John & Anne Wiley

2015/03/11

Red Green Blue

The three primary colors of light are red, green and blue because they can be mixed to create every other color. Maybe this is why we love flying Santa Barbara, because our vistas offer the full spectrum. On one short flight with a friend we saw Red Rock, where some swimmers took a break from the river to enjoy the beach.

1962 Red Rock

1962 Red Rock

The red is probably from iron in the rock, and I like how it plays with the streak of green rock at the right that’s probably from copper content. The water will probably all but dry up in a few months, but normally this is a very popular Summer spot for swimmers and the daredevils who jump from great heights into the refreshing pool. The same recent rains that temporarily revived the river pools also brought a brilliant blush of green to the hills.

1989 Green Wrinkles

1989 Green Wrinkles

The happy cattle grazing here have worn winding topographic furrows into the slopes, offering an impression of wrinkles among the aging oaks with a faintly bluish hue. For magnificent shades of blue of course we need look no further than our shimmering Pacific, but I like the peculiar blue of this deep pond beneath the dam holding back muddy green at Gibraltar Reservoir.

1955 Precipice Blue

1955 Precipice Blue

For me the colors are greatly accentuated by the rush of looking directly down over the dam. I guess it’s deep in our DNA for gazing deeply into the blue over such a precipice to be breathtaking.

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