Shopping Carts DON’T Float…at least not in the Petaluma River!

Long ago in a galaxy far far away I used to rant and rave about all the abandoned shopping carts around town.  I seem to remember addressing the City Council at least once. But I found it tiresome and vowed to

  • Never pick up or push another cart out of the ‘Hood.
  • Never take another photo of a cart unless it had a body in it. *

I do remember working with others in our ‘Hood to pick carts up and haul them back to the stores.  Loading them in the pick-up was a chore and took two of us to pull it off. And this brings us to this morning when I spotted two freshly deposited carts in the Petaluma River off the Water Street Promenade.

I was genuinely impressed with the effort.  Based on my experience hauling carts it had to take at least two people to lift the carts over the railing and into the river…

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Water Street Promenade Petaluma River Abandoned Carts tossed in the river

And as you can see, one of them was a perfect nose dive…

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Water St Petaluma River Abandoned Cart Nose Dive

I had forgotten how interesting some of the abandoned cart images can be in terms of photo post processing.

It is possible to create some very interesting art images, particularly of carts that are just beneath the surface–.I may even enter one of them in a photo contest–Working Title: Petaluma River Art Objects

I offer a brief slideshow for your consideration and opinion.

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*By the bye, the photos I took years ago are still the first ones you see if you enter  “abandoned shopping carts Petaluma” in Google or Bing images. I guess this post may add some more. So be it.

 

Can One Photograph “Irony”?

Photographs of Irony?

Perhaps, Perhaps not.

In any event, I may have come close with these photos of discarded paper cups in Petaluma.

The cups carry the name, “Earth Cup” with a slogan: We’re the Solution, not the Pollution.

The cups are a well meaning expression of concern for the environment but they still ended up as part of the detritus & flotsam in our streets and river.

Obviously the users did not “absorb” the slogan on the cup Emoji

Earth Cup

Earth Cup

 Slideshow

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The Hazards of Gardening In The ‘Hood…Be Careful Out There

Gardening in the ‘Hood is like gardening elsewhere…except for one additional chore.

If you live in the ‘Hood, you need to perform a daily check of your gardens for trash left by what I will call the “party people.”

They arrive during the afternoon or late evening…engines & mufflers announcing their arrival…

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They park, have a quick meal, and throw their trash on the sidewalk or in your garden…

Fast Food Trash

Fast Food Trash

Afterwards, they may quench their thirst with a libation or two…or three…

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Some may engage in additional activities…

Syringes & Needle Trash

Syringes & Needle Trash

Each morning you should carefully check on the detritus left by your visitors! The debris field can be quite extensive at times.  It is recommended that you use a trash pickup stick for this purpose. Latex gloves are also a good idea!

Fortunately, most of the trash is disposed of in quick order:

  • The empty beer and liquor bottles obviously go in the Recycle Can
  • Paper and food wrappers likewise go into the Recycle Can

However, the disposal of used condoms and syringes is another matter altogether.  Technically they are bio waste and should be disposed of accordingly. Blue Can or Gray Can?? I can’t decide.  Perhaps, the garbage company will provide Sharps containers and biowaste cans that we can strap to our trees…with signs>>”Used Condoms” and “Used Needles” Emoji

ADDITIONAL GARDENING TIPS

  • To reduce the risk of fire from the many discarded cigarettes keep dead vegetation and leaves under control.
  • To reduce your risk of getting a needle stick from the discarded syringes, use a pickup stick.

In addition, it is advisable to wear heavy gloves while pruning in case you encounter a discarded syringe in a hedge or bush. You don’t want to get a needle stick forcing you to get tested for all kinds of nasty diseases.

Happy Petaluma Gardening!!

P.S. Perhaps the Petaluma Garden Club has additional suggestions!!

See you at the Petaluma Arts & Garden Show!

Petaluma’s Trestle Restoration…In need of a cosmetic cover?

I have, for the most part, overlooked subjects that formed the basis of many a blog post here and elsewhere in the past. 

Sometimes, however, there are scenes that cannot be ignored and require further exploration.

Consider these photos from a walk after lunch Downtown on October 11, 2011…

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I am assuming that the area is in full compliance with local codes to prevent people from venturing out on the trestle.

Until the project moves forward, perhaps the general appearance in the area could be improved by the application of a tarp or new plywood to cover up the gaping holes.

Lose something? Baby Stroller? Grocery cart?

There is nothing like a casual trip across town–in this case late afternoon on June 7, 2011– for opportunistic photo ops.

This has always been the case, but this time there was a special twist.

Lost and alone in Petaluma’s urban wilderness…a baby stroller perched on top of a building at Water Street & Petaluma Blvd. in downtown Petaluma…

Over the years I have photographed many an unusual piece of discarded wheeled manual transport–shopping carts to be sure, but also hospital gurneys, baby strollers and wheel chairs.  But a stroller on top of a building was a first. There are many possible captions for this scene…but I, of course, could not possibly comment.

Turning now to regularly abandoned means of transport…our forlorn and forgotten shopping carts.*

Nicely and neatly  placed at the corner of East Washington & Sonoma Mountain next to the St. James Community Garden…

*NOTE–I am not about to reinstate my ancient campaign against shopping carts.  The gaggle of carts by St. James was just too hard to resist. On the plus side, this scene did not contain any carts from Safeway or Raley’s.  Their cart control systems seem to be working. There are, however quite a few other “cart” stores in P-Town.

For those who are morbidly curious about the shopping cart phenom go to>> PETSHOPCART

Save The Trestle?

Ah, the Petaluma Trolley & Trestle.  Well, most people may not know about the historic trolley, but they are aware of the trestle downtown.

Apparently there have been five years of fundraisers to help procure funds to restore the trestle and trolley service in Petaluma.

Whether or not such an effort is worthwhile or even economically feasible, I will leave to others. 

However, the existing trestle…is decomposing…in the middle of town…before our eyes… 

Could the City at least put a large blue tarp over it?

In the alternative, the City could cover it with a huge canvas and…

  • Have a contest to paint murals of a trolley & trestle on the tarp, or
  • Make it a designated freehand graffiti site

Just a thought…