It was my turn to work this past Sunday.  When you’re the only photog working on Sunday, it can get hairy.  After a day of driving nearly 150 miles around Sonoma County, my last assignment was to shoot Sebastopol’s Earth Day Celebration.  I always expect something a little different in Sebastopol.

West County folks really do march to the beat of a different drummer; it’s what makes Sonoma County such a great place to shoot pictures.  Every community has a different personality.

I was worn out, but perked up soon enough when the dedication of their peace pole took place.  It was west county to the hilt, complete with Kate Wolf shirts mixed with drums, guitars and free flowing expressionism.  Good pictures were everywhere.  I even found myself singing along with “Jeremiah was a Bullfrog.”

The event was a mellow, high energy affair.  One gentleman, busy dancing, said  “Hey, it’s who we are!”

Yup, for sure!

As part of an Earth Day celebration, a peace pole is dedicated at the Sebastopol Community Center, Sunday April 18, 2010, bringing residents from across Sonoma County attending the celebration to clasp hands in song and prayer. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010

Grace 'Hoopchild' Murdock of Sebastopol swishes a hoola hoop in time with drum music, Sunday April 18, 2010 during an Earth Day celebration at the Sebastopol Community Center. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010

Sue Powell of Santa Rosa joins in song, as "Jeremiah was a bullfrog" is belted out during Sebastopol's Earth Day celebration, Sunday April 18, 2010 at the Sebastopol Community Center. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010

The dance of life and freedom at the Sebastopol Earth Day celebration. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2010

Toresa Marlen and Zhantar Works of Windsor meditate during the Sebastopol Earth Day celebration at the Sebastopol Community Center, Sunday April 18, 2010. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2010

-Kent Porter