Napa Valley Fall
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This image was taken up in the Napa Valley during what is known to photographers as the Golden Hour. The Golden Hour occurs 1/2 hour before and after sunrise and again before and after sunset.
I captured this during the month of November. This makes getting up for the Golden Hour much easier as the sun doesn't rise until around 7:00 am at that time of year. All of the grapes have been picked and the grapevines and trees are now starting to lose thier leaves and go into winter dormancy. It is during this time that winter storms start to move in and saturate the soil and prepare the vones for another growing season.
The Napa Valley has always depended on agricalture as thier primary econmic engine. The very first settlers of the area raised cattle, farmed grain and grew fruit crops including peaches. The first commercial winery was opened by John Patchaett in 1859. Now the Napa area is known as one of the finest wine producing regions in the world.
Napa county has worked to save thier heritage in a number of ways.
In 1990 the county voters approved measure J. This ensured that the county zoning laws would remain unchanged until the year 2020.
In 1976 the Land trust of Napa County was created. This trust was created to preserve the local open spaces and natural beauty of Npa county. The trust now covers over 50,000 acres of land.
May 9th, 2012
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