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May 172016
 

Night is a wonderful time to be hanging out at the hot tubs at Wilbur hot springs.  The air is cool, the tubs warm and the naturally green water pool is so refreshing after soaking in the tubs.  To go back and forth beneath a clear sky as the moon rises in the east… just a little bit of heaven on Earth.

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Mar 312015
 

The Russian River meanders through Sonoma county in California, meeting the Pacific Ocean at Jenner.  Before it gets there it travels through a lot of wine country.  Many a vineyard pulls water out of its flow to irrigate their vines.  In fact, the Russian River appellation is a well known region of luscious California wines.  On this day I was out playing with my camera, visiting some of the many great wineries and enjoying the crispness of the day.

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Nov 112014
 

This is the spot.  The calling card for the Wilbur Hot Springs experience.  It’s the main draw for all who come here.  And believe me, it’s worth it.  The cold pool is invitingly green and natural.  The perfect place to submerge into after soaking in the warm or hot mineral waters in the bath house.  So inviting, so relaxing.  Ahhh.

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Aug 092014
 

It was a rather gloomy evening.  In a trip down the west coast, I stopped here in sleepy Crescent City in order to be in the redwoods during the light the next day.  I wanted to get out and roam around the town, but it was just so foggy and cold.  Mid summer too.  So, I went out to a waterfront park and spied this remote looking peninsula and its funky lighthouse structure.  I don’t even know if a wayward ship could even have spotted it and its warning.  No matter, for this landlubber at least, it makes for a great photo subject.

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Jun 282014
 

One year I had a goal of going somewhere, anywhere, at least once a month.  A difficult task but I think I got away 10 of the 12 months.  On this particular month I decided to take a day trip up north on the California coastal highway.  A beautiful winding road up the coastline, highway 1 is a must if you’ve never done it.  North of San Francisco is wild and scenic all the way up until it runs into highway 101 and the redwoods.  But here, at Pt. Arena, is a lighthouse, one of a handful on the entire coastline.  It sits atop some rugged cliffs, warning the ships of yesteryear of the presence of the hazards.  A beautiful place, a beautiful drive.

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Jan 202014
 

I’d been up Mt. Tam before but never really made the effort or took the time to photograph her.  She’s really one the great power spots of the San Francisco Bay area.  Yes, there’s the golden gate bridge and coit tower and all the rest; the truly famous icons of San Francisco.  But, when discussing natural wonders of the entire area, Mt. Tamalpais, just north of the city in Marin County, is near the top of the list.

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Jan 182014
 

I had heard about this hot springs but never taken the time to seek it out.  So, this time I was determined to slow down and find it.  Easy!  No problem!  I stayed in the town of Bridgeport while up in the Sierra mountains so it was a no brainer.  It’s almost right in town; less than a mile from the center of the small mountain town.  Ahhh….  It’s truly a great spot.  And the pools that were created for the warm underground water… well, a perfect spot for viewing the grandeur of the Sierra mountains while soaking in the warm water.

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Oct 172013
 

Fall is such an incredible time of color and change.  The natural world is on its way to death; only to begin anew again next spring, I might add.  But now, it’s autumn.  I’m enjoying the warm days and cool nights here in my part of California.  And my little part includes the too-numerous-to-mention wine vineyards, in whatever season always an incredible subject for a photographic image or two.  This one comes from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County.

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Sep 212013
 

Fall is fast approaching which reminds me that the grape harvest is happening around here.  So I think of wine and then I remember the Frey house.  It’s part of a biodynamic winery up in Mendocino county somewhere in the middle of nowhere.  It’s family run and this house is part of what is possible to rent for your next big event.  It’s a fun place.  Drink up.

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Aug 052013
 

Wine country.  That’s what I often say when someone asks me where I live.  There are so many vineyards and wineries around here, dotted within the valleys and hillsides north of San Francisco.  I used to buy wine only from Sonoma county, the county I live in.  But now, since I went to a wedding in Napa county and went back to explore the area, I do, on occasion, purchase something from Napa.  Actually, I don’t even drink that much wine.  It’s the beauty of the area that I really like.  These vineyards are up on the hillside above St. Helena.

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