John & Anne Wiley

2014/11/02

First Storm

Santa Barbarians are celebrating. Not just a great Halloween, but just after the first wave of young families with small kids went home after sunset shadowy clouds crept silently down the mountains.

7695 First Wave

7695 First Wave

Before long the rain started, and dampened the later waves of teens and college kids who mostly went indoors for their fun. It rained so hard overnight and Saturday it set a new rainfall record. But before friends came in the evening we dashed out to the airport for a quick sunset flight, and were rewarded with scenes like this.

7800 Mock Volcano

7800 Mock Volcano

Clouds clinging to Broadcast Peak were lit so brightly it looked like a small eruption. Out over the Channel rain squalls were skittering and one tall cloud lit the water.

7806 Cloud Islands

7806 Cloud Islands

Our familiar Tooth Rock and La Cumbre Peak were dancing with the last shreds of mist rushing in the fleeting wind.

7831 Peak Experience

7831 Peak Experience

To the East some clouds clumped together making one last blustery show before the mountains shooed them away into the clearing dusk.

7845 Last Puffs

7845 Last Puffs

As we returned to land from this few minutes of heaven, puddle rings in the drive-in theater mingled with parked vehicles.

7849 Reflections

7849 Reflections

Water shining where dust had been only a day before, and everyone smiling in the moist evening air.

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