original shore of the East Bay.

Every time I wander there I see something new. Here’s a sample of what Nico and I enjoyed this morning.

Unbeatable view!

Unbeatable fun!

The Bulb's 'bones' revealed ...

... and embellished.

Steel graffiti.

Some portraits are delightfully crafted ....

... others seem almost accidental.

Some works won't survive the next storm (happy troll!) ...

... others have been here for years and are aging elegantly.

Some of the inhabitants are welcoming ...

... others are more private.

With the spring its all coming into flower ...

... almost everywhere you look ...

... both natural and artificial.

There's Green Design ...

... created locally from renewable resources!

There's Architecture.

Of course, there's Graphics.

There's even Philosophy!!

Something for everyone really!

Head East on Highway 80 and turn left at Buchanan St.

You can’t miss it!

And shouldn’t!

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