Meow! Cat Fanciers Annual Santa Rosa Show

February 9 & 10, 2013

The Santa Rosa Cat Fanciers Association  All Breed Show at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds is a must attend event for cat lovers.  It also is a challenge to take pictures without flash so as not to disturb the feline stars and judges. Notwithstanding this limitation, I have created a brief photo gallery for your perusal.


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Signs & Scenes…2012

Well here it is, December 1. 2012, and another year has almost  come and gone. To wrap up 2012, I offer over seventy new photos from the year in Signs & Scenes Gallery 2012 

Thanks to the editing assistance of a few readers in putting it all together. I did add a few photos since our last review.


Reaction to my “Butts in Crack” photo (See What the…?) prompts me to release another picture demonstrating that a story in a photo all depends upon how you look at it and the context of the times.


  • A grocery store downspout
  • Much discussion at a recent City Council Meeting about water runoff and flooding
  • Someone with a misdirected sense of litter disposal

And Voila! I have a title for the photo…

"BURP!" © Frank Simpson

What the…?

It has been almost two years since I explored any part of the Lynch Creek Trail, west of McDowell. I quit mostly as I got tired of the graffiti, garbage, etc.  Monday morning I decided to venture down the trail as far as the Weir. Not much has changed except that there is not as much graffiti as before, although the gang graffiti has taken over in places.  I did note that the trail is getting narrower as the vegetation takes over. 

But the point of this post was a very unusual scene I encountered on the trail.  About 50 feet ahead of me, a man was on his knees with his back towards me. I stopped and waited to see what he was going to do. Eventually, he got up and rode away on his bicycle.

This is what he left on the trail, as documented by my pocket camera…

"Butts in Crack" © Frank Simpson

What the…?

Giving up smoking perhaps?

Well, upon closer examination, they turned out to be electronic cigarettes…  

"Modern Cigarette" © Frank Simpson

Perhaps a part of some group therapy exercise? An offering to the anti-smoking gods?


Shopping Cart Protest in Petaluma!

Given the unrest in various quarters of our society, both locally and nationally, it was no surprise that a group of shopping carts decided to occupy a local shopping center. They were objecting to the tracking devices, wheel locks, and other restrictions being placed on some of their fellow carts, thus inhibiting their unrestricted movement around and about town… 

CARTS HAVE RIGHTS! © Frank Simpson

The protest was also a warning to future carts at shopping centers under construction that it could happen to them also if they did not stand up for their rights to freedom of movement…

Carts on Strike! © Frank Simpson

What will happen next? I hear rumors that plastic bags are organizing! They are angry about proposals to ban them and to otherwise limit their freedoms. They are particularly upset over treatment such as this…

Shopping Bag Abuse! © Frank Simpson

Yes, indeed! Things are very interesting in Petaluma on this April 1, 2012.

Happy April Fool’s Day

Santa Rosa’s Bicycle Obelisk aka Cyclisk

We first noticed this structure a month ago while driving north on 101 through Santa Rosa. From that perspective we could not make out what it was precisely but it was certainly tall and looked as if it was composed of scrap metal. It caught our attention because the sun happened to be at an angle that made it glow. 

Finally, last Friday, we decided to take a closer look and located it on Santa Rosa Avenue near the new Nissan dealership.

There were no identifying signs or placards. 

We later learned, courtesy of Mr. Google, that the structure was part of the public arts program in Santa Rosa and that some of the funds came from the new Nissan dealership. Mr. Google also  provided links to sites that offer a fuller explanation of how it came to be.  There is also one news story from the Press Democrat about a protestor who got stuck while climbing it last November. (See related links below)

It is something to behold…

It is all of five stories tall and is composed of used bicycle parts welded to form an obelisk…or what in this case is called a Cyclisk. Parts from 340 bicycles and one tricycle make up the welded structure. 

Hmmm. I wonder…. If a bicycle store were to participate in the public arts program, would the structure be made with….Oh, never mind! 

Enjoy the photos…


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Press Democrat November 2011, Protester gets stuck climbing bicycle obelisk 

California Artists Build Obelisk Out of Bicycles  Mark D. Grieve and Ilana Spector

Artists Build Incredible Obelisk Out of Hundreds of Bicycles  Link: