Monday, March 14, 2011
While we're on the ocean...
contemplating its beauty and its power, my mind keeps returning to a photograph I took last week: a serene display of the channel with Santa Cruz Island in the distance.
When I first moved to Santa Barbara over thirty years ago, I had fallen in love with the mountain range behind us and the tall palms that flank the ocean in Chase Palm Park. But I had never seen the islands and wasn't aware of them. They are often completely obscured by fog and haze. On my first morning of awakening in my new apartment, I looked out the window to a sight something like this photograph. My jaw dropped and though I was alone, I spoke out loud, "Oh, my gosh! This can't be real!"
Last week, as I drove across the foothills on Alameda Padre Serra, I caught sight of this view with the aloe blooming in the foreground. I had to turn around, find a place to park and try to capture the image.