John & Anne Wiley

2014/02/22

Symmetry

Filed under: Flying,Happiness,Has Photos,People,Random,SB Region — John @ 08:19

I like the symmetry of this scene we flew past today.

2417 Symmetry

2417 Symmetry

The plain open box that’s presumably an apartment building is so complemented by the row of junipers at the entrance. Then add the way they form a line in ascending height. I wondered for a moment if they were planted in sequence, but almost certainly trimmed that way. What a great idea. So much more creative than all the same, or trimmed into a tall green wall. Whose idea was it? Owner? Manager? Landscape designer, maybe? My guess is a gardener with an artistic eye.

2014/02/19

Big Little vDay

We had another wonderful Valentine’s Day this year, with another visit from our daughter and family. The little one melted our hearts, as you can see. 🙂

1783 Heart Melter

1783 Heart Melter

After a wild week of fun, the last of our extended family left Monday afternoon. We decided to get some air in our hair to ease our transition back to a quiet house. One of the new sights on this flight was what looks like a ferro-cement house in the hills. Probably would survive a wildfire, and the inside’s probably fanciful too. I’ll bet the residents love it.

2208 Hobbit Home

2208 Hobbit Home

Life and love take so many forms.

2014/02/11

Forward & Back

Taking off from SBA a few weeks ago, I looked forward along the magical route toward town.

1216 Forward

1216 Forward

Then I turned and looked back toward the airport where our brief enchanted journey had begun.

1220 Back

1220 Back

On that day we were also looking forward to a visit from our daughter and family. Today we’re already looking back at the joy of deep conversation last night and waking with them in our home this morning. Especially our delightful grand daughter. 🙂

114147 Forward & Back

114147 Forward & Back

Now we’re looking forward to watching the little one continue growing into a charming little girl, back to when our daughter was her size, and ahead to more great times with our son-in-law. Including taking him flying today! 🙂

2014/02/09

Ghost Water

When I look at this snap of Tangerine Falls bleached white in the dry sunshine a month ago, I sometimes glimpse ghost water.

0995 Ghost Parapet

0995 Ghost Parapet

I can see it gushing out from the trees, leaping cold and refreshing in a plume of mist from the stone parapet, and twirling in a roaring ribbon down the cliff face to explode into a blast fanning out from the rocks below.

0995 White Tangerine

0995 White Tangerine

Mid-70s days in January are nice, but my soul still yearns for some solid night and morning moisture. My inner wildflowers are waiting to bloom. Next time we fly there, I’d love to see at least some dampness beginning to bring back the falls’ signature orange color. But probably not yet, with so little rain.

2014/02/05

Forever New

The places we can easily reach from SB in Tripp are forever new. Today we flew our dear NYC friends to their conference in Palm Springs. Though we’ve taken this route through LA several times, it was new again today. Especially as they enjoyed the Hollywood sign for their first time from this perspective.

1641 New Hollywood

1641 New Hollywood

But new for all of us today is a place I’ve wanted to visit for several decades but just never seemed to find the opportunity. After they picked up the rental car for their time at the conference, we all drove out with a picnic lunch to explore my suggested destination: Indian Canyons. All I can say is, “Wow.”

1665 Andreas Canyon Rocks

1665 Andreas Canyon Rocks

Right at the parking lot for the Andreas Canyon Trail stands this giant enchanted rock outcrop at least 100′ tall (click for the larger version and check out the tall palm tree at the bottom left). The sheer Presence of this sculpted form evokes a hushed awe from the tourists stepping out of their cars where I snapped this. One of the large forms takes on an even more special power as you stroll the first few steps up the gentle slope of the creekside trail.

1696 Proud Monument

1696 Proud Monument

This proud monument to nature towers above you inspiring both humility and a sense of safety in a serene pause at its feet. Turning back to your own feet, you are greeted by the playful splash of the cold creek rushing over stones to beckon you up into the refreshing breeze it creates in this oasis from our extreme drought.

1723 Miraculous Creek

1723 Miraculous Creek

Though it looks still in this shot, the water is moving briskly and wide to provide a musical ambiance to the magic of so much pure water in such a miraculous exception winding through a thirsty land. A few steps further before the approaching dusk wrenched our thoughts to the flight home before dark, we glanced up at this large cave in the jumble of enormous boulders that guard the right bank.

1732 High Cave

1732 High Cave

We yearn to return and invest some days stepping back into the enchanted realm of these oasis trails.

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