Well-fed ducks in the Sonoma plaza, just taking it easy.
This kid gave them a good workout, keeping up the time-honored male tradition of bolting away from mom to chase the ducks.
This guy wasn’t running. Looked like he was ready to fight.
His whole posse was ready to back him up, too.
“I’ll let it go this time.”
“I got stuff to do.”
Mission San Francisco Solano, the end of the Mission trail. Often simply called the Sonoma Mission. Outpost of Christian civilization to some, scene of the crime to others. Founded in 1823 when California was part of Mexico, after it achieved independence from Spain in 1821 and before the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo made California part of the United States in 1848. California was still Indian Country, no matter who claimed it. At least until the Gold Rush hit hard in 1849 and changed everything.
It was a different world.
The bell still rings.
Made to last.
Why do these horses make me want a nice cold Bud?
Looks a little like Dr. Dolittle’s pushmi-pullyu.
There’s an old cemetery tucked away on the hill above the town, with some nice hiking trails.
Hummingbird took a very short rest nearby.
Looks kind of like a giant mosquito, but much prettier.
Back to work amid the lavender.
Found Bullwinkle while browsing in nearby Healdsburg. Didn’t have room in my carry-on bag.
Now that’s true love.
What a cool old marquee.
And here’s the real thing.
Finally, some Hawaiiana. Found in Petaluma.
And some cool old posters from before the jet tourism age.
Those ships got around.
It was a strange kind of harvest moon that night.
Looks like sharp cheddar that’s been out too long.
Back to the cool grey fog.
A quick freeway peek at Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge, Aquatic Park, the Transamerica Pyramid, and Fort Mason.
The Gate Bridge is such a cool sight.
Wild San Francisco Nekkid Jaybirds spotted at high noon on 18th Street. When people say the Mission District is changing, they ain’t lying. Whatever floats your boat. This might work at 18th and Guerrero, but you probably don’t want to swing it east of Valencia. Just sayin’…
This dude didn’t even blink. Just another day in the new old ‘hood.