Paradise, Napa Valley (Part II)

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I usually don’t like mustard

Late winter and early Spring are our favorite times in Napa Valley.  For one thing, the temperatures are milder and the influx of visitors has not yet reached its maximum volume.  It feels like we have the place to ourselves, at least on occasion.  A favorite part of late winter/early Spring is when the mustard plants start to bloom, filling almost every open space across the Valley.  Driving north on Silverado Trail you’ll see mustard plants growing between the grape vines.

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Mustard and vines

It’s almost as if Mother Nature knew the winter vines needed some color to dress up their spindly, leafless appearance.  Spring is also a great time for hiking and exploring the vastness of our natural beauty – beyond the vines.

We enjoy hiking Westwood Park (above), which is about a half mile from our house. We also enjoy visiting the many lakes, rivers and creeks that are within driving distance.

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Marshlands at site of former Skagg Island Naval Communication Center
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Lake Berryessa
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Lake Berryessa
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We didn’t steal the sign
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Lake Berryessa
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Lake Hennessey
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Two of my girls at Lake Hennessey
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It stopped just long enough!
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Our backyard in Spring

Let us know which is your favorite picture of Napa Valley, we’d love to hear from you. If you have a Napa picture that you like, please share it!

John & Irene Ingersoll

November 19, 2016

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5 thoughts on “Paradise, Napa Valley (Part II)

  1. Fall is my favorite time in Napa. I have many beautiful photos… all of the seasons.

    We should meet up for dinner soon in one of the napa restaurants! I’d love to hear about your trip!

  2. Looks like some nice weather. How are the fall colors? I drove through around this time last year and they were pretty epic. But, I feel like the leaves are dropping sooner this year up here in Sacramento. I would have loved to have made it back again to photograph some more fall colors but I didn’t make it this year…

    1. The fall colors are definitely in effect. We harvested earlier this year so the leaves turned pretty quickly – they go from green to multi-colored soon after the grapes are picked. Looks amazing.

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