Local View of Napa

Another Tuesday, and I am off to Napa Valley. I thought this would be a return trip to a familiar place. Wineries, galleries, and grapevines. Wrong. I was treated to an insider view of the beautiful landscape.

First stop Solano Lake Park.

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Lake Solano Park
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What do you see? I’m always seeing something. This time, a kind of rabbit. Or the shape of one of my grandson’s stuffed monsters

I looked up the Monticello Dam and found out that this spillway provides a safety valve during an El Niño. I guess I will need to make another visit since California is still in a drought. The concrete structure inspired this photograph.

Monticello Dam curves
Monticello Dam curves

Across from the dam a highway crew was shoring up a cliff to prevent a rock slide. I got the opportunity to photograph as the workers were scaling the sides since we had to wait for a lead car.

Cliffs found near the Monticello Dam
Cliffs found near the Monticello Dam
Highway crew scales cliff
Highway crew scales cliff

The Butter Cream Bakery located in Napa provided us with a real local dining experience. Yum!

I took this photo and processed it two different ways trying to get a feeling of the age. Dull versus extreme bright colors. Which do you like?

Original

Butter Cream Bakery in Napa
Butter Cream Bakery in Napa

Does this bring back a 1950’s feel?

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Or does the bright colors take you back?

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Mustard flowers grow along grape vines
Mustard flowers grow along grapevines
Mustard blossoms all around
Mustard blossoms all around
Napa Valley view westward
Napa Valley view westward
Alpaca graze in the Napa Valley
Alpaca graze in the Napa Valley
Napa Valley Grape Vines and Mustard
Napa Valley Grapevines and Mustard

 

Ditto pokes his head out to say hello
Ditto pokes his head out to say hello
More concrete forms. What is it?
More concrete forms. What is it?
Tree in winter
Tree in winter
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Wine Bottle Art Sculpture
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Main Street in Napa at the Golden Hour.
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City of Napa 

Hope this shows a different side to the Napa experience. Traveling with my camera exposes me to so much around me. (Pun intended!) Tomorrow I am off to explore with my great camera group. New name for group coming next time.

 

 

 

 

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