California Sunset

Canon EOS 6D (155mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO100)

Another evening stroll at the beach but before a visit to the nearby Santa Barbara starting with the pier.

Santa Barbara is a lovely little town on the Pacific coast what could possible go wrong. I think one thing is that it can get a victim of its own success. Like Monterrey this is a touristic hotpot and because of that there is a risk that it will turn into something like an open air museum. Just like Monterrey.

This time we started with the boardwalk.

SONY ILCE-7R (17mm, f/10, 1/320 sec, ISO100)
SONY ILCE-7R (30mm, f/10, 1/160 sec, ISO100)
SONY ILCE-7R (28mm, f/10, 1/160 sec, ISO100)
Canon EOS 6D (35mm, f/10, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
SONY ILCE-7R (21mm, f/10, 1/160 sec, ISO100)

A beautiful morning. Blue sky, blue sea a light breeze and the perfect temperature. California is the Garden of Eden. On days like this I wonder if this would ever wear out. I mean if you live here would you enjoy this every single day or would you rather take it for granted some day and watch TV instead of watching the sun go down on the beach. I don’t know but I know this. 15 years ago we moved from Vienna to a small town in the Viennese forest. From an apartment without a balcony to our own house with a big garden. We haven’t regretted our decision. When you look out of the window you should be able to tell the season. We couldn’t when we lived in Vienna but now we can easily see the first signs of spring. We can tell whether it’s summer, autumn or winter. And that sensation hasn’t grown old on me yet.

Our winters are mostly cold, dark and grey but I still love the seasons. So there is one thing I would miss when I would live here. Where it is spring all year around on the coast and summer anywhere else. I’m aware that California has seen a lot of snow recently but the fact that I know it is proof that this was almost a freak event.

In Santa Barbara we had lunch and strolled through the main road and I did some shopping at REI, a great outdoor chain.

FUJIFILM X-T1 (14mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO1600)
FUJIFILM X-T1 (14mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-T1 (14mm, f/8, 1/90 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-T1 (14mm, f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO200)
SONY ILCE-7R (16mm, f/16, 1/60 sec, ISO100)
Canon EOS 6D (185mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO100)
Canon EOS 6D (155mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
Canon EOS 6D (200mm, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO100)
SONY ILCE-7R (35mm, f/7.1, 1/60 sec, ISO500)

In the evening we were on the beach again. We visited the place where we saw a lot of egrets on our last vacation but no luck this time. It was still a wonderful walk on the quieter part of the beach – not that the beach in Carpentaria is that busy at all. I always got the feeling that this place still belongs to the locals and those who are lucky enough to own a beach house here.

What strikes me on California is how close nature is especially on the coast. There are people playing beach volleyball and maybe a few hundred meters away you think you are in a nature documentary.

SONY ILCE-7R (16mm, f/9, 1/60 sec, ISO800)
SONY ILCE-7R (23mm, f/9, 1/60 sec, ISO125)
SONY ILCE-7R (23mm, f/9, 1/60 sec, ISO100)
SONY ILCE-7R (35mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec, ISO100)
SONY ILCE-7R (35mm, f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO100)

While we don’t see any egrets or crabs this time there was a beautiful sunset on the way to our car so I took two more shots. One with the wide angle to include all the trucks in the car park and the feathery clouds in the sky and one where I zoomed in on the setting sun and the palm trees in front of an orange sky.

A perfect ending of our second last night at the sea. Life’s good.

Canon EOS 6D (200mm, f/10, 1/400 sec, ISO100)