John & Anne Wiley

2010/11/30

Fly High, Breathe Deep

We used to drive Big Sur at least once a year, and on every trip we involuntarily did The Breath. The first few times we didn’t notice, but soon we began counting and I don’t recall any of our dozen or so drives that didn’t evoke at least half a dozen deep breaths. Few other drives do that for us, but many flights do. Today it would have been easy to hyperventilate. The air was relatively clear and calm, between the recent winds and storms, so we visited Point Conception. See if the full size of this view (or the larger one on my Photo Page) makes you do The Breath.

3630 Point Conception Light

3630 Point Conception Light

It worked for me again just now, but maybe because we had the full sensory overload there a couple of hours ago, and not just this little photo frame. Can you tell I love to fly? 🙂

3652 Spine To SB

3652 Spine To SB

We climbed higher, and the view back toward home looks like the backbone of a giant. Looking the other way, Point Arguello was equally scenic.

3651 Conception to Arguello

3651 Conception to Arguello

Given my recent posts, you know I took lots of rock photos flying the hills back home. No surprise perhaps, that I was also fascinated by the little arroyos and other terrain features like this spot probably familiar to surfers.

3653 Wrinkled Coast

3653 Wrinkled Coast

I’ll share more sometime soon, but want to go post a few larger favs to my Photo Page.

2010/11/29

Rock On

I’m in a rut on rocks. Can’t get enough, so it makes sense that I can’t “give” enough aerial rock pix here. 🙂

3504 Why?

3504 Why?

I realize you might be asking yourself what’s so fascinating to me about rock formations (or maybe why you’re looking at them and reading this). Take 3504 here for example. I enjoy the shapes along the top, and though you can’t see it in this frame I like the way it pops out of a sea of shrubs. It’s fun for me to imagine the history of human interactions with this spot, the geologic forces that raised it from ocean to mountain, and the more recent erosion that made it look like this. I like how different plants have embraced various parts of it.

3507 Jukebox Rox

3507 Jukebox Rox

Others are more dramatic, like this one that evokes that ’50s jukebox with neon arches at the top. There’s also an impression of stained glass, and I like the arrowhead pointing up from center bottom.

3513 Playground

3513 Playground

How about this one? Might it be fun to scramble over this, and check out that row of small pillars at the back? Maybe flying allows me to scramble there in mind’s eye, clear of any lingering rattlers (though they’re probably all hibernating).

One more try. Do these pillars interest you at all? Are they ancient sculptures from Easter Island, or perhaps a group of giants turned to stone as they lay in the sun admiring the view of our islands? Do you see “faces” (like the thin-faced clown at bottom right) or other shapes in some of them?

3514 Pillars

3514 Pillars

Maybe I don’t lie in the grass and gaze at cloud shapes much anymore, because I’m up among them with an angel by my side making lazy circles in the sun looking down at stony hills where a small boy watched a lizard watching.

2010/11/28

Rock Concert

I love rocks. When we fly, I often take detours to look at rock formations and I have a gazillion photos of them. There’s something about the shapes, colors and textures. Especially nice from the air, because we have total freedom of movement to explore various angles and the pace of movement accentuates the 3D experience.

So are they interesting to you too? Do you hear music in bands of rocks? Does your mind dance with the sculpted and weathered shapes.

3489 Stone Slices

3489 Stone Slices

Do you imagine a snake sunning on the warm stone? Do you see an uplifted sedimentary slab and imagine finding fossils from the epoch when it was ocean floor?

3494 Slab of Seabed

3494 Slab of Seabed

How many years did it take for that sandstone to form, and how many more to lift it into the sky and tilt it at a crazy angle that weather left standing alone? What causes some sections to be hollowed out in circular shapes?

3501 Drilled Face

3501 Drilled Face

2010/11/27

Thanksgiving Eve Flight

Filed under: Aviation,by Anne,Flying,Has Photos,Random,SB Region — Anne @ 09:44

Thanksgiving Eve we took the historian and for much of the time I held the window up high so he could take photos with his big camera.  I got just a couple of  shots ‘on the fly’ with my point&shoot, one pretty and the other playful.  I took this sunset by shooting backwards as we had just turned Tripp east for the airport:

0827 Sunset behind us

0827 Sunset behind us

My quick capture of this offshore oil platform in the fading light amid camera motion created the look of Lifesaver candy lights:

0828 Oil Platform Lightshow

0828 Oil Platform Lifesavers

~by Anne

Fre-More

Filed under: Flying,Has Photos,People,Random,SB Region — John @ 09:05

We flew over Fremont’s likely “slippery rock” spot again, and since Anne doesn’t seem moved to share some of her pix from the flights here’s one I find interesting.

3521 Fremont's Groove

3521 Fremont's Groove

So if this groove was made prior to Fremont’s trek, were those tracks there too? Are they as seems the case, worn into the sandstone? What created those perpendicular lines? Maybe added for traction? Can you tell I like this sort of thing? 🙂

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