John & Anne Wiley

2012/05/25

Perches

People like perches. High places with a view. Some like this place I call the Castle are presumably just wonderful places to Be and Look.

0107 SYV Castle

0107 SYV Castle

It has a commanding view of Santa Ynez Valley, and is designed to make the most of that with tiers of windows in a turret capped with skylights. I enjoy imagining being there and looking on sunny days and starry nights, or when a sudden storm rushes across the valley.

Not far away is this hole in a rock wall that was surely a perch for earlier generations. How many people lived there, looking out at the smaller view or climbing to the “roof” and taking in the panorama across to the islands?

0128 Keyhole Cave

0128 Keyhole Cave

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