John & Anne Wiley

2015/04/13

Mountains & Memories

Flying home from Phoenix our hearts were overflowing with memories of good times with great people gathered for the wedding. Taking off from Deer Valley (KDVT) we detoured a few miles out for a turn past downtown and a look at this cool red rock formation we admired from KPHX while waiting for an airliner there years ago.

4212 Big Butte

4212 Big Butte

It’s a pretty cool feature in the city, with trails and an open air amphitheater. On our long flight across the desert we were startled to see traces of snow atop San Jacinto Peak above KPSP (Palm Springs).

4375 San Jacinto Snow

4375 San Jacinto Snow

Soon another flood of memories. This time of an event that seems to loom large in my love of flying. A memory from infancy of watching in awe as my Dad took his first solo flight from Flabob Airport (KRIR).

4448 Flabob Tower

4448 Flabob Tower

Looking out across the compass star and runway toward Mt. Rubidoux distant memories of the region flooded back.

4450 Mt. Rubidoux

4450 Mt. Rubidoux

Before long Tripp had transported us home to the moist blue and green roots of our Santa Barbara memories.

4485 Ellings Park

4485 Ellings Park

Maybe a big gift of the many adventurous miles Tripp has taken us, is the ever deeper appreciation we have of our adopted Home.

2015/04/09

High Contrast

To attend a wedding we left our little corner of paradise for a quick trip to Phoenix. It looked like this when we left.

3545 Departure

3545 Departure

It looked like this (Phoenix was too smoggy for aerial pix) just before we arrived, as I noticed a little dry arroyo with saguaro cactus along the banks.

3691 For Love

3691 For Love

We made this trip for love, and it’s nice to see some stately saguaro, but vast scenes like this are also a reminder of why we love Home. People here talked excitedly about the low rent, and it’s always enriching to discover what people love about a place. We might try to explore some deserts and mountains before flying back.

2015/03/31

Gator Island

To me this perspective on Anacapa Island looks like a giant gator lurking in the water. Unlike the different angle of pic I posted here a few days ago, this one was ok without a polarizing filter so the color is closer to how it actually looked. Gator & Miguel are my two favs of the Channel Islands closest to SB. At least until we’ve explored them all by land and sea. :)

2707 Anacapa the Gator

2707 Anacapa the Gator

2015/03/29

Eagle Luck

We flew some Young Eagles on three short flights from co-sponsor Above All Aviation through Lynn Houstons program named A Different Point of View, and during the flight I spotted a whale near the beach. I told the Eagles they were our lucky charms, because we rarely see whales and almost never near shore. After the last of our three flights we went back to look for the whale and happily found two. My fav pic of the encounter is this Pointillist impression with prismatic colors from the particular sun angle in the gently rippling water.

3014 Pointillist Prism

3014 Pointillist Prism

It glided slowly along just beneath the water like this, then finally came up for air.

3025 Whale Breath

3025 Whale Breath

Moments later it left a swirling circle of calm on the surface as it silently vanished into the depths. Mist from the breath of this blow hung briefly in the air, reminding me of the day I swam next to a Humpback as it sounded off Maui. The musky smell of that breath drifted down in a magical mist around me into the wordless memory of a lifetime.

2015/03/24

Dreamscapes

We found ourselves feeling inexplicably sleepy in the evening, then realized this is why.

2162 Far Away Lands

2162 Far Away Lands

Today we journeyed to far away lands a few minutes from our shores, via magic carpet. This view across San Miguel to the other Santa Barbara Channel Islands stretching into the dim East initiated us into a lazy tour of such dreamscapes. Soon we were looking back at San Miguel from the other end, where colors conspire to transport the unwary back to memories of the Bahamas.

2248 Bahamian Miguel

2248 Bahamian Miguel

No wonder we felt drowsy, with so much to dream about! Overwhelmed with such visions, it seemed our excitement alone would have carried us along toward veils of mist in the mysterious East.

2410 Anacapa Island

2410 Anacapa Island

As we neared that end, the green gator shape of Anacapa greeted us. We’d been desperate for a clear day to make this flight before brown summer sets in. We even got to see faint blushes of yellow Coreopsis crouched on the North slopes.

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