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Strong Winds
updated: May 10, 2014, 11:00 AM

By David Powdrell

So here's the deal…we had some strong winds along our Carpinteria coastline this week; gusts to 29 knots. I'm not sure what the allure is, but many of us are drawn to the outdoors when the weather turns a little challenging. Maybe it's the desire to feel more alive but more likely it's just that there's a change going on and we want to experience it. Be part of it.

In strong winds, foxtail grass lays flat in a more uniform fashion. Like good soldiers.

Palm trees lean comfortably. Confidently.

Brown pelicans negotiate subtle changes in direction with delicate and minute adjustments to their wingtips hanging near-motionless overhead.

Tourists challenge themselves on unforgiving rocks with large waves breaking nearby.

Oil workers return home after a nauseous ride from the offshore platforms. Home is best.

The color of the ocean turns deep green and blue when the winds blow hard in Carpinteria.

But here's the real deal…my good friend, Bill, passed away this week. Today was a good day to say goodbye to him.


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