Thursday, September 27, 2007

A Dam Discovery?

Pudding Creek beach.

I was surprised to come across this remnant of concrete (obviously "tagged" by out of town talent). I wonder if this concrete was once part of a dam. Anybody know?

Looking from the beach towards the ongoing Pudding Creek trestle project.

This shopping cart has traveled 2.2 miles from Harvest Market!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


I walked east on Oak Street this morning further than any time previous. I decided to see if I could get to the radio antenna that is quite visible from town. As I approached the antenna I walked through a wooded area and surprised this deer and this deer surprised me.

Arriving near the base of the antenna tower I discovered this amazing jewel of a building sitting all by itself between Oak Street and Cedar Street. The building is quite invisible until you arrive.

When I got home I dialed in 1230 AM and discovered it is a "Canned" Spanish speaking station. I doubt it always was.

And I was surprised to find two more nice weather vanes during my walk.

And finally, I am surprised at now many elbows it took to clear this retainer wall!

Monday, September 24, 2007


All this daylight we are saving has made me decide to walk at 6:30 instead of 6:00. It is just too dark at six for taking photos.
Fall is in the air. The Naked Ladies are out and Orion high in the sky.

I have noticed this house before but I don’t remember the fence painted to match the house. Nice!

These buildings have me puzzled. They are located on the west side of Franklin Street across from Purity Market. The one on the left, as you can see, has a false front. Usually buildings with a false front face the street. This one faces a vacant lot. I wonder if it was turned and if so, what about the other one. Or, maybe there used to be a street in front of them. Strange.


This time of year there are groups of Ravens playing high in the sky. They are doing rolls and flips and some even grab feet; one bird right side up the other inverted! This is the equivalent of Friday night cruising, showing off to impress because these are this year’s teenagers and they are looking for a mate. Aerial prowl ness will make an impression. And yes, Raven pair for life.

Someone who follows this blog sent me two links to photos he has taken while Biking Fort Bragg and the surrounding area. His photos make me want to become a better “noticer” and photographer. He is good!

Photos taken in 2007
Photos taken in 2006

Friday, September 21, 2007

Noticing Stuff

This is what this sign looked like last year.

This morning I noticed it "re-done".
And I noticed the Noyo Bowl has the image of the former Noyo River Highway One bridge.

This is what the bridge looks like now.

The north end of the Franklin Street project has had unfinished areas that were finally completed as far as could be done. Obviously they got tired of waiting for the power pole to be moved so finished the job with temporary blacktop.

I noticed my shadow while taking a photo of this Great Egret from the Pudding Creek Highway One bridge.
A view from the north end of the Pudding Creek Trestle project.

And finally, I noticed this sign tacked up by a motel near the "Haul Road" hiking trail.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


I spotted these guys flying east over Corry Street between Alder and Oak. Recent mornings they have been up before sunrise honking and carrying on. I believe they are experiencing Zugenruhe, a German term meaning "migration restlessness."

By the way, I have a theory that geese were the first cell phone users. You may have noticed they are constantly "talking". I think they are saying, "Hi Shelia, I'm almost to the Noyo River. Where are you? "I'm about six birds behind you, Do you want to do lunch?" "No, I'm going to see Bob after we leave the Noyo." "Bob?" "Bob who?" "You remember, he's the awesome bird we saw at Pudding Creek." "Oh wow, he was so Sick!" Etc. Etc.

I wonder if shopping carts experience Zugenruhe.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


September 7th I took this photo of the Baptist Church painting project in progress.

Here is the finished product. It looks great although some think it a bit flashy for Baptists!

Work continues on the Pudding Creek Trestle. The concrete piers have been poured at the north end. Sand is being put back amongst them.

Large square timbers will be erected on these piers like what can be seen at the far end.

I took this photo August 6th and now see in the latest issue of the Fort Bragg Advocate the width issue has hit the fan. You can read all about it here.

Monday, September 17, 2007

7:07 AM

Sunshine cleared the coastal hills at 7:07 AM, seventeen minutes later than it did August 27th.
I can see no evidence of any demolition since I took the August photo.

An interesting composition of incoming and outgoing. A big semi delivery truck with the graphic on the side parked beside a pile of items heading for the dump!

Ah! The old soft shoe!

And another addition for my shopping cart photo collection.

All in all a nice morning walk of four miles.

As I mentioned in the previous blog, I drove to Reno, Nevada and attended the 44th Annual Reno Air Races.

It was a wonderful show containing the best of times and the worst of times; yes, three pilots were killed in four days but, if you stop and think about it, each one took off with a thumbs up and a huge grin. Most of us will not enjoy such a happy and quick ending.

If you are interested, here are some photos my son and I took at the Reno Air Races.

Monday, September 10, 2007

More Monday Morning Missing

I'm going to be missing too, for about a week. My son and I are going to Reno, Nevada for the Reno Air Races. I'll be walking in the pits for three days!!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Alder is now Altered

One way Alder Street, by our post office , now goes the other way. Instead of one way heading west from Franklin Street to Main Street....
it now goes east from Main Street to Franklin. This is going to take some serious retraining!!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Skunk Train Special.

Knowing there was a Skunk Train "Special" heading from Fort Bragg, CA to Willits, CA this morning a small group of us decided to walk the three miles out the tracks, through Tunnel #1 and await Old #45's arrival. We were treated to a wonderful show of the Skunk with diesel attached, a Speeder from Willits done up as a police K-9 unit, a Ford Maintenance vehicle and the usual fire suppression Speeder tagging along in the rear. Well worth the walk.

I put together a little movie of some of it.

Click here for information about the Special.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Slow Progress

The handrails have been added to the Pudding Creek Trestle.

One of the workmen heads to the north end with a wheelbarrow

where concrete piers are being poured and timbers will be erected to finish the project.

Fort Bragg Weathervanes

And finally...

The sun cleared the coastal hills at 7:01 AM