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.
Wyoming…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.
It’s autumn in our valley and Napa is filled with color. In this photo, taken last week in the hills of Oakville overlooking the valley, I glanced out over Napa Valley and at the color from the tips of my feet all the way across the expanse of Oakville. Such a beautiful morning and each second so peaceful. Wish you were here!
Above the fog at the Oakville Ranch Vineyard. Only slightly visible in the blog sized image is an autumn colored vineyard, lower right side. Surrounded by golden vines where I was to shoot that morning it was most difficult to pass on such an opportunity as this amazing valley filled with fog.
Saturday evening I was again shooting at the beautiful Joseph Phelps Winery on the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. Temperatures were magical as was the feel and spirit of the evening’s event. In this photo one of the tables set for the festivities of the evening.
Sunrise is coming earlier each day as we near the summer solstice and luckily long beautiful days of summer in Napa Valley. Tomahawk Vineyard produces the Cabernet grapes for their excellent Tomahawk Cabernet.
And, with the very warm early spring weather there are quickly passing bloom and into seeing grapes forming on the vines.
Early yesterday morning I was at Chimney Rock Winery photographing their vineyards. In this shot we see a Cabernet vineyard in beautiful sweeping light of early morning.
Here is a view of the newly released poster of Napa Valley in the spring. A beautiful vineyard in Oakville with afternoon clouds.
Being a photographer the search for light, clouds and photos is so intrinsic to who I am. Each day, each step it seems life is always a possibility of a photo. I read today a few words from Henri Cartier Bresson, “The world is my open-air studio.” Indeed and Napa Valley a gift to the senses and visually magical.
Spring at Chimney Rock Winery.
These images were shot one week ago and while only seven days there has been a huge boost in growth due to the high heat of last week. In the third photo you see the buds of the Cabernet grapes on the vine. So beautiful and very close to bloom.
These mornings when I’m shooting so early in the morning it’s most often quiet, peaceful and a time when I find myself be fully present in the moment with Nature. Simply walking along looking at the clusters of buds can be so focused, when the only thoughts are of that moment, those buds, that light and the shadows of the area.
Standing on the lane to Far Niente Winery is Nicole Marchesi, winemaker to this winery.