A Thanksgiving Tradition

I noticed that the older I get the more appreciative I am of the traditions in my life. A few years ago we started the tradition of driving to Napa as an alternative to shopping on Black Friday. While we were busy on Black Friday as we were hosting a Friendsgiving, we managed to continue the drive to Napa on Saturday. As luck would have it, the conditions were not ideal for a photo session. It was grey and misty and drizzly and cold. I did most of my shooting while the car was on the move. There was little chance to step out of the car and explore on foot because darkness was descending on the valley way too fast and the air was getting colder by the minute.

Don't get me wrong here, all year long we take drives to Napa. With its proximity to us, it is what we call our instant vacation destination if we only have a few hours to get away. However, there is something about the valley in November that I love. It's not one specific thing, but a combination of small things.

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Rain is coming.

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Rainbow sighting is a bonus.

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Birds, birds!

Napa in November photos:

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  1. I've only been there once on a train trip for a good dinner and wine tasting. How nice.

  2. I've only been there once on a train trip for a good dinner and wine tasting. How nice.

  3. Your tradition of Napa Valley after Thanksgiving is like our going to a Christmas market somewhere nearby here in Europe, Maria. I LOVE these traditions. They're what make us tick, year after year!

  4. Several great sky shots ~ love the rainbow ~ we had one recently and I always feel there is something sacred about it ~ thanks

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

  5. I would have to say those are great photos for "drive by" photography especially.

  6. Great shots, so nice the birds image!

  7. Wonderful seris with beautiful fall colours.
    I love that shot of all those bords!

  8. Hello, gorgeous series on Napa. I love the vineyards. The birds shot is cool. Pretty rainbow! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  9. What a wonderful trip. Thanks for allowing us to tag along with you.

  10. Mm lovely... a perfect instant vacation destination ... you are fortunate. TG weekend is known as a great time to go wine tasting, at least in in Oregon.... was it too cold for you to visit and sample at your favorite wineries?

  11. I have never been to Napa. I loved the rainbow and the bird picture. What a lovely setting. The Unknown Journey Ahead http://agingonthespectrum.blogspot.com

  12. Wow! Love the murmuring birds shot

  13. Beautiful shots of the scenery.

  14. That's a perfect place to be grateful for all great accomplishments! Really love the autumn scenery there <3!

  15. Pictures with vineyard are the best for me, beautiful colours of Autumn. Picture with birds scares me a little bit. It reminds me of Hitchcock's movie. It's a compliment :)

  16. So lovely place and amazing views of autumn aspects! So incredible nature aspects captured. Many thanks for this beautiful trip and walk! Have a very good day and week, too!

  17. Oh my gosh, in the one photo the birds like are everywhere and make the post appear to be a tree without leaves. What a find! I enjoyed the cyber tour. Thank you.

  18. I can see why you like the place this time of year. The birds are most liekly starlings :)


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