John & Anne Wiley

2010/12/08

A’s photos, same trip(p)

Filed under: Aviation,by Anne,Flying,Has Photos,Nature,SB Region — Anne @ 05:07

John invited photos and I do have three to share.  Over the Santa Ynez valley I enjoyed the long dark shadows cast by the pale trees.  When looking at the actual photo, I noticed Cachuma Lake in the upper right corner, so that gives you an idea of location.  But for now, here is what drew my eye:

0936 Shadow Sentrys

0936 Shadow Sentrys

West of Michael Jackson’s place John noticed this nestling cloud all by itself on my side so I took a quick snap.

0939 Cloud snug & nestled in

0939 Cloud snug & nestled in

Coming back along the coast out of Gaviota, I liked these craggy rocks along shore, and lined them up along the contrasting straight & narrow railroad track.  My first glance at the actual photo looked like snow at the top, as though snow was coming down a green mountain.  Snowy looking Surf!

0941 Snowy surf, Squiggly rocks, Straight rail

0941 Snowy surf, Squiggly rocks, Straight rail

by ~Anne

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Rocky Returns

No, I haven’t gotten over it. I’m the rockhound that never quits. Here’s a sequel to the rocks from above theme. It’s not just the sculptural shapes of rock formations that I enjoy. Sometimes the pure texture of a rock will capture my attention.

3860 Texture Stories

3860 Texture Stories

What created the texture on these stones? Was it only mountain rainfall erosion of sandstone laid down when this was a slumbering sea bed, or might there once have been a hillside creek or pool involved? Did humans participate at any point? Who visits this spot since the ancient peoples stopped coming? How long before this is all but buried in thick, tall brush? As you can see in this next shot, large areas are relatively clear still from the recent series of wildfires on these slopes.

3858 Rocks Revealed

3858 Rocks Revealed

An even wider view brings in Tripp’s sturdy strut, easing me from rock reveries back to flying dreams.

3861 Ridge Roaming

3861 Ridge Roaming

The brighter area top-middle is where our shadow would be if closer to the distant ridge. I like the radiant effect when looking exactly opposite the sun’s direction, and you never see that from the ground unless on a mountain top. Any time of day aloft you can spot this, and if low enough you’ll also see the shadow of your aircraft painting an impression of the outline someone on the ground will see. If they ever look up.

Well, Anne got some interesting snaps on this flight. Will she share any?

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