John & Anne Wiley

2014/02/27

Island In Time

Today I revisited our flight with friends out to Santa Cruz Island, and was fascinated by this building I snapped as part of a scene near the southeast end. It’s an old church with cemetery, all but untouched by time.

1552 Island In Time

1552 Island In Time

Each of those grave markers represents a life story that ended here, so near the bustle and constant change of SoCA yet so very far. A time capsule from the previous millennium in some ways, of a very different lifestyle from our Hollywood freeway culture. Moving minutes backward in our own time to the climb West for the crossing, this long look to distant Point Conception carries my mind back even beyond the abandoned buildings by that lighthouse to the Chumash people who inhabited both places.

1513 Looking Back

1513 Looking Back

Though only a couple of minutes before that, our takeoff looking past UCSB to the island seems a lifetime ago.

1512 Further Back

1512 Further Back

The drought-ravaged wetland next to the airport hints at the marsh once there when a Chumash band lived on a hillock that was once an island.

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Falls, Rides, Dots

Filed under: Flying,Happiness,Has Photos,Nature,People,Random,SB Region — John @ 01:22

Swimming and wading in wilderness waterfalls is a major sport for SB hikers, many of whom probably know where this patient playground awaits the rain.

1413 Waiting Waterpark

1413 Waiting Waterpark

I uploaded a larger version you can see by clicking the image, and in that one you can more easily make out the one tiny pool still containing water. Not far away is this large and fancy horse ranch where many great rides await.

1433 Equestrian Acres

1433 Equestrian Acres

Not far from that on our way back to SBA are these hills dotted with orchards, with a large water tank and another swimming pool.

1444 Green Dot Patterns

1444 Green Dot Patterns

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