John & Anne Wiley

2015/12/10

River of Dust

The beautiful Santa Ynez River would have been nothing but dust this year, but for the three main dams. We were surprised to see pools like this along the stretch below Gibraltar Reservoir.

5400 Tiny Oases

5400 Tiny Oases

In case you didn’t notice them amid the vast expanse of brown, I’m talking about the string of pearls bringing the water of life to the lower middle-left of the above pic. As you know, I’m also a fan of rock formations, so it was nice to say hi to this one again as we passed. It was probably carved by eons of epic floods before the dams were built, until the edge stood alone.

5404 Stalwart Stone

5404 Stalwart Stone

Another rock I like is next to another deep pool that harbors some precious water at its base.

5414 Rock, Tree, River

5414 Rock, Tree, River

No doubt these pools have been replenished by occasional releases from the dam at Gibraltar Reservoir, and there’s a nice pool beneath the dam that you can just make out in this pic.

5423 Beneath Gibraltar

5423 Beneath Gibraltar

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