Sonoma County in 40 Photographs

To celebrate the beauty of Sonoma County, we have picked 40 of our favorite local photos by staff photographers. Enjoy!

Tolay Lake Regional Park, located between the Petaluma River and the Sonoma Valley, is host to the Tolay Fall Festival. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly)

Tolay Lake Regional Park, located between the Petaluma River and the Sonoma Valley, is host to the Tolay Fall Festival. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly)

Lille Smallcomb, 5. and her mother Jennie of Santa Rosa take advantage of the warm weather to relax in a mustard field near Kenwood, Monday Feb. 29, 2016 as they prepare to model dresses for a commercial photographer. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Lille Smallcomb, 5. and her mother Jennie of Santa Rosa in a mustard field near Kenwood. (Photo by Kent Porter)

Friends enjoy a hike on the bluffs above Goat Rock beach in Jenner. (Photo by John Burgess)

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Front Porch Farm owner Mimi Buckley feeds a baby goat. The goats are used as the “mowers” on the farm. (Photo by John Burgess)

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View over Bodega Head. (Photo by Kent Porter)

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Members of the group Ballet Folklorico Jazmin perform during the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Santa Rosa. (Photo by Beth Schlanker)

Wise Acre Farm Great Pyrenees Buddy, watches over the flock off Arata Lane in Windsor, Friday March 3, 2016. The egg stand is open again after a dispute with a winery about a right-of-way was solved after owner Bryan Boyd put in his own entrance to the farm. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Wise Acre Farm Great Pyrenees Buddy, watches over the flock off Arata Lane in Windsor. (Photo by Kent Porter)

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Wright’s Beach Campground on the Sonoma Coast. (Photo by John Burgess)

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Tamara Batista, 3, laughs as she floats in the water at Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg. (Photo by Alvin Jornada)

Warnecke Ranch near Windsor. (photo by Chris Hardy)

Warnecke Ranch near Windsor. (Photo by Chris Hardy)

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Dressed as firecrackers, Malia Hughes, 5, left, and her twin sister, Brooke, take part in the 4th of July Kids Parade at the Healdsburg Plaza. (Photo by Beth Schlanker)

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Islands in the Sky, the Willow Creek addition to Sonoma Coast State Park, foreground and the mouth of the Russian River, background. (Photo by Kent Porter)

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Sonoma County Pride festivities in Guerneville (Photo by Beth Schlanker)

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Above Bennett Valley, a vineyard basks in late fall light. In the background, Mt. St. Helena touches the sky. (Photo by Kent Porter)

Eric Austensen tries to catch one last wave before the sun sets along Goat Rock State Beach on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Austensen has been surfing the chilly waters along the Sonoma County Coast for over 30 years.(Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

Eric Austensen tries to catch one last wave before the sun sets along Goat Rock State Beach. (Photo by Conner Jay)

Safari West’s annual Wild Jungle Love tour focuses on the courtship rituals of some of the over 700 animals on the 400 acre wildlife preserve. (Photo by John Burgess)

A bench provides rest for hikers and spectacular views of Sonoma from an overlook along the Bartholomew Memorial Park loop. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

A bench provides rest for hikers and spectacular views of Sonoma from an overlook along the Bartholomew Memorial Park loop. (Photo by Conner Jay)

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A late winter sunrise over a valley oak in Windsor. (Photo by Kent Porter)

From left, Adele 3, Casey, Thomas, 1, and Janine Coleman at the Rivertown Revival in Petaluma, 2015. (Photo by John Burgess)

From left, Adele 3, Casey, Thomas, 1, and Janine Coleman at the Rivertown Revival in Petaluma. (Photo by John Burgess)

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Sonoma vines in fall. (Photo by John Burgess)

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Tre’von Brown, 16, left, and Jess Herrera, 16, right, of the Santa Rosa HIgh School Latinos Unidos club show off their calaveras make-up during a Dia de los Muertos celebration at Old Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa. (Photo by Beth Schlanker)

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Preserve. (Photo by Kent Porter)

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Preserve. (Photo by Kent Porter)

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The Helm and Sons attractions at the Sonoma County Fair. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason)

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Flowers at the Sunset gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma. (Photo by Joshua Dylan Mellars

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Sonoma County apple orchards. (Photo by Christopher Chung)

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Wildflowers at the Willow Creek addition to Sonoma Coast State Park. (Photo by Kent Porter)

Saint Helena view. (Photo by Christopher Chung)

Saint Helena view. (Photo by Christopher Chung)

Harvest Moon in Sonoma County. (Photo by Kent Porter)

Whale watching at Bodega Head. For this one, the waiting comes at the mercy of the whales. However, once you see just one pod travel through, the waiting is worthwhile. The peak months for whale watching are January through May. See more info at bodegabay.com (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Whale watching at Bodega Head. (Photo by Christopher Chung)

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Joseph Wilson, 10, and his grandma Anne Bradley ride “The Sizzler” at the Sonoma County Fair. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason)

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People ride the “Wave Swinger,” at the Sonoma County Fair. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason)

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People float down the Russian River by various methods of transportation toward Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville. (Photo by Alvin Jornada)

Siblings, Carter Gardea, 9, Sophia, 7, and Camille, 12, jump into the pool at Morton's Warm Springs in Glen Ellen (Beth Schlanker / The Press Democrat)

Siblings, Carter Gardea, 9, Sophia, 7, and Camille, 12, jump into the pool at Morton’s Warm Springs in Glen Ellen. (Photo by Beth Schlanker)

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A Sonoma County bee. (Photo by Conner Jay)

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Jack Gless plays with bubbles at Howarth Park in Santa Rosa. (Photo by Christopher Chung)

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The J.C. Leissring Fine Arts gallery in Santa Rosa. (Photo by John Burgess)

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Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. (Photo by Erik Castro)

Chad Harris, owner of Fremont Diner in Sonoma. Chad opened the diner for breakfast and lunch, so he could be home to pick up his kids from school. (Photo by John Burgess)

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Flowers at the Sunset gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma. (Photo by Joshua Dylan Mellars)

The guest cottage at Landmark Vineyard in the Sonoma Valley. (photo by John Burgess)

The guest cottage at Landmark Vineyard in the Sonoma Valley. (Photo by John Burgess)

Jayson Collard, with his dog, Maliki, guides hunters into land above Lake Sonoma for hunting wild pigs. (photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

Jayson Collard, with his dog, Maliki, guides hunters into land above Lake Sonoma for hunting wild pigs. (Photo by John Burgess)

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Sunset bike ride in Sonoma County. (Photo by Kent Porter)

Sunset over the Russian River Valley, Monday Feb. 15, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2016

Sunset over the Russian River Valley (Photo by Kent Porter)

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