Green Before the Storm

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By John Wiley

Flying home recently the lingering Green goddess of our magnificent mountains was made even more brilliant by a special shade of blue in the Channel.

With the pandemic easing, Gaviota was well attended by campers and climbers. Like the Refugio campground, El Capitan too was an especially lovely sight and similarly populated.

Have you ever seen them from the air, perhaps during the brief glimpse from an airliner as it climbed West after takeoff?

 

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taz Mar 06, 2022 11:21 PM
Green Before the Storm

The 3 beach/camp areas look much smaller than our usual (non-air!) view. I like seeing the perspective of them in relation to one another along our beautiful coast. So pretty from the air...thank you!

Terrapin Flyer Mar 06, 2022 07:43 AM
Green Before the Storm

I’ve always been fascinated at the stark contrast between the two distinct geologic units while hiking to the Gaviota wind caves. I believe it’s Monterey shale to the south and Coldwater sandstone north of it. The different formations provide unique soil compositions which in turn support unique vegetation. They also weather uniquely. The softer shale erodes more readily while the more resistant sandstone gives us those fascinating formations along the coast there. Anyone hiking Santa Barbara front country trails can witness these contrasts as they ascend.

a-1646572101 Mar 06, 2022 05:08 AM
Green Before the Storm

Lovely pics!
I must admit I was painfully disappointed to not get any rain, especially when the clouds, at times, looked so menacing. All of the drying bluster and none of the moisture. Just another piece of what's going to be a(nother) brutal year for plant life.

a-1646536464 Mar 05, 2022 07:14 PM
Green Before the Storm

Oh, these are so Pretty! It's lovely how long the Green is staying - and so pretty cozying up to the brilliance of the Blue ocean. We're so Lucky to live here. Lucky also to have these photos from you John Wiley to remind us of the gorgeous place we live. Thank you :)

John Wiley Mar 05, 2022 03:40 PM
Green Before the Storm

What is it about an aerial panorama that can so instantly expand a familiar scene? The 3D factor maybe? When I look at the Gav pic for example, it evokes countless times there in a car, on the beach, and other perspectives. Maybe our brain assembles all those 2D images into our 3D mental map. Does it integrate the 4th dimension of Time too? Like adding the many times in recent years that those hills were dusty brown, making washed and recently moistened rocks stand out in the fresh green and contrast how qualities of water and light combine to show a special blue at one moment.

Bird Mar 05, 2022 01:31 PM
Green Before the Storm

Thanks! When were these taken? The colors look a bit saturated beyond normal springtime or, especially, a drought-stricken springtime? If they are accurate for now, then I will dig up the gas money and go for a drive.... No, I haven't seen the campgrounds from the air!

John Wiley Mar 05, 2022 03:34 PM
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If you've been anywhere with a mountain view today you get a sense of what we saw. To my eye, the hills are a slight shade brighter green today. As for the pix, for whatever reasons it was more difficult than usual to approximate the gamma, balance and saturation so as to approximate what we saw through the haze. It's an ongoing source of interest to me, how much our human visual system compensates for light temperature, haze, sun angle, and the myriad other factors that a DSLR "sees." Then it similarly compensates for a print or light source reproduction like these, to convey how it looked in person. Some cellphones are getting pretty good at doing it instantly despite over-adjustment (saturation, etc.), but none I know of have 600mm zoom lenses. ;)

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