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…

History At Your Feet Part I…Petaluma’s Downtown

The buildings on Kentucky St. and Petaluma Blvd. are home to an active business and retail district but they also represent and reflect Petaluma’s past…

Kentucky & E. Washington

Kentucky & E. Washington

From my perspective, this area is also a terrific location for photography and I concentrated my efforts there from February to July in 2012.  See Downtown…Photo Grid

I thought I had thoroughly “absorbed” the area during my photo grid project. However, on a recent visit, I happened to look down.

Herold's

Herold’s

Granted I had noticed (but did not note) this marble and tile work from my past walks but I now wondered about the thresholds and entry ways of other buildings. So I decided to attempt a photo survey of sorts. I mainly confined my efforts to Kentucky St. and Petaluma Blvd. bordered by East Washington and Western Avenue…

FINDINGS

  • Not every building has a marble, granite, or tile threshold or entryway.  Many are simply standard sidewalk concrete presentations.
  • On the other hand, I did find many intricate mosaic tile displays, some mixed with marble or granite.  Some contain the street address or the names of previous businesses from the distant past. For example, Daunt’s, Nielsen’s, S & G, L & M Drug Co.
  • Other locations did have tiled entrances but they were, shall we say, in various stages of deterioration.
  • Some locations reflect modern tile work which is quite colorful.

According to local historian, Katherine J Rinehart, much of the older work was by  E.W.M. Evans: “Evans and his sons are responsible for much of the tile and marble work you see in downtown building entrances. He died in 1942 and according to one obituary, ‘…he took pride in the work of installing monuments, vaults and granite curbing. He also installed many store fronts, tiled floorings and marble work.'”

Over time, more and more of the tile and marble work may disappear as remodeling takes place. In fact, I observed tile being removed and replaced with concrete last week in one location. 

My goal for this project was to try and document some of  what remains. 

For example, this elaborate mosaic tile apron on Kentucky & Western…

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…and the scenes in this gallery.

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In Part II I will take you to the doorway of a famous Petaluma building>> (CLICK HERE)

Breaking News! Jumping Stilts in Petaluma!

The staff at The Petaluma Spectator (I, Me, Myself & My Shadow) are pleased to be the first to report on the latest pedestrian advancement…first spotted on the East Side…

Jumping Stilts

Jumping Stilts

Jumping Stilts! Think of them, I suppose, as a pogo stick on each leg…

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Granted, we did a triple take when encountering this scene.  For more information check out Jumping Stilts – A NEW Sport With Super Human Abilities!

Rebuilding Together Petaluma–Helping Hands

On October 19th, 120 volunteers from Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) descended upon eight local homes to assist low-income homeowners in need of critical home repairs and maintenance.

I think of RTP events as a kind of coordinated series of community barn raisings in terms of the spirit of the day and the participants from across the community.

Nina Zhito shot a series of photos for the Petaluma Argus Courier and I believe that one of them is particularly symbolic of the day.  I have given it a working title of Helping Hands

Photo Courtesy of the Petaluma Argus Courier

Photo Courtesy of the Petaluma Argus Courier

To see all of Nina Zhito’s RTP photos on Petaluma 360, click HERE

Joan Bunn was also on site with her trusty Canon to capture the spirit of the workday…

PHOTO CREDIT--Joan Bunn

PHOTO CREDIT–Joan Bunn

And I was there practicing my usual “Gonzo” Photo Techniques…

PHOTO CREDIT--Frank Simpson

PHOTO CREDIT–Frank Simpson

NOTE: To view the complete collection of photos from Joan and others, go to RTP’s Smugmug gallery atRTPetaluma and peruse the top six galleries to see all the action shots!

As a tease for the RTP Smugmug galleries, I offer a brief photo gallery below for your consideration…

PHOTO GALLERY

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Petaluma’s Shollenberger Park…Spring has sprung!

Petaluma’s Shollenberger Park presents a variety of vistas, views, and wildlife. Saturday, before Easter, we walked a portion of the wetlands trail to take in the experience.

I am not an experienced bird watcher and certainly am not an expert on identifying the various species that inhabit Shollenberger.  However, this walk did present many great photo ops including seeing swans OUT of the water! It was the first time I had an opportunity to see their feet! You don’t want them stepping on you!

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! A time to look ahead…

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Year-end is the usual time for most of us to engage in some level of reflection on the past…and to plan for the coming year.

As for me, I am presently reflecting on the fact that after all these many years I have finally discovered…

 The Great Truth

There are more things

That I do not know…

Than there are things

That I have forgotten…

And…I have uncovered two competing corollary truths…

  • You are never too old to learn something stupid
  • You are never too old to learn something, stupid

As you can see, adding a comma is everything!

Looking ahead to 2013, I have decided that at this Fork in Life’s Road* I will leave the ranting and opinion rendering to others and will focus (pardon the pun) on playing with my camera toys making photos…

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The above notwitstanding, I will offer one “snarky” photo obervation about the difficulties of trying to breach Petaluma’s East Side/West Side border crossing in 2012…

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For 2013 I plan to concentrate on different locations and scenes to build photo grids. A few photos may show up on this site or on its companion site, THE PETALUMA SPECTATOR PHOTO BLOG—if I am so motivated to post!  It may be some time before I do so because at the moment I am more interested in making actual prints than digital postings. Time will tell…

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*Speaking of “forks in the road”…You may want to peruse A Fork in the Road: Carlsbad Officials Deal with Fork Rebellion

NOTE TO SUSCRIBERS & FOLLOWERS

While I have been “silent’ since June–and intend to remain so for the foreseeable future–you may want to check out a new photo post, Why did the turkey cross the road…or street?

In addition, the Petaluma Downtown…Photo Grid is now available.

UPDATE NOVEMBER 15, 2012

PLEASE NOTE:  Signs & Scenes Gallery 2012 is NOW available.  Simply click on the tab at the top of the page!