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…

Water Street Promenade Petaluma River

Water Street Promenade Petaluma River Abandoned Carts tossed in the river

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

Water St Petaluma River

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.


Petaluma’s Mystic Theater Marquee–A Blast From The Past

In this digital big screen age, one institution in Petaluma, CA still relies upon an “old style” theater marquee to promote upcoming events…

Mystic Theater

Mystic Theater

Granted, the Mystic Theater does have a web site and a dot com web page. However, they still rely upon the human touch…and a ladder… when it comes to the street display…

Mystic Theater

Mystic Theater

Mystic Theater

Mystic Theater

The Corner of Main & Washington…

…or what is now known as Petaluma Blvd & East Washington…

The long standing bank building at 199 Petaluma Blvd N (now known as the Seed Bank) resides on the corner of this intersection.  An imposing structure, to say the least.

Finally, after many walks over the years, I finally noticed something on the sidewalk at this corner of Petaluma Blvd and Washington—street names and a compass symbol embedded as metal inlays in the cement.

The corner was once known as Main & Washington and is memorialized in the sidewalk inlays in front of the building. As to when they were installed and by whom, I was not able to determine and will leave that task to more competent people. This post is merely a brief documentary of the inlays as they exist today.

They are easy to miss and are frequently obscured by the sun and/or shadows…

Corner of Petaluma Blvd & East Washington

Corner of Petaluma Blvd & East Washington

Can’t see them? Look again…in a different light…

Hidden In the Shadows

Partially Hidden In the Shadows

It required several visits at different times of the day to finally get an image of the entire array…

Main & Washington

Main & Washington

The three inlays…



Main Street

Main Street

North is that away?

North is thataway?

I could not resist checking out the accuracy of the compass inlay… :-)

Reasonably Accurate

Reasonably Accurate

Petaluma’s Newest Chicken Mural…”sprouts” a…Chicklet!!


My apologies for the mixed metaphor in the title but it just seemed to fit my mood at the moment…

Recall, if you will, my post in June 2014  Petaluma’s Newest Mural…by Maxfield Bala that documented the stunning new mural on Water Street.

Well, Mr. Bala has added to it.  Granted it is smaller in scope but it carries forth the same theme.  I have named it The Chicklet. 

For visual context, see below…

The Chicklet Is In The Back Corner


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The Nite Before…

…And all through the town, not a creature was stirring…

Emoji Emoji

…The Grinch was securely confined in Petaluma’s Copperfield’s…



…Patti Page was still wishing everyone a Merry Christmas on the Boulevard…


…Angels & Snowmen sprouted on the sidewalk at Petaluma Blvd & E. Washington…

E. Washington & Petaluma Blvd

E. Washington & Petaluma Blvd

…A winter mist settled on Petaluma…


…Then Santa arrived in a flash of lights…



Emoji …Proclaiming Emoji

Happy Christmas…Festivus…Hanukkah…Holidays…Kwanzaa…Winter Solstice Emoji


EmojiSeason’s GreetingsEmoji


It was a dark and stormy night…

EmojiEmoji…A Ghost Flowed into Toby’s Feed Barn…EmojiEmoji

Toby's Feed Barm (Point Reyes Station)

Toby’s Feed Barm (Point Reyes Station)

EmojiEmoji…Downtown Petaluma fell strangely silent…EmojiEmoji

Clock Tower (Petaluma)

Clock Tower (Petaluma)

Emoji…A mysterious orb appeared over the Petaluma River…Emoji

Mysterious Orb (Petaluma Yacht Club)

Mysterious Orb (Petaluma Yacht Club)

EmojiEmoji…Crows observed from above…EmojiEmoji

A Murder of Crows (Petaluma Gross Bldg)

A Murder of Crows (Petaluma Gross Bldg)

EmojiEmoji…”Fear not”– they called out….EmojiEmoji

Canter Park (Petaluma)

Center Park (Petaluma)

It’s Just Halloween!!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!