2018 Harvest

I has been several years since I have covered the harvest at the Rosati Family Winery. This year was the latest harvest in a number of years for the this vineyard that is nestled along a ridge top high above the Russian River valley in Southern Mendocino County. The day started well before sunrise with the fog lying low in the valley only to rise up to the vineyard right at sunrise and hung on until late morning. This made for some interesting photos of the workers early in the day harvesting fruit from exquisite cabernet sauvignon vines.

Wings Over Wine…

A few images from this years Wings Over Wine Country airshow at Charles M. Shultz Sonoma County Airport. Including CALFIRE Tanker 85 and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team demonstration. 

August in the vineyard…

It was 12 years ago July when I first photographed the Rosati Family Winery vineyard perched high above the Russian River in southern Mendocino County, California. Over the years I have been to the vineyard during every season from mid Summer heat to frost covered ground in the midst of Winter. The vineyard has a personality that is always interesting and changing. Here are a few images from August about a month before harvest of the 2018 vintage of fine cabernet grapes.

Salt Creek Falls, Oregon…

Its been some time since I photographed water falls and though the timing was not the best with smoke from distant forest fires clouding the air, it was still great to work on composition and technique that will pay off next time.


I recently had my slide film scanned from my participation with Cordell Expeditions in 1988 as a diver/photographer when we were the first divers to explore a remote seamount 4 miles off the coast of Pt. Sur, California. Back then these were heady dives to depths exceeding 150 feet in the open ocean while fighting strong currents and sometimes rough seas. More about this adventure here.

Nautical Chart showing the shallow underwater sea mount off Pt. Sur, CA

My gear at the time, double 72 CF tanks, Nikonos V camera with large Ikelite underwater strobe.

Rough conditions with the my boat on site tied to the descent line, the grey inflatable would shuttle us between the Cordell Explorer and the decent line.

Massive hydrocoral and clear water down 120 feet. Malfunction of my film camera resulted in the line on the right side of the frame.

At the end of each trip a group photo was in order.

Big Sur Below the Surface…

It has been 30 years since I last had an opportunity to explore what lies beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Big Sur, California. The last time, I was a diver/photographer for Cordell Expeditions exploring and documenting a remote seamount 2 miles off shore from Pt. Sur. During the expeditions conditions would not always allow us time to dive on the seamount – “Schmieder Bank” (the seamount was later named after our expedition leader Dr. Robert Schmieder). We would make the most of what ever mother nature served up and explore the near shore coastline along Big Sur. Fast forward 30 years later and I joined a group of experienced divers aboard the Truth Aquatics – Vision dive boat.  We set off at 3am on a foggy Friday morning and headed north to the remote coastline off Big Sur. We spent 3 days diving remote off shore pinnacles including the famous “Jade Cove“. Underwater photography, even with the advent of digital photography remains one of the most challenging forms of photography but also one of the most rewarding!

Video from this trip – Diving Big Sur 2018















New Construction Documentary…

This is a clip from a year long project to document the construction of a Sonoma County wine country custom home. The project started in January, 2018 with both still photos and video of the construction process and will wrap up once the home is completed by the end of this year.

2018 Recruits of SRFD…

Santa Rosa Fire Department’s first recruit class of 2018 begin their journey with a 6 week intensive training academy to get them ready to join the ranks of the department as Firefighter Paramedics.

Underwater Maui…

Underwater photography off Maui, HI. Images taken at Molokini Crater and the “landing craft” site of Maui.

Last time was March 31, 1866…

Luck came my way while at a planned trip to Bodega Bay, on my birthday no less! A Super Blue Blood Moon was scheduled for early on the January 31st 2018. After some research into timing, position and finding a compelling foreground for this event, the last factor was the weather. Certainly not every photo shoot comes out exactly as planned and one thing I have found is that it is good to have a pre-plan but just as important is to be flexible and ever vigilant for moments that exceed your preconceptions. The last time there was two full moons in the same month (blue moon), a total eclipse of the moon (blood moon) and the moon being extra close to the earth (super moon) was over 150 years ago. The next one is just around the corner in 2037!



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