John & Anne Wiley

2018/02/20

Fun, Flowers, Family

March 10, 2017 we flew to Santa Paula so Tripp could visit her excellent mechanic (A&P/IA) Glenn Fuller for some TLC. Leaving SBA we enjoyed seeing so much water at Goleta Beach, with the creek outlet open wide (on the right side) rather than the typical solid line of sand there.

6678 Open Water

6678 Open Water

I’ve popped in this pic of the hills above Carp just because anyone who’s seen that area since December knows how tragically different it looks now.

6712 Carp B4 Thomas

6712 Carp B4 Thomas

Life was struggling to recover from a prior smaller fire even then, atop the hills near Ventura and that area looks quite different now too.

6726 Charcoal & Poppies

6726 Charcoal & Poppies

Sometimes military aircraft use SBA for practice, or just stop in for a refreshing break at one of our restaurants on a long flight. At the end of this flight we saw some USMC Harrier jets, but I didn’t get any good pix. Luckily when we joined the taxi line for another short flight the next day they were back and I caught this moment.

6775 Jets 4 John

6775 Jets 4 John

I really like how these jets seem to be posing just for me, knowing how much I was enjoying their synchronized show. 🙂

On the 14th we flew again! Rare for us to go so often, but this time it was to San Diego for a visit with family. Some really fun times with our new nephew especially, but also of course many aerial delights on the flight there including this look at beach bluff mansions.

7049 La Jolla Luxury

7049 La Jolla Luxury

A funicular like that down to a beach fort is rare in CA, and I’m curious how they managed to get it past the Coastal Commission. Maybe it’s associated with the university and/or marine research work there?

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2018/02/19

Where Were We?

Filed under: Flying,Happiness,Has Photos,Inner World,Nature,SB Region — John @ 02:20

It’s surprising to me how long it’s been since the last post here. Halloween ’17! Before that I’d been catching up on fav pix after our return from the HI/NZ/AU trip, and doing that’s what had gotten me so far behind our subsequent 2017 pix. So to pick it up again, here’s something that caught my eye on a 2/28/17 flight.

6001 Scruff

6001 Scruff

Sometimes a texture like this just intrigues me. It’s dry reeds on the southwest shore of little Lake Los Carneros. But before reading that did your mind tumble for a moment pondering what it might be? On a less esoteric note, how about these pix from our 3/9 flight?

6280 Rey Fire Poppies

6280 Rey Fire Poppies

As with our most recent local disaster, the Rey Fire over in Santa Ynez Valley was horrific. These poppies sprang up as if to ease the recovery. Over in the Figueroa Mountain area we saw more scattered wildflowers clinging to striated sandstone cliffs.

6359 Clinging Colors

6359 Clinging Colors

Turning toward SBA the temporary respite from drought had brought color to the silent playground of Neverland Ranch.

6443 Neverland Colors

6443 Neverland Colors

Crossing the Santa Ynez River there was a trickle of water not from rain, but a valley water table nourishing release from Bradbury Dam upstream.

6489 Green Valley

6489 Green Valley

Turning toward the East along the coast to home, a fleeting skirt of brilliant green trimmed the feet of our struggling thirsty mountains.

6580 Fringe Green

6580 Fringe Green

To cap the brief flight, this whale breathed us a rainbow as if offering more moisture.

6604 Lingering Mist

6604 Lingering Mist

2017/11/01

Halloween

Often as Halloween approaches we talk about whether to dress up, go to any of the various parties, or stroll Isla Vista where UCSB goes all out. Instead, in recent years we’ve mostly settled into a modest routine starting on Altered State St.

01306 Contrast

01306 Contrast

Walking and driving this SB “main street” we love looking at the families going from door to door with small kids at sunset. The different age groups have quite a different experience, and that first pic is an example. Sometimes it seems the 5-10 year old kids have the most fun, like this dino dancing down the sidewalk swinging a bucket of candy.

01299 Monster Bucket

01299 Monster Bucket

The street overflows with families at points, with sweet Life in abundance.

01295 Street Life

01295 Street Life

Some scenes capture my imagination, like a giant mouse stalking an innocent mother and children.

01305 Mouse Menace?

01305 Mouse Menace?

Pets get in on the act too. Mostly dogs are subjected to that humiliation it seems. This trio apparently took it in stride more than some we saw trying to escape their garb.

01318 Patient Pooches

01318 Patient Pooches

As sunset turns to night, the crowd begins shifting from families toward teens and adults. These women enjoying dinner and drinks were probably headed to a party next.

