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Chennette in California

Carpinteria Tree and Sky
You may not have noticed, because I don’t have scheduled or sometimes regular posts, but I am on vacation. I have been offline for 3 days and this is only a brief aberration. I meant to post the day I was traveling but airports and airplanes conspired against my having time to open up the computer.

So I am in California! The absolutely beautiful Central Coast of California, with its combination of rugged landscape and spectacular Pacific Ocean views. I visited here a couple years ago and was struck by the colour of the sky and the Pacific which somehow seem different in the tropics – maybe closer to the sun/equator our sky takes on a different hue.

While I am not uploading photos now, you can enjoy the views from my last visit – Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Monterey and Santa Cruz. That first shot is on the little beach at Carpinteria which is near the fancier Santa Barbara. Carpinteria is also home to “tar pits” – little relatives of our grand La Brea pitch lake!

View of Santa Barbara from the Wharf Driving down State Street Santa Barbara Seagull

Santa Barbara is known for being home to the rich and famous, and has a cute (and expensive) main street – State Street, and a fabulous harbour area from which you can look at the mansions in the hills, or the beauty of the ocean (I choose the ocean).

Whale tails Enchanted Kelp Forest Jewel-ly and Shiny Jellyfish

Monterey is a great bay for whale-watching, seal-watching – boat tours have actual marine biologists that give you information (or annoy you with their perkiness – choose wisely). There’s also the fantastic Monterey Bay Aquarium – which had the amazing Jellyfish as Art gallery where I got that last photo (and others). That particular exhibit is closed I believe but the aquarium is still a great visit, with an Enchanted Kelp forest and touchable sea creatures (ever touched a sting ray?).

Driving to MontereySanta Cruz has wonderful huge and ancient redwoods. If you’re a tropical person, temperate forests are a quiet peaceful revelation – none of the (lovely) constant cacophony of sound in tropical rainforests! Of course just driving along the Pacific Coast Highway is worth a visit! Which is what I have been doing this trip. Now that I have done my unpaid work for the California state tourist board, why don’t you visit my California set on Flickr, while you wait for my return and new beautiful blue photos!

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7 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. Nice photos. Insha’Allah I should go with you next time when you are on another such trip to California……

    1. trinimom on September 25th, 2010 at 7:18 pm
  2. Nice photos! Did you use a polarizing filter for the first shot?

    2. aka_lol on September 26th, 2010 at 10:29 am
  3. yes, yes I did :) It was my first time using the polarising filter! It came in handy for those California sun scenes. I only have one for my 18-135mm lens, which is why I don’t use it as much, but then I like the way the 50mm grabs colours so haven’t gotten one for that lens.

    3. Chennette on September 26th, 2010 at 12:03 pm
  4. That is the problem, different size filters for every lens. That is why photography cost so much :)

    4. aka_lol on September 26th, 2010 at 6:23 pm
  5. Look at the perfect blue sky!

    5. Cynthia Nelson on September 26th, 2010 at 9:25 pm
  6. upgraded yet?

    6. Lilandra on October 6th, 2010 at 1:55 am
  7. Did you touch the sting rays? If so you are so brave just the word sting ray reminds me of the HUGE ones in the aquarium in the Bahamas. Boy was I so glad there was some glass between us :0)

    Gorgeous photo’s, Cali definitely looks like it’s worth a visit!

    7. Sherene @CRKits on October 6th, 2010 at 9:43 am

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