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Raindrop Grapes

This image of raindrops on the grapes comes from a recent harvest photography session at R. Buoncristiani Vineyards on Wohler Road in the Russian River Valley. It was a picking that started around three a.m. and continued until about nine a.m. There was an early morning misting that settled on some grapes left over from the harvest.

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Mustard 2014

Mustard 2014

Due to the lack of rain this winter, there was a late arrival of the mustard in the vineyards this season; we usually see this in February. Once it appeared in March, it came on strong in this vineyard of head pruned vines on River Road in the Russian River Valley.

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View from the Road

View from the Road

This view from the road came when I was driving on Olivet Road just south of River Road in the Russian River Valley. Even though it is currently raining, when I drove by this location it was a beautiful day for February in Northern California.

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Rose by a Fence ~ St. Helena, California

Rose by Fence

This rose by a fence was a roadside find while driving on Highway 29 northbound in Napa Valley. It’s amazing how many times I stop because something captures my eye. There are also many things I have seen that you will never see because I couldn’t find a place to park.

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Pre-Pruning ~ Russian River Valley, California

Pre-pruning

Pre-pruning is where you prune the vine, but leave about 10 to 12 buds. Final pruning occurs mid to late February when there is less of a possibility of frost. At that time the canes are pruned down to 2 buds. This image was captured at R. Buoncristiani Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The vineyard is planted exclusively to Pinot Noir.

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Vineyard Truck ~ Dry Creek Valley, California

Vineyard Truck

This vineyard truck is an actual working truck that sits on the Mounts Family Vineyard property in Dry Creek Valley. I thought this was a fun capture because the color tones of the truck complemented the tones of the rich iron ore volcanic soil of Dry Creek Valley.