A Petaluma360 Blog

Robert Caruso

Educator, computer consultant, avid photographer

Clouds over Petaluma

We don’t seem to get many dramatic clouds in Petaluma. When we do, it can be fun to photograph them. The trick is to look up. If you don’t look up, you won’t see many clouds! These amazing clouds appeared in the sky over Petaluma late last February.  

Seeding Planets

I read this online today: “NASA also reported that almost all water present in Jupiter’s stratosphere, an intermediate atmospheric layer, originated from comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which gave quite a show in 1994 when it impacted Jupiter’s atmosphere.” Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 brought water and organic molecules to Jupiter and in so doing seeded Jupiter with the ingredients needed for the formation of life. Does that make comets sperm and planets eggs in the cosmic scheme of things? Read the article at:… Read More »

Snow Petaluma Style


I’ve lived in Petaluma since 1976 and this has been one of the longest continuous cold spells that I can  remember. We’ve had frost overnight every night for the last two weeks. It’s not exactly snow but it’s the closest we come to it. These were shot one chilly morning on the deck at the Apple Box.    

Social Comment?


The graveyard humor of skeletons dressed as Santa was on display in more than one Petaluma location last year. Perhaps the artist who painted these windows and the designer of Santa’s graveyard were making a statement about what the “Holidays” have turned into. In at least a commercial sense, the holiday season starts with Halloween and continues till New Year’s Day. With Valentine’s Day just ahead, maybe we can keep the holiday spirit alive till February.     

Double Duty


It’s hard to believe that Christmas was just over two weeks ago. Time marches on. The residents of this home in Petaluma have found an interesting way to get more enjoyment out of the time they spent putting up Halloween decorations.    

Merry Christmas: Roots of the Christmas tree tradition

At this time of year, the winter solstice, cultures that lived before the coming of Christ celebrated the coming of the sun. And it is no coincidence that Christians celebrate the coming of the Son at the same time of the year. As with many religious feasts, festivals and celebrations, Christmas is full of symbols. One of the most popular symbols of Christmas is the tree and evergreens in general such as holly. The use of the tree to celebrate… Read More »

Here Comes The Sun

Petaluma Sunrise

Since the first day of summer last June, each day has been approximately two minutes shorter than the day before it. But the losses stop this week. In case you missed the announcement, Friday, which is the first day of Winter, will also be the shortest day of the year. Now the good news: starting Saturday, we’ll have two minutes more of daylight each day until the first day of next summer. Pictured below: a view down Second Street, Dairymen’s… Read More »