On a River Winding Home: Stories & Visions of the Petaluma River Watershed
A book by Scott Hess & John Sheehy
Why do some places speak to us so mysteriously and yet so forcefully? On a River Winding Home explores this question in a unique book about a one-of-a-kind place—the Petaluma River Watershed.
Through the use of stunning photography and intimate storytelling, artist Scott Hess and writer John Sheehy provide a riveting testament to the watershed’s power of place, showcasing its stunning landscapes, diverse cultural history, and shifting identity.
Scott Hess, a professional Bay Area photographer and longtime Petaluma resident, provides a distinctive melding of artist as both interpreter and chronicler. His exquisite photographs reveal the beauty and spiritual grace of the watershed’s natural landscape, the bucolic nature of its working farms and ranches, and the historic charm of its river city, Petaluma.
John Sheehy, an award-winning historian and Petaluma native, seamlessly blends Hess’ photographic journey with stories that celebrate the watershed’s lore and colorful history, extending from the native Coast Miwoks to the Spanish missionaries, Mexican rancheros, Gold Rush settlers, railroad barons, Swiss-Italian dairymen, Socialist egg ranchers, bootleggers, dairy and egg ranchers, slow growth pioneers, wine makers, and farm-to-market artisans.
Part rambling walking tour, part voyage to the past, On a River Winding Home is a rich pairing of photos and stories for place-loving people.