Cormorant…Still Hanging By A Thread

Last February, in  Cormorant…Hanging by a MonofilamentI pondered as to whether the poor bird would decompose before the monofilament line broke: “Eventually, the body will decompose…the remains falling to the ground below.  The monofilament line, however, will still be there…waiting for the next bird.”

I can report that as of April 21, the Cormorant is still hanging in there (pardon the pun) in the tree next to Dempsey’s.

Twisting slowly in the wind…

Signs Of Our Times…April 2011


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  • The photos in this series were not originally shot as part of a group or series.  For the most part, they were taken while marking time on other photo shoots around and about town.
  • The “Smog” sign originally inspired me to consider writing a tongue in cheek commentary on how California was so advanced that it had places where we could park our smog.  
  • Then, as other photos came into this unplanned series, they took over and almost arranged themselves in this slideshow.  
  • Reading a newspaper or reading the signs…it’s the same story. 

Petaluma July 4th Show…BREAKING NEWS!

News Flash!

(I’ve always wanted to say that! Or is it write that?) 

Jan Mandrell of Parks & Rec informed me that, “Basin Street Properties has come forward with a $6,000 donation for July 4th. This will enable us to have a $25,000 fireworks show instead of a $20,000 fireworks show. “

Readers may recall that the necessary funding for a full show was short until this contribution by Basin Street.  The Basin Street contribution added to the major contributions by…

  • Petaluma Refuse and Recycling $15,000
  • Petaluma Kiwanis $5,000
  • Jerico $5,000
  • Security Code 3 $1,000
  • Exchange Bank $1,000
  • Adobe Drug Task Force $1,000
  • First Community Bank $500
  • KOA $500

Individual contributions also assisted in reaching the goal. 

To add to the financial cushion for this event, Allison Mattioli of Parks and Rec advises of a fundraiser sponsored by Petaluma Kiwanis and The Lagunitas Brewing Company…

“May Merriment” will be held on Monday, May 16th from 5-7pm at the Brewery. Tickets are $20 and include all of your beer, live music by Revenant, and free appetizers provided by Green Earth Catering. Tickets can be purchased at the Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. Monday through Thursday from 8am-5:30pm.

ALL proceeds go directly to supporting the fireworks show!

Please visit Recreation Services Facebook to view the flyer: or call (707) 778-4380 for more information. 

Falcons…Hawks in Petaluma?


While walking along McDowell by the hospital, I noticed a bird swiftly fly out of the field across from McDowell and Professional Drive and land on a street lamp by the field. It did not look like one of the numerous crows and clearly it was not a sea gull. I turned on the camera, zoomed to the max, and caught the following series of a falcon (hawk?) having breakfast. Look carefully under the right foot.


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  Enhanced Photo To Highlight The Markings

Feel free to jump in with your opinion as to its identity!

The Voice…The Spirit…of Petaluma

This photo essay is a coda of sorts to Rebuilding Together…Behind The Scenes In Petaluma and RTP In Action…Rebuilding Together Petaluma.

During the process of archiving my photos from the event on April 9, I decided that a few more were worthy of publication.

  • First, I offer a profile photo of Ron Walters, (The Voice of Petaluma on KTOB) at his home on Rebuilding Day.
  • Below Ron’s photo there is a brief slideshow representing, perhaps, the Spirit of Petaluma?


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RTP In Action…Rebuilding Together Petaluma

In Rebuilding Together…Behind The Scenes In Petaluma, I attempted to portray the work leading up to the annual rebuilding day in April.

On April 9, 2011, 440 RTP volunteers spread out across the community to help repair 13 homes and to build two pocket parks on the Petaluma River.  Included in the 440 volunteers were six photographers. For some reason, they included me in the six and assigned me to two homes. What follows is my attempt to capture the activity and spirit of the day at these two locations.


  • The control to stop the show or to search for photos can be found by running your cursor over the bottom part of the slideshow box. 
  • Some of the frames are also available for separate viewing below the slideshow.
  • The show contains 42 photos. 

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An Arbitrary Selection of Slideshow Photos

(What the heck! It’s my blog after all!)

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Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP)

From the RTP Website…

“Rebuilding Together Petaluma is a local non-profit volunteer organization that provides home modification and repair services free of charge to individuals and organizations in our community who are in need of some helping hands.”

“Homeowners who are low-income, particularly elderly, disabled and/or families with children are eligible for our services. Non-profit organizations may also apply for repairs for their facilities.”