Caught sunrise in Carneros this morning. My internal clock has been off a bit, shuttling between Napa and New York and back, so there are times lately when I’ve risen before sunlight.
One of the things you notice on the country back roads waiting for the sun is the photographers. They’re out there, with their cameras and tripods, waiting for those magic moments between dawn and sunrise when the light is soft and the sun hits the grape leaves, which are a kaleidoscopic mix of green, brown, yellow and orange.
Today, as cows mooed and birds chirped and commuters headed to the city of Napa, I ran into one of those photographers, Janis Miglavs, a freelancer who is working on a photographer’s guide to Napa and Sonoma. We recently purchased one of his photos, a picture of Yaluma winery in Australia, which will be on page 103 of the Nov. 30, 2008, issue with the Syrah cover story.
This morning’s sunrise wasn’t as spectacular as Monday’s, when a low-lying fog hung in the narrow nooks and crannies of Carneros. Photographers like Miglavs move to different sites so they can capture the sun peeking over different hillsides. Once it’s too bright and sunny, they retreat, only to return at sunset, where the landscape takes on still different dimensions highlighted by the fading sun.
Kris Moe — Glen Ellen, CA — October 25, 2008 11:28am ET
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