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Photograph of the day: Lamp, Cloud, Stone Walls. Castello di Ama, Italy. August 22, 2016. © Copyright 2016 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Midday light along the narrow road through Castello di Ama, Italy

While visiting a vineyard/winery here I learned some things I would not have expected about this part of Italy. I’m used to California’s wine country, especially the areas in northern California where a lot of the vineyards seem to be either on hillsides of quite often in flat river valleys. Here, at least among the vineyards around the area where I made this photograph, the vineyards are on relatively steep hillsides and, as I discovered, on soil that is more rock than dirt. There was a place where the path was well below the level of the soil surface and a section of the rock wall had been removed to show the earth down perhaps 6-8 feet deep… and it was almost entirely rock.

Speaking of these paths, I made this photograph along an old, narrow, winding “road” between the buildings of a now-isolated village. It was midday, when the light becomes much brighter and sharper, though still with that bit of softness that seems to be the norm here...

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Road Through Castello d’Ama. Tuscany, Italy. August 22, 2016. © Copyright 2016 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved. A narrow old road passes between buildings of the village at Castello d’Ama, Italy In this area of Italy, small and sometimes very old…
Road Through Castello d’Ama. Tuscany, Italy. August 22, 2016. © Copyright 2016 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved. A narrow old road passes between buildings of the village at Castell…
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Caffe’ La Curva #1. Panzano, Chianti, Italy. August 21, 2016. © Copyright 2016 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved. Sunday morning visitors outside Caffe’ La Curva, Panzano On this lazy Sunday morning in the Chianti region of Italy we had gotten up, made…
Caffe’ La Curva #1. Panzano, Chianti, Italy. August 21, 2016. © Copyright 2016 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved. Sunday morning visitors outside Caffe’ La Curva, Panzano On this laz…
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The Louvre. Paris, France. August 11, 2016. © Copyright 2016 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved. The Louvre, viewed from an upstairs gallery Most of our time in Paris was sunny, but one morning we awoke to fog. We were on an upper floor of a hotel in…
The Louvre. Paris, France. August 11, 2016. © Copyright 2016 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved. The Louvre, viewed from an upstairs gallery Most of our time in Paris was sunny, but one mor…
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Night Heron, Reflection. Sacramento Valley, California. January 8, 2016. © Copyright 2016 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved. A solitary night heron perches on a snag above a reflecting pool I have mentioned before that I came late to an interest in…
Night Heron, Reflection. Sacramento Valley, California. January 8, 2016. © Copyright 2016 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved. A solitary night heron perches on a snag above a reflecting poo…
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Photograph of the day: Dawn, Paris Rooftops. Paris, France. August 13, 2016. © Copyright 2016 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Rooftops and the long view at dawn, Paris, France

The photograph of this view was a result of a couple of coincidences. I have to admit that we rarely got up this early on our trip to France (or the UK, or New York, or Germany…), more often sleeping in and finally getting out the door of our room at 10:00 in the morning or so. We kid ourselves about our ability to adapt to time zone changes — we think we didn’t make it quite all the way to Europe but instead locked into a time about one zone west of Ireland! But on this morning we had no choice but to get up very early since we were scheduled to take an early train to Germany and we didn’t want to miss it.

But being up before dawn wouldn’t have quite been enough to give us this view. There is a hotel story involved, too. When we arrived earlier in the week we were given a room several floors lower. We went up to the room, opened the door, walked in… to find a pack of cigarettes on the bed, suitcases on the shelf, and clothes in the closet! The hotel upgraded us...

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Photograph of the day: Bald Eagle in Flight. Sacramento Valley, California. January 8, 2016. © Copyright 2016 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

A bald eagle flies past above the Sacramento Valley

This past winter was my initiation into photograph bald eagles. Generally speaking, photographing birds is relatively new passion for me, something I’ve now been doing seriously for only few seasons. It began with an accidental encounter with a friend who is a bird watcher of the classic sort — we ran into one another in a line at a coffee stand and she happened to mention a place she visits and for almost no particular reason I decided to go there a few days later. Despite living in California for decades I did not know (I’m now somewhat embarrassed to admit) about the astounding presences of huge numbers of migratory birds in the state every winter. I was hooked, and this has become a focus for my photography every season.

