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!!


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”


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…November! 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 “local” 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


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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Oops!

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–Oops!

This week the challenge is to share a photographic “Oops!” 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.

Push Button For End

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge–(Extra)Ordinary

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge– (Extra)Ordinary

“Mundane and meaningful objects. Beautiful everyday things”

Or, as I would have it, a photo of utility markings on a street —that almost look three dimensional in certain lighting

3D Utility St markings

Downtown Street in Petaluma 3D Utility St markings

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…




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’ve been contemplating changes in how…and when…I 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 “Photo Blog” 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.


  • There will be no more direct e-mail announcements about posts to the “Photo Blog” 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 “Photo Blog” 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 “Photo Blog” link and checking in every Friday or Saturday to see what is new…if 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’m sure  🙂

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 🙂

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…


On The Phone...

On The Phone…





Another Photog

Another Photog


Still Another Photog

Still Another Photog


Quick Change

Quick Change








Petaluma Blvd

Petaluma Blvd


Water Street...Permission to Pass

Water Street…Permission to Pass


Chalk Drawing

Chalk Drawing


Chalk Drawing

Chalk Drawing


Bird Bath?

Bird Bath?


An Absorbing Book...

An Absorbing Book…


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…


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

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)


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


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


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Attention all art & jewelry loving dogs…

There is a popular quote attributed to photo journalists and street photographers–“F/8 and be there!”

There is some truth to this photo aphorism but I would add that it helps to be aided by the Gods of Serendipity.

For example…

Recently I was walking around the Sonoma Plaza and a window sign caught my attention…

Jewelry Loving Dogs Welcome

Jewelry Loving Dogs Welcome

What really gave the sign a special meaning is when I turned to capture the following scene…

Jewelry Loving Dogs Welcome

Jewelry Loving Dogs Welcome

All Hallows’ Eve…scenes from my favorite “Haunts”

Autumn presents some interesting scenes and lighting when it comes to playing with your camera.  I therefore offer a few photos from my October perambulations in Petaluma, Sonoma, and Spring Hill Dairy’s Great Peter Pumpkin Patch  as a Halloween decoration!


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A flower by any other name…

…may be…could be…a weed!

The above notwithstanding, even weeds have their moments in the garden…


The flowers are spectacular and turn into seed clusters the size of tennis balls…


With a little finesse, I managed to peek inside the seed cluster…


READER NOTE: Since posting I’ve learned that the plant in question may be a wildflower varietal known as Goat’s Beard.  If you can identify or clarify, feel free to post a comment!