Thursday, December 2, 2010

Snapshots of Home

I returned home for a few days for Thanksgiving and crisscