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N 27 B 590 C 20 E Nov 14, 2011 F Nov 7, 2017
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Wine country in November is a colorful feast for the eyes. The grapes have been picked and wineries are busy crushing the year's harvest. Anderson Valley in Mendocino County has become a world class wine growing region. There is an annual Pinot Festival, celebrating this grape that enjoys and thrives as a result of the cool fog characteristic of the valley's summer evenings and mornings.

The hot dry summers of this Mediterranean climate mean that the hills turn 'gold'...contrasting with the green live oak trees, a well known feature of the landscape in this part of California. Vineyards are irrigated by taking water from the little hill streams that feed into the Navarro River and storing it in man-made ponds....which means we have lost the salmon that also need that Navarro River water for spawning. Dry years have meant headaches over water for the wine growers, but last year's rain relieved some of that worry, for now, anyway.

The old stagecoach road that connected inland towns with the coast still runs through this valley. It's just a two lane mountain road that winds through hills, sheep country, vineyards, and redwood forests. It is a lovely drive .... uniquely beautiful, and rural, and very precious, given the highly populated and developed condition of much of California!

Tags:   barn California wine country Mendocino County vineyards fall color after the harvest Anderson Valley Northern California www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography coastal range

N 13 B 436 C 6 E Jan 17, 2017 F Oct 30, 2017
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California so badly needs rain! I am looking forward to our rainy season! We have a Mediterranean mixed with Pacific Northwest climate on the Coast. No rain all summer long....the wild grasses along all the iconic hillsides forested by live oaks turn "California gold". All that changes with our rains and we enjoy several months of lush green hills. But recently we endured five years of terrible drought, thankfully broken by beautiful rainfall last winter, and I'm hoping for another winter of plenty again.

Tags:   rain everning lights street urban landscape Fort Bragg, California Northern California historic buildings www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography

N 14 B 345 C 2 E Jun 28, 2015 F Oct 29, 2017
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The Gold Rush of 1848 brought adventurers to this part of California. It also brought the tragic demise of the native population that used to depend on the acorns from the many oak trees in the valley. The Euro Americans that subsequently settled here cut down the redwood forests, planted apple trees and raised sheep. This is a historic barn that remains from one of their 19th century homesteads. The road that runs through the valley is a former stagecoach road that connected inland towns to the coast. Anderson Valley is now a beautiful wine growing region of Mendocino County that produces many excellent wines, including pinots. Anderson Valley's close proximity to the cold Northern Pacific makes for cool evenings, despite the inland summer heat. More on this lovely valley here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anderson_Valley

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N 10 B 377 C 4 E Feb 26, 2007 F Oct 27, 2017
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Along the Ligurian Coast right next to the border with France is the town of Ventimiglia with its stunning Mediterranean garden open to the public. This was a charming detail among the many beautiful areas of the gardens. Loved the dappled shade and sheltered feeling of this sweet fountain and that someone before me had made an offering of a camellia to the god of the fountain, Dionysus.

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Dartington Gardens are part of an ancient property that was originally the site of an 11th century Norman hall and tower. These are now part of a college of arts and crafts. Devon, the beautiful southwestern county between Cornwall and Dorset is located in SW England.


English gardens are characterized by their combination of formal and wild elements. Dartington is no exception. This is a glimpse of one of the more formal motifs in the garden. Loved this place! More about these gardens here: www.dartington.org/visit/the-gardens/

Another photo from my archives, from a 2003 trip to England.

Tags:   Dartington Gardens Devon historic property SW England England UK gardens urn clematis www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography


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