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lupine bee

the big red fest took place on the de portola wine trai. while visiting leoness cellars, i saw several honey bees amidst the lupine.

lupine

green

i’ve been remiss in posting here for quite some time. at bella vista winery in temecula yesterday, i captured this shot and wanted to share it with you.

green

tandem

the weather was idyllic during last week’s visit to napa. it was crisp and sunny and two ducks enjoyed a leisurely swim along the napa river.

napa river

napa river

i visited napa and for the first time spent the majority of my time in downtown napa. it’s a vibrant place and one you should consider adding to your radar next time you head there.

Napa River

snail in paradise

while walking out to fetch the morning papers, i spied a baby snail atop a newly opened bird of paradise.

bird of paradise

view from high

driving down the mountain from idyllwild, i pulled over to shoot the view of the temecula valley from above. it couldn’t have been a prettier day.

passionflower

i don’t see too many of these, but when i do they’re spectacular. it looks like three more are getting ready to open behind this one.

mantis!

i walked out this morning and saw a praying mantis on the walkway in frontof the house. the shadows made him (her?) look quite fierce.

praying mantis

mountain angel

i visited the diamond d ranch in the mountains of idaho earlier this year. there’s a tiny chapel on the property with an angel right outside.

Idaho

electric sky

late summer weather has been unusual in southern california. Lightning and thunder and humidity has created a few spectacular sunsets.