July Quarterly Report–Images That Caught My Eye!

Ah July 1st! A new Quarter begins.

Here is my post to celebrate

First I offer an image from archives that reflects the Tenor (Not Soprano) of Our Times

NEW COMPOSTING TECHNIQUES IN PETALUMA…

From my current inventory of images I offer the following…

THIRSTY SNAILS REPEATEDLY INVADE OUR RAIN GAUGE DURING RECENT RAINY SEASON…46.5 INCHES OF RAIN—25 SNAILS

PETALUMA STOREFRONT…“EVERYTHING HAS BEAUTY”

SANTA ROSA STREET MUSICIAN COURTHOUSE SQUARE

 

PETALUMA’S AMERICAN ALLEY…A NEW PLACE FOR A TREAT

IN CLOSING…REMEMBER…NO GUM ALLOWED

PUT IT IN YOUR POCKET…

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April Fools’ Day Report: “Parking On The Streets of Petaluma”

April Fools’ Day!

An appropriate day indeed to discuss the ongoing foolish parking situation in our neighborhoods!

… PARKING SPACES  IN MANY PETALUMA NEIGHBORHOODS ARE HARD TO FIND…

Granted, the increasing density of the vehicle population in our neighborhoods is inevitable.

The City has an ordinance prohibiting parking (storing) of vehicles on the streets for more than 72 hours.  But enforcement is ineffective as admitted by the Police Department.  (See details in the Notes Section at the end of the post).

So what to do about the situation?

Perhaps we should examine what we are doing…

  • Why does the Police Department continue their efforts as by their own admission they do not work? Is it because they do not issue tickets with fines and/or actually tow the vehicles?
  • If a vehicle is given warning tickets repeatedly, why not just tow it after a second warning ticket? Is there some legal reason why it can’t be done?
  • In several cases I have watched boats and vehicles move back and forth less than eighty yards because of the warning tickets—not even close to the one half mile required by the ordinance! This is silly to the extreme.
  • Why continue to waste time and resources under the current practices? Why continue to ask people to report these parking violations?
  • Do we need new ordinances specifically restricting the parking of boats, trailers, and RVs on the street at any time?
  • If the current laws are adequate, why not concentrate fine and towing enforcement on the boats, RV’s and trailers stored on the streets that deny parking spaces to legitimate vehicles that come and go on a daily basis in compliance with the law?

What does the City have to say about all this?

  1. The People of Petaluma are awaiting a constructive response!
  2. If the City has no constructive response, I propose two new ordinances for immediate consideration by the City Council…

I.  ORDINANCE TO RESOLVE RESIDENTIAL PARKING PROBLEM

II.  ORDINANCE REQUIRING ALL TOWED VEHICLES TO BE RECYCLED FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF REUSABLE METAL CUPS

(Such an ordinance will help reduce the amount of disposable plastics in our environment)

Metal Cups Made From Recycled Vehicles

CONCLUSION:  On this April Fools’ Day the joke is on us 😦

April 6, 2019–ONE SUGGESTION received by e-mail IS TO ADOPT THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE:

“Notwithstanding § 11.40.060, no recreational vehicle or trailer, including but not limited to camping trailers and boat trailers, laden and unladen, shall be parked or left standing upon any street or alley for more than 48 hours in any two week period, regardless of whether it has been moved from one parking spot on any street or alley to another such parking spot.  Any recreational vehicle or trailer parked or left standing in violation of this section may be removed in the manner and subject to the requirements of the California Vehicle Code.”

Alternative Proposal…

“Notwithstanding § 11.40.060, no recreational vehicle or trailer, including but not limited to camping trailers and boat trailers, laden and unladen, shall be parked or left standing upon any street or alley. A free (in the alternative charge a fee of $10) parking permit from the City of Petaluma can be obtained online for loading or unloading such vehicles. This permit will be valid for 24 (36?) hours.  Any recreational vehicle or trailer parked or left standing in violation of this section may be removed in the manner and subject to the requirements of the California Vehicle Code.”

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NOTES

Related Parking Article

Petaluma Residential Parking—Deja vu…once again

Petaluma Municipal Code11.40.060

Parking on street or alley in excess of seventy-two hours.

No person who owns or has possession, custody or control of any vehicle shall park or leave standing such vehicle upon any street or alley for more than seventy-two consecutive hours. For purposes of this section, a vehicle shall be considered to have been parked or left standing for more than seventy-two consecutive hours if it has not been moved at least one-half mile during such period. Any vehicle parked or left standing in violation of this section may be removed in the manner and subject to the requirements of the California Vehicle Code. (Ord. 2159 NCS § 1, 2003: Ord. 997 NCS §l: Ord. 858 NCS §1: prior code § 15.10.4.)

