John & Anne Wiley

2014/01/02

New

To launch a new year, we took a brief flight with our new friend Monica. As we lifted off UCSB looked much like it has on so many flights. In a word, magical.

0537 UCSB Uplifting

0537 UCSB Uplifting

The nearly dry slough. The eclectic mix of architectures. The blue beyond. The centers of learning and exuberant celebration of students liberated from high school and discovering their first tastes of freedom (and concomitant responsibility). Then on to a pleasant surprise.

0538 Surprise Sunset

0538 Surprise Sunset

It’s rare to snap toward the sun and produce anything other than a hazy and unpleasant image that captures none of the magic we see aloft. This one was a rare surprise, showing some of what we enjoyed. Then up to the mountains, for a glimpse of one in the innumerable rock formations that provide endless fascination for flyers here.

0540 New Year Rocking

0540 New Year Rocking

This rock fan spreads a palette of stone shapes with the power to intrigue. Well, me at least. 🙂

Happy ’14!

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