Napa Valley and Robert Mondovi Winery | Becky Moen Photography

♥ LOVE  ♥ I have always loved the drive through the Napa Valley. Growing up it was something I looked forward to every summer when my family would come up to visit and then again every July when I make a trip over the mountain for my birthday.

When my best friend came out from Minnesota for a visit, we made a trip out to the Napa Valley for lunch in St. Helena at my favorite Deli right in the heart of downtown, a place I grew up with and LOVE!!! Driving down from St. Helena to Napa my Best Friend and I stopped on the side of the road where she found this heart. This was just the start of an amazing 3 days she was here to visit and much too short of time together.

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While my Best Friend was visiting for the weekend we did a lot of low cost yet typical NorCal type stuff. Even though I lived there for over 7 years and traveled or lived in the Wine Country my whole life, I have never gone a tour of a winery. We decided to tour Robert Mondovi Winery in the beautiful Napa Valley since its one of my favorites.

Best time to visit would definitely be in October. During the crush you can see the process of making wine from the time the grapes are growing on the vines through to the end result. We started out tour in the vineyards and even got to taste some of the grapes.

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Inside the winery we got a topside view of the grapes in the crush.

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One of the stops was the room filled with barrels waiting to be filled with red wine.

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My instinct took this shot without giving it much thought other than how I would love to have this framed in my office. At the end of the tour I saw this same shot on sale for $178. Pretty cool huh? One day I will get this one framed in my house. For now its my wall paper background on my computer and phone.

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At the end of our tour we got to taste two red and one white wine along with a tasty treat.

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My love for the Pacific Coast | Becky Moen Photography

I have found myself day dreaming about the Pacific Coast for the last week or so. Not sure what has triggered my day dreaming but I gotta admit that all this snow and endless cold has got me feeling a little homesick. If you are at all keeping up with the news weather, you have heard about the insanity we have going on out here. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Minnesota, snow and all.

A few days ago a dream I had reminded me of my first trip back to California after I moved to Minnesota in July 2012. I had come back to Northern California for a wedding at the end of September.

It felt good to be someplace familiar. I was “home” and I made it a point to stop to see the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco.

Sadly I had missed the sunset and of course San Francisco offered up all the fog it is famous for. Nevertheless the Golden Gate bridge was gorgeous.

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Of course I couldn’t wait to hear the waves crash and feel the sand on my toes so I stopped at one of my favorite beaches down by Fort Kronkite aka Rodeo Cove down in the Marin Headlands.

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I got so caught up in the moment texting my husband to tell him how happy I was to be at the beach that the waves hit me and I was soaked. I had thought the surfers were crazy to be out in the water until I realized the water was actually warmer than the air and I found myself playing in the waves until the sun went down.

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A few months later I was lucky enough to make another trip out to Northern California, only this time my oldest daughter was with me. By this time Minnesota was covered by a thick blanket of snow. California on the other hand was green and warm by comparison. Luckily this time out the sky was clear blue and I squealed with excitement the moment I saw the ocean.

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The weather was absolutely perfect. I could have spent hours on the beach if I didn’t have to run off for a photoshoot in Petaluma, Ca

A few days later we made another trip to the coast. It was too cold and windy to play outside so we drove up to Bodega Head.

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A week before leaving California for good, my girls and I took a trip up to Harris State Beach in Brookings, OR to go camping with one of my very best friends and her two kids. At the time I had no idea I would be saying good bye to the Pacific Coast for good a week after getting back from our trip.

I had never seen the Pacific Coast from Oregon so this particular trip as a new adventure for myself as well as my girls.

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After setting up our tents my girls and I took another trip down to the beach to watch the sun set.

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While gathering images for this blog post I came across a few of my favorites from a trip to the Bath Houses in San Francisco. One of my favorite images came from that day and is currently my wall paper on my phone.

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Overlooking the bath house ruins at sunset made for a romantic setting.

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Right before leaving the heavens poured down on the ocean.

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New Year, New Name | Becky Moen Photography

Over the last year and a half there have been a lot of changes, beginning with a move across country from Northern California to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Now that things have started to settle down I have a chance to focus on my love of photography.

A lot of great things have happened over the last year, with the best one happening this last November when I married my best friend. As I get started on this new journey I made the simple yet difficult decision to change my business name from Becka Lynn Photography to Becky Moen Photography. Since the time I first started my business, it has always been a dream to use my own name. Circumstances prevented that from happening at that time so since I need to rebuild my name from the ground up here in Minnesota I see the perfect opportunity to make the switch.

Its still going to take some time to get everything all set up so please keep an eye out for the new website. In the mean time I plan to update my blog regularly. Winter is in full swing around here. Everything is covered in snow as we got another 4 inches this morning. Luckily the cold has given us a break for the time being.