Burning Off The Gas Is For The Birds

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When we walk around the bird ponds at Shollenberger Park I usually take photographs of the many waterfowl found there. Ducks, geese, stilts, sandpipers and their kin throng to this area to nest and feed.

What I have never really talked about is that, while this area looks for all the world like a wildlife sanctuary, it is actually there thanks to the farsighted environmental planning of the Ellis Creek Water Plant. (Note: Back east we would call it the Petaluma Sewage Treatment Plant.)

The different wording here sheds light on how differently municipalities can approach the same problem. Back east we’d approach it as merely a sewage treatment problem. Here in California they approach it as water reclamation opportunity.

Hooray for the western approach.

Here is a link to what I am talking about. Enjoy!

http://petalumawetlands.org/public-wetlands/ellis-creek

I Saw A Hanging Tree Today…Have You Ever Seen One?

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They grow slowly in the back of our minds often silhouetted against a stormy night sky of our own creation.

I saw this one on my walk in the hills above town today and walked by it loudly whistling a John Philip Souza march.

I find that helps a lot.

Digital Addiction

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn this ever connected world we live in it is becoming increasingly obvious that we are becoming more and more addicted to our digital devices. This young lady was totally absorbed with her cellphone, oblivious of the comings and goings of the world at her elbow. A runaway cement truck could have been coming careening down the sidewalk straight at her, air horn shreeking and she wouldn’t have looked up.

Petaluma In Spring…..Opposing Points Of View

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The Vulture

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In the sky over my head a vulture is flying. Circling silently on the winds of a gathering storm. It’s waiting to feed on the helpless, the dead or the dying.

This big black bird is an omen of the harsh end that come to creatures whose luck has run out. On the ground up close, it looks ugly and cruel as it gorges  itself on rotted, bloody, fly specked flesh. In the sky it is darkly graceful gliding patiently back and forth….waiting.

The vulture doesn’t care how much money you have.

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Monochrome Menace and Emerald

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI took a walk in some lovely woods this afternoon and took a LOT of photographs. After working on them for a long time this evening, I chose 2 that represent best the color and form of what I saw.

The menace of the black and white image and the opulent green of the colored one bookend nicely my feelings about the grove.

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People You Meet

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There is a wonderful county park here in Petaluma called the Helen Putnam Regional park. Helen Putnam was a mayor of this city and instrumental in saving this lovely stretch of land along a high ridge overlooking the river and the city. We walk this area quite regularly because it involves a serious climb to get up to it and we always feel better for making the effort.

Normally we meet a lot of dog people taking their animals for an outing and a surprising number of young fathers with young children. Yesterday this quiet elegant woman rode by us twice on a well behaved small horse. I asked her if I could take her picture and she said yes if it was mostly of the horse. This photograph didn’t quite do that but I’m pretty sure she didn’t mind. 

She said Sarah and I looked happy together.

She was right.

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