October Quarterly Report

The last quarter of the year begins today…causing me to generate my final post.

As to what I will do next year…WHO KNOWS ūüôā

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A few recent Images from my cameras that captured my eye & tickled my fancy…

I. Evidence of Global Warming In Our Family Room!

II. You Looking At Me!?!?

I didn’t poop on your car!! It was that crow!

III. Trespassers Beware!

IV. PRAYING MANTIS…Discovered While Pruning In The Back Garden…

PHOTO NOTES

All photos are of actual scenes.

  1. The first photo is of a novelty clock modeled after a Salvador Dali painting.
  2. The second photo is from our neighborhood.
  3. The third photo is from a local residential garden.This image was too offensive for Facebook’s robot censors so they blocked my posts!¬†¬†I, in turn, returned the favor and quit FB!
  4. The Praying Mantis appeared out of nowhere while I was pruning.
  5. The Header Photo is a panorama shot of the interior of Rustic Burger in Petaluma.  A touch of New Orleans, if you will.
  6. Finally I offer a slideshow of the images below…in case you want to see them again!

SLIDESHOW

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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…

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 ūüė¶

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

“Notwithstanding ¬ß 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 ¬ß 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‚ÄĒDeja vu‚Ķonce 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!! ūüôā

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

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Chaos

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Chaos

This week we are asked to show images embracing…”disorder and its creative power.” Not sure that all disorder is “creative” or even positive.

For example…our national election.¬† I offer my “CHAOS” post from my other blog site for this week’s challenge– Ah‚ĶNovember! Holidays & Voting For Measure Y

For other submissions to the challenge, go to–Chaos

RTP…Locals Helping Locals

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge asked us to¬†“…share what ‚Äúlocal‚ÄĚ means to you, and show us where your heart is.”

And so I offer some additional images from yesterday¬†of Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP)¬†Volunteers¬†helping to¬†improve the¬†safety of homes for qualifying people…images of Locals Helping Locals

PHOTO GALLERY

(Click on any image to open Gallery)

DISCLAIMER: Any advertisements that appear at the end of this post (or anywhere else on the page) are included by the WordPress Blog Site and not by me.

 

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Oops!

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Oops!

This week the challenge is to¬†share a photographic ‚ÄúOops!‚ÄĚ moment.

In this case I accidentally shot an image through¬†a car passenger window.¬† That was the “Oops” moment.¬† The image, by accident, turned out to be humorous…if you read right to left.

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Inspiration

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Inspiration

What is your inspiration? What moves you? What is it that never fails to motivate you, to get you going, or make you happy?

I am not sure there is a single answer to the above questions.¬† I do enjoy the irony that frequently presents itself in street scenes as I stroll around the various locales in Sonoma County…

FOR EXAMPLE…

Poverty

Poverty

Weekly Photo Challenge–Intricate

For this week’s challenge–Intricate

I offer a second entry as my first entry apparently did not take this morning.  Apparently the system does not like more than one pingback

Somewhere in Santa Rosa, California there exists a collection of very intricate public murals…Marked by an ordinary street sign and a fountain.

This image is but a small sample from the many¬†mural panels…

Jeju Way

Jeju Way

2015–Looking ahead…

I‚Äôve been contemplating changes in how…and when‚ĶI publish and also trying to determine the future use of my two Blogs (The Petaluma Spectator and THE PETALUMA SPECTATOR PHOTO BLOG)

Initially I thought I would merge them or just delete one of them.

However, I have decided to dedicate the future use of the ‚ÄúPhoto Blog‚ÄĚ for submissions to the Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge.¬† In fact I have been trying it out for¬† the last few months and think it is perfect for that purpose.

Consequently:

  • There will be no more direct¬†e-mail announcements about posts to the ‚ÄúPhoto Blog‚ÄĚ as the traffic from participation in the¬† weekly photo challenge will keep me sufficiently occupied.
  • If you already subscribe to the photo blog or follow it, nothing will change.¬† You will get your notifications as before.
  • Note that this not apply to The Petaluma Spectator as it has its own set of followers and subscribers.
  • Each weekly challenge post on the ‚ÄúPhoto Blog‚ÄĚ will also contain a link to the complete collection of WordPress weekly photo challenge posts from around the world.
  • If you wish, you can follow by simply bookmarking the ‚ÄúPhoto Blog‚ÄĚ link and checking in every Friday or Saturday to see what is new‚Ķif anything. Bookmark Link THE PETALUMA SPECTATOR PHOTO BLOG)

As to how I am going to utilize my other blog (The Petaluma Spectator), has yet to be determined. Given the realities of small screen viewing I have already decided to forego future large galleries in favor of one to three photos a post.  These are easier to view on a tablet or phone.

