Saturday, March 28, 2009

Some Wine Country Colors

No special subject comes to mind today, so here is a simple scene I caught 5-6 years ago while on a morning walk in Napa Valley. I'm sure almost everyone in the world knows that this is California's premier wine growing region (if you throw in Sonoma and Mendocino, which are both adjoining counties) although there are many other smaller regions also making wine these days. Even here in southern California we have quite a few wineries. However, it's very tough to beat this area north of San Francisco for sheer beauty and rural atmosphere. Different than Europe, but very attractive in it's own way. Sonoma and Mendocino both run up along the rugged coastline and Napa is a bit more inland. There are many nice B&B's to stay in, excellent restaurants and great wine to sample everywhere you go. This shot, I believe, was taken in early December, after the harvest but before real "winter", if you want to call it winter at all around here. Not to be missed if you ever visit California.
Not really the best image quality here; I remember I shot it hand-held but don't recall what camera I had with me at the time... I've always liked this scene, though.

15 comments:

tstreasures said...

Beautiful colors Mark. Definitely a place people should visit if they are going to the San Francisco area.

Gregorio said...

I've been through this area and you've captured the colors wonderfully.This is ready made for an impressionist painting.Nice photo.

storybeader said...

it's beautiful! I love the trees in the background. Lots of things to look at!

Patrick said...

Very nice and beautiful scenery Mark.

I don't know about your country but here vineyards images are some very good sellers.

Mook said...

A fine shot Mark full of colour and atmosphere, tranquil even!

roentarre said...

The first look lent a touch of poetic feel and it appears so graceful.

The closer look reveals a vineyard with wiethering leaves. However, I realise that the magic lies in your composition!

Shinade said...

Very beautiful Mark!! Every time I come here I find yet another that is my favorite!!

Jackie

Michelle (artscapes) said...

My husband has been many times, but I have yet to go...
It looks like a crowd of brightly coloured people milling around... Don't know why... It must be late! :)
Beautiful image!

earthtoholly.com said...

How beautiful. I love all the gnarly branches among the colors that to me, actually look like the colors of wines! There is so much color it almost looks like a painting. :o)

Mark Alan Meader said...

Patrick: It's the same here, for some reason the subject has wide appeal. Next time I go back to this area I plan to try to do some serious work. I have a few that I am happy with, but not enough.

Holly: You're right.. the colors of the leaves do echo those of the wine, don't they:)

As always, thanks very much to all for visiting!

betchai said...

it is very beautiful. i love the scenery. this is just so unique. it may not be the best image quality for you, but it is very very beautiful for me.

Shinade said...

What a wonderful capture Mark. Wow lucky you!!

I will try to ignore my Cherokee superstition. Oh dear to see an owl represents an end or a death.

I hope that's only for real and not in photos.

A white owl nested and gave birth in our tree when we lived in Maine. Just a few weeks later my mother passed away.

Lovely and wonderful shot! Thanks for your wonderful comment.

I admire your work so very much. you give me encouragement to keep working.

I am currently searching for a place locally to take a few classes to better learn my camera.

My study is all in art and design. I never even really touched a camera very much at all until the last year.

I've just been working with my Canon and all of my lenses since Christmas.

I really need study in all of the various settings for each shot. And we won't even discuss me, the tripod, and the 400MM okay?

Happy Tuesday!!
~Jackie:-)

Lynda Lehmann said...

It's a beautiful and peaceful scene--still resplendent with the colors of summer and autumn, yet thinning into the spareness of winter.

This photo is lush with lovely color tones and textures, Mark!

Charity Childs-Gevero said...

mmmm... beautiful...

Charity Childs-Gevero said...

...almost edible... :)