Why Petaluma Once Was So Rich

The land surrounding Petaluma is rich farm country, not only in Sonoma County but in Napa and Marin Counties too. With all that nearby agricultural land, grain, milk, eggs, cheese, and meat was produced all around it in abundance.

Getting these riches to market was solved by the Petaluma River that flowed from the town’s grain silos, mills and food storage warehouses into San Francisco bay. For a brief while Petaluma was the richest community in California.

Currently it’s a bedroom community for San Francisco with a lot of repurposed industrial buildings. It’s old affluence is gone but if you’re looking for good food, you’ve come to the right place.

Bakery Gal

Bakery Window

I’ve been laid up lately and not able to take to the streets with my trusty Ricoh GRII. Today was the first time in weeks that I went into Petaluma with the camera. I had luck with this one as the bright sun illuminated her face very well.

Nice to be back!

Veggie Portrait

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Sometimes one’s home life presents colorful photographic opportunities. This was supper 2 nights ago. I couldn’t resist.

92 In The Shade

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It is brutally hot today. Over 90 and muggy enough to bring the strong to their knees. As we are in a city there are always plenty of street vendors around wanting to sell heat relief of one sort or the other but frankly nothing really helps. Today you sweat sitting in the shade.

The Dog Prefers Vanilla

 

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Every day this lady takes her dog friend to the ice cream truck on the corner of Arlington and Boylston Streets and buys it a small cup of vanilla. It’s their daily ritual.

She always buys herself a cone.

Silver Fox…Maybe Later

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There are so many stories out here on the street. Of course it is not for me to know what they are but I have a lot of fun making them up.

I like shooting through restaurant windows. If I’m lucky I can catch an enigmatic couple like this one.