Stags Leap AVA Napa Valley

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Summer solstice here in Napa Valley is always a favorite time for photography as it marks a turning point in the sun’s migration north.  This photo was taken the day before the solstice when I was shooting in the Stags Leap AVA at a beautiful hillside vineyard.  As the sun set I watched as the sky grew more and more brilliantly colored and vibrant.  This photo taken quite early in the color show but still gives a sample of a magical evening in Napa Valley.

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A Russian Couple In Napa Valley

Valerie and Elmar at Meadowood Resort & Spa in Napa Valley.  Wedding day and a call home to Russia.

Valerie and Elmar at Meadowood Resort & Spa in Napa Valley. Wedding day and a call home to Russia.

If you look closely you will see the phone call is to Mommy and from a couple who are both from Russia and who met here in America, fell in love and were married recently at the beautiful Meadowood Resort & Spa.  Now living in Arizona they will soon be moving to the Bay Area.  They were at every moment a most delightful couple.

 

 

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Carneros AVA Spring Vines

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What a beautiful vineyard found in the Carneros area of Napa Valley.  As I was waiting for an event to start on Thursday evening I scouted the edge of a vineyard and found this beautiful images of tendrils wrapped around emerging leaves on the grape vines.   It’s interesting, as a photographer there is never a dull moment, there is always something of interest, always something that is worthy of a photograph, it’s just that at certain times the images offer more, as in this moment in a Chardonnay Vineyard in Carneros AVA in Napa Valley.  When people ask us where we live we say, Heaven!  Napa Valley is truly a gift and a small piece of Heaven.

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Leaves of Bud Break

Mary_Steinbacher_Photography_Morisoli_031914 (35)_450xMorisoli Vineyard in Rutherford spring is showing its stuff with leaves on Cabernet vines.  These beautiful old vines with their excellent winemaker, Amy Aiken, make fabulous wines.

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Napa Valley Bud Break

Mary_Steinbacher_Photography_Chimney_Rock_031914_115_select_450xWhile the buds on the vines are quite small at this time, leafing out has indeed started.  Here at Chimney Rock green and the slight yellow of mustard is filling the vineyards and hillsides.

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Cat Photography staring Buddy Love

Mary_Steinbacher_Photography_Buddy_Love_031414_PS_450x_CRBuddy Love in his spring fur and happy to be in the sunshine this morning.  So interesting to share time with this fine feline.  He’s a gentleman to be sure and so very kind, seriously, I do not think he could possibly hurt anyone and would not dream of striking out.  This week he even met a two-year-old who, after meeting and evaluating, decided she was a good little pal and allowed her to touch and pat at her leisure.  Generally he’s not into posing for photographs but this morning, with assistance, I was able to get this and many other handsome photos of Buddy Love.

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Napa Valley Mustard

Mary_Steinbacher_Photography_Morisoli_Vineyard_031214_132_450x_CR_Early this morning near  Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford a sunrise on the mustard that is finally have blooming throughout the valley.  Thank goodness for the recent rains and the eruption of green and the beautiful yellow of mustard.

 

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Buddy Love in Napa

Our newly adopted cat, Buddy Love, just awake from a several hour nap.

Our newly adopted cat, Buddy Love, just awake from a several hour nap.

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Napa Valley Prints

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Autumn is a most beautiful time here in Napa Valley a time when the vines, tired from their work of creating delicious fruit, begin to relax and prepare for a winter’s sleep.  This photo and many more are now available for purchase as prints.  Simply click the print button on my site and explore.

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Wyoming Photographic Prints

River CrossingWyoming…like no place on Earth!  The signs used to read as you entered the stunning state of Wyoming.  It’s still that same stunning state, still awash with endless skies, and lands that share the contorts of the earth.

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