To take your mind of the horrific shooting in Newtown Ct., last Friday, I’ve put together some photos that show the brighter side of life as we count down the days until the winter solstice kicks in.  Have a great holiday season.

A wave crashes ashore on the Sonoma County coastline. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

The Petaluma Holiday Lighted Boat Parade illuminates the Petaluma River Turning Basin, Saturday Dec. 8, 2012. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

A thunderstorm breaks apart at sunset just off the Sonoma Coastline. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

A vineyard under an early winter sky. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Ron Shipley plays the part of Santa Claus while Mrs. Claus, right is played by Ruth Ragozzino as the two team up to welcome in the Christmas season in Petaluma, Saturday Nov. 24, 2012 after arriving by tugboat in the Petaluma River turning basin. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Bill Garlock, the owner of Frosty Mountain Tree Farm in Sebastopol, gives a hay ride, Saturday Dec. 1, 2012 in Sebastopol. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Walnut Court in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

At the Mission San Francisco de Solano Church in Sonoma, Christmas carolers leave the chapel by candlelight after one of four services at the historic mission in downtown Sonoma, Saturday Dec. 8, 2012. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Jeanne-Marie Jones, the Executive Director of F.I.S.H, bags up donated groceries for Sonoma resident Andrea Caudill, Friday Dec. 7, 2012. The nonprofit F.I.S.H. has operated rent-free out of a former city firehouse at the corner of Benton and North streets for 17 years in Santa Rosa. if the pantry closes, Caudill is not sure where she will go to supplement for the groceries. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

A black tailed buck looks over a bluff near Goat Rock on the Sonoma County coast. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012


-Kent Porter