John Iszard from Fulkerson Winery in the Finger Lakes sent me this picture of ready-to-pick chardonnay grapes this morning.
"This vineyard is right off Beartown Road adjacent to the winery and Route 14. Harvest is in full swing and our yields are up tremendously, with many 80 degree days for the past several weeks, it looks like a great harvest so far."
We continue keeping an eye on Wolffer Estate Vineyards with Ellen Watson,
our resident photographer. As you can see, they've added netting to
keep birds from eating the sweetening grapes. Does it work?
Sometimes...and it's better than nothing I guess.
This picture was taken on September 1 at around 7:00 a.m. and has been added to the Flickr slideshow.
"I have attached a nice photo of the daisies that have been in full bloom in the sauvignon blanc for a few days now. They are from a native chamomile plant. We dry the flowers, brew a tea then do soil drenches with it as part of our biodynamic program. We did the same thing with the dandelion flowers from an earlier photo I sent you.
You can see the winery in the background." -- David Page, Shinn Estate Vineyards
"This little fellow brought mowing a field near the vineyard to a stop today. His sister (or brother -- I didn't check) lay 20 feet away- just as still. Neither one moved an inch as I photographed them. Just a few days old and with no scent and no movement, they will be safe until their mother returns to nurse them later. All work has been stopped in that field until these little guys get up and about in the next week or so. They'll eat our grapes later this year and we won't be happy about it, but for now.... we'll look the other way.
"Here is a nice photo that we took just before the dandelions bolted and went to seed. They actually do very well under the vine row and provide calcium and organic matter to the soil." --
Shinn Estate Vineyards
This morning, I'm happy to introduce Ellen Watson, a photographer based on the East End of Long Island who will be contributing some of her work here on LENNDEVOURS.
Ellen caters to local clients who need distinctive images for advertising and public relations purposes. In addition to her photography work, Ms. Watson has spent time teaching photography to children. She is involved with the Peconic Plein Air project for the Peconic Land Trust, and her work has appeared in numerous local and regional publications.
Ellen and I are still sorting out exactly how the partnership will work, but you can bank on some beautiful photographs that I'm hoping to offer as desktop backgrounds (much like Vinography has done).
To learn more about Ellen and see some of her work, visit her website.
Matt and Jen at Peconic Bay Winery sent me this picture this morning. It was taken last evening in their vineyard on Route 25 near the winery. These are vines that are so close to bud break it's ridiculous.
I'm always looking for nice shots of East End wine country. So, if you take any great pictures when you're visiting the wineries, please do send them along.
And, in the next couple of days, I'll be announcing yet another new contributor to LENNDEVOURS...this time a photographer.