While photographing my favorite geese, herons, cranes, ibises, and so forth, my photography friends would often say things about eagles. When a flock of geese took off all at once, they might say, “an eagle must have scared them.” To be honest, I never saw the eagles, with exception of a few far off glimpses of birds that didn’t look quite like hawks...

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Photo of the day: Road Through Castello di Ama. Tuscany, Italy. August 22, 2016. © Copyright 2016 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

A narrow old road passes between buildings at Castello di Ama, Italy

In this area of Italy, small and sometimes very old villages like this are everywhere. The country roads pass through many of them and traverse past others. But there are more off of the road ways, and you can often spot them in the distance across nearby valleys and hills. Some are still active, others have been purchased and are now private (perhaps as wineries, etc.), and some have been left to decay.

This one was purchased decades ago and is in the heart of a winery surrounded by vineyards and olive orchards. A small number of people still live here, too. I would probably most often try to photograph such a place in the softer light earlier or later in the day, but this is a midday photograph ...

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Photograph of the day: Caffe’ La Curva #1. Panzano, Chianti, Italy. August 21, 2016. © Copyright 2016 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Sunday morning visitors outside Caffe’ La Curva, Panzano

On this lazy Sunday morning in the Chianti region of Italy we had gotten up, made coffee, and sat around for a couple of hours before we remembered that we really needed to do some shopping… and that many things would be closed here today. We did some quick research and found that there was a market in this little town a half hour from our location and that it would be open only for another hour and a half. It was suddenly time to go!

Before we arrived we began to see cars parked everywhere along the road and parking wasn’t easy to find — the result, no doubt, of this being the only market open in the area on this morning. We found parking and walked up the small square, which was jam-packed with shoppers and others. The road continued on into the town, where there was just barely enough room for its two lanes to fit between buildings as it curved past...

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Sidewalk Cafe, Near Midnight. Bologna, Italy. August 18, 2016. © Copyright 2016 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved. A Bologna, Italy sidewalk cafe a few minutes before midnight on a warm summer evening. Our August trip took us from Germany, where we…
Sidewalk Cafe, Near Midnight. Bologna, Italy. August 18, 2016. © Copyright 2016 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved. A Bologna, Italy sidewalk cafe a few minutes before midnight on a warm su…
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Photograph of the day: Night Heron, Reflection. Sacramento Valley, California. January 8, 2016. © Copyright 2016 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

A solitary night heron perches on a snag above a reflecting pool

I have mentioned before that I came late to an interest in photographing birds — it only began a few years ago when I took a serendipitous trip to a California Central Valley refuge where I saw huge numbers of birds. Despite being a virtually life-long Californian living within a short drive of such areas, I barely knew they existed. (I had one prior hint on a drive to the Pacific Northwest some years ago, when I passed through the upper Sacramento Valley on a late-November evening and say many birds in the sky.)

That all changed during recent years. At first I “discovered” geese and egrets, the latter which I had seen before and occasionally photographed in the San Francisco Bay Area. Then I caught on to some of the other birds out in the Central Valley — ibises, cranes, herons, white pelicans. But the night herons continued to be a bit of a mystery...

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Photograph of the day: Sandhill Cranes in Morning Flight. San Joaquin Valley, California. December 6, 2015. © Copyright 2015 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

A flock of sandhill cranes passes overhead, San Joaquin Valley, California

Way back in college, as a music major oh so many years ago, I was lucky to be in a special program that fulfilled my science requirements in a non-traditional manner. Rather than enrolling in the usual undergraduate science courses, we spent part of a year in a series of small group seminars on a range of subject. (As a student with an interest in science, especially biology, I was a bit skeptical at first but thrilled in the end.) One portion on ecology lasted weeks, and reading Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac was a main component. This was perhaps the first such book I read. (I later read pretty much all of Muir and quite a lot of other such writers.)

One thing I remember from that book — and I hope I have this right — was something about sandhill cranes. I had no idea what they were… until many years later when I began photographing the migratory birds of California’s Central Valley...

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