'Cameo' Apples Copyright © 2006-2009 Cynthe Brush, All Rights Reserved.

'Cameo' Apples Copyright © 2006-2009 Cynthe Brush, All Rights Reserved.

AUTUMN is harvest time. Sunlight slants lower in the sky, nights lengthen and chill, prompting my little cat Jaeci to ask to sit in my lap all day long. Summer fruits disappear from the farmers market, while fall fruits & vegetables take center stage ~ fat maroon figs; juicy grapes of all varieties; rainbow-hued

Ms Dignity, our quirky feline ~  Jaeci <br />Copyright © 2009 Cynthe Brush, All Rights Reserved.

Ms Dignity, our quirky feline ~ Jaeci Copyright © 2009 Cynthe Brush, All Rights Reserved.

tomatoes & peppers (yes, they ARE fruits);  freshly harvested apples ~ antique & modern hybrids ~ grown in local orchards; pumpkins and winter squashes of all sorts decorate the produce tables with gay colors.

Autumn is also celebrated with Sonoma county’s annual Harvest Festival. The BIG draw for many visitors is the chance to sip local wines & brews for which the area is internationally renown. There are plenty of other fun activities like apple tastings, 4H displays, llama exhibits, and a fine art & photography show & competition for local artists. The fine art & photography exhibit subjects have to relate to the fair’s harvest theme. Participating artists are given very specific guidelines in the following categories: Trees/Orchards; Farmscapes including barns, hills & meadows; Farm Animals; Floriculture; Wine Country including wineries & vineyards; or any Harvest related scene. Images must be Sonoma county based and created within the past year.

Saturday, OCT 3rd 2009
Just back from the 2009 Sonoma County Harvest Fair, well sunned, a bit
wind-blown, with lots of photos to look through, apple pie a la mode in our tums….and VERY surprised & pleased to have WON 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th PLACE in the Professional Digital Media Artwork ‘Original’ Category! (‘Original’ refers to the unique visual texturing techniques, I apply in layers to enhance my images.)

3rd PLACE: ‘Cameo’ Apples ~ Featured in the opening image of this post are so beautiful with their varigated red stripes on a yellow skin. Crisp and delicious, I look forward to eating them every autumn.

Appreciative of seasonal bounty produced in our fertile agricultural region ~ fruits, vegetables, and flowers ~ I enjoy featuring them in my portfolio of images. The artistic technique used for ‘Cameo’ Apples I call a ‘batik’ D’Gravure™ etching. The photograph is slightly distorted, adding intriguing textures that enhance the subject material.

With a wonderful collection of “farmscape” images, I was surprised to realize I’ve taken very few in the past year. Only one image, the old barn in Freestone taken last November 2008, seemed worthy of entering in this year’s exhibit.

Freestone Barn at Dusk, Copyright © 2009 Cynthe Brush, All Rights Reserved.

Freestone Barn at Dusk, Copyright © 2009 Cynthe Brush, All Rights Reserved.

4th PLACE: Freestone Barn at Dusk ~ This old barn is a landmark at the crossroads of Bodega Highway & Freestone Road. It’s a short drive west of Sebastopol CA near a great artisan bakery ~ Wild Flour Bread Bakery & Gardens, on the way to Sonoma coast beaches north of Bodega CA.

Flowers, I have in abundance…but wondered if images of individual flowers would qualify as “floriculture.” So, I called the Harvest Fair office and was happy to learn, they do.

'Empress of India' Nasturtiums & Zinnia, Copyright 2009 Cynthe Brush All Rights Reserved.

'Empress of India' Nasturtiums & Zinnia, Copyright 2009 Cynthe Brush All Rights Reserved.

5th PLACE: ‘Empress of India’ Nasturtiums & Zinnia ~ Along with California poppy volunteers make a red hot combination in The Sizzling Tandoor restaurant’s flower bed. (Location: Bodega Beach, CA) The nasturtiums, leaves & flowers are lovely in fresh salads….colorful and peppery!

Pink Ruffles Rose, Copyright © 2009 Cynthe Brush, All Rights Reserved.

Pink Ruffles Rose, Copyright © 2009 Cynthe Brush, All Rights Reserved.

Pink Ruffles Rose ~ A pretty pink ruffly rose grows in the public gardens at Santa Rosa’s Veterans Memorial Hall in front of the building. Our weekly farmers markets are held in their parking lot, so I keep my eye on how the roses are doing throughout the year. Hope to identify this cultivar one of these days with the help of two local rosarians.

'Sun Lion' Yellow Peony, Copyright © 2009 Cynthe Brush, All Rights Reserved.

'Sun Lion' Yellow Peony, Copyright © 2009 Cynthe Brush, All Rights Reserved.

‘Sun Lion’ Yellow Peony (Paeonia Nursery, Sebastopol CA) ~ This may be the famous ITOH intersectional hybrid ‘Garden Treasure’, a much admired, early cross between tree & herbaceous peonies…integrating the best features of both parents. Paeonia didn’t have labels marking the various plantings or a reference map for visitors to identify which cultivars we were admiring, a huge oversight IMO.

Have a large collection of peony images I took this year during two open garden tours, a fabulous place to visit during the three weeks of peak bloom from mid-April to early May. Will be adding more of these beauties to my portfolio in the next few months.

If you’re interested in peonies, here’s a Master Gardeners interview with the grower, Dr. Paul Campion.

'Swirl' Devoniensis China Tea Rose, Copyright © 2009 Cynthe Brush, All Rights Reserved.

'Swirl' Devoniensis China Tea Rose, Copyright © 2009 Cynthe Brush, All Rights Reserved.

2nd PLACE: ‘Swirl’ Devoniensis China Tea Rose ~ Here’s a vigorous hybrid climbing rose from my own backyard. Its colors and form are quite changeable, endlessly fascinating to photograph & inspiring to my inner artist.

The lush spring blooms vary from a voluptuous soft rich pink, in cooler weather…white with red edges on the buds, to a soft ivory yellow when the temperatures warm. ‘Devoniensis’ is also called ‘Tradd Street Yellow’ in the southern USA, where it’s been grown since Victorian times.

‘Swirl’ is my hubby Bill’s favorite image of my six entries.

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  1. Patty Corman on August 8, 2010 8:39 pm

    I’m curious if the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Poster is still being painted each year.
    I lived in Santa Rosa over 20 years ago and have 3 of the first origional prints.
    Thank you for any information.

  2. Cynthe on August 8, 2010 9:05 pm

    Patty ~ I believe it is. At the 2009 Harvest Fair, the Sonoma County Harvest Fair poster art was featured in a special display on the right hand side near the entry to the art hall. Prints are also available for sale. I was a first-time participant last year, so I’m not an “authority” on this. But I’m sure information could be obtained at the Harvest Fair website’s contact resources.

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