This view of upper Dry Creek Valley is from Gustafson Family Vineyards which is 1800 feet above sea level. They’re actually located on Dry Creek Mountain with a great view of the valley and Lake Sonoma.
This is a view of a water tower that is located at Martin Ray Winery in the Russian River Valley. This shot was taken around 11 a.m., so the fog you see here is definitely a slow lifting, late morning fog in western Sonoma County. The location of this shot was on Vine Hill Road, just north of Guerneville Road on the morning of January 1, 2014. In the foreground, you have your typical dormant vineyard. I expect that pruning will come soon around late January, early February. Then again, this hasn’t been a normal winter with a record lack of rain so far.
I captured this image last October, just after the grape harvest, at a vineyard in Green Valley. Once again, it continues the theme of those that stay behind while the others go away. I’ve actually had this image in my mind since I saw it and I’m glad to finally share it. It was a stark look with all the vines in the surrounding area of the vineyard fully bare and picked with this being the only cluster that remained.
During the winter, I am fascinated by what is left behind. This winter leaf has outlived its counterparts by a few months. With the dry winter we’ve had so far, this leaf may hang on for quite a while. Pending rain and wind, this image may last for a while. The next few posts will focus on additional examples of life that is left behind during the winter months.
This is from a recent visit to Walla Walla Valley in Washington state. This is a view looking down to the winery Walla Walla Vintners. Before I took this shot we had just visited with founder and winemaker Myles Anderson.