Saturday, December 31, 2011

Swiss Hotel

We went to lunch yesterday at the Swiss Hotel in Sonoma, CA.  It was a drizzly day, but I got lots of duck images that I will share soon.  Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Mendocino Coast

The rugged Mendocino coastline always captivates me.  This image was taken last year from a bluff in Westport, CA.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bracket Mushrooms

Mushroom Has Landed
"Expressionless visitor who appears overnight,
seamless as a spaceship,
neither animal nor vegetable,
your unearthly flesh-likeness, rooted nowhere..."

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Warm Holiday Wishes

The light of a burning fire is a universal symbol of warmth and holiday cheer. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice
“. . .For an instant, in
the stillness,
the chiming of the
celestial spheres will be heard
as earth hangs
in the crystalline
darkness, and then
tilts. . .
In the immense
everything spins with
joy.  . .

Let this be the
we wake to
like spring wakes, in
the moment
of winter
- Rebecca Parker (Adaptation)
I took this image from my backyard this morning.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Graceful Lily

 The lily is an elegant flower indeed. . .

The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threat'ning horn:
While the Lily white shall in love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.

William Blake

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holiday Gifts

We have fruit trees in our backyard and I decided to "can" the fruit this fall.  Here is the result. . .holiday gifts.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Berries and Bokeh

These bright red berries are very attractive to the birds during the winter.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Foggy Coastal Morning

The Mendocino coastline is. . . windswept, craggy, and misty in the morning.  This is the view from our family's Bluff House.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Country Road

This image reminds me of the John Denver song,"Country Roads Take Me Home. . ." 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Graton Vineyards

Sonoma Country is beautiful all year long. . .even in the late fall.  I captured this vineyard near Graton, CA  and wanted to share it with you. :-)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Santa Rosa Winter Sunrise

I woke up to an inspirational sunrise!

“A dull glow appeared in the morning sky to the East, getting ever brighter as the seconds passed.
A row of dark grey clouds low on the horizon started to take on an orange tint, the turning world never faltering in is journey, kept the clouds ever changing in colour to become a deep red, then to turn gold before dispersing in the lightened sky. . .”
By Allan Wyatt