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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