John & Anne Wiley

2014/08/19

Many Horses

Tripp’s getting her annual inspection right now and we might be flying her again soon. I’m hoping we can use all the extra “horses” she has compared with similar planes. That horsepower enables her to perform much better on hot days or at high altitude, and to carry more of the extra stuff we tend to haul around on flying adventures (camping gear, all-weather clothing, tweaky tandem bicycle, and even sometimes inflatable 2-person kayak).

But rather than share aerial pix (or anything to do with Tripp’s horses) in this post, here are some of the many horses we saw downtown back on August 1st.

4864 Four Horsemen

4864 Horsemen

It’s called the Fiesta Parade, and though some locals tell us they avoid the crowds we like the old-timey quality of it. Some really beautiful horses, trick ponies, antique horse-drawn transportation, lots of mules, and interesting people from far and wide who love all this.

4893 Spirit

4893 Spirit

Many of the horses are very spirited, some get spooked by all the commotion, and the one on the right above seemed to be a concern for two guys watching from the wagon as the rider managed a sudden burst of speed. It was fun watching the equestrians show off their animals, like when this multi-team wagon made a wide circle to give everyone a closer look.

4900 Circling The Wagon

4900 Circling The Wagon

Some of the floats aren’t pulled by horses, all along the route are vendors of various kinds, and at De La Guerra Plaza people gather at a colorful mercado.

4910 Mercado

4910 Mercado

We enjoyed it, but we’ll be glad to ride our horses back into the wild blue and share new pix from there. :)

2014/08/05

Cartoon Fields

Filed under: Aviation,by Anne,Flying,Has Photos,Nature,Tripp — Anne @ 01:06

Flying over rural communities and farmland, this view jumped out at me like a cartoon figure.¬† Most likely farmers are following some terrain, and perhaps have no idea what a delight these shapes are from above.¬† This first is my favorite. Notice on the right Tripp’s shoe and the city below -juxtaposing¬† alongside this broad swipe cartoon puzzle shape.

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These puzzle pieces were reaching far up to the hills above. ~by Anne

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2014/07/16

Shared Use

Out over the water we saw lots of sharing. These pelicans were sharing the lift created by the bird just ahead as they glided low across the water off Goleta Beach.

2742 Shared Lift

2742 Shared Lift

They were also sharing the open water with these Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) guys.

2740 Shared Water

2740 Shared Water

Nearby were these two couples in kayaks, sharing some quiet fun in the sun together.

2728 Shared Couples

2728 Shared Couples

All of them were sharing with us their water level view of this magnificent gentle arc of coast from Goleta Beach out to Campus Point just moments after our takeoff from SBA.

2753 Shared View

2753 Shared View

2014/07/12

Painted

Near the nearly dry Lake Cachuma, May mustard grass was painting slopes that are now a crispy dry pale brown.

2548 Yellow Flash

2548 Yellow Flash

There was even lush wild grass on the low hill with abandoned building foundations next to the old highway with its small bridge that’s now normally under water.

2553 Atlantis Ranch

2553 Atlantis Ranch

After climbing back over the hill toward SB Harbor we looked back at the Painted Cave community with the vast San Rafael and Sierra Madre ranges towering in the distance.

2588 Painted Cave

2588 Painted Cave

2014/07/08

Over The Hill

Forty is the New Thirty, they say. But that’s not the title source for this post. It’s about flying, of course, and in this case over the 3,000 foot “hill” to the Santa Ynez Valley. (I put “hill” in quotes, because on the East Coast that’s a mountain but around here not so much). Anyway, climbing over the hill I snapped this view back toward the beach.

2446 Hill To Coast

2446 Hill To Coast

Lovely, right? A bit hazy, but the mustard blooms and blue sea more than make up for that! Looking at the full-res pic I noticed a castle. Like me, you probably don’t see it. But here’s a full-res crop from the original, showing this castle-like structure with two turrets.

2446 Castle

2446 Castle

Pretty cool! Hope I can remember to fly over and get a closer pic one of these days. For now, it’s yet another example of how wonderful it is to fly here. That same pic has two scenes I really like. :)

2460 Over Hill

2460 Over Hill

Just two minutes later I snapped this great view along the other side of the hill, toward Alisal Lake. Even hazier because I’m shooting toward the sun, but I just love the colors and shapes. So much that I descended for a closer look at this hillock that looks like a green wave breaking in a sea of yellow.

2503 Mountain Wave

2503 Mountain Wave

All around the valley are farms, ranches, orchards and vineyards, and most have a mansion or large ranch house like this out among the fields.

2505 Valley Dreams

2505 Valley Dreams

After touring the valley side of the hill, we flew up the river toward Lake Cachuma. This was back in mid-May when there were still beautiful pools like this.

2518 Lingering Pool

2518 Lingering Pool

The texture of tall grasses and mossy water punctuates the dry valley where only ancient oaks thrive among the irrigated orchards. That line of life is always fascinating to me, especially with its green season extended by the controlled releases of water from the dam most years.

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