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Berkeley Station

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 17 March 2011 in Transportation and Portfolio.

Amtrak stop in Berkeley, California

All 32 of the daily Capitol Corridors trains stop here - but nothing else. The California San Joaquins, the Zephyr, and the Coast Starlight - all go roaring through at between 50 and 70 miles-per-hour with little more than a blast of the whistle.

There is no train here at this moment. There is this fabulous mural - painted between actual openings in the concrete wall. A few of you older 'Woodstock' fans may recognize Berkeley's own 'Wavy Gravy' holding the salmon at right.

A recent photograph (not mine) of the actual Wavy Gravy along with his salmon seated in front of this mural may be viewed here:

http://berkeleyhomes.com/blog/2009/10/02/neighborhoods-san-francisco-bay-area/east-bay/berkeley/4th-street/wavy-gravy-a-fish-the-berkeley-amtrak-station-spengers-parking-lot-and-serenditipity/

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Céline from New York City, United States

Nice shots !

17 Mar 2011 5:47am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Nice yellow station, I like the second shot.

17 Mar 2011 9:03am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

Wavy Gravy !! Leader of the "Please force" :-) Great colourful scenes Stephen !! (I was only 3 years old as Woodstock took place)
But did you know the original village of "Woodstock" is in West Wales,just North of where I grew up in Pembroke dock.
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&xhr=t&q=woodstock+wales&cp=13&rlz=1R2GGIE_de&wrapid=tljp1300359413338020&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=Woodstock,+Clarbeston+Rd&gl=uk&ei=C-mBTaPxJ8zVsgbdsIi3Aw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CBYQ8gEwAA
The name was taken to America and Australia !!

17 Mar 2011 11:01am

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: I nearly attended Woodstock. I had friends who had invited me to ride along and everything was set - except I was scheduled to work that Saturday and I couldn't find anyone to take my shift. The things that might have been...

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

P.S. I grew up in Pembroke Dock (find it on the map)

17 Mar 2011 11:02am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great compositions in a limited space!

17 Mar 2011 12:13pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

What a wonderful composition. And - I love the colors!

17 Mar 2011 1:28pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

a cool painting

17 Mar 2011 2:08pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Oh yah - I see Wavy Gravy..that's cool...this sorta reminds me of one of the stops around San Diego but I can't remember which one...maybe it's one of the trolley stops...cool shot

17 Mar 2011 5:51pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

The mural has a bit of an eclectic crowd, and I like the diptych. I have been really busy of late and I am afraid it my take a while to catch up.

18 Mar 2011 12:09am

@Ralph Jones: Not to worry - as I could mirror those words. I've given up on trying to 'keep-up' - just checking in as I can. Always nice to here from you, Ralph. Remember to breathe. Meditation can help. And proceed without fear!

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

I love how these photos are positioned here almost as a mirror reflection. Superb
comic book colors, rally gorgeous.

19 Mar 2011 12:35am

Ann Baldwin from Vallejo, United States

How did I miss this image the other day? It's exceptionally strong with the symmetry in the top one and the neat arrangement of benches. I wasn't living in CA in those interesting times, but I met Wavy Gravy at an art opening in Napa several years ago - very eccentric and very amusing to talk to.

23 Mar 2011 4:01pm

@Ann Baldwin: I am so glad you found this, Ann. Wavy Gravy was pretty much the same in his twenties - though he has embellished a bit of the 'Statesman's Aire' has he's grown older. I have to ask, did he have his salmon with him at the opening? I really love your photography and your eye - and appreciate your participation in AM3.