Monday, April 28, 2014

Cherry Blossoms at Aspen Dale

The world-famous cherry blossoms in Washington, DC are all done, but the general area has many more cherry trees which are still in bloom, especially at the higher elevations. Last "Wine Saturday" I visited Aspen Dale Winery in Delaplane, Virginia, which is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Aspen Dale has a nice planting of cherry trees including an allee leading to their event house where the path is lined with them. This was the time to go as the Aspen Dale blossoms open two weeks later than DC's due to the higher elevation. I took loads of photographs but didn't make an on-site drawing due to lack of time. I did this tiny study of the pink flowers from memory. Aspen Dale's main guest  building is a marvel of intricate if rough and rustic woodwork. There is a tasting attic which can be reached by climbing up a narrow spiral staircase of wrought iron. Imagine making your way up this coil of metal on wooden steps, while carrying a glass of wine at the same time. I have done this, and I didn't spill a drop.

Ink and markers on sketchbook page, about 2 1/2" x 5", April 28, 2014.

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