John & Anne Wiley

2011/11/29

Fixations

I’m fixated on rocks as you may know. I love snapping aerials of interesting rock formations. Also among my fixations is the ways people alter the landscape, build things, and perhaps most of all how we create king/queendoms in the form of our houses. The most fascinating in this last category for aerial pix is often a category I like to call manses. Those mansions and estates that have such large-scale quirkiness it shines from 1/4 mile away, and often is hidden behind tall walls and hedges that vanish from above. So here are some places that might exhibit a fixation with waterfront.

7830 Summerland Scene

7830 Summerland Scene

I’ll start with some context. Witness the sleepy town of Summerland, nestled across the train tracks and freeway from the beach. Now note the little clump of trees just left of center at the base of the waterfront bluff.

7831 Mini Manse

7831 Mini Manse

Not exactly a grand mansion, true. Nor the best place to greet a tsunami, or even a strong storm. But imagine the value of that real estate. Not far away is Padaro Road, and the construction there differs a bit.

7835 Padaro Palaces

7835 Padaro Palaces

Now we’re talking manses. In addition to these two, the pile of stones at top-right is for another going in on the next lot. Even if you can’t take it with you, might as well enjoy some comforts before you begin that next journey, eh? I love the round towers in particular. I’d have a tall one with a 360 degree curved window to take in the mountain and beach views from a rocking love seat on a turntable that you could twirl like an office chair. Yes, and a binocular periscope with 20x zoom to watch small planes passing offshore. 🙂

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2011/11/28

Inky?

Filed under: Flying,Happiness,Has Photos,Nature,People,Random,SB Region — John @ 02:03

At sunset we again saw a collection of small fishing boats with big lights near shore somewhere around El Capitan. Edhat wisdom seems to be that they’re catching squid, and that’s unusual for these waters (global warming?). So is that what’s in this net?

7781 Squid?

7781 Squid?

The photo quality’s marginal due to the low light, but it looks like something big is in the net and Humboldt Squid can get big enough to eat most anything in the water. Maybe that’s why the skiff in this next pic (bigger version on my Photo Page) was pulling this same boat as they hauled in the net?

7784 Counter Net

7784 Counter Net

2011/11/27

Sunset Slant

Flying along the shoreline near Arroyo Hondo Creek, the sunset accented these slanted sea caves.

7776 Sunset Slant Caves

7776 Sunset Slant Caves

The creek itself intrigues me, particularly the old highway bridge partially hidden behind the railroad bridge and seldom noticed by the thousands zipping by on the freeway.

7778 Arroyo Hondo Bridges

7778 Arroyo Hondo Bridges

There’s something nostalgic about abandoned roads and bridges. Could it be memories of a slower time? Maybe paths not taken?

2011/11/26

Mission Impossible?

Filed under: Flying,Happiness,Has Photos,Inner World,Nature,People,Random — John @ 06:07

Flying home from Santa Maria recently, we enjoyed looking at this old building and wondering what the story is.

7767 Mission?

7767 Mission?

It looks like a mission, what with the crosses at the roof peaks on this end and the pond with white statue at bottom right. But then why doesn’t anything about it show up on gMaps even with Wiki links turned on? I’m going to send a post to Edhat, and see if the local history experts there can provide some details. Meanwhile, here are some aerial details.

7764 Half Full

7764 Half Full

The swimming pool in the courtyard fascinates me. Who swam in it back when it was full and clean? How many people have been in there since it was apparently abandoned? How many years did it take for those bushes and trees to grow up in the patios? Was there a balcony around the outside that’s now just remembered by the posts and beams? Can you imagine monks coming out of their rooms to stand on the balcony to watch the sunset and take in the spectacular views of the Santa Rita Hills and the river valley past Lompoc to the ocean?

2011/11/24

Osprey & Dolphins

Filed under: Flying,Happiness,Has Photos,Nature,Random,SB Region — John @ 06:25

Yesterday this Osprey flew low over the runway at SBA just as we were getting ready for a flight, but it was too quick for a pic. So when I heard it approaching again, I knew to grab the camera.

7789 Osprey Overflight

7789 Osprey Overflight

We also saw dolphins near shore, and also not far from a bunch of surfers. I forgot to look back and see if they’d noticed the pod.

7836 Dolphin Dance

7836 Dolphin Dance

I don’t know if they were feeding, fighting, or courting, but there was lots of jumping and fast action.

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