Petaluma Police Statement

The Petaluma Police Department has received an increase in complaints from residents over the last month regarding abandoned vehicles, boats, and recreational vehicles (RVs) on streets throughout the city of Petaluma.

Many of these vehicles are illegally parked, inoperative, and unregistered. Some of the vehicles we have located are missing engines, have flat tires, are covered with debris, or are leaking hazardous fluids. We have also received numerous reports of individuals living in recreational vehicles, who are dumping their waste water onto city streets and into storm drains. This practice is not only illegal, but it is harmful to public health and the environment.

These vehicles cause blight and create a nuisance to the surrounding areas.

We respond to each of these reports in hopes of improving the quality of life for the registered owners, the occupants of these recreational vehicles, and the community members living in the surrounding areas. While being sensitive to the housing situation impacted by local disasters, the goal has been to increase voluntary compliance with the current city regulations and vehicle code.

Our abandoned vehicle abatement (AVA) officer and patrol officers have been making contact with the subjects occupying each of these recreational vehicles. Upon contact officers are advising the registered owners or occupants of any observed violations, providing them with directions on how to be in compliance with the law, and offering information regarding shelter and other available resources offered in our community.

The Petaluma Municipal Code prohibits a vehicle from being parked or left standing for longer than 72 consecutive hours. Vehicles have to be moved at least one-half mile to be considered in compliance with the ordinance during such period. If the vehicle has not moved, it may be issued a parking citation and/or towed.

Despite our numerous attempts, many of these occupants have refused to comply with Municipal and Vehicle codes. We have discovered that many of these subjects just simply move their vehicles to different locations elsewhere in the city to avoid detection, rather than correcting the issues with the vehicles.

The Petaluma Police Department will continue to actively respond to and investigate reports of abandoned vehicles on public roadways. We encourage registered owners and occupants of these vehicles to proactively work to ensure their vehicle is legally parked, operable, properly registered, and in compliance with all Municipal and Vehicle codes.

To report an abandoned vehicle, call our non-emergency line at 778-4373. For additional information go to our website at http://cityofpetaluma.net/police/traffic.html

 

 

 

Life Cycle Of A Sunflower…Almost Human

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

First post of my photo blog relaunch for 2019! My intention is to post at least once a quarter so at the very least the next one will appear on April 1, 2019.  Of course, given that is April Fool’s Day it will have to be a special one :-)!

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A Russian Honey Bear Young & In Full Bloom

August 10 2018

Diameter–Almost 11 Inches Surveying Its Sunflower Domain…

Early September Birds And My Finger Revealed A Middle Aged Sunflower

In October The Face Revealed A Senior Citizen

SlideShow Documenting The Aging Process 

10/21/18 Through 11/19/18

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Finally…December 1, 2018

READER NOTE–This is another in a series of photos over the years documenting my sunflower efforts.  The flower featured here was an afterthought in the planting season.  As it happened, it turned out to be the star flower of the 100 or so planted…NOT TO TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM THE OTHERS!! 🙂

Last Post…for a time

Regrouping at the moment but I will make one last submission for 2018.  A few of my recent favorites for your consideration.

Insofar as next year is concerned, I have not yet decided.  But enjoy these for now!!

PETALUMA STREET SCENES

Balancing Act–Putnam Plaza Petaluma

Water St. Petaluma

Street Busker, Petaluma CA

Petaluma Pete–Petaluma’s Piano Man

Petaluma Pete Piano

Scenes From Our Gardens

Images From Our Gardens

Images From Our Gardens

Images From Our Gardens

Healdsburg Scenes

Healdsburg Wine Country

Copperfield’s Store Cat–Healdsburg

Memories & Photographs

From time to time, people of a “certain age” go through their libraries, collections, and other assorted stuff accumulated over the years.  We pretend we are organizing them!

The other day my wife found two old, worn, and weathered photographs in a book acquired several years ago at a library sale. We have no idea as to the identities of the subjects or where and when they were taken.

  • One obviously is of a couple on their wedding day most likely during World War II.
  • The other photo…children on a beach or shore.
  • Are the photos connected? Who were they?

 

Perhaps someone, somewhere, will recognize the images?? Will this challenge be solved by the application of the rules of Six Degrees of Separation?

At the moment I am thinking of a song by Jim Croce…

“Photographs and Memories”

Lyrics

Photographs and memories
Christmas cards you sent to me
All that I have are these
To remember you

Memories that come at night
Take me to another time
Back to a happier day
When I called you mine

But we sure had a good time
When we started way back when
Morning walks and bedroom talks
Oh, how I loved you then

Summer skies and lullabies
Nights we couldn’t say goodbye
And of all of the things that we knew
Not a dream survived

Photographs and memories
All the love you gave to me
Somehow it just can’t be true
That’s all I’ve left of you

But we sure had a good time
When we started way back when
Morning walks and bedroom talks
Oh, how I loved you then

Portrait Of A Photographer

Article about a long time photographer, Murray Rockowitz, in Northern California describing his history with film and evolution to digital and their relationship.

