Lucchesi’s Great Blue Heron…

I have continued my “quest” for more otter pictures at Lucchesi but have only been rewarded with frozen fingers and other minor physical discomforts.

However, I did “capture” a Blue Heron on the morning of December 26. Based on my experience, it is extremely rare to see them in Lucchesi.  In this instance, I first spotted the bird in the parking lot in front of the Community Center. As I approached, it kept walking away–never allowing me to get any closer than 75 to 100 feet.

Nonetheless, I did manage to get a few long distance photos…

As of the morning of December 27, the Heron was still in residence at Lucchesi…


A Petaluma Christmas Carol…2009–Revisited

In A Petaluma Christmas Carol…2009 (December 6, 2009) I reported as follows:

In 2007, the day after Christmas, I posted “A Petaluma Christmas Carol” on Petaluma 360. That article was based on a homeless camp that included Christmas decorations and a Christmas Tree.

I visited the location in December 2008 and there was no camp. Therefore, I reposted the article in its original form.

As part of the review process for this year, I returned to the site on December 3. A homeless camp similar to the one in 2007 had once again been established. This time it included a household pet with feeding dishes…

At the time I published the 2009 Christmas Carol, there was no Christmas Tree.  However….

I happened to be passing by the location early on December 19, 2009 and noticed that the camp was still in place.  This time, however, I also noted that the Christmas tree has once again been established. While not as elaborate as the 2007 tree, it is still  a testament to our times and evidence that people will honor the season in even the most difficult of circumstances…

Petaluma Politics–Campaign 2010

While the election focus in California in 2010 will be on the Governor’s race, things look to be more than interesting on the home front in Petaluma. 

In case you have not been keeping score, the Mayor and two members of the Petaluma City Council have announced  they are running for County Supervisor.  This, of course, generates much speculation as to the ultimate make up of the City Council and who will be Mayor after the final votes are counted in November. And lest we forget, the Water Rate Initiative is on the ballot again!

Petalumans, realizing that past is prologue, are bracing for the ordeal…

Local water fowl are seeking cover…

How will I cope?

First, I now offer my sincere condolences to the ultimate winners.

Second, I offer congratulations in advance to the losers for dodging the bullet.

Finally, I make the following pledge to Petaluma’s Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), the Petaluma Animal Shelter, and Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP)…

  • For each candidate mailer received, I will donate $1 to each of these organizations
  • For each party or slate mailer, I will donate $.25 to each of these organizations
  • For each campaign e-mail, I will donate $.05 to each of these organizations
  • For each robo call, I will DEDUCT $.50

The final numbers will be counted and posted on this site after the November election. 


A Petaluma Christmas Carol…2009


In 2007, the day after Christmas, I posted “A Petaluma Christmas Carol” on Petaluma 360. That article was based on a homeless camp that included Christmas decorations and a Christmas Tree.

I visited the location in December 2008 and there was no camp. Therefore, I reposted the article in its original form. 

 As part of the review process for this year, I returned to the site on December 3. A homeless camp similar to the one in 2007 had once again been established. This time it included a household pet with feeding dishes…


Not trusting myself to not go off the rails if I were to comment on this scene, I will simply allow it to speak for itself and to serve as preamble to…


A Petaluma Christmas Carol 2007-2009

None of us are immune from the possibility of ending up without a home…

…seeking assistance or shelter from the cold…

…or living outside under a Petaluma bridge…

I did not plan to revisit this subject, but events often override intentions…

December 23, 2007

As I was traveling over the bridge that was the subject of Sleepless & Homeless, I noticed that the scene had been decorated for Christmas–a Christmas Tree, Christmas Wreaths, and objects at the base of the tree. One of the objects was a copy of Better Homes & Gardens–intentional or not, the irony was glaring.

In spite of the circumstance of their situation, the creators of this Outdoor Christmas managed to demonstrate their Christmas Spirit. 

I thought of Dickens…and how little has changed since he wrote the now iconic A Christmas Carol in 1843.


‘Every idiot who goes about with Merry Christmas on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!’…

 ‘At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge,’ said the gentleman, taking up a pen, ‘it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and Destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time.’


‘Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir.’


‘At this time of the rolling year,’ the spectre said ‘I suffer most. Why did I walk through crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes down…’

 ‘If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future…’



From the foldings of its robe, it brought two children…
–‘They are Man’s,’ said the Spirit, looking down upon them. ‘And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers.  This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want.
–Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it.’ cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand towards the city. ‘Slander those who tell it ye.  Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse.
 And abide the end.’

‘A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us.’

‘God bless us every one.’ said Tiny Tim, the last of all.’


It has almost become a seasonal ritual or cliche to encourage people to make year-end charitable donations. 

Petaluma’s COTS is a remarkable organization dedicated to helping  homeless individuals and families. For additional background, see Petaluma’s Homeless Neighbors

A COTS donation in any amount will be appreciated and will be put to good use.

1. You can donate online at 


2. You can send a check to


P.O. Box 2744

Petaluma, CA 94953

An erratic, eclectic walk…with camera

Petaluma Downtown Thanksgiving Week 2009

…A random walk about town following the light and scenes that attracted my eye–by no means a comprehensive survey of Petaluma’s downtown…

The preceding is just a fancy way of saying I wanted to try out a new camera and Downtown Petaluma was my first victim.  

The 27 photos in this post may be viewed by scrolling down the page. While not necessary, some photos are easier to view if you set your browser  to full screen.  In the alternative, you can simply click on a photo and it will appear in a separate window.

Unfortunately, the photos in this post cannot be fully appreciated on handheld devices. They’re suitable for laptops and above only.

By the way, the first photo is a collage to highlight the features of the building facade…