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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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Mar 312014
 

A bathtub in the middle of a field.  OK.  Must be used as a water bucket, best I can figure.  Cows get thirsty too.  I didn’t notice any cows, though.  Or horses.  Looks kind of inviting.  Threatening weather, though.  Wanna get in?  Maybe the sun will come out a bit.

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 How About a Bath?  March 31, 2014  Rural Tagged with: , , , , ,  No Responses »
Mar 082014
 

Yes, it’s beginning to fade, but still it is winter.  At least it is in California.  Is it where you live?  This shot is was taken over my back fence as the sky was going through its early morning color display and the grasses in the field were covered with a deep and persistent frost.  I don’t necessarily like being out in the cold, but the awesome color drew me out this morning.

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 Winter Frost  March 8, 2014  Rural, Winter Tagged with: , , , , , , ,  No Responses »
Jul 122013
 

I did it.  I hate being a dense, thoughtless tourist, but I actually stopped in the middle of the road, got out with as much composure as I could muster and took a few shots.  Now there certainly wasn’t much traffic, but you never know when the next car will come racing up from behind.  I kept looking, but no, nothing.  A couple cars in front, nothing behind.  Just the seemingly unending expanse of central Washington and its wheat crop.  Everywhere I looked was planted in wheat and the road was somehow planted right in the middle of it.

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Jun 152013
 

It’s both a blessing and a curse that I live so close, in fact am virtually surrounded by large fields.  This time of year the pollens flow freely and I’ve developed, over the past few years, some allergic symptoms to all of the otherwise beauty and abundance of the flowering shrubs and grasses.  Never-the-less, I do take the time to appreciate what’s given in my surroundings and I’ll take the blessings of nature over my frustrations any day.  On this particular evening the bales were still there, cut, baled and ready to be taken in for storage.  The sun and clouds/coastal fog were doing a dance for a while when most of the clouds just vanished before the sun set.  The trailing color was stunning.

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 Hay Bales at Sunset  June 15, 2013  Rural Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Mar 102013
 

It’s spring again; at least here in California.  And that means that the mustard is in bloom.  Splashes of yellow, large and small, all around.  I grabbed my rusty old bike out of the barn, slung my camera bag over my shoulder and away I rode.  Less than a mile away there’s one of the big ones.  I had fun wandering around searching for good angles while the bees were buzzing for that yummy spring nectar.

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 Spring Mustard  March 10, 2013  Rural Tagged with: , , , , , ,  No Responses »
Feb 272012
 

It seems that a cow is content with what is.  Sun, wind, rain, cold, heat, they always just seem to go about their business, usually eating, in whatever conditions life brings them.  There must be a lesson in there somewhere.  We humans are so busy rushing from here to there, filling our plate, adding to an already busy life, trying to get more and more done.  Cows just seem to fit in.  And when they find a fresh bed of soft hay in amongst the old farm implements… well, I guess that’s just a little piece of heaven.

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 At Home in the Hay  February 27, 2012  Rural Tagged with: , , , , ,  No Responses »
Nov 302011
 

There’s no place like home.  There’s no place like home.

Yes, home seems like a good place to start this little adventure.  There are so many interesting little cubby holes and places to explore right around home.  Sometimes I forget that as I imagine all the beautiful and exotic places to go.  Alas, this somewhat foggy morning I was out on the deck admiring the sunrise when I noticed this flock of wild turkeys wandering around in the field just beyond the back fence.  I quickly ran into the house and grabbed my camera and tried to sneak up on them so they wouldn’t get spooked.  Oh, well.  Now I’m glad they did take flight.  Yes, there’s no place like home….  Now where have I heard that before?

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 Turkeys In Flight  November 30, 2011  Rural Tagged with: , , , , ,  No Responses »