Description Rows of vines are mixed with trees in a vineyard in the Yamhill Valley of Oregon, creating a checkerboard pattern.From winesnw.com:Oregon's northern latitude brings long hours of summer sunshine to its more than 20,000 vineyard acres, allowing a wide variety of wine grapes to grow throughout the many winegrowing regions of the state. In the western part of Oregon, occasional marine breezes breach the Coastal range and help moderate the climate in inland valleys, causing the ripening process for wine grapes to be gradual. The combination of these conditions encourages complex fruit flavors, aromatics and nuances in Oregon-grown wines and complexities that allow Oregon wineries to compete well with other world-class wineries.
Don Schwartz, Portland, Oregon Member Since September 2012 Artist Statement Photography is for me a dance with nature. It is the immersion in a landscape; the sharing of a habitat with nature’s creatures. It is the sense of being lost in the moment, where the passing of time goes unnoticed. It is the serendipity of capturing a moment in time that becomes a timeless moment. The quiet places, the places of simple beauty, draw me in – from the delicate splendor of dew dancing on an iris petal to the magnificent breadth of a gray whale slicing through the water. With my camera, I am a blessed witness in a field of splendor.
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