A Heron’s Evanescent Yawn

This week we are challenged to “…show us a moment in time that holds meaning for you.”

An Evanescent Moment  if you will… 🙂

So I offer an image of a Blue Heron yawning…a truly fleeting image if there ever was one!  🙂

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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…