Mustard Season: California Wine Country


 

 

Sonoma is bursting with color.

This year’s mustard crop is vibrant and lush thanks to the rain and sudden spike in temperatures.

 

 

 

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The Old Vines

 

 

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The Hills Are Alive

 

 

 

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

~ Dorothea Lange

 

 

 

 

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Early Morning, Anderson Valley

 

 

 

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Sonoma Studebaker

 

 

 

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Mustard Bloom

 

 

 

“The more complex the network is, the more complex its pattern of interconnections, the more resilient it will be.”

~ Fritjof Capra

 

 

 

 

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Vineyard Patterns

 

 

 

 

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Dry Creek Valley Mustard

 

 

 

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Rows, Anderson Valley

 

 

 

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

~Vincent Van Gogh

 

 

 

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Cockadoodle Doo

 

 

 

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Dry Creek Vines

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seasons 

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81 comments

  1. Behind the simplicity of these images lies careful composition. And I love that, Jane.

  2. What a lovely place you captured here, Jane. 🙂

  3. Amazing, this landscape looks as vibrant and fertile as they come. Looking out of my window to observe piles of snow, this strikes me as paradise!

  4. Great collection… wonderful subject, light, patterns and colors!

  5. There is so much beauty in these photos, that I itch to go there and run the fields

  6. Really awesome and lively photos here! Liked your photography style 🙂

    Cheers,
    Firasz

  7. Wonderful photos! 😀

    Please see my second blog, related to photography! 😀
    https://nfrancaphotography.wordpress.com/

  8. Beautiful images – love the Studebaker

  9. Such beautiful images; I love the Van Gogh quote, and of course the old Studebaker truck.

    • Hi Charlie– I may need to go back there– that was a great truck! It’s surrounded by walnut trees along with the mustard. Pretty neat. Glad you enjoyed these–thank you so much.

  10. These are terrific Jane – hard to choose a favorite but the Studebaker shot does call out for special attention! Beautiful colors and landscapes.

  11. Jane–you’ve given me a wonderful visual treat. What gorgeous shots. The color, composition, and light are stunning and joyful. Thanks for brightening my morning!

  12. This is such a fascinating post ~ your first two shots work very well together, yet very diverse as well. Such beautiful colors and you’ve created some great angles and contrasts. Also, you’ve added a quote that is absolutely true: “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

    • Hi Randall, I think that is why I find shooting in wine country so fascinating and challenging. You can go wide or focus on the small moments of beauty. Dorothea Lange’s quote along with a similar one by Berenice Abbot (my tagline) are among my favorites. Thanks so much for your thoughts.

  13. Wonderful blast of color…here it is more variants on the theme of dirty snow. I really like how you resisted the urge to tidy things up and square lines and horizons in many of these shots. Nice…you make the viewer stop and look at your subject as well as the lines.

    • HI Patricia– Great observation. The vineyard lines, the hillsides and mountains make shooting there a fun, creative challenge. There are many convergent lines and curves and I do like the tension that they create. Glad you think they work. Thanks so much.

  14. Hi Jane, nice collection of vineyards. In Alicante, Spain, this year we had no winter and from middle of January the field is already blossomed.
    Regards

  15. The trees look like Jewish candlesticks. I like this photo very much.

  16. BREATHTAKING shots!!! Love the rooster adding in a glimpse of red to all of the golden colors….so “FEEL GOOD” 😘

  17. That closeup of the Mustard Bloom is a masterful use of selective focus to pull off a yellow-on-yellow image. What a beautiful day to be in the Napa Valley.
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  18. So vibrant, especially with your black surrounding colour scheme.

  19. Apparently, all you really had to do was turn around and snap a shot to get a wicked good one, eh? Or…are you just making it look easy again?

  20. So gorgeous… as always! I especially love the Vineyard patterns and rows and the Cockadoodle Doo made me smile 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Noortje. I, too, am fascinated by the patterns of the vineyards. It really makes me think about composition. I do think of you when I am shooting close-ups– lots of flowers — that’s for another post. 😉

  21. Lovely! My fav is the rooster!

    Xo

    Sent from my iPhone

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  22. Such vibrant color and interesting diversions to the mustard theme

  23. Green and fresh looks like the theme here. Wonderful shots. My favorite has to be the cockatoo one – so cute peeking out from the grass 😀 Love the van Gogh quote. Beauty is always around us 🙂

  24. this is just fascinating, elegant images brings much more joy and happiness.

  25. You’re making me homesick for California. Loved the Studebaker and the rooster..and mustard of course.

  26. I love these, Jane. Sonoma calendar worthy. 🙂 That rooster is a surprise capture and the best of the bunch with its pop of red.

  27. Wow Jane, so good to see those glorious golden colours and thank you for reminding me of happy times in lovely Anderson Valley!

  28. I love the mustard color and especially cockadoodle doo! Is this the plant we get mustard seed and powder from????

    • Hi Jeannie– I will do some more research. A cover crop that I would assume is put to good use. I suppose it doesn’t hurt for tourism either. Glad you liked them especially Mr. Rooster. Thank you!

  29. Lovely series, I like them all but the cockrell one does it for me!

  30. So lovely photos… the fields are amazing. And so is the Studebaker even though it seems like it would need a little more care.

  31. Lovely images. Good to see some colours in our colourless winter world…(Suzanne)

  32. Jane, what gorgeous shots. I can’t decide on a favorite, maybe Anderson Valley. Love how they’re interlaced with the vineyards.

  33. Lovely Jane!! Would love to see wine country in the spring. Have always been a harvest time visitor.

  34. Love these vivid colors and especially that cockadoodle do!

  35. It’s starting to look like spring there while we’re trapped in winter. Enjoy yourself. Hope you had a nice wine while in Sonoma. 🙂

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