Beside Occupy Santa Rosa, I have been shooting other things too, all over the county.

I’ll start with Santa Claus arriving at the Petaluma River Turning Basin.  How many times have I covered this event?  Let’s just say the kids I photographed 24 years ago are bringing their children to the event now.  Groan.

Santa greets a throng of kids after arriving by tug boat, Saturday Nov. 26, 2011 at the Petaluma River Turning Basin in Petaluma. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by tug boat, Saturday Nov. 26, 2011 at the Petaluma River Turning Basin in Petaluma. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Members of the Petalumans of yesteryear joined people of all ages as Santa greets children after arriving by tug boat, Saturday Nov. 26, 2011 at the Petaluma River Turning Basin in Petaluma. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Every night, Marine veteran Chad Dean cruises the internet for employment opportunities, but is having a difficult time finding substantial income, Wednesday Nov. 23, 2011 even though he is more than qualified. With a baby on the way, the pressure is on to find stability for his family. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Lisa Hogan of Marin was one of hundreds of volunteers delivering food during aThanksgiving meal sponsored by the Redwood Gospel Mission, Wednesday Nov. 23, 2011 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Gilberto Long, 4, of Santa Rosa, is a little wary of his Thanksgiving meal sponsored by the Redwood Gospel Mission, Wednesday Nov. 23, 2011 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Always in tune for spot news, I arrived just as the fire department did.  Mobile homes burn pretty fast.

A mobile home is gutted by fire after two people were cooking hash oil in the structure, Saturday Nov. 12, 2011 on the outskirts of Sebastopol. One victim was taken to the St. Francis Burn Center in San Francisco. Goldridge and Sebastopol fire departments knocked down the blaze. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Afternon light creates fall shadows as Ashaara Frank-Rockwell, 7, of Sebastopol plays with a hula-hoop inside the food tent at Occupy Sebastopol at the plaza in downtown Sebastopol, Saturday Nov. 12, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Ground fog shrouds a football game Friday Nov. 25, 2011 in Windsor. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Santa Rosa goalie Tara Funk makes a save during SRJC's 4-2 win over Modesto, Saturday Nov. 26, 2011 at Santa Rosa Junior College. The victory propels the Bear Cubs in to the state final four next weekend. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Tianna Wehby for a goal during SRJC's 4-2 win over Modesto, Saturday Nov. 26, 2011 at Santa Rosa Junior College. The victory propels the Bear Cubs in to the state final four next weekend. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Fifth grade boys in period clothing eat lunch during a colonial living history day at Sassarini Elementary School in Sonoma, Tuesday Nov. 22, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

-Kent Porter