First of the annual #crabfeeds - this quirky old school #NorthernCalifornia winter cultural gathering dates back to the early 1900s, a largely social, sporting, service, philanthropic fundraising group activity involving bibs, tools, butter, lemon, garlic bread & tons of west coast crab served at long tables with crowds of rowdy friends & neighbors some who bring their own butter melting flame tools 😳It’s a #westcoast adaption of the #lobsterfeeds of the east though it must be said the first people of these parts likely had the lion’s share from the ocean for centuries prior #westcoastlife #odditiesandcuriosities #californialiving
#Petaluma put on a super uplifting #womensmarch through the streets of our small riverside city with extended families, tons of kids, brothers, sons, dads, uncles, dogs, drums & folkloric dancers - from all walks of life all in it together with us girls to raise a collective voice. Time for change. Soon please. Thank you to the Petaluma #womenmarch2019 team for all the weeks of work behind the scenes to pull this off so seamlessly.
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” #charlottebrontë #JaneEyre - swim, stride, run, walk, scoot, pedal, wheel or simply stand your ground - it’s a fine day to be amongst the growing throngs of women marching for an end to the madness in the White House, at the borders & in every community across the country, in fact the world, touched by anger #inequality #socialinjustice #prejudice #discrimination & violence. #Goldengate #mermaids view by one of my favorite #sonomacounty #artists @karen_spratt #unity #womenswave
Still standing - last night’s heavy storm system shook, rattled & slammed tree limbs and bracken on the roof and skylights - all seems to be ok for us though major havoc wreaked elsewhere in the #northbay with downed power lines and flash flooding. I was most concerned for this beautiful old #oaktree on our property which has been here since the days of the #coastmiwok -makes me think about how the first people in these parts coped with maintaining shelter during the heavier winter rain storms #ancientoaks #rainyseason #sonomacounty #northerncalifornia
Am I the only #sentimental sop who has a hard time throwing the Christmas card pile away in January or are there others? It feels so wrong to chuck all those beautiful sentiments and smiling faces in the recycle and so I simply move the pile from room to room before one more sort through to save a few of my fav families’ annual photographic line ups!
Whatever side of the fence (or in this case river) you’re on - today’s blue skies brought out a sizeable crowd to see for themselves what the brouhaha is all about with regards to Petaluma’s controversial #finebalance #bathtubsonstilts proposed #publicartinstallation - #SanFrancisco #artist #Briangoggin (captured here in his gold hard hat) led his instillation team through the five proposed positions for Victorian-era ball and claw feet tubs (represented here in easier to carry canvas) which will be raised into the air 17 feet high on angled, iron stilts. I asked a lot of people a lot of questions and took the time to listen and stand back in order to capture a bit more of what’s really going on here in our art-centric community with many up in arms. Will post more pix & quotes on my blog southern Sonoma country life shortly. Whatever’s being written on social media it was a pretty civil gathering on the whole & given that it attracted a photojournalist with the @wallstreetjournal_ it’ll be interesting to read what the world outside of our funky little #Petaluma bubble thinks of our goings on down by the riverbank! #hometown reporting!