It's been so hot this summer in Sonoma!! Perhaps my tomatoes might actually ripen this year!!
A French Bulldog. Her name is Tessa!!
Situated along the main gateway between Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley, The Gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma are a series of walk-through gardens showcasing new and innovative designs from the world's finest landscape architects and designers. When commissioned, these artists were given the freedom to create anything from traditional gardens to modern, conceptual installations.
Olympus digital camera, EP-2
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Here is a recent post from our weekend in Yountville, CA. Some of the best food in the world. Shots include, the French Laundry's 3 acre organic garden, and some of my favorite local restaurants.
More shots to come and more at my flicker site.
Leica M9 - Voigtländer 50mm/f1.1
One of my favorite spots in Sonoma County, Barndiva in Healdsburg. Great wine, food and setting..
Ryan Fancher is our chef de cuisine. He worked with Thomas Keller for three years at the French Laundry before moving to NYC as part of the opening team for Per Se. For the past few years he has been earning great props in his own right working for several distinguished restaurants in Napa County.
Barndiva, Heldsburg, CA, Leica m9, Nokton 50mm f1.1, Wine Country.
We were thrilled to have our 4th "Outstanding in the Field" farm to table dinner at Hudson Ranch & Vineyards in Napa this year. The guest chefs were Curtis Di Fede & Tyler Rodde form Oenotri in Napa and the wine and all of the produce was from the Hudson Ranch. Can't say enough about the event! Check it out at outstandinginthefield.com.
Lee Hudson and Hudson Vineyards have a tradition for growing some of the best grapes and making wine in the Napa Valley, today they continue that tradition with the ranch. Hudson Ranch is known for it's high quality estate grown produce, poultry and pork. Hudson Ranch's product reaches people both through a popular local CSA program and distribution to select restaurants around the Bay Area. Our guest chefs Curtis Di Fede and Tyler Rodde grew up in the Napa Valley. At our table set on the ranch our local chefs will take full advantage of all that is available at Hudson Ranch.
Olympus Pen EP-2, 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens.
New Additions to the Brown family. Carly and Tommy are twin Jacob Sheep born May 31, 2011.
The Jacob sheep is a rare breed of small, piebald (black and white spotted), polycerate (multi-horned) sheep. Jacobs may have as many as six horns, although four horns is most common. Jacobs are usually raised for their wool, meat, and hides. They are kept as pets and ornamental animals, and have been used as guard animals to protect farm property from theft or vandalism and to defend other livestock against predators.
Among the many accounts of ancient breeds of piebald sheep is the story of Jacob from the first book of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. According to the Book of Genesis (Genesis 30:31–43), in what may be the earliest recorded attempt at selective breeding, Jacob took every speckled and spotted sheep from his father-in-law's (Laban's) flock and bred them. The Jacob is indeed named for the Biblical figure of Jacob. The resulting breed may have accompanied the westward expansion of human civilization through Northern Africa, Sicily, Spain and eventually England.
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an oceanfront amusement park in Santa Cruz, California. Founded in 1907, it is California's oldest surviving amusement park and one of the few seaside parks on the West Coast of the United States.
Crepuscular rays (pronounced /krɪˈpʌskjələr/, also known as God Rays), in atmospheric optics, are rays of sunlight that appear to radiate from a single point in the sky. These rays, which stream through gaps in clouds or between other objects, are columns of sunlit air separated by darker cloud-shadowed regions. The name comes from their frequent occurrences during crepuscular hours (those around dawn and dusk), when the contrasts between light and dark are the most obvious.
Olympus digital camera, EP-2, Olympus Pen, Zuiko 14-42 Zoom.