John & Anne Wiley

2014/02/24

Brown Coast

Sometimes it’s fun to do a slow climb along the coast toward the West, taking in all the shades of brown nibbling at green and blue in dry times like this.

1297 Etched Field

1297 Etched Field

This scene has it all: the eroded etchings in the flat brown field at the upper left; deep greens just to the right, in the trees and lawns of Brad Pitt’s beach hideaway, orchard and dry creek arroyo bottom left, pond and horse corral moving to the right. With some Photoshop work, this could be transformed into a painterly image I’d quite like. Adjoining this scene just out of frame to the right is my next pic on this flight.

1299 El Cap Canyon

1299 El Cap Canyon

Starting with popular El Capitan Beach at the top it includes the campground, then across the freeway the new RV park and on into El Capitan Canyon where tiny cabins line the currently dry creek up into the hills. The swimming pool partway up shines like a turquoise gem in the dry brush. Then as we start a 270 degree turn to continue climbing toward the mountains the whole scene comes into this one pic.

1300 Brown Coast

1300 Brown Coast

Looking back toward SB the brown coast reveals its shapes, textures, and colors from predominant brown dancing with green and rippling blue. A friend asked me how it is I never tire of flying SB. To me these pix are tiny fascinating windows into moments cut from living and moving 360 degree panorama that I could enjoy for hours. How much more thrilling for me then, to Be there. 🙂

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Water Works

Filed under: Flying,Happiness,Has Photos,Nature,People,Random,SB Region — John @ 03:26

Water works miracles. As in this Ventura area contrast between a dry brown open field and the irrigated green park next door.

8246 Worlds Apart Adjoined

8246 Worlds Apart Adjoined

Here in California and other U.S. states with areas of fertile land but little rain have fed the world thanks to irrigation. But farmers in Israel and other desert regions have pioneered extremes of frugal water use. Now we see ever more signs of water conservation flying in our area, like this shiny field between Ventura and Santa Paula.

8247 Shiny Field

8247 Shiny Field

By covering the ground with plastic and using drip irrigation, this farmer may have actually increased the yield while using less water. Another contrast may be seen in this last snap from some Anne got as we approached Santa Paula Airport. The golf course shines like a beacon of life nestled between the dry riverbed across the bottom, with the parched hills above sporting a few patches of orchard, and “SP” proclaimed near the summit.

8258 Oases

8258 Oases

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