a diverse collection of travel photos and firsthand experiences while venturing across the globe. each destination has welcomed us with open arms and warm smiles, making us feel right at home. from argentina to utah - and thousands of miles in between - these are our visual memories of 'home'...just as we never imagined.

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Harvest is Approaching...

While most do not consider grapes to be symbols of the yuletide season, such fruit is indicative of December here in Argentina. With summer in full swing, and the radiant sun overhead, local valleys are bursting with color as grapes begin to fill the numerous vineyards cultivated in the shadow of the Andes Mountains. The harvest is quickly approaching...which will be celebrated in early March during La Vendimia.

This past week, we had the wonderful opportunity to visit Tania's family in the sun-drenched province of San Juan. Their backyard, while small and quaint, is overflowing with lemon trees, peach trees, and even an obnoxious rooster. But the highlight is the shaded patio constructed by my father-in-law. Made of broken tree limbs, the canopy extends into the backyard from the main house, providing shade for those who would like to spend the afternoon drinking mate. At this time of year, the canopy provides plenty of grapes hanging from the multiple vines that wrap around the twisted branches of the canopy. Here are some "homegrown" photos...



4 comments:

The Highland Hill's said...

wow, thats the life...sounds like you're in retirement...

sitting around enjoying the nice weather...drinking mate...nice very nice...

today we got about 6" of snow in slc...it took me 2 hrs to get from 600 so to the lehi exit...absolutely crazy...don't you miss it? :)

satomblablabla said...

hey, what's with all the grape shots? i mean yeah, that's what the post is on and they're cool shots, don't get me wrong... but i was so hoping to see obispo nahuelcura's construction work! c'mon, man, get some variety up in here. that woulda seriously made my day. i remember being at the nahelcura home and i want to be reminded of it's warmth and the wonderful dwellers therein. :)

satomblablabla said...

p.s. wade, you've outdone yourself once again my friend. nice phrasing... good post.

The Alexanders said...

jessica - good point. we will have to take some more pictures during our christmas vacation next week. i think dallin had just stepped out of the pool...which in turn ended the photo shoot :)

jason - believe it or not, i do miss it!!! for crying out loud, it is 107 degrees this weekend! that's not holiday weather!!! send me some snow in a box!