Petaluma Railroad Crossings Are Still Out of Control–Update

My previous post Petaluma Railroad Crossings Are Still Out Of Control! generated many e-mail responses and some discussion on Petaluma Nextdoor.  Admittedly, I was somewhat taken aback by incidents reported by others in these responses—all of which makes me wonder how bad things are on the rest of the line in Sonoma & Marin Counties.  It can’t just be here in Petaluma.

There were no responses from the authorities responsible for correcting the situation.

I have been repeatedly urged to make suggestions about how to deal with this situation and I am not going to give any such advice as the traffic and driving situations vary so much.

What YOU can do, however, is report these situations whenever you encounter them… but do so in a safe manner. Do not text or send e-mails while driving!!

Perhaps corrective actions will finally be taken.


The agency responsible for the tracks is SMART (Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit)


  • PHONE Railroad Crossings:  888-412-3330 (toll free) to report an emergency on the SMART roadway/rail grade crossing (stalled vehicle blocking crossing, suspected problems with crossing gate function, or any other emergency). For a fire or police emergency always call 9-1-1.
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A Sign (Signs?) That Mirrors Our Time (Times)?

NOTE: Also offered as a second submission to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Mirror

First Reflection…

Missing Person

Recent Missing Person Poster in American Alley…The 1997 case is still unsolved

Second Reflection…

Putnam Plaza Petaluma CA

Putnam Plaza Petaluma CA

Third Reflection…

Identify Yourself

Identify Yourself

Fourth Reflection…




Ohana Construction–The People’s Choice

Petaluma’s Argus Courier sponsors an annual awards event for local businesses…known as the People’s Choice awards. “The contest… gives members of the public a chance to vote for their favorite local business and service in more than 70 different categories.” (Petaluma Argus Courier)

Ohana Construction won as Best Contractor for 2016.  As a point of information, this is the third such award won by Ohana. We have contracted with Ohana Construction numerous times and just finished a major project with them in June.

We believe that a major factor in their service is the quality of their people and their associate contractors.  They are all consistently friendly, hard working, and dedicated to their crafts.

Perhaps the clue is in the name “Ohana”–Do a Google Definition search to learn the meaning of the word.

Here are a few images of Team Ohana on our recent project…

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Some of the associated contractors Ohana employed on our recent project…



It’s Just TOO Big!


Yard sales and “Free” items set out on the curb are popular means to transfer possessions that are in need of another home. 

This free item (Bean Bag Chair) and sign in our ‘Hood caught my eye…


For a closer look at the sign…🙂





Take A Photo…Make A Print?

From time to time, I am fortunate to “capture images” that give me pause and demand a physical print. For the most part I have been able to satisfy my printing needs with my Epson Photo printer.  Lately, however, I have slipped into desiring very large prints on canvas and metal and have been able to secure them from local photo services such as Shutterbug or Bay Photo.

All went well until I wanted a print of a large metal panorama composed of three Egret photos from Water Street in Petaluma. Securing a full-sized print of a panorama photo without cropping is not easy to come by as it is a non-standard image size. After checking with many printing labs online I almost gave up because the lab was not set up to do it or I did not understand what they were saying they could do.

Fortunately I was directed to Digital Grange in Petaluma.Once there, Bill Kane patiently and quickly advised me as to what was possible in terms of non-standard sizes and offered several excellent options…

  • I could have gone as large as 56 inches in width with the image at hend but I was not trying to panel a room!
  • I decided on a width of  36 inches which meant that the height of the final print would be 11 1/4 inches.
  • For the record, Digital Grange can print up to 72” in width on metal with 48×72” being the largest size. They can print considerably larger on paper and canvas. Up to 60” by 40 feet!  They recently printed a 5×23 foot image for a client.

If nothing else, this meeting with Bill demonstrated the importance of actually talking with someone face to face to exchange information and to make decisions.  A quaint concept these days.

In short order I picked up the print…and WOW! It clearly exceeded my expectations!!!

Imagine, if you will, the screen image below as a large metal print on your wall…Trust me, the image on your screen does not come close to the print produced by Digital Grange.

Egret Triplets

Egret Triplets


  • Underlying Photo Details: Exposure Time 1/60 Sec, F 2.5. ISO 200, Aperture Priority, Hand Held.  Shot in RAW and converted to TIFF for printing.
  • The final metal print produced by Digital Grange’s was 11 1/4 inches by 36 inches at 266 dpi.  Size 9567 pixels by 3013.


* “Digital Grange is the partnership of Bill Kane, Joe McDonald, and their colleagues, designed to serve the creative community by providing a complete range of artist services for the digital creation and final presentation of fine artwork. Together they offer the highest quality photography, digital imaging, archival large format printing, framing/ support systems and graphic design services.”

A Petaluma January…

The longstanding multi-year California drought notwithstanding, we have done a little better in the rain department this January…so on this February 1st…I offer a few Petaluma images from last month…

101 Rainy Day

101 Rainy Day

Occational Showers Downtown Petaluma

Occasional Showers Downtown Petaluma

Sunshine Puddles & Gulls

Sunshine Puddles & Gulls