I’ve been noticing lately that there is a stillness about this season that I haven’t noticed before. It’s very hard to capture that feeling in a photo.
There’s been no swirling winds that knock the leaves off the branches. It’s just been incredibly still. I’m a little worried that we won’t get rain again this winter.
Turning Leaves in Bidwell Park
I went to Bidwell Park in Chico, California when I was visiting the other day, with the hope that the leaves would be colorful and falling from the trees. The leaves were just starting to turn and there were so many acorns that it seemed as if they were raining from the sky. The chatter in the trees was amazing to listen to as the acorns fell from above.
Little did I realize that all I needed to do was step outside into my own backyard to find a sight that I don’t usually see. We often have Swallowtail butterflies in the yard but seldom do you see a Monarch.
Resting in the Magnolia
So when I saw this, I grabbed my camera and waited……and chased……..and waited……and chased……and waited. This was a very shy butterfly.
Drinking from the Dahlia
My patience paid off and I can return to the calm that continues to surround this season.
We ran out to the Suisun Valley last evening to capture a few images of the grapes while they were still on the vine.
A Good Harvest
These grapes were due to be picked very early this morning. I don’t need to tell you that these grapes will make some luscious red wine.
Autumn is Nearing
What I do need to tell you is that the Suisun Valley is an up and coming place to go taste wine. It was just written up in The North Bay Business Journal and there are some, long established, Napa wineries that are moving into this valley.
Calm Before the Harvest
It’s not very far to go for many of us. It doesn’t have the crowds, the expensive tasting fees, or trouble with parking.
It does have friendly people, good wine, and lovely picnic areas. You’d better go try it before the word gets out. I am lucky; it’s virtually in my backyard.
Quiet Little Valley
In a few weeks this valley will be ablaze of yellows, reds, and oranges. The harvest is in and Autumn is here. Drink in all those colors that life has to offer.