Photography: Fall Fashions in Wine Country

All Photos Copyright 2019 Russell Johnson

Unless you go to the mountains, California is not known for its fall colors. Yes, there are splashes here and there, but not the blazing displays you will find in colder, wetter climes. But, the planting of thousands of acres of wine grapes over the past thirty years or so, has created a new fall fashion. Here are a few from Sonoma/Napa wine country.

OldVines, Sonoma, CA

Red and Green Vines, Sonoma
Harlequin Vines – (c) Russell Johnson

Fall Colors - Far Niente Road, Napa CalifFar Niente Vineyards – Napa

Meow Wolf: A White Wookie, a Giant Spider and a Glowing Mastodon Meet at a Bowling Alley

Meow Wolf, a a strange, whimsical conceptual art installation in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Meow Wolf, a a strange, whimsical conceptual art installation in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Where can you step into an old bowling alley guarded by a giant robot and his spider sidekick, play music on the rib cage of a glowing mastodon, and dance with a white wookie?

Unless the laws of odds are totally out of whack, the ONLY place you can do that is at Meow Wolf, a weird wonderland of whimsy and conceptual art in Santa Fe New Mexico.

I took a walk through it.


Fall Fashions: Views of Autumn

Fall Colors at Far Niente Winery, Napa, California
Photography (c) 2017 Russell Johnson

It was literally a breath of fresh air to experience the fall colors this year. We are headquartered in fire-ravaged Sonoma, California. We evacuated for about a week, but unlike several of our friends, we had a place to come home to. We returned to smoke and ash. Some areas of the Napa and Sonoma valleys were destroyed: homes and memories lost, automobiles and possessions melted. But certainly not all was lost, as you can see in the above picture that we snapped on our way over the mountain from Sonoma to Napa and the old vines below, some of which were still sporting fall plumage after as many as 100 years.