I have had the pleasure and privilege of attending several of his workshops and seminars in his studio, which is now closing. The article, of course has several of his prints featured in it.

Portrait of a Photographer — Murray Rockowitz — a New Chapter for Artist and Studio

Murray

 

Valentine’s Day…Downtown Petaluma…A Sweet Effort?

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is to “show us something (or someone) sweet”

Just got back from my morning walk downtown…

Noticed that someone taped Valentine Hearts on many of the store fronts…

A Sweet effort is it not? Check out both slideshows below…

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Beloved Egret & Plastic Straw

The photo challenge this week is to present images of “…something that is beloved “

I love capturing images of Herons and Egrets along the Petaluma River on Water Street

The issue of plastic straws polluting our waterways has been in the news lately.

In going over my recent egret photos on the Petaluma River, I happened to notice a series of images documenting an Egret that was tempted by a straw…

 CROPPED CLOSE UP…

Fortunately the wise & beloved Egret, being smarter than we humans, refused it…

 

 

Observe & Enjoy Positive Images In Silence

I invite everyone to take a silent moment to contemplate the employee volunteers (including family members in many cases) from Kaiser Permanente in Sonoma & Marin participating in this year’s MLK Day of Service at the Petaluma People Services Center and COTS Kids First Family Shelter.

TO VIEW EVEN MORE POSITIVE IMAGES…IN SILENCE…Go to Faces of Service–MLK Day 2018 in Petaluma

 

Petaluma’s Weathered Trestle

The Photo Challenge this week is to “…show us the effect of time and the elements.”

I offer images of an old (long out of service) railroad trestle on Water St. in Petaluma…

READERS PLEASE NOTE: This year I will not be entering the Photo Challenge every week.  I will post if something is in my current photo inventory that may be relevant and responsive to the challenge.

 

My Best Photo–2017

The challenge this week asks us to “…share your most meaningful photo from 2017….(not)… necessarily the ‘best’ photo you’ve taken this year…”

For me it is a photo made at the start of 2017— The MLK Day of Service in January.  The challenge was to capture 60 people carrying a large redwood beam up a hill.  I got ahead of them and took a position on the path.  The lighting options were terrible and my position was quite slippery.

I got one shot of them before sliding out of the way.  If you look carefully you will see all eyes focused on one point—ME…sliding out of their way after shooting the image.

I think of it as my Iwo Jima moment…but one better. The scene was not recreated for a photo–NO WAY were they going to do that again 🙂

MLK Day 2017

Serene…Serenity…An illusion?

                                                 Serenity can, at times, be illusory

This week we are asked to “…share a visual moment of blissful quiet.” Serene, or, serenity if you will…

So I offer this image…with an explanation of when and where it was taken immediately below the photo.

Date & Time–October 9, 2017 8:11 am

Location–My Front Yard.

Subject–First sunrise after the start of the Firestorms that consumed large portions of Sonoma and Napa Counties last month.  As you can see the smoke created a colorful superficially serene image.

 

A Rounded Cat

The photo challenge this week is to: “…share your take on ’rounded.’ it’s a broad theme, so I look forward to your personal interpretations, whether you choose to focus on a curving street, limbs caught mid-way through a dance, a bowl of fruit (think of all the round shapes!), or any other object, landscape, or texture that fits within your definition of the theme.”

I therefore offer an image of the resident cat napping at Copperfield’s Bookstore in Healdsburg, CA.

A rounded or curved feline, if you will. nicely framed by the rounded arms of the chair…

 

The Scale of Fire

The challenge this week is … “Scale:Experiment with placement and scale to show how big (or small) you can feel in a photo.”

As usual I will take advantage of the current situation here in Sonoma County Wildfire Country and literally interpret the challenge in a different way.

Landscape maintenance in smoke filled skies

Removing fuel debris from the wind gusts before the Northern California fires…

A small scale effort to prevent or minimize the chance of fire if sparks from surrounding fires descend from the skies…

A De-Layered Egret

This week’s photo challenge is Layered–the interplay of texture and depth.

  • We are asked to “…share a layered image of your own. The topic is wide open, as long as you focus on the interplay of depth, density, and texture (or just choose one of these elements if you’d like.”
  • I wasn’t quite sure how, or even if, I would submit anything until I noted this in the challenge text “… how even a faint breeze could transform the water’s texture, and how its jade-smooth color played against the weathered planks of a footbridge.”

So I present an Egret from the Petaluma River being “de-layered” by the wind 🙂

A classic “bad hair” day…

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 🙂

SUNFLOWER GROVES

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