Have You Seen?

By John Wiley

On a 40 minute “Flower Fly” from Santa Barbara you can see snowy peaks and more. Before takeoff, this practicing perky heavy hauler passed by. Did you see one like it showing off its superpowers at the Pt. Mugu Airshow?

Out beyond the Santa Ynez river was a first glimpse of scattered poppy fields. Can you tell that’s snow on the distant peaks? Aren’t the sheer cliffs at bottom-right magnificent?

Poppy Peaks & Snowy Peaks


Surely some of the cars on that road are Edhat readers getting an up close look at this year’s variety of species. From above, it refreshed memories of flying this area with fun flyer Jo Duffy and seeing dense stands of yellow and purple varieties (maybe we’ll see some in coming weeks). Can you make out all ten of the cars in this low-res pic?

Different kind of Rush hour

Taking a turn over Zaca Lake, it looked like there may be a new dock and in the full size zoom pic, I can see a work truck. Anyone know if they’re going to open this year?

Zaca Shapes Up

Crossing mountains back over toward the South, this unusual site came into view. Can you recognize it from this perspective? Have you been there?

Personal Paradise

This pyramid peak is always fun during wildflower season. Is that a person just below the peak toward the far edge of the clear area?

Grass Mountain

Zoomed in, can you get an impression of individual blossoms even in this low res version? Will those bluish green areas bloom too?

Zoom view

Have you seen the thrilling Cachuma spillway lately? Nestled among the newly green terrain, the whole lake is a shimmering gem.

Bradbury Mist

The campground looks quite different from a few months ago! Are the campsites all full? Even on this Thursday mid-afternoon flight, the boat ramp was busy. Have you been out on the water, or watched from shore? Can you “see” the outline of Snoopy crouching to spring, in the peninsula outline?

Cachuma Spring


John Wiley

Written by John Wiley

John Wiley is a local pilot and longtime contributor to edhat.

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  1. How many of the ten cars have you been able to count? Anyone tagged more than 7? Knowing where they are from the full-res original, eight is fairly easy. The 9th takes more study on this low-res version, and the 10th is pretty tough. I’m a bit surprised no sharp-eyed Edhatters have claimed any at all yet. Maybe worn out from March Edness?

  2. U.S. roundels (that star in a circle, optionally bracketed with stripes attached to the sides) on military aircraft have mostly reduced contrast to make them harder for enemies to spot. So in my pix of “984” taking off only those 3 numbers on the nose are easily readable. Ever curious, today I messed with the bright sunlit high-contrast image and at extreme levels I could barely make out “08 7984” on the tail (vertical stabilizer). Alas, only one hit with google: a 4/8/18 FlightAware photo of “16-7984” landing at Shannon. Luckily though, that was a low-contrast day and on the tail it’s easy to read “QB 7984” and googling that found an entry on AirHistory.net saying it’s a USMC KC-130J (aerial refueling tanker and tactical airlifter) stationed at Miramar. Incidentally, although C-130s may seem slow and cumbersome, that FlightAware page says 984 flew from SB to Lk. Havasu in an hour. That’s 300 miles in a straight line (they flew a “dogleg” route), and they cruised leisurely along at 375mph. Maybe riding a tailwind, or the latest engines and propellers on the J model have increased the speed up at 21,000′ where they flew. Rather impressive for an aircraft designed in 1954 would you say?

    • Edney, your attention to detail is impressive to me! In such low resolution, it’s hard for me to count the cars even with the full res pic to reference. So, at the bottom of the pic, there’s a tree blocking the road view. Next above that there’s a tree shadow followed by the tree left of the road making that shade, another tree on the left, a thin shadow on the road and a small shadow on the right shoulder. Next is a small white pickup or car, then another white vehicle partially obscured by a long branch of the tall tree on the right shoulder followed closely by another branch, then another white vehicle near the middle of the poppy slope. What helps me spot them is that they’re evenly spaced, as if two white suv/vans are following a lead pickup/car. Trickiest of all comes next, at the far end of the poppy slope – in the shade of the tree at the left is a light color vehicle followed very closely by a dark one, possibly both parked at a slightly wider part of the road. It’s easier to make out a pickup at the gated turnoff to the right and another left of the curve. A dark car just beyond the trees, another parked at the junction, and a pickup nearing the top-left end of the road. That’s 3 at the bottom, 2 obscured in the shade, 2 at the bend, and 3 more beyond. Kudos on tagging 7 amid the camouflage!

  3. Shasta Lake is California’s largest reservoir with a capacity of 4,550,000 acre-feet. The storms have replenished the lake, with it filling by 2,500,000 acre feet since January, and it just broke 4,000,000 af this week. This will be the second time in my life time that the lake went from severely depleted to full in a single season. The last time was the 1976-1977 drought which was much worse than the current one that just ended. Back then the lake was down 220’, almost shutting off the penstocks to the power house.
    Back then an atmospheric river event hit the state in May, causing huge snowmelt on Mount Shasta sending an enormous amount of water to the lake. They had to open up all the flood gates to avert over topping. I believe they were letting out 100,000cfs. It was an incredible sight.
    If the same thing repeats this year and hits the heavy Sierra snow pack it will be a little too exciting for the Central Valley. It’s just normal cycles in long term California weather.

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