John & Anne Wiley

2012/11/30

Stones Sunset Tour

No, I don’t have pix of the Rolling Stones on their geriatric world tour. This is about my fascination with the rock outcrops sprinkled along our majestic mountains. Flying the hills at sunset this time of year, the shadows etch features and textures complemented by splashes of glowing orange light.

1622 Weathered Face

1622 Weathered Face

Faces like this tell such a tale of the ages. All the story that went into creating the stone, accented by the carving of weather and other forces. The variety is visually pleasing to me in an artistic sense too, like this enormous impression of alligator skin.

1627 Tough Skin

1627 Tough Skin

Then there are the stones with signs of humans who passed long ago, like this area where local historian Neal Graffy pointed out ruts made by steel-rimmed wooden wheels.

1632 Slippery Slope

1632 Slippery Slope

If you click to see the larger version, on the left ridge you can make out he deepest parallel ruts. This dry scene somehow evokes an image of a stagecoach full of terrified passengers gasping at each lurch and bump as they imagine tumbling down into the ravine on a dark and rainy night with whip cracking at steaming horses straining up the hill. Scariest on such a night though, would be coming down as the brakes smoked and wheels slid while digging those ruts.

So many impressions come to me while taking a leisurely sunset stones tour…

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2012/11/27

More Points

Here’s a quick post of more pix from our flight out to Point Conception. First this cropped shot at maximum zoom on our closest pass. Hope we can get permission to fly around it some time, because I’d like to see the caves on the other side (saw them once when a kindly guy on ATC cleared us to fly past going home to SBA).

1704 Point Conception Light

1704 Point Conception Light

I like the wiki for the light, and it has one of my 2009 photos at the bottom. The boat that’s been moored near there every time we’ve gone out, looked like it was being towed by a bunch of seals in an inner tube.

1736 Pt. C. Illusion #1

1736 Pt. C. Illusion #1

They weren’t. Another illusion pic from the flight is one I took of the rocky shore. Maybe it looks normal to you, but when I look at it sometimes it “flips” as if we were flying “upside down.”

1732 Pt. C. Illusion #2

1732 Pt. C. Illusion #2

We weren’t. The native peoples called this the Western Gate, ascribing powerful energy to this area. It was an especially magical flight. Maybe the energy there affected us, making these pix even more enchanting for me than they seem to you?

2012/11/25

Toward the Light

Filed under: Flying,Happiness,Has Photos,Nature,Random,SB Region — John @ 04:29

There’s a magnificent lighthouse out at Point Conception, and I’ve been waiting for a good day to fly out and snap it with my new camera. I wasn’t able to get ATC clearance to enter the restricted area just on the other side of the light to snap that angle and the cool sea caves out there. Maybe some day. I’ll probably post more pix after I’ve looked thru them, but wanted to at least share this one.

1709 Pt. Conception Light

1709 Pt. Conception Light

2012/11/23

Fun Flight

Filed under: Flying,Happiness,Has Photos,Nature,People,Random,SB Region — John @ 09:46

We took a fun flight before Thanksgiving dinner. Just half an hour of air in our hair had us feeling quite thankful indeed. 🙂

1601 Layers

1601 Layers

Right after takeoff my pilot eye was assessing how long we had before the offshore low clouds moved in to cover the airport and change our evening plans. If I guessed wrong, we’d be climbing thru the clear air over the mountains to land in Santa Ynez where there’s no easy way to get home for dinner. After I was satisfied we had an hour, my photographer eye took over and snapped the “layers” of ridges in the hazy air out toward Point Conception. I enjoyed a deep sigh looking at it before the photo, and again just now looking at it. Turning to fly along the hills toward town, it’s no surprise that the rocks caught my attention. But this one more than usual.

1611 Boulder Home?

1611 Boulder Home?

To me it looks like those recesses and notches cut into the face might have once been associated with shelters or even dwellings of ancient people. So earlier I sent some pix and that question to Edhat, in case one of the experts there can help. I also posted a larger version on my Photo Page (link in right column here). Meanwhile, here’s a closer view of the largest recess.

1611 Human Traces?

1611 Human Traces?

Cut into the sandstone by ancient people using harder stones? What about the smaller indentations above it?  Is that a similar recess with two indentations above it on the right? Natural processes, or are these traces of human activity?

2012/11/22

Appreciation

I like that our country has a tradition of gathering with family and friends for Giving Thanks. Even though like all other aspects of American life it has been commercialized, there is still a strong feeling of appreciation in the hearts of many who gather for this holiday. For me, it adds an extra impulse to notice and express what is of value. Tops in my list is appreciation of the exceptional woman who joined with me and our friends and family on this spot some years ago.

1560 E. Shoreline Park

1560 E. Shoreline Park

When we’re walking, driving or flying past and I see people gathered around that bench at the east end of the park, it brings back warm memories of that day and a renewed enjoyment of our marriage. We’ve always appreciated our good fortune in discovering Santa Barbara and managing to move here. Even more so since our incredible luck in starting to fly and have our hearts expanded by scenes like this.

1565 Appreciating Home

1565 Appreciating Home

Most of all on this holiday, I appreciate Love. The love of strangers, but of course even more the love of friends and family. In a deeper sense the love of Life that’s evoked by appreciating the efforts of our ancestors who nurtured and advanced our opportunities. As we steadily approach the end of this beautiful life, the colors of appreciation fill our hearts to overflowing.

1593 Appreciating Love

1593 Appreciating Love

May this holiday bring you many warm moments, happy memories, and ever more appreciation as our lives continue to unfold.

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