The Story

West County Sunset 10.22.08

M&M's 10.21.08

Maple 10.20.08

Squash 10.19.08

Russian River 10.18.08

Corn Maze 10.17.08

If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera. ~Lewis Hine

This is so true; here I am telling the story of 42, my 42, and what my eyes see each day. (I do omit the views of QuickBooks reports, emails, coffee machines, laundry and housecleaning, no need to bore my fellow internettas)

I do find it interesting how many pretty things you see each day, that normally you would not take notice of, but because I have gifted myself with this amazing project, I find myself taking more notice, surveying the scene with a little more attention to detail, assigning words to each image.

And the result is a story my eyes have been telling.

-Monique Jervan-Chilton

3 Days in the Country

Starr vineyards 10.16.08

Pond Reflections 10.16.08

Acorns and Fallen Leaves 10.16.08

Branches 10.16.08

Spinkler in the Field 10.15.08

Farm Life 10.15.08

Rolling Hills filled with Oak Trees 10.15.08

Mt. St. Helena in the distance 10.15.08

Archer Family Vineyards 10.15.08

Shadows of an Oak Tree 10.14.08

Private drive 10.14.08

For three days this week I had focus, well at least in one area of life I did.

We are fortunate enough to live on the Northwest end of Santa Rosa, there are not many houses past our little area, it is filled with farms, small towns, vineyards and wineries. I often drive alternate roads to my regular places, just to mix up the views outside my front window. One afternoon, I took a drive down Starr Road from Windsor to Santa Rosa, it is a twisty rural road filled with farms, vineyards and wineries. It lies just between the Sonoma County airport and the Russian River. At each bend in the road, the view changes, you will for sure experience what we natives call some “Sonoma-roma” as you get close to the dairy farm near Mark West Station Road. That day the sunlight was just perfect, so in this quest to chase light that I am on, I went out there for 3 days to see what I could find. It did not disappoint.

One day in the country, Is worth a month in town. - Christina Georgina Rossetti

Enjoy three days on Starr Road!

Sidenote~~If you want to see Sonoma County for yourself, Horizon Air has daily non-stop service from LA, Seattle, Portland and Las Vegas. Word has it that they even let you bring home 12 bottles of wine without charging you an extra fee, so feel free to stock up on our wonderful wines.
-Monique Jervan-Chilton

Life is not a matter of milestones, but of moments.

Birds on a wire 10.13.08

Hotel La Rose Window Box 10.12.08

Francisco Blvd Trees at Dusk 10.11.08

Cousin Swim Day 10.10.08

Fruits of Fall 10.09.08

Hot Air Balloon Morning 10.08.08

Drive Thru Craving 10.07.08

Swim Lessons 10.06.08

Life is not a matter of milestones, but of moments. - Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

To see what is in front of one's nose requires constant struggle. ~ George Orwell

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

I reached a 100 day milestone this week, a week that I had to find simple beauty in my day to day life and the roads around my house (thank goodness for the country roads of Sonoma County and the smiles of my family).

To everyone who keeps encouraging me and cheering me on, thank you so much.

Monique Jervan-Chilton

a series of images

Yellow Flower 10.05.08

Cloudy Skies on Highway 37 10.04.08

The Palazzo is falling 10.03.08

Fashion Show Las Vegas 10.02.08

Above San Francisco 10.01.08

Bright Ivy 09.30.08

Art Deco Palm 09.29.08

Sea Ranch Farm 09.28.08

Sea Ranch Forest 09.28.08

Bluffs 09.27.08

Trees on the bluffs 09.27.08

Seaview Farm 09.27.08

Road to the fog 09.27.08

Friday Night Football 09.26.08

Santa Rosa Skyline 09.25.08

Red Tree 09.24.08

Flowers at dusk 09.23.08

Pool Lane 09.22.08

China Camp Boat 09.21.08

China Camp 09.21.08

"Most of our life is a series of images. They pass us by like towns on the highway. But sometimes a moment stuns us as it happens. And we know that this instant is more than a fleeting image. We know that this moment, every part of it, will live on forever.'"

I added a number of images, since I have been traveling for the past several days, there are even a few extra because I could not decide which to post. Enjoy the new views.

-Monique Jervan-Chilton