Last week’s adventure began with a photo shoot at the Quarryhills Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, California. They had about 40 acres planted with a vineyard and the hillsides planted with an asian garden. Their pond kept us occupied with their dragonflies and I probably spent too much time there chasing dragons and didn’t get to see much of their gardens. The following photos show some of the creatures that I encountered.
After that event, I became a “passenger prisoner” again, my driver headed off to explore a few more wineries to scout for future events where I found some doors for this post.
The first stop was at the Matanzas Creek Winery. It was a beautiful landscaped winery; they are noted to have a lavender garden which we saw but we were a couple weeks early before they flowered. They even set up a frame so photographers have a composition when they host their lavender photo event.
After spending some time at their pond shooting more dragonflies and frogs we hit the road again but before departing I found their shed or storage building that begged to have it’s door photographed.
On the road, we passed this dilapidated structure and immediately stopped, did a u-turn and spent a few minutes looking for doors (well that was my objective) and other compositions to photograph.
We next set our sights for the Quivira Winery and my guide informed me that they had a nicely landscaped garden on the property. That was certainly true but the interest here is on doors so here are a couple of doors from the Quivira Winery (the first, a glass storefront entrance is not interesting but the wooden side doors are certainly worth a second look).
The last destination was a small winery up on a hill but I failed to get the name of it. I didn’t get any photos of any doors there so I’ll post a couple of shots of their vineyard.
The scouting trip ended here and we headed back home to my eventual parole from this event.
Hope you get a chance to checkout all of the posts on Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors website. Norm is the Door Vintner that created the Thursday Doors pictorial barrel and ensures that the door enthusiasts properly ferment their door blogs before releasing them at the right vintage. Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks to Norm 2.0 for his Thursday Doors blog. For more blogs and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.