01316 Circle of Friends

01316 Circle of Friends

We saw others with cameras taking it in, but these two appeared more interested in botany and intricate shadows on a wall.

01320 Shutter Surround

01320 Shutter Surround

Back at home, a family of friends stopped by to provide our only chance to give away treats. Great way to complete our evening and shift toward a quiet night remembering this and so many other Halloweens of a life time.

01321 Sweet Family

01321 Sweet Family

2017/09/19

Drought Relief?

More and stronger rains came in February, offering the promise of an end to our epic drought.

5538 Promise

5538 Promise

But also a warning that the rains might be so strong that they’d bring flood damage but not the prolonged gentler rain needed to end the drought.

160212 Warning

160212 Warning

Still, it was easiest to focus on the beauty. That rainbow over Tangerine Falls beckoned us to fly up for a closer look at the glorious changes going on in our mountains.

5529 Tangerine Top

5529 Tangerine Top

Atop the falls, ancient stones seemed to be laughing as their lichen grizzled cheeks leapt to life. Looking from that rarely visited top down the full length to the popular pool at the base, we breathed deeply of the moist air.

5542 Tangerine Mist

5542 Tangerine Mist

Even the seldom seen occasional small falls nearby was roaring.

5530 Rare Sight

5530 Rare Sight

Climbing to check SB’s Santa Ynez River water supply, we glimpsed our first snow since New Zealand’s “O.U.” adventure.

5757 Distant Snow

5757 Distant Snow

We delighted to see the dusty riverbed flowing brown amid green.

5683 Earth Colors

5683 Earth Colors

The middle of three dams on the river wore a welcome white veil.

5740 Gibraltar Spill

5740 Gibraltar Spill

Returning from our brief tour, our most popular South slope falls had grown from the prior trickle into leaping torrents.

5557 Leaping Waters

5557 Leaping Waters

Still short of a flood though, there were quiet pools of fresh water in many places.

5843 Refreshing Pause

5843 Refreshing Pause

A possibly accessible spot we’ve seen from the air and been wanting to visit was even more beautiful than usual.

5862 Hidden Haven

5862 Hidden Haven

Back at SBA the integrated estuary seemed to embrace the nourishing water just before it returned to the sea.

5649 Last Stop

5649 Last Stop

2017/09/07

Happy Home

Even after our incredible “O.U.” adventure to Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia with lots of flying fun, we were still glad to be home. In fact, we started flying here again the very next day.

3745 Happy Home

3745 Happy Home

There had been some rain while we were gone, and things were delightfully green. Up in the hills the town’s most popular waterfalls were flowing.

4049 Popular Pools

4049 Popular Pools

A week later the greening had continued, framing our familiar airport KSBA.

1212 Greener

1212 Greener

The next time we flew, the foothills were a rolling riot of green.

1449 Green Blanket

1449 Green Blanket

Subsequent flights added clearer air for even more spectacular views of our favorite places.

4520 Clear Coast

4520 Clear Coast

Looking up State Street toward the mountains was breathtaking.

4526 Up State

4526 Up State

The placid waters off Goleta Beach were soothing.

4754 Goleta Beach

4754 Goleta Beach

At the end of January, we spotted a less-known creek pool quietly inviting visitors.

4836 Quiet Pool

4836 Quiet Pool

In mid-February there was a big gathering at western Isla Vista.

5049 I.V. Surf Gathering

5049 I.V. Surf Gathering

The U.C.S.B. campus was especially beautiful that day.

5054 U.C. Splendor

5054 U.C. Splendor

Back near town, Shoreline Park offered a sparkling green introduction to Our Town.

5093 Emerald City

5093 Emerald City

Some days there are schools of fish so big they make shifting shapes like this one sheltering near the pier.

1188 School Shape

1188 School Shape

Often the pelicans, gulls and other birds join with dolphins and other predators at such schools for a fish feast.

5109 Feeding Frenzy

5109 Feeding Frenzy

A big storm soon after muddied the water for a major change of scene.

5377 Brown Out

5377 Brown Out

A bridge project downtown was set back when the storm runoff washed away forms just when they were ready for the concrete to be poured into them.

5450 Bridge Setback

5450 Bridge Setback

But local surfers were treated to some memorable rides.

5490 Surf City

5490 Surf City

I’ll continue this catch up with more pix from our flights this year, in the next post. It’s fun to see them again while sharing them here, reminding us yet again how happy we are to be Home.

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