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Watching the sky

17 Apr

Being a birder means that I tend to look up more often than I used to before.  And, the Sky Watch Friday site has also helped me to appreciate the sky in new ways.  I find now that my pictures have more sky in them than before.

On our trip home, we stayed a couple of nights in Buellton. It’s a small northern Santa Barbara County town that is little more than a roadside stop. For us, the allure is Flying Flags RV Park. For many others, it’s Pea Soup Anderson’s famous pea soup and the proximity to Solvang and the Los Olivos wine country (as seen in the movie Sideways). And, we enjoyed those things as well.

Us on a fun drive!

Our first day there, we did a little drive around Los Olivos which is a delightful but awfully trendy town.  We tasted wine and looked at horses and even popped into a couple of antique/garden/home decor shops.  Thankfully, we left with our wallets lightened only by a couple of bottles of wine.

Zaca Peak, Santa Barbara County

The next day, Greg broke out his maps and found a DRIVE for us.  We drove up into Los Padres National Forest, up a road that winds in and around Figueroa Mountain.  And, what a drive it was.  Amazing views.  Even more amazing wild flowers.  Birds galore.

View from Figueroa Road, Santa Barbara County

And skies!  Oh, the skies.

Look at that view!

For more breathtaking skies, visit Sky Watch Friday®.

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