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Vineyards In Autumn

Shooting vineyards in the late afternoon makes them much more colorful than at other times of day, especially if translucent from being backlit by the setting sun. These are all vineyards within a few miles from our house. Most of the vines have faded away yellowish brown, but some, like these, are from grape varietals (cabernet sauvignon?) whose leaves turn ...

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A Bit Of Russian Culture

Yesterday Pat and I had a great time at a harvest festival, at which we heard more Russian than English. Some of you will guess where it is. I’ll reveal it near the bottom.

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Fair Trade

Scrub jays (along with their corvid relatives ravens and crows) are among the most intelligent of non-human animals, up there with primates, dolphins, elephants, etc., depending on whose list you consult. Today as I was reading a book on the back deck I threw out a peanut. Within less than a minute a jay got up enough nerve to move ...

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An Old Fashioned Country Fair

At the annual Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastapol. Outstanding displays, music, apple oriented food, and family fun in a beautiful country park. We spent hours listening to Poor Man’s Whiskey and a Zydeko band. Bought a huge bag of just picked gravensteins for $5.00 even though we have our own apple tree at home. Next week it’s to the Cotati ...

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The Charles Schultz Museum

We stopped in for a visit at a wonderful museum in Santa Rosa, home of Charles Schultz, creator of Peanuts. It’s worth at least a couple hours and will make you feel good about him and his life and attitudes

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Sierra Buttes

Back from several days of hiking in the Lakes Basin/Sierra Buttes area, scouting out hikes for an upcoming hiking club three nighter. Lots of nice lakes at about the 7000′ level, rocky hard-on-old-ankles trails and few hikers. I much prefer the high Sierra over this sub alpine terrain, but it’s still nice. I wouldn’t have minded some cooler temperatures, though.

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Provence or Sonoma Valley?

Hi friends. It may look like Provence here but it’s the Matanza Creek Winery lavender fields. We braved a 101 degree day (it was only 80 at 10:00 when we arrived), and not a moment too soon, because the cutting began as we were there. It’s not a very romantic process; they do it with a chain saw.

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Russian River Rose Gardens

This is not your Keith Sauer wildlife, but there is a ladybug in it. It’s the Russian River Rose Gardens, where a couple in Healdsburg grow (and sell) roses, which they make into perfume. It is the only estate-produced perfume in the country, I believe. They started out just putting roses at the ends of their rows of wine grapes, ...

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