Tranquility base

In our visits to the Sonoma and Mendocino coastline, we sometimes feel a little frustrated to find that some of the most beautiful and tempting areas are inaccessible. The reasons can vary; a lot of coastal property is privately owned and jealously guarded. Or maybe the landscape doesn’t allow for safe access to the shore. We’ve also found that some […]

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Throwing shade

When the afternoon sun gets a bit too strong, there’s nothing like hiding under the shade of old oak trees for a few minutes. It’s extra good if a cool breeze happens to come along. A drink of cool water from my flask, and then I can carry on and make it back to the waiting car. Which is parked, […]

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Vineyard trail

With over 30 wineries and 9,000 acres of vineyards currently in Lake County, it’s never too surprising to find yourself driving or hiking in close proximity to a vast field of carefully staked grapevines. On my hike to the McVicar Audubon Sanctuary near Lower Lake, part of the trail ran alongside a portion of land belonging to Vigilence Vineyards. I’m […]

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Ocean views

I could really spend hours gazing at the ocean off the Northern California coast, and I sometimes manage to shoot a few pictures as well! We were fortunate to make it over to the coast on three separate trips last year, in April, September, and November. It was the first time in ages that I’d seen the coast in springtime, […]

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Surf’s up!

I’m a little disappointed that during our recent stay in Mendocino County I didn’t capture more shots of the high, wild surf rolling in off the Pacific. We had some pretty blustery days, and I’m sure there were at least a few surfers out during the week, waiting in the water for the perfect wave to come along. I never […]

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