An Afternoon in the Russian River Valley

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Oaks west of Windsor Native Oaks in the Russian River Valley

I was actually driving around the area west of Windsor along the Russian River looking for old barns to photograph.   As often happens, I found no barns worth shooting, but managed to stumble upon this nice little grove of young oaks next to the La Petite Etoile (The Little Star) vineyard.  And yes, there are still a few acres of native lands left in the Russian River Valley that have not yet been converted to vineyards.  But the thought also crossed my mind that because this little parcel of native oaks is so close to the vineyard, it might be nice to immortalize its beauty in pictures.  The late afternoon sun lent some nice shadows to the scene, and the lack of undergrowth allowed the colors of the grasses and wildflowers to shine through.  So, you just never know what you’re going to find when you embark on a day’s photo quest.  I’ve often said that some of my favorite images were taken on the way to somewhere else.  Isn’t that a little bit like life itself?   Your life may be taking you in one direction, but you better smell the roses along the way.

Equipment:  Nikon D810; Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 lens; Induro monopod

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