Red, Brown, and Green
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By John Wiley
As clouds finally cleared the view north-east from Carpenteria, it coaxed us over the mountains and down the Santa Ynez Valley. All this rain has finally changed the ratio of brown and green, upper elevations, and the burned mountains. North of the river is still scary brown, with a few patches of struggling green. Jameson Reservoir is nearly full and there's water in the river below it. Above it, some green is appearing and there's still some snow showing on peaks over Ojai in the blue distance. It was a thrill to see Gibraltar spilling, even though the water in both reservoirs and the river is very brown. Back on the south slope, water in Seven Falls was a greenish color as if to match the verdant foliage.