One of the things I enjoy about photography is when I explore a small area and truly see it. I definitely love going to big exotic wild places like our national parks. But I get just as much enjoyment - and maybe more - by spending time and truly exploring and photographing smaller areas. This is an example of the latter - it is Sonoma Valley Regional Park. It’s not a big park at all - just 1.5 miles long and less than a mile wide. But on a recent wine country vacation, I spent three early mornings walking and wondering through this oak covered hillside of a park. The combination of light from the rising sun, color from the grasses and leaves, and lines from the trunks of the trees was captivating. 

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