Thursday, February 24, 2011

special delivery

The torrential rainstorm that tore through Santa Barbara last weekend, brought with it the first tornado warning I've seen in 30 years of living here.

The morning after the storm, I awoke to bright blue skies and a rare Santa Barbara sight: mountains dusted with powdered sugar.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Lagoon

One Santa Barbara location that never disappoints is the lagoon at UCSB. It covers several hundred acres on the south side of the campus, and is a sanctuary for birds and wildlife.

A winding path around the inlet connects to the ocean on its southern and eastern edges. Here, it rises into bluffs to deliver sweeping views of the coastline and the Santa Ynez Mountain Range

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day

When I began this blog 7 months ago, I arrived with minor curiosity and absolutely no knowledge of how to navigate a blog. But here it is.

And as by trial and error I continue, much to my surprise, I'm finding that, with your interest, creating a blog illuminates what I see. I so enjoy sharing my environment and perceptions with you.

And so, thank you Dear Readers and Viewers. I want to return a bit of the favor to wish you a very Happy Valentine's Day and a warm and fulfilling season ahead.
~ Anitra.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Seventies snapshot

Just one brief moment
out of oh, so many
in full animation
beside door
number 3

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

strolling, Santa Barbara style

There's nothing like walking on the beach for elevating the spirit. Strolling along the sand and listening to the soothing mantra of the waves washes away the ego and brings one home to a deeper, truer sense of self.

Science tells us that it's the negative ions generated by the molecules of moving water that are found in fresh air and in nature as well, and that negative ions increase serotonin and have healing effects on the body.

When the late J. Paul Getty, one of the world's riches men, was asked what made him happy, he replied, "Walking on the beach."