Sunday, September 13, 2009

Painting mustard

The Calistoga Art Center holds a show of mustard art as part of Calistoga's Mud, Mustard, and Music Festival - both events part of the larger Napa Valley Mustard Festival. Mustard and the Mountain, my entry the winter before last, won the People's Choice Award for Best Yellows.

I drove all over the valley, photographing beautiful views, searching for the best one - but, really, it was no contest. The best, most glorious view of mustard, in my opinion, was just north of Calistoga on Highway 29 - this scene of mustard and vines beneath Mt. St. Helena, the old volcano that gave the valley its wonderful, rich soil.

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