The Judgment Chair

Taking photographs of your kid, your cat, your friends or your trip to Hawaii is worlds apart from taking photographs that others, most of whom you don’t know, consider of high enough quality to buy or exhibit in some public space. To be successful with any kind of art, it’s always best to ask the following questions. Do you respect who’s sitting in the…

The One Armed Pinky’s Pizza Parlor Lady

I don’t claim to know that much about advertising. But would suspect that a one armed woman hanging on the side of a building waving her empty sleeve at the passing traffic is not terribly likely to cause a lot of people to pull in to buy a pizza. Get you into a traffic accident by staring too long? Maybe.

Flaming Red Bush

The glow of the almost full moon last night teamed up with the house lights of the place across the way to create a flaming red bush. Fun to see…beautiful and a tad spooky.

Petaluma “Chickaluma” “River City”

Founded by Spanish settlers in 1776, the Petaluma area was part of a 66,000 acre Mexican land grant of 1834 by Governor Jose Figueroa called Rancho Petaluma . American pioneers flocked into Petaluma from the eastern United States after the discovery of gold in California in 1849. The town’s position at the head of the Petaluma River in the heart of the surrounding prosperous farmland was…

Backyard Beauty

We can easily forget it’s there. We see it so regularly, we take it for granted. But like loving spouses or old friends it waits patiently brimming with beauty. And when our preoccupied vision finally clears we are startled by the joy of realizing it has been there all along.

Black Clouds and A Purple Lady

The rain around here has stopped for now and the dark clouds that have hung over us for the last few days are thankfully leaking sunlight. They say we have gotten as much as 6 inches of water dumped on Petaluma from the last storm. However, that is not nearly what this region needs. There would seem to be more rain coming soon. Good…