California Dreaming

We’re returning to Boston very soon. It’s time. The rain, my injury and other misfortunes have marred our trip somewhat. However what we will definitely miss is this laid back, anything goes “left coast” culture.

Careful Daddy There’s A Puddle

We were walking this morning in Sonoma County’s newest park, Tolay Lake. The area is stunning! It’s dedication yesterday was something of a formality, as the 3,400-acre park opened in October 2018 after its master plan was officially approved. It’s accessible via an entrance on Cannon Lane, off Lakeville Highway southeast of Petaluma. The park currently offers more than 11 miles of multi-use trails…

Point Reyes Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore Point Reyes National Seashore is a 71,000+ acre park preserve located on the Point Reyes Peninsula in Marin County, California. To cut to the chase, it’s one of the most stunning places you’ll ever see. North Beach at Point Reyes Beach is the northern access point to an 11-mile long beach on the west side of Point Reyes National Seashore….

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…

Backyard Gold

What you see above is our rainy day antidote. It’s been raining for so long around here my wife Sarah bought this bunch of golden flowers to drive away the gloom. There’s an old shed in our back yard that served as an appropriate backdrop. It’s old water soaked boards provides a pretty good stand in for the current climate.

Geometry Lesson at the Hess Collection

It’s not about the tones or the colors. It’s about the lines and their relationships. Period end of story

Wabi Sabi

In keeping with my current emphasis on still images, this one was taken inside a wonderful Moroccan shop in Petaluma, California called “bay-ti”. It consists of nothing but an antique bowl and some dried vegetation. I think their combination is quite beautiful.

Pinkey’s Pizza Lady

Here in Petaluma there’s a pizza shop that has a rabid following as you can see from the crowd gathering by its door before it is even open. We’ve never been inside but if the crowd and the sign is any indication of the quality of the place we’re definitely missing something.

Canine Friend

Today we were walking along the banks of the Petaluma River looking for birds, when we came across this friendly couple looking like they were doing the same thing.