The Rush of Humanity:

 

We are like ants streaming forth from the proverbial piles
searching for the known, unknown, youth and droll.
We take to the streets and beaches reaching for miles
following patterns in an ant-like rush to reach our goal.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge – Humanity

For anyone who loves a splendid glass of wine….  it starts right here aging in oak wine barrels for several years until just the right moment to bottle it up from this container to be served to you and friends.  

Wine Barrels
Wine Barrels from Castello di Amorosa

Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers.

Once upon a time, a long long time ago there was a castle upon a hill in Napa Valley called, Castello di Amorosa where there are vineyards and there can be found some distinctive wines.  It has been awhile since I’ve visited the castle but I still enjoy their superb wines via mail order.  Several years ago on a vacation in Napa Valley we came across the vineyard and castle.  We took their premium wine tasting tour and were amazed at the hospitality and quality tasting that we shared with a small group of about 12 people.

Along with the almost private tasting was a lengthy tour of the castles grounds, courtyard, grand barrel room, chapel, great hall, Il Ducale Room and tasting in the Il Passito Room.   You can almost experience the tour by visiting their website a watching a virtual tour.  If you have an opportunity to visit, I highly recommend the tour and their exceptional wine.   Click on the images below for larger versions.

Castello di Amorosa Church
Castello di Amorosa Church
Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa Vineyard
Castello di Amorosa Vineyard
Oceanside California Pier

When we can’t be in the Caribbean we travel by car over to the California coast for a quick fix and dose of the Pacific Ocean and it’s sandy beaches.  This is a lovely spot in Oceanside, California to view on an evening walk along the beach. The building out on the pier is a Ruby’s Diner where you can get a great Kobe beef hamburger and homemade milkshake.  The water is too cold for us to take a swim.  We are often surprised by the number of swimmers and surfers venturing out into the waves.

Oceanside California Pier
Oceanside California Pier

For those with Photoshop interest. This image was enhanced with filter unsharp mask, burn and dodge tools. That was about it.