New town view

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New town view

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Our first six months in Petaluma were spent in a 2-bedroom townhouse on the river. I picked it online from Chicago because it was in the school district I thought was best (Kindergarten at McNear exceeded my very high expectations). the townhouse was chintzy and small, but offered an incredible location where Petaluma could show all her glorious offerings: the stroll into town in 2 minutes, the Farmer’s Market in Walnut Park, ice cream at several different options within walking distance… and the river. From watching the ebb and birds up close to the surprises of Santa arriving on a lighted up boat at the end of a parade one random night, the location could not be beat. Moments like this made Petaluma pretty attractive from the get-go.

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Not Quite Total Eclipse

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But still pretty cool.

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The dock

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one of my first photographs, taken down the street from my house at Whipppoorwill Lake, in 9th grade for my elective photography class. How I miss the darkroom. And that quiet serene lake.

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Best of walks and best of trees

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Helen Putnam Regional Park. We are so lucky to have this gem of a county park, named after an historic member of the community. Hills roll out in all directions, making for some steep butt-busting climbs and transporting vistas. I love the sound of red-wing blackbirds by the little lake, the million different shades of green, the lizards darting everywhere… but most of all I love this stretch through the trees.

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Where Eagles Tread

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I was lucky enough to head out to sea from Bellingham, Washington and go whale watching around the San Juan Islands. We spied the orcas from afar, the captain of the boat lent me his incredible zoom lens to try to capture them. I may not have needed the powerful zoom for the eagles, but I was sure glad to have it.

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Sunbeam tree

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In the summer of 2013, family descended on NorCal. Before my sisters joined us in San Rafael, my brother came from England with his wife and three daughters, and my parents rented us a place in Half Moon Bay. We drove up to higher ground and found this super cool place to hike (leave it to me to not keep track of trail names, or even what neighborhood we were in). Along the path we counted more than 50 giant banana slugs. And the sun streamed down between the trees in holiness.

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Rivertown Revival

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Every year the riverfront in Petaluma is taken over by the steampunk fans of ye olden days. From washtub bands to boat races, the aim is to celebrate the town heritage while enjoying food and entertainment in the summertime air. One of the features up on a hill is the makeshift wedding chapel, where for $5 you and your betrothed can be wed in holy matrimony. You can even borrow a wedding dress from this charming clothesline if you are unprepared.

 


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Petaluma cowboy

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Gotta keep your eyes open out on the street, you never know what you might see in the town where you live.

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