Inspiration will save me, I‚Äôm sure¬† ūüôā

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge…”Shadowed”

In one sense, the current header of this blog could qualify as a submission for this week’s challenge theme. Instead, I offer three images of a recessed, very low level¬†utility door in the back of a building on Petaluma’s American Alley. I have walked by this location countless times and finally noticed it as I was there at a different time of day, when it finally caught my eye. I leave it to you, the viewer, to determine whether it was intentionally created or merely the result of spilled paint.¬† As to whether you see a face…that is optional also! ¬† DSCF5175RAW B&W2WEB ¬† DSCF5174RAW1WEBDSCF5167RAWWEB ¬† To see other submissions for this week’s challenge,¬†go to Shadowed

Film Shield (Remember Film?)

To celebrate the New Year, I decided to clean out a closet and found many interesting relics from the past…particularly old film gear.

Back in the day, as we geezers are prone to say, photographers had to protect film from airport x-ray machines.  Oh, to be sure, one could always hand their camera to the guard instead of passing it through the machines.  But if you had several rolls of exposed film (Those under 40, please check Google to learn about photographic film) it was best to pack it in a special bag that, in theory, protected it from x-rays.

We never had that problem as we toured on motorcycles and kept the film in insulated bags.

Nonetheless, I found that I had acquired a Film Shield Bag just in case we ever got on an airplane with exposed film…

Film Shield

Film Shield

Film Shield

Film Shield

¬†I can report that such bags are still sold for those who still use film! They also may be useful in shielding your Smartphone from GPS tracking ūüôā

Scene(s) On The Street…Petaluma

This post is a bit of an experiment…an eclectic collection of Petaluma street photos. There is no particular theme or mission…just photographic observations…

#1

On The Phone...

On The Phone…

#2

Photog...Me!

Photog…Me!

#3

Another Photog

Another Photog

#4

Still Another Photog

Still Another Photog

#5

Quick Change

Quick Change

#6

Petaluma...

Petaluma…

#7

Wanted...

Wanted…

#8

Petaluma Blvd

Petaluma Blvd

#9

Water Street...Permission to Pass

Water Street…Permission to Pass

  #10

Chalk Drawing

Chalk Drawing

#11

Chalk Drawing

Chalk Drawing

#12

Bird Bath?

Bird Bath?

#13

An Absorbing Book...

An Absorbing Book…

#14

Mission Bell

Mission Bell

Stella…What’s In A Name? The Name Is Everything!

For those of a certain age, the name “Stella” may conjure up images of Marlon Brandon screaming “Hey, Stella!”¬†in A Streetcar Named Desire.¬†

Others may recall the lyrics to Stella by Starlight*…

Stella by starlight and not a dream
She’s all of this and more
She’s everything you would adore.**

I never gave much thought about the name until Saturday morning on Petaluma’s¬†4th St when I met a¬†Scottish Deerhound aptly named¬†Stella…

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ūüôā Stella is definitely a star…dare I say a Stellar Star ūüôā

Stella by starlight and not a dream
She’s all of this and more
She’s everything you would adore.**

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 *(Music by Victor Young, Lyrics by Ned Washington)

**Stella in Latin or Italian means “star”

 

San Francisco Bay…No Smoking! No Kidding!!

A typical view of San Francisco Bay from the Marin Headlands…

(Note–a polarizing filter can be very helpful on days like this)

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But taking advantage of my full¬†zoom telephoto enabled me to¬†look a little more¬†closely at the ship’s bridge…

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If there were any smokers on board…I hope it was a short voyage!

Note to followers & subscribers…and Facebook “Friends”!

For reasons, mostly attributable to inertia, I still maintain a fairly large inventory of photos on my other blog page.

If you want to see the gallery I am working on for 2014 (A true work in progress), feel free to click on Signs & Scenes Gallery 2014

For galleries from past years, go to Signs & Scenes Galleries 2009-2013

They’re Flipping Out on Water Street!

Flump! Flump! Whack! 

The sounds from Water Street attracted my attention.

So I walked down to check it out…

Tire Flipping

Tire Flipping

At first I thought it was somebody with a serious flat tire problem or, in the alternative, perhaps it was a Rebuilding Together Petaluma Workday that I missed.

No, it was merely a Crossfit training exercise class from Genesis in their Tire Flipping session

TIRE FLIPPING PHOTO COLLAGE

(Click on any photo to open the collage to see full sized photos)