Posted by: ramblinrobert | February 19, 2010

Wander doodling

We have had lots of rain the past month, with more on the way. So, last Saturday’s break from the rain was a welcome respite. With uncanny good luck, my friend Isabelle had scheduled a Sierra Club ‘wandering doodlers’ hike that day near Yountville. Our party was small: Isabelle, myself and two of her artist friends, so conversation was pleasant and personal. The others are all artists and had their pencils and paints and used their time to draw and paint. They are also better at getting their blog posts written, so their comments (and artwork!) from the day are already online. See Susan’s post and Isabelle’s post. I’m even the subject of one sketch, a first for me!

I had my camera and journal, so spent the time taking pictures and writing in my journal. Not only was the day beautiful, but the Napa Valley was in one of those rare days each year when the hills are green and the mustard is rife on the valley floor, providing beautiful fields of yellow on lush green backgrounds. My pictures don’t do it justice, but I’ll put them here anyways.

We started early enough in the morning that there was still heavy dew on the grasses and other plants. So, I got started early playing the photographer, down on my belly. The pictures with dew didn’t turn out well, but I did get a couple interesting pictures of small plants that intrigued me.

All in all, this was a good day, hiking with three artists and getting time to relax with camera and pen and paper.



  1. OOUU, I love the picture of Susan and her green hat, and also the last one. That little plant is so luminous !
    Sure was a fun day !

  2. I will always have fond memories of that day! Your photos are amazing!

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