I have seen snow in Squaw Valley before, but never for a full week when even getting to the nearest restaurant was a struggle! It has been snowing ever since and there will be lots of spring skiing this year! My safe haven since 1993!
A Little Shameless Self Promotion!
Thank you to the Facebook Site “Bordeaux Ma Ville” for having chosen my photo of La Cite du Vin as their Photo of the Day!
Outside Bordeaux – The Hourtin Lake and the Atlantic Ocean
Only 1 hour from Bordeaux, or a straight shot to the West from Chateau Mouton Rothschild, you will find Hourtin with its lake and the beautiful Atlantic Coast. Not as populated or affluent as Cap Ferret or Arcachon, it is a beautifully peaceful destination for getting out of the City of Bordeaux.
I just got back from 2 1/2 weeks in my beloved Bordeaux, a town that I have loved and considered home for over 30 years, even though I have been living in the US for two decades. I will be sharing some of my photos over the next weeks and am starting today with the world that has been mine since 1984; Wine!
It is impossible to get enough of these fall colors that currently grace Napa. I found a little area in Carneros that seemed a little unkempt and it was not clear to me whether these grapes were still waiting to be harvested or if they had simply been left behind! Whatever the case, I was grateful for their “plumminess” in the sun!
The beautiful red, orange and yellow leaves are on their last legs, but I did manage to enjoy them one last time last week! Here are some sunset photos from Screaming Eagle Winery on the Silverado Trail. If you look closely, you will see a tiny rainbow in one of the photos! There must have been humidity on top of the mountains.
The colors are not quite as spectacular as they will be in a couple of weeks, but a few little pockets around Oakville are showing colors ranging from vibrant green to stunning orange and red. Andretti Winery is one of the most photogenic wineries that I know of! It is located on Big Ranch Road which runs parallel to the Silverado Trail. It is open to the public and tastings are available. Grab your cameras and have fun!
Sometimes, technical mistakes can produce rather amusing results!
This photo was taken on a cold winter day and I had put my neutral density filter between my teeth while I changed my lens. It was getting dark, so it completely escaped me that the filter was now all fogged up!
I am not sure what happened with this one – probably a very dirty lens!
Watch this new video I made with Ezvid:
If anybody knows of software with better resolution, please let me know!
Greenland seems to be made for Odd Format Pictures! With gorgeous landscapes all over, the pictures are almost beginning for panoramic formats. I had these pictures done in 20 x 10 prints and must say that they look completely at home like that!
Fall used to make me sad. Being Scandinavian, I could not bear to lose the sunshine and the long days. Now that I have lived in California for almost 20 years where the weather seems to get warmer every year, I treasure the cooler temperatures and the many photo ops!
I went to my beloved Lake Tahoe a couple of weeks ago where the colors where just beginning to turn. How can these warm colors not put a smile on your face!?
This marks the official start of the Nordic Diaries! I have landed in Copenhagen after close to 24 hours of travels from San Francisco via my beloved France. Such torture to only stay 3 hours! Saturday morning, we start very early early in the morning when we fly to Iceland to spend 6 hours of sightseeing and then…… Greenland!
Some people may find it slightly sad that my four-legged neighbors give me such joy! Having lived most of my life in Cities, I am just enchanted with the nocturnal visits that I have every night around sunset. For 11 years now, I have a new generation of raccoons arriving each summer with Momma Raccoon proudly showing off her babies and have lately also made friends with a family of skunks and possums. The beauty of it all is that they all get along and that MeiMei the cat patiently waits for them every evening so that they may dine together.
If all these species can live together in peace, why, pray, can we not?!
Last weekend was the final opportunity to enjoy the beautiful lavender in Sonoma County before the harvest. We were told that this would take two weeks to complete! What a beautiful day to enjoy the perfume of the lavender and the sounds of happy honey bees.
I thank Gale Perry of Light Fantastic Photo Tours for organizing this delightful workshop!