I didn’t expect to encounter any alluring photo ops while attending my wife’s high-school reunion at a California winery owned by a classmate, but, boy, was I glad I had taken along my new point-and-shoot, a Canon PowerShot S90. It was fresh out of the box, and I wanted to give it a try. Besides,I didn’t want to burden myself lugging about my bread-and-butter Nikon D5000, a splendiferous camera, though hardly pocketable. (The S90 was my choice for two reasons: It has won rave reviews, particularly for its prowess in low-light situations, and its manual override feature, which most point-and-shoots lack.)

The photos shown here were all taken with the S90, all on automatic exposure. The quality of the images produced spins my eyeballs, they are that good. Although I’m not about to mothball the Nikon, it’s comforting to know I have a competent backup to rely on.

Pleasantly surprised was I to discover that the owner of the eponymous winery, Greg Boeger, is a car buff. There are three highly photogenic pieces of “abandoned art” on the premises in Placerville, Calif. — a 1924 Ford Model T coupe and a pair of flatbed trucks, a 1930 Chevrolet and a 1924 Dodge.

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The latter, a prized possession, peers out forlornly from inside a small, wooden barn located steps from the family residence, which overlooks 95 acres of glorious vineyards. The truck, itself irresistibly fetching, fairly begs to be photographed.

In addition to the vehicles, two buildings caught my eye, a working blacksmith shop and a 19th-century stucco-on-adobe structure still in use as a tasting center. (A larger one was built a decade ago.) Greg’s daughter Lexi and her two young children – Atom and his sister Pixel — live upstairs. (Yes, you read the names correctly.)

As I sat sipping a glass of Beoger’s award-winning 2008 Barbera – which, avers the label, is “made in a crisp, full-bodied, uniquely El Dorado style from vines over 35 years old” — I noticed that the windows were original, meaning more than 150 years old. Espying late-afternoon reflections cast by the slightly undulating panes, I put the glass down and started shooting immediately, as the sun was soon to set. Two of my favorites appear here.

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Reflected is a century-old grapevine, still leafy-green and, believe it or not, still producing grapes. The ground-level open-air window features a nicely rusted metal lattice, visible behind several large, verdant sword ferns.

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