John & Anne Wiley

2011/09/26

Home Town Colors

We’ve had a few short flights around town, and the colors just seem to keep getting brighter for us. Thursday we wandered over toward Summerland, and enjoyed the San Roque Bridge over Stevens Park anew. That’s the one we love to drive across, looking both ways and then voting. Most often the mountain view wins, but sometimes the coast and islands are just stunning. From up here, the bridge itself adds a lot to the mountain view.

6152 San Roque (Stevens Park) Bridge

6152 San Roque (Stevens Park) Bridge

From a quarter mile up, the other view is also quite often stellar and it’s always delightful to take in the two views simultaneously from our magic carpet Tripp.

6169 Beach & Harbor

6169 Beach & Harbor

Santa Barbara’s beach and harbor are a constant source of joy for us, including the chance to mingle with tourists from around the world. In front of the mission, the rose garden is yet another favorite spot.

6154 Rose Garden

6154 Rose Garden

Before pruning sometimes the flowers are so bountiful they pop even from this far away. Strolling among them during pruning the fragrance is strong as wheelbarrows overflow with ripe blossoms. The color variations on the large lawn tell of activities like picnics, parties, weddings, frisbee, and touch football.

I also enjoy checking up on several long-term projects around town like these new bridges on Hwy.101 at the Milpas offramp. It looks like some colorful graffiti has been painted out on the bridge abutments, and I’m eager to see what blossoms at this intersection once the work is complete and people begin walking and biking more here.

6161 Milpas 101 Overpasses

6161 Milpas 101 Overpasses

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