the big red fest took place on the de portola wine trai. while visiting leoness cellars, i saw several honey bees amidst the lupine.
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.
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.
while walking out to fetch the morning papers, i spied a baby snail atop a newly opened bird of paradise.
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.
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.
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.
late summer weather has been unusual in southern california. Lightning and thunder and humidity has created a few spectacular sunsets.
deluz is just a few miles from the heart of temecula, to the west in the foothills. i took this shot of prickly pear cactus yesterday.
late sunday afternoon, we stopped by mt. palomar winery in temecula and this adorable little girl walked right up to the stage and soaked up the music. she later sang “itsy bitsy spider.” precious.
i went to temecula wine country this morning to watch pinot gris grapes being picked and it wound up being a perfect morning to spy hot air balloons. such a pretty sight.
on a tour of old town temecula, we sipped wine on the patio of villa di calabro. these gorgeous purple flowers caught my eye.
i visited heitz cellars in the napa valley yesterday. i thought looking through my wine glass at the bottles behind it made for an interesting effect.
there’s a water forest at tacoma’s museum of glass, several cylindrical tubes with moving water. they’re fascinating to watch, and i liked getting close up.
temecula’s monte de oro winery flew a huge american flag on the outside of their tasting room to celebrate america’s birthday. here’s a look from inside the tasting room.
i love the light at dusk. i took this shot at wilson creek winery thursday evening while folks were gathered to enjoy the release of two new sparkling wines.
as we left juneau and headed for hubbard glacier, rain began to fall. i took this shot looking out the window of the observation deck of holland america’s m/s westerdam.
at the end of a 10 day journey through washington and alaska, we stopped in tacoma and paid a visit to the museum of glass. the works of dale chihuly are breathtaking.
the last night of a cruise on alaska’s inside passage we stopped in victoria, b.c. july 1st is canada day and they celebrated with a magnificent fireworks display that i viewed from the deck.
the big wood river runs through sun valley and ketchum, idaho. i followed a trail along the river and paused when i saw the light through this tree.
we landed in boise and drove to ketchum, idaho for a family reunion. the sun sets late here. I shot this a little after 9:00 pm.