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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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

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge…”Warmth

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Warmth.”

This had me scratching my head.  Decided to go with color to represent the subject.

In this case it is a close up of one of the table tops at the Aqus Café in Petaluma. I was there for a photo shoot and the painted tables caught my eye…

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Aqus Café Petaluma Ca

Lighting is everything…plus a little bit of luck

Lighting and composition are constantly stressed in the photo courses and classes.  Lighting is the tricky part as it changes constantly…revealing and hiding scenes as it passes…sometimes in a manner of minutes, if not seconds The scenes in these photos are from a well known location in downtown Petaluma.

I have walked past it frequently and did not take much notice of something until early one morning, something caught my eye while I was on the other side of the street.

To introduce you to it I will start with a closeup…

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Know what it is? Petaluma residents should 🙂

Let’s back up a bit to see if it comes to mind…

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Perhaps I should back up some more…

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 OK, let’s try a full view…

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 The gate to the Lan Mart…usually open during business hours, but as you can see

these photos were taken before opening…

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Reflections of…Petaluma

From time to time, the reflections in a scene are almost as interesting  as the “source” image and often enhance it.

Regarding the last photo in this series…well, let’s just say I could not resist including it… 🙂

Balshaw Bridge

Balshaw Bridge

 

Balshaw Bridge

Balshaw Bridge

 

American Alley at Western Avenue

American Alley at Western Avenue

 

Storefront on Kentucky St

Storefront on Kentucky St

 

144 Petaluma Blvd

144 Petaluma Blvd

4th & C

4th & C

 

 

The Art Car(s)…and one Morgan Three Wheeler

While strolling down Water Street in Petaluma one morning, I noticed a very colorful car…

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Art Car, Water Street, Petaluma

Art Car, Water Street, Petaluma

Then I tried another angle and did not notice  the building in the background at the time of the making of the photo.  Whether or not there is any connection between the building and the car…I do not know! Most likely there is no connection.  But I do like the image…

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 However, a few days later I noticed this Car of Many Colors on Petaluma Blvd…

Car of Many Colors

Car of Many Colors

Definitely an Artist’s Car…

Car of Many Colors

Car of Many Colors

 Not to be outdone by Petaluma’s Art Cars, Sonoma  recently presented this classic three wheel Morgan to my camera…

Morgan Three Wheeler

Morgan Three Wheeler

 

 

 

American Alley…Images…Art springing to life…or life imitating Art?

While processing photos from recent “walk-a-rounds” in Petaluma, these two photos from American Alley struck me as a possible combination.

First, a photo taken at American Alley and Western Avenue…

American Alley & Western Avenue

American Alley & Western Avenue

Then this photo of one of the panels of Fernando Nugent’s WPA Mural at American Alley & The Golden Concourse…

 American Alley & The Golden Concourse

American Alley & The Golden Concourse

While the above scenes are not in proximity, I elected to see how they might work together.  Through the magic of photo editing I offer two versions for your consideration.  You decide! 🙂

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VERSION TWO

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Shollenberger Park Scenes…Alligators??

Petaluma’s Shollenberger Park is an area with excellent hiking paths allowing visitors to see all kinds of wetlands wildlife and natural habitation.  In the summer and early fall the water levels are fairly low; however, it is still possible to observe wildlife…

© Frank Simpson

© Frank Simpson

And vegetation…

© Frank Simpson

© Frank Simpson

At times, however, one seems to see things in the Shollenberger water…

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© Frank Simpson

It looks like Claude, the White Alligator from the California Academy of Sciences! 

Look again…

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Close Up & Personal…Night Heron

If there is a single rule all photo enthusiasts should follow, it is to always have a camera of some kind with you. Photo Ops will present at the most inconvenient times and not always when you have your top gear with you.

Recently, I was passing through Lucchesi Park in Petaluma on a mid morning bicycle ride and noticed a white object up in one of the trees.  Upon closer observation I noticed that it was Night Heron that was well hidden as evidenced by the first photo below.

I had a pocket camera with me and realized that I would have to make it do.  Fortunately it had the ability for manual settings and I managed to pull off a fairly decent photo.  The trick was to maneuver close enough and to force the camera to focus on the bird instead of the branches.  See the second photo.

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Photo #1

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Photo #2

New Vineyard…Just outside Petaluma!

On Ely Road South at Browns Lane, over 300 acres are being manicured for a new vineyard just outside the city limits and the urban growth boundary. Tractors and crews are in full swing on a project challenging to behold with the eye or camera.

When I first saw it, I wondered about the source of the irrigation water for such a large project.

As it happens, the vineyards will be irrigated with recycled, treated wastewater from Petaluma.  This is just another step in the trend to use reclaimed water for agriculture in Sonoma County.

But enough words. I’ll let the photos tell the story…

To give a sense of the size, I created this panoramic view by stitching together three wide angle photos. © Frank Simpson

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April..at last!

To celebrate Petaluma’s April blooms, I offer a reminder of late February, February 28, 2012 to be precise.

All photos between 7:00 am and 7:03 am in our Habitat as the sun begins to burn through the morning fog.

 The first photo of the tree does not reveal its occupants. The next two photos present a closer view…

Sunrise © Frank Simpson

Morning Dove © Frank Simpson

Hummingbird in Threshold Silhouette © Frank Simpson