In Petaluma When is “North”…”East”?

THE ANSWER–It depends upon where you stand. 

A fuller explanation follows at the end of this article. But first, a little background is in order…

Petaluma’s Water St. in the downtown area recently required a little repair work as some of the cobblestones were sinking…

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Part of the “renovation” included a stone compass in the walkway by the Balshaw Bridge…

By my observations on The Streets of Petaluma over the last few years, this is the second such pedestrian compass. The first one is discussed in The Corner of Main & Washington…

Of course I checked the accuracy of this installation and found it to be spot on as with the first one…

Some may wonder why North points to what is commonly called “The East Side” or “Petaluma East”. Well, it is also true of the compass at Main & Washington.

WHY IS THIS?

  • The line demarking the East Side from the West Side was originally set at Petaluma Blvd… formerly known as Main St.  As the City expanded, the line moved to The 101 with the area between Petaluma Blvd and the Freeway informally denominated the Old East Side. Kathleen Martini recalls life on Petaluma’s Old East Side
  • The answer to the question posed in the title of this post is almost straightforward 🙂 Magnetic North is a fixed line while the streets and freeways do not follow such dictates–they often wander in all directions of the compass. You can call the streets and roads North or South or East or West but they do not take a straight line to the goal.  Much like life, I suppose 🙂

Offered by yours truly, An East Side Resident…standing on Water St. looking North to the East Side.

Or am I a North Side Resident? 🙂

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A Great Russian Honey Bear Sunflower Story…

Every year I seem to go a bit over the top with sunflower varieties in the gardens.  This year is no exception.  However, I will not bore you with another annual set of photos from the sunflower groves.

But there is one sunflower that I wish to bring to your attention.

At first we thought it would be a standard Great Russian bloom.  But this plant had its own ideas.  My best guess is it is another hybrid created by the bees from last year’s plantings.  For now I am calling it a Great Russian Honey Bear.  It is only half the height of a typical Russian but the bloom is huge.

It started with the bloom opening on August 3rd…

By August 5th the bloom was turning into a very large Honey Bear…

Following NASA’s lead sending a probe to the Sun I sent my lens to the center of this sunflower bloom…

By August 10th the bloom was 10 inches in diameter—twice the size of any Honey Bear (or any sunflower for that matter) I have ever experienced…

Looks ever so much like a huge powder puff for a clown act…

DISCLAIMER–Any interpretation a reader might make that somehow this story is an oblique reference to current Russian or Russian America political stories—is entirely of their own creation  🙂