Dr Marm never without my Nikon!

Lake Berryessa & Napa Valley

                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                      

 

Weather forecast...rain, we lucked out!

It is hard to predict exactly what the weather may bring…happened upon a rainy day with spurts of showers and sunshine.  Perfect for enjoying the Napa Valley and the journey there!

We started with a side trip along wonderful back roads to Lake Berryessa.  The lake was low with water flow–but the patches of blue skies and the rock formations, made for a great photo opportunity.
Wonder how old these rock formations really are?  If I had to go back to my days of Outdoor Education…wish I studied in CA and not Indiana–would be helpful at times like this!! Perhaps a relative of Shale?  Identifications are always welcome and appreciated!
                                                                                          
Slice of rock view

Will revisit when the water is running!

I see this as simply an opportunity to scope out another visit.  This concrete formation pulls water in from the lake and has no noise–due to the engineering–the sound travels straight up, according to a source who has visited it before in it’s glory!  You can see how much higher the water in the lake needs to be in order to cover the “Glory Hole” .

We drove from Davis to Napa via backroads and had the pleasure to catch some wet beauties along the way!

Patch of lace

Stepped out into a huge puddle of mud getting out at this location…turns out it was worth it!

For the barn shots–started to absolutely pour rain.  Thank goodness my D300s is hearty! 

A bit traditional...fence and a barn

Another glimpse
Normally–I have my Lensbaby Composer on my D40x and shoot with both cameras.  My D40x is not able to stand up to the down pours we entered in–so used my Lensbaby briefly on my D300s.   My D40x stayed in it’s dry little case.
Little blur

 

The shot below–didn’t want much blur–just after the reflection.  Lensbaby is like a 50mm w/o the blur effect–I thought it was a nice view–from the window.
No blur just reflection

Advantageous to look where you are about to step…found this “under foot”.

Hint of color

The fun of being with another photographer is twofold–you both see the same opportunities along the road and want to stop!  Then, when you get there–you “see” and “create” different images! These next 3 shots were taken in the same location–pretty certain it was the vast amount of yellow flowers that caught our eye!

In a field of beauty

A vine amidst yellow

The yellow called out to be photographed!

 

Reflections Plenty

 When on a photo journey and not the driver–my camera is usually in my lap.  Was able to get a couple decent shots right out of the window:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Clouds in sunlight

 Think this is one of my favorites–what a great ending to a wonderful day!

Caught in a glow

 

 

 

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3 responses

  1. Beautiful photos, Laura!!! I enjoyed them all! Loved the one colored leaf among all the brown ones though. 🙂

    January 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm

  2. Laura, wonderful blog post with fantastic photos! All images are great but I was especially taken with the golden leaf, lacy vegetation and “caught in a glow” photographs. A delight to view your blog, as always!

    January 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm

  3. More awesome photos! 🙂

    January 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm

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