Rain Drenching in Northern California!

Yesterday afternoon we finally had a drenching of rain in our drought-ridden landscape here in Northern California.  There had been the rumble of very unusual thunder, blustery dark clouds, billowing white clouds and occasional HUGE drops of rain. As luck would have it, farmer and I {and the dogs…} were trying to take down the “Blue Whale Pool” for winter at the time. With Sophie, we had lots of extra helping paws!

As time went by, the thunder grew louder, the wind began to blow cold and brisk and I breathed deeply.(that certainly felt good!) The sky darkened dramatically and suddenly we found ourselves in a huge downpour. We had to RUN for cover as it poured, thundering loudly. We were all soaked but felt like doing a dance of thanksgiving for the rain. And the dogs DID do a dance! :)

I grabbed my camera and tried to capture the huge drops that were now sheeting down. It was something I had never seen up here. Mixed in with the rain were enormous chucks of hail pelting the ground, brilliant rainbows as the sun peeked out now and then and great gusts of wind. The dogs freaked out and wanted to go inside, dirt, mud, muck and all. And they did… as did we. The Blue Whale Pool remains. (A much UNanticipated mess!)

The strange streaks seen in my photos are the actual drops of rain(or hail or both).

Afterward we were treated to a spectacular sunset!


Rain + Apples-©CountryWomanPaints

Rain + Apples

Rain Rain Rain-©CountryWomanPaints

Rain Rain Rain

Rain Drenching-©CountryWomanPaints

Rain Drenching

Rain Streak-©CountryWomanPaints

Rain Streak

Rain Sunset-©CountryWomanPaints

Rain in the Sunset


Dawn’s Trees

Art, Photography and Text by L’Adelaide, ©CountryWomanPaints. All rights reserved.

Eucalyptus Grove Dawn

Eucalyptus Grove Dawn

A lucky capture…
The fog slowly lifting yet hanging within the grove, leaves dripping diamonds.
Standing for over a century.
I can’t tell you how tall but they must have their feet in water!

It was dark even earlier as I watched from my bath, stars glimmering
Starlight, starbright,
first star I see tonight…

sunset smoky sky

Sunset smoky sky

The light has a golden slant that shimmers.
{that might be because of 17 fires burning in Northern California!}.

I haven’t had a window open in a week…Fairly typical for this time of year.
Not because it’s cold but because of bad air quality.

Yearning for fall breezes…


Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art, Photography and Text by L’Adelaide, ©CountryWomanPaints. All rights reserved.


Harvest ~ Sonoma County Pinot 2014

Art, Photography and Text by L’Adelaide, ©CountryWomanPaints. All rights reserved.

Pinot Harvest 2014 Sonoma County-©countrywomanpaints

2014 Pinot Harvest Dawn

 As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, our 2014 pinot harvest is finally in the crusher, despite farmer suddenly bursting out in shingles a few days before!


Pinot Harvest 2014 Begins

Fog hangs heavy over vineyard and hills

  I love this photo taken by farmer at about 6AM. He is an excellent photographer, especially with his “real” camera.

Someday perhaps he’ll again “focus” on his gift of seeing thru the lens!

Grape Picking Begins - ©countrywomanpaints

Grape Picking Begins ~ Harvest 2014


Pinot 2014 Harvest

Pinot 2014 Harvest


Pinot Harvest 2014

Pinot Harvest 2014

 Notice the dripping wires from the cold, foggy night?
Our nighttime temperatures are starting to dip into the low 50’s while shooting up close to 90 during the day. Perfect pinot weather!

Art, Photography and Text by L’Adelaide, ©CountryWomanPaints. All rights reserved.

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Peace Roses Play Hard to Get

peace rose in fall

“Peace” roses in fall

Of all the roses I grow in my gardens, this is my favorite. That’s hard to be absolute about since whenever one of my rosebushes is looking outstanding and blooming her head off, I think she’s the one.

However this old rose, a grandiflora developed following the end of WWII, if kept “clean”, blooms beautifully and fragrantly all summer long. When I mention “clean”, I mean sprayed for all the fungal possibilities, watched for bugs but usually leave them be, deadheaded religiously, watered well and kept away from crowding from other neighbors that, in my garden, inevitably crowd anyway!

See more roses here


Painting a Puppy

drawing of a beagle puppy

drawing of a beagle puppy

I want to paint Sophie, our beagle puppy.

But Sophie doesn’t sit still unless she’s sleeping. I take dozens of photos of her and mostly, she’s just a blur as she zooms by.

Here’s a few

Sophie Beagle

Sweetie Beagley

Isn’t she a cutie?

And it’s extremely doubtful that I’ll paint her in blacks and browns! Except maybe those lovely caramel eyes of hers…


Art, Photography and Text by L’Adelaide, ©CountryWomanPaints. All rights reserved.

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.
~Pablo Picasso


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