Last weekend, we received a glorious and much-needed 1.17 inches of rain. Much of this came Friday night (Halloween) which wasn't great for the kids out trick-or-treating, but for those of us desperate for a wet winter, the rainfall was a treat indeed. In between Saturday's showers, Lauren Cross got some great photos that captured the feel of that day beautifully: skies still mostly cloudy, soil colors deepened to warm blacks, sparkles of light from the drops of water still clinging to the vines and wires. I wanted to share some of my favorites. First, a look up one of our hills, with a great view of the changing skies:
Next, a close-up of a second-crop cluster, wet with raindrops from one of Saturday's many showers:
I love the brighter feel (as well as the colors the light brings out) of this shot of our chicken coop, caught when the clouds parted and the sun snuck through:
And finally, the shot we take so often, looking over Roussanne and Tannat blocks to the colors of Grenache Blanc and Syrah behind:
Our early rain has, if nothing else, put us all in a good mood as we get to watch the hillsides start to turn green. With all the fruit safely in the cellar, the cover crop seeded and compost spread in the vineyard, it can get serious any time it likes.