Hello blog buddies! Happy FriYAY! Today I want to share with you some pictures from our Northern California trip in January, 2013. We visited Point Reyes National Seashore and Castello di Amorosa. (The most beautiful winery I have ever seen.)
Miles and I visited my brother (Shane) and my sister-in-law (Jen) while my brother was stationed in Petaluma, California. This trip was pre-kiddos, which seems so long ago. Wow, how our lives have changed in three years!
“Castello di Amorosa appears to be an authentic castle for one reason only: it is an authentic castle, though fancified. We either used construction methods and materials that would have been used 1,000 years ago, or we used very old hand-made materials that had survived up to modern times. A fireplace predating Christopher Columbus adorns the Great Hall, and Iron Maiden from the late Renaissance dominates the torture chamber. A wrought iron dragon from the times of Napoleon hovers over the massive main door. More than 8,000 tons of stone were chiseled, not sawed, by hand to be absolutely authentic. Nearly 200 containers of old, hand made materials were shipped from Europe to lend authenticity.” (Castello di Amorosa-Blog)
If you have any questions about the places that I feature, the trip, or the photography itself, please ask away in the comment section. I would be happy to answer your questions. Unless it’s photography-technique related, I will have Miles answer those.
I encourage you to read about the fascinating history behind Castello di Amorosa on their blog.
The white barn that we are standing in at Point Reyes is called “H Ranch”. The hisorical barn is a relic from early dairy settlers who built their dairy farms at Point Reyes during the 19th century. The land was plotted and given a letter in the alphabet to represent each farm. To read more about early dairy farming at Point Reyes visit the National Park Service website here.
Picture Pick Friday is all about Lake Tahoe, California. We visited my brother, sister-in-law, and niece two years ago for the 4th of July. They were living in Petaluma, California at the time, but had friends who had a cabin in Lake Tahoe. We had a total blast exploring Tahoe. This was my first visit to Tahoe and it lived up to its beautiful reputation.
Notice that I changed the title from Pic Pick Friyay to Picture Pick FriYAY? I had a couple people comment that the first title was confusing and looked like a typo, so hopefully the new title is better. (Thank you for the feedback!)
This week’s Picture Pick FriYAY is all about San Francisco. We visited San Fran when we went to Petaluma California for my brother’s wedding. San Francisco is a wonderful city, one that I would like to explore more some day. These pictures were taken in September, 2012.