Way Back When: Nature’s Beauties on the Sea

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The caves on Santa Cruz Island were a popular spot for excursions (Photo: Santa Barbara Morning Press, April 16, 1911)

By Betsy J. Green

Santa Barbara’s Nature Study Club ventured out to Santa Cruz Island for their monthly excursion in September 1919. “The painted cave of fairy grotto toward the west end of Santa Cruz Island was the first stop. The large boats anchored in a quiet cove of ultramarine. Kelp of remarkable beauty of form and color grew in this secluded spot. Fishes of all sizes and shades darted about or swam lazily under protecting branches of sea flora … their touches of color intensified the spectacular effects. Boatload after boatload of delighted viewers were taken within the marvelous cavern.”


Betsy's Way Back When book -- 1918 -- is now available in local bookstores and at Amazon.com. This is the fifth book in her series of the history of Santa Barbara, one year at a time. Learn more at betsyjgreen.com​

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a-1571374141 Sep 15, 2019 09:16 AM
Way Back When: Nature’s Beauties on the Sea

For those interested in reading a definitive book about Santa Cruz Island, I highly recommend John Gherini’s "Santa Cruz Island: An Illustrated History" which "features nearly 600 photographs and maps of the island...." It is a two-volume set, and all I can say about these books is, "Wow, wow, wow!!"

Alexblue Sep 16, 2019 08:09 AM
Way Back When: Nature’s Beauties on the Sea

I totally disagree. Should people not talk about Santa Cruz Island? Diving? The Channel Islands? Boats? Santa Barbara? The Chumash and their seafaring journeys back and forth across the channel? I seriously doubt the author is trying to time something to get PR from the tragedy.

yaya Sep 15, 2019 08:06 AM
Way Back When: Nature’s Beauties on the Sea

Tagded that is . Ur 100% right. People in SB need to wake up. Tragedy still being mourned & promotion of this book isn’t appropriate right now.

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