Cornerstone Sonoma is a collection of walkable gardens, shops, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms in Southern Sonoma County, California. Less than an hour north of San Francisco, it’s a beautiful place to spend an afternoon with a camera, grab some food, and enjoy a glass of wine. I’ve visited a few times—specifically during their “Lighting of the Snowmen” festival in early December—in an attempt to secure a photo for my annual holiday cards, but I always go early and spend time exploring the gardens before the sun goes down. Landscape architects and designers were each given free reign on small plots of land to create something unique. The result is an inspiring and thought-provoking maze of interactive exhibits—a sort of outdoor modern art gallery, if you will. The Artefact Design & Salvage store is not to be missed either! Their storeroom and overflow backyard are full of one-of-a-kind found treasures and decorative, architectural objects. A quick walk through will have your head spinning with ideas on how to redecorate your home.
I’ve yet to use any of the photos I take during the actual holiday event but I’m always motivated to capture the abstract shapes and textures I find exploring beforehand. These images were made with my Nikon D600 and two primes: a 24mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.4.