The B Street Riders…

If one happens to be at the foot of B Street in Petaluma in the morning, one may notice a bicyclist or two…even more so on the weekends as they meet up for a “short ride” on the byways of Petaluma and beyond…

Their images reflected in the B Street storefronts…

Ghostly Images? No, Merely a reflection of the street scene!

Ghostly Images? No, merely a reflection of the street scene!

Ghostly Images? No, Merely a reflection of the street scene!

Ghostly Images? No, merely a reflection of the street scene!

 

Ghostly Images? No, Merely a reflection of the street scene!

Ghostly Images? No, merely a reflection of the street scene!

Turning away from the windows, a clearer view of a typical bicyclist ensemble on B Street…

Riders Assembled

Riders Assembled

 …or by The Apple Box

Riders Assembled

Riders Assembled

As a former transcontinental motorcyclist of many years, and sometimes bicyclist, I select this bicyclist’s shirt as THE BEST ROAD SHIRT OF ALL TIME…

Best Road Shirt Ever!

Best Road Shirt Ever!

 

 

 

 

Petaluma’s Newest Mural…by Maxfield Bala

While I generally only post on the 1st of each month, today I will make an exception!

The current edition of the Petaluma Argus Courier contains a front page article on the latest public mural by a local artist, Maxfield Bala.  It is indeed quite a project.  The article mentions the artist having to work on a difficult surface in that the site was corrugated metal.  Well, you have to see it to believe it.

In addition to the uneven corrugated surface, several of the panels had gaps or overlaps in the joints. Yet he pulled it off!  I have been following the progress over the last few days, and I think he has finished.  Although I wonder if he may intend to do the entire building :-)

First, a photo of what I believe to be the finished mural…

Mural by Maxfield Bala

Mural by Maxfield Bala

A FEW DETAIL SHOTS

Mural by Maxfield Bala

Mural by Maxfield Bala

Mural by Maxfield Bala

Mural by Maxfield Bala

Note the surface and panel gap

Note the surface and panel gap

Note the surface and panel gap

Note the surface and panel gap

 

 

Fire & Fire Season in Sonoma!

Around 3:00 pm today we left Sonoma on our way back to Petaluma. Shortly after leaving Sonoma, we noticed smoke in the hills (Coastal Mountains, if you must). As we got closer to Petaluma and Adobe Road we had a closer view of the scene…As close as we ever want to be.

We noted quite a few Petaluma Fire Units on the road  and perhaps one CDF truck

REMINDER–When you hear sirens, pull over!!!!!  Also suggest turning on your emergency blinkers to alert those people behind you that are too busy with their Smartphones.

Photos below

Quality is not the best as I was shooting through the car windows…and no I was not the driver.

Sonoma Grass Fire

Sonoma Grass Fire

Petaluma Fire

Petaluma Fire

Sonoma Grass Fire

Sonoma Grass Fire

 

CDF?

CDF?

Petaluma Fire

Petaluma Fire

Petaluma Fire

Petaluma Fire

 

Sonoma Grass Fire

Sonoma Grass Fire

 

 

RTP Faces of… Redux

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In Faces of…Rebuilding Together Petaluma you had a photo preview of some of the volunteers at Rebuilding Together Petaluma’s (RTP) May 3rd workday.  Behind the photos (or should I say behind the cameras) were photographers documenting the action and setting up the group photos…

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NOTE– Also check out the RTP YouTube video:   RTP MAY 3, 2014

 

 

Faces of…Rebuilding Together Petaluma

Yesterday, Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) volunteers once again fanned out across the city to work in some of our parks or to help qualifying homeowners with critical maintenance needs.

Unlike past years, this time I rode along with RTP’s Victoria O’Riley to the various sites as opposed to focusing on one or two work locations.  This gave me an insider view of the logistics and planning required to support all of the projects. It also gave me an opportunity to get a bit of a “global view” of the efforts throughout the City…and the volunteers.

In a few days all the photos taken by RTP volunteer photographers will be available and I will pass on the links for those who would like to see them.

In the meantime, I offer a quick selection of photos taken during my  travels with Victoria…

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Petaluma Foodie Festival–2014

This annual “foodie” event is produced by the Petaluma Host Lions Club with the proceeds benefiting the local high schools..

I think of it as an indoor street festival presenting an epicurean vision of local dining, restaurants, caterers, and food vendors offering their best for your consideration. Oh, and you can also eat and sample as much as you wish.

To add to the experience, several high school jazz bands provided entertainment throughout the event

Quotidian Scenes…Petaluma

I have not decided whether to continue with this blog site, or to focus (pun intended) more on my photo blog.

So, I will continue to offer a blend of offerings on both sites until I make a decision or inertia intervenes…

For your consideration today, I first offer a view of two Petaluma bicycle racks–one photo gives me pause as to how the bicycles made it to the rack and whether they will depart.  The other photo…a promo for a new store–“Opperfields” ?  Or did someone remove the “C” from the Copperfield’s rack?

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Target on Water St!

Really, you would think Target would take a lesson from Safeway on cart management.  Still you have to admire the tenacity of the person who pushed this puppy all the way to Water St.

Target expanding to Water Street? (Petaluma)

Target expanding to Water Street? (Petaluma)

Finally, if you are interested in photos made for themselves and not expressing a social comment (at least I did not intend to do so), go to my photo blog and check out Scenes about  (Petaluma) town…