John & Anne Wiley

2011/03/30

Surfing

Santa Barbara is home to many surfers. The stretch of coast from Ventura to Point Conception has many favorite spots for them, depending on what their preference is and what the surf conditions are at a given moment. Friday’s flight took us past one of their impromptu gatherings at El Capitan State Beach, and one of my pix captured this great ride.

6439 Surfer

6439 Surfer

There’s a whole lifestyle associated with surfing, and though it’s probably related to ranching this cabin on a bluff just West of town looks like the ideal surfer shack.

6435 Beach Cliff Cabin

6435 Beach Cliff Cabin

Looks like a well-used beach access trail at the left, and I love how the ribbed rock patterns there interact with the surf. Also on this flight I saw a deep pool amid massive boulders near the ridgeline above Goleta.

6529 Mountain Rock Pool

6529 Mountain Rock Pool

Even though there had been recent rain, there was no sign of a creek in or out and the water looks stagnant. It’s fun to imagine the life there. My guess is a great starlight frog choir. In case any Santa Barbarians are curious where it is, here’s a wide shot for context and you can just make out the pool at the bottom-center.

6530 Rock Pool Setting

6530 Rock Pool Setting

A friend recently commented on how flying for us is a spiritual experience, and it really resonates. Attending to our inner landscape while interacting with the spectacular SB environs, can evoke an integration of inner and outer worlds while also facilitating an increased awareness beyond. An Observer of self, other, and divine.

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