Get Over Santa Barbara

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By John Wiley​

Want to get over paradise? Camino Cielo is a start, and John Wiley also suggests you go flying.​

Our region is a paradise that we enjoy exploring. Swimming, hiking, walking, biking, boating, driving, or just relaxing and taking it in. Each brings nourishing delights. For another perspective head out to your nearest airport, and go flying. You might see Campus Point differently the next time you're there watching a plane pass overhead. The UCSB lagoon's shapes and colors may have a new dimension. The endlessly changing Devereux Slough could have a larger context. Maybe you'll go fishing in a pond you hadn't known about before seeing it from above. On a crowded day at the Oceano Dunes you can see what people enjoy from that biplane selling rides from the airport there.

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papalima Oct 07, 2019 12:53 PM
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Thank you John for your faithful and always positive support for Santa Barbara’s aviation community - and GA in general! You are always an inspiration!

EastBeach Oct 06, 2019 11:25 AM
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Enjoyed the aerial perspective of some very familiar places. I didn't realize the Labyrinth was so obvious from the sky (2nd photo)! Curious to know what the 4th photo is of ... wild guess is the North Campus Open Space.

John Wiley Oct 06, 2019 12:45 PM
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That's it exactly, E.B. - the familiar becomes strange and at the same time more familiar (and beautiful). The pond must be well known in Vandenberg Village, being less than a mile North of Cabrillo High.

taz Oct 06, 2019 11:08 AM
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These photos add kind of a 3-D to the landscapes we see from the ground, and sort of lift us UP to see a wider range and larger perspective :) Is that a boat in the lake? Oceano dunes look full and fun. Love the view from above of ocean, sand and campers. The Pattern created in the (middle photo) sand/river picture - not sure what to call it - is pretty like a painting! Thanks for sharing this overview and expanding our vision of our beautiful home range.

John Wiley Oct 06, 2019 12:41 PM
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The "sand river" patterns and colors at Devereaux are constantly in flux and seem to change by the hour with variations in tide, creek flow, and light. Always magnificent from the air, and so different from the also glorious experience of water, land, vegetation and wildlife there.

John Wiley Oct 06, 2019 12:36 PM
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Yes, that pond has someone standing up fishing in a boat at the lower-right. The pond is at about 34.722, -120.475 on gMaps.

John Wiley Oct 06, 2019 11:00 AM
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Can anyone tell us what the squares in the vegetation above Campus Point are about? My guess is they're tarps laid down to kill off non-native species for a recovery effort or test of some kind.

John Wiley Oct 06, 2019 12:34 PM
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Thanks E.B. That's like what I recalled seeing in a different place hiking up there a few years ago. May have been ice plant eradication if memory serves. I wonder how habitat and erosion are affected by the differences in vegetation.

John Wiley Oct 06, 2019 12:34 PM
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Thanks E.B. That's like what I recalled seeing in a different place hiking up there a few years ago. May have been ice plant eradication if memory serves. I wonder how habitat and erosion are affected by the differences in vegetation.

EastBeach Oct 06, 2019 12:27 PM
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Yes, I walked past them two weeks ago and they did look like tarps for some kind of vegetation restoration project. As an aside, UCSB recognizes that the top of the point is considered sacred by the Chumash. That's why nothing has been built up there (though the stairs leading up from the beach were rebuilt years ago).

John Wiley Oct 06, 2019 10:59 AM
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I appreciate the feedback Flicka, because it can be so interesting what stands out or is appealing about a pic. For example, the "nap" (can't think what a more accurate word would be) of the tall grass bent in different directions around the pond adds a lot to that one for me.

Flicka Oct 06, 2019 10:09 AM
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Wow, John, this gives a whole new perspective. Thank you

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