Dan’s World

Last weekend, Deborah and I hitched a ride with our Meetup organizer, Dan, to see and photograph the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens in Sebastopol, CA.  Dan always advises that people carpooling with him are his prisoners for the day because he uses the trip to scout other venues in the area.  Deborah and I signed our waivers (actually we knowingly agreed) to become carpool prisoners for that day and off we went to the Hallberg Gardens and other unknown destinations.

This post is not about the Hallberg Gardens but suffice it to say, we got some butterfly shots, some people got dragonflies and frogs and the bonus was, we got shots of a Hooded Owl and its juvenile offspring and other birds.  It was a great event!

We headed toward the California coast and northward to see what other opportunities existed for landscape photos but the coast was overcast and windy and didn’t inspire us too much.  But Dan knew of this spot that he passed by in the Petaluma area that he wanted to check out so he took us there.  At first sight, you question, what is this place?  It looks like a farm property but there are no crops.  The entire place is like a junkyard but with antiques.  There are signage of all kinds attached to the sides of buildings, ancient tractors which would be considered junk but actually is a collection that was parked or placed in organized areas and toys or Americana kitsch all around the place.  We shot some photos but soon found out that eyes were watching us and we learned that the owner often rents out the place for events or weddings so we stopped to ask for more information with ideas of holding a future meetup at this place if Dan could negotiate a deal with the owner.

I also thought this would be a Dan (Antion) World kind of place since Dan posted his cranes blog several weeks ago.  So this post is for Dan but I’m only posting a few shots of what we saw.

First, the relevant door shot because this is Thursday Doors, brought to you by none other than Norm Frampton, the guru that had the foresight to get people from all over the world to come out of the closet to reveal their door fetishes.  If you’re into this kind of thing, go to the Thursday Doors website, read Norm’s post for the week and find the blue frog button and press it to transport you to door haven and if you dare, post your own door photos.

This door had no opening, no frame or threshold; it was a door!


No space was spared and in its disorganized placement it had purpose and looked perfectly in place.


One of the wall of signs.


A Ford!  With 2 doors!


One old tractor out of hundreds.


Dan Antion, now you have a destination if you decide to visit Northern California.

Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks to Norm 2.0 for his Thursday Doors blog.  For more blogs and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.


14 thoughts on “Dan’s World

  1. This place was fantastic! What a great selection of images you shared with your narrative which is brilliant.
    I’d love to go back here I could easily spend a few hours exploring and photographing tractors, signs, all the other stuff, and the macro possibilities are endless! I’d sign up to be Dan’s prisoner again in a heartbeat.
    Hey, the lunch spot was good too.

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    1. Thanks, Deborah! I agree, riding with Dan can be interesting and I apologize for snoozing on the way (was tired on Sunday too so I guess I was catching up on some much needed rest). I hope Dan got ahold of the owner; I looked up the owner on google but couldn’t find anything.
      Looking forward to our next shoot!

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  2. Thank you so much! I’ve been through northern CA a couple of times, but I didn’t know about this. I’ll have to add this to the list of places to go (it’s a pretty long list, thanks to Deborah and a few others). I love that tractor! Great photo. Kudos to Dan for keeping you prisoner.

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  3. Sounds like a fun time. I really liked that first door sitting there all on its own.
    Rusted old cars and farm equipment make for creative photo opportunities. I’m sure I would’ve had a blast on your outing too. Great shots 🙂

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