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St. Helena

Near St. Helena, my siblings and I own the tiny parallelogram of land where we grew up. We like it there; it has a lot to enjoy (hill, pastures, creek, several kinds of oaks, eucalyptus trees, birds, flowers, fruits, mushrooms...).

It is rainy and cold there in the winter; balmy and green, with lots of flowers, in the spring; and hot and dry in the summer. Autumn is kindof a combination of all of them--what I remember from then is not the weather, so much as the nose-wrinkling smells from heaps of fermenting grapeskins and the ever-increasing, industrial clamor of the bustling harvest, subsiding, after that much-overrated hullaballoo, to the subtle aroma of puffballs in the damp and quietly greening fields.

Naked Ladies
"Naked Ladies"
Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus
St. Helena Sunset
St. Helena Sunset
Branches in the pick-up
Branches in the pick-up
Same Sunset, Opposite Direction
Same Sunset, Opposite Direction
Valley Oak
Valley Oak
Vineyards...endlessly...
Vineyards...endlessly...
Woodpile
Woodpile
Black Oak
Black Oak
Lichens on Fender
Lichens on Fender
Madrone Bark
Madrone Bark
Quince
Quince