WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Ooh Shiny!

This week we are asked to submit photos to illustrate what distracts us. Specifically, we are asked “…what is guaranteed to distract you? What is your “Ooh, shiny! ”?

For me the list of distractions is too long….and ever growing!

But I offer two recent images from Bodega Head captured while we were on a hike in the area…

Yup,  what you are seeing are people descending the cliff…with no climbing gear….

Clearly distracting but capturing our full attention

To get a full perspective of  height and size of the cliff, go to Bodega Head…A Slippery Slope 🙂 ?


Elemental…Sunflower Groves

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is elemental wherein we are invited to explore “…the elements of earth, air, water, and fire through the landscapes that surround us…or, more personally, is there a place you go to feel connected to the earth?”

I offer what, for me, is elemental at this time of the year in our gardens…my home at home 🙂


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An Unusual Photo Challenge?

This week we are challenged to “…post a photo that is unusual in some way for you, whether it be through technique, by subject, or in some other unique way.”

Hmmm! I could argue that all of my photos are unusual in some way 🙂

But I will tender this composite photo of a beach scene in Sausalito…

P.S.–I have no idea what they were doing…or why!

Photos Are Transient

This week we are asked to “…show us your perception of transient.” Suggestions on the theme included “…a leather-skinned motorcyclist riding across South America…it’s a seed carried on a bird’s wing…Maybe your photo is not of a person or an object but depicts the state of impermanence.”

Frankly I can’t think of anything more transient than a photograph…particularly in this digital age when hard drives crash and cellphones are lost with wedding photos on them.

Prints are only slightly less transient if properly stored in archives…

Otherwise they are doomed to slowly fade away…



Focus! What’s That?

This week’s challenge asks us to “…show us your favorite in-focus and out-of-focus moments.”

A few days ago we were leaving the house and I noticed what I thought was an unusual dragonfly on the Verbena.

So I popped off a couple of quick shots before getting into the car…

  • One in FOCUS (mostly)…

  • And then one of the Dragonfly staring back at me as the wind changed before the macro could adjust…

A Cat’s Order of Things?

This week we are challenged to “…share your take on order, whether literal, figurative, or anything in between (and sure — showing it next to a healthy dose of messiness is fine, too).

I could submit a photo of the archive room at our local library. But that is too easy.

I therefore offer an image of Feline Leaf Order…




California Mission Bell Heritage

This week’s  WordPress Photo Challenge is “Heritage…share a photo that channels a living tradition.”

While there are several options here in California, I select the Mission Bells that mark the trail of the California missions.  El Camino Real, if you will.

An example from downtown Petaluma…

And from Sonoma…


Reflecting Reflections!

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is to “…share a photo that captures something reflected back to you in a way that made you look at your surroundings differently.”

I have been reflecting upon & photographing Reflections for quite some time. This is just another example on the Petaluma River in the morning sunshine a few days ago…

Blue Heron Petaluma River

Migra! Danger?

This week we are asked to “…share a photo that says Danger! to you”

Danger, of course, is often in the eye of the beholder and the time it is perceived…not to mention the context of our times.

Consider this scene from Petaluma’s American Alley…and look at it again AFTER reading the background information below the photo…

Migra American Alley!

  1. The street signs have been there for quite some time.
  2. Then a mural depicting a farmworker was added two years ago. I assumed at the time that “Migra” was short for immigrant.
  3. A few days ago I looked up “Migra” and learned that it is: “A Spanish slang term used to refer to employees of the United States Government who are responsible for immigration enforcement and border patrols. Agencies such as United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Border Patrol are both referred to as La Migra.”

Combining the mural image, the meaning of Migra and the street signs, the scene now becomes a danger warning…AMERICAN ALLEY, ONE WAY SIGN POINTING SOUTH, IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES DIRECTING THE WAY OUT…

Earth…Is Green…

…finally in Northern California!

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is to “…..share an image that means ‘earth’ to you.”

I present an image collage from Duncans Mills, California—perhaps photo clichés–of the end of our several year drought here in Northern California. (To open the collage, simply click on any part of it)

For additional submissions to this week’s challenge go to>> Earth

Surprised & Pleased…

…to see wild turkeys in our neighborhood again!!

For additional submissions to these two challenges, go to Surprise and Pleased

NOTE–It was pure serendipity that I elected to use this image in TWO challenges. And I freely admit I am really stretching to fit both challenges.   Could not resist! 🙂 However I believe I am in technical compliance and  pleased to share “… a surprise… as (seen) through (my) lens.”


Security of a Toilet?

The challenge this week is to post an image that “…depicts your interpretation of security.” In this Trumpian World that suggests many possibilities.

However, I choose an image from a recent remodeling project that gave us a “sense of security” that the toilet would be here On Time! 🙂

Rush Toilet!

For perhaps more “rational” replies to this challenge, go to Security

Dense is…how you see it?

This week we are asked to “…get into the thick of things…a natural landscape… or take the theme in a different direction, from a sweaty crowd at a rock concert or a busy avenue during rush hour.”

As we were planning a day in Muir Woods I thought I would wait before responding to the challenge.  I’ve learned that for me photographing redwoods is nearly impossible but I give it a go every so often.  Hence this image to give a clue as to the “denseness” of Muir woods…

Muir Woods

However I prefer the “denseness” of the many macro scenes in the forest…

Muir Woods

For other submissions to this week’s challenge, go to>> Dense

Green is…Where You Find It!

This week’s challenge is to “…bask in the color of spring rebirth (and leprechauns)…” or, in the alternative…”go more interpretive… try an image of something you envy, or a photo inspired by the one of the other common associations with green (life, health, youth, money, hope).”

THIS WEEK I AM CHEATING TO THE MAX!  I simply entered the word “green” in my photo collection and came up with a mural photo from Greenbrae, California  🙂

In my defense, there is some “green” in the image  🙂

For other submissions to this challenge, go to It IS Easy being Green

Atop A Single Stem…

…Two Daffodils!

I take this WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge literally…Instead of a view from “Atop” I present two blooms atop a single stem…

Two Daffodil Blooms Single Stem

As to whether this is unique I cannot attest.  But it is the first time for me!

For other submissions to this challenge, go to Atop

Petaluma Lions 2017 Food & Libations Festival

The Petaluma Host Lions Club annual food, wine & craft beer festival was held on March 11, 2017 at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial building. Proceeds from this annual event benefit the High Schools through Project Graduation.

The Petaluma Host Lions Club has supported Project Graduation in the Petaluma community for the past 25 years. Safe and sober graduations are the result of the involvement of the entire community – parents, teachers, volunteers, vendors and the students themselves.

I first offer photo collages of some of the participating food vendors…

High School students provided the musical entertainment…

Before the doors opened the floor was empty…

Shortly thereafter…

I Wish…as in Hope

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for this week asks to  “…show us a wish.”

I don’t know if I have any wishes but I do hope to someday understand how these beads ended up in the top of a tree on Petaluma Blvd in front of Putnam Plaza…

For perhaps for relevant responses to the challenge, go to Wish


The Road Taken…Or not

For this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge we are asked to “…show…something that surprised you on the road taken. It could be a heritage building in your city or town as seen from a new-to-you angle, a yummy meal on a road trip detour, or the penny you found on a casual stroll.”

Ah, there are so many possible responses given my daily walks around Downtown Petaluma.  The scenes change with the seasons, the time of day, the weather, and pure happenchance…and whether I turn right or left.

The images below of a Baby Night Heron in the Petaluma River was a happy surprise.  I rarely see them as adults…much less the youngsters! If had elected to walk down another street I would have missed it completely…



For additional submissions to this photo challenge, Go To>>  The Road Taken

A Good Match–Art & Bottle Caps

This week we are challenged to “…share a photo of a satisfying pairing from your own life. You should by no means limit yourself to edible stuff — You can mix and match places, people, objects, and activities that represent your idea of a harmonious, pleasing combination.

In response I offer images of a mosaic art work recently placed in Petaluma’s American Alley–A mix of a back alley window framing and mosaic art—MADE FROM BOTTLE CAPS…a recycling mix, if you will…

American Alley Bottle Cap Mosaic

American Alley Bottle Cap Mosaic

American Alley Bottle Cap Mosaic

American Alley Bottle Cap Mosaic

American Alley Bottle Cap Mosaic

American Alley Bottle Cap Mosaic

For other submissions to this week’s challenge go to A Good Match

ALERT–IMPORTANT UPDATE–4:30 pm February 22, 2017: Since posting this article I Identified the artist as Rachael Lynn Hernandez. Her page provides more information about the work.  It will be hanging there for three more weeks! Also see O# Rachael and Petaluma ‘upcycle’ artist turns trash to treasure

Against The Odds–Weekly Photo Challenge

This week we are asked to “…share a photo that says against the odds.”

“Maybe it’s a photo of an unlikely occurrence. Maybe it’s the photo itself that goes against the odds — a shot you never thought you’d get. Maybe it’s a photo of something you’re not sure you’ll be able to do.”

The image below meets two of the criteria–a photo that was very difficult to take without getting trampled down by people doing something that I could never do.

The hardworking volunteers carrying bridge beams at the recent Martin Luther King Day of Service for Walker Creek Ranch (Marin County) were glad that I rolled out of the way just in time…

Kaiser Permanente Volunteers MLK Day of Service 2017

Kaiser Permanente Volunteers MLK Day of Service 2017


For other submissions to this  challenge, go to Against The Odds

Power Cord Shadow

The Photo Challenge this week is to “… hunt for shadows and incorporate them into your shot. The shadow can be the focal point of the image, or simply a detail that adds texture and makes the scene a bit more dynamic.

So I offer an image from somewhere in Petaluma.  Aside from the power cord shadow, it also answers the question of where the power company gets its power 🙂



PG&E Power Cord

PG&E Power Cord

For other submissions to the photo challenge go to Shadow