This morning I headed out to the small town of Occidental, which is a little funky Sonoma County town. Its main street is about 2 blocks long, and densely forested hills rise up on either side so the town feels like it's nestled into a cozy little valley. It's famous for two old Italian restaurants, which sprang up to feed the many Italian immigrants from SF and the bay area who came up to fish in the Russian River and hunt. I was there to meet up with the North Bay Urban Sketchers, and we had a perfect day for sketching outside -- it was warm and sunny with a bit of fall in the air.
You can see that I settled down to sketch a beautiful old church, up against the hillside. But before I selected my sketching subject, I walked around for a bit with my camera, so here are some other scenes from my Occidental day: