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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9 Responses to “Watching the sky”

  1. robin andrea 17 April, 2009 at 6:15 am #

    What a beautiful journey down a California country road. Spring is a magnificent time of the year for a road trip, especially after the greening rains of winter.

    Hey, we saw our first Golden Eagle yesterday on Carmel Valley Road. Wow, what a sight. Wish we could have stopped for a photo.

  2. kden 17 April, 2009 at 6:22 am #

    Oh, beautiful country and sky shots. I’ve never been to that area before, it’s really lovely.

  3. Carolyn on Haida Gwaii 17 April, 2009 at 7:49 am #

    Liz, your photographs are beautiful. The colours and composition are stunning. Thank you so much for sharing and have a great weekend.
    Smiles

  4. Louise 17 April, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    What an incredible place. The 2nd and 4th photos make me want to go hiking there RIGHT NOW!

  5. jayne 18 April, 2009 at 3:52 am #

    Wow, what an incredible view Liza!

  6. Arija 19 April, 2009 at 4:39 am #

    Love the mountain shot, and what a great place for a family hike!

    • Liza Lee Miller 19 April, 2009 at 6:44 am #

      Thanks! I wishe we’d had time for a hike but we had to just drive through. Next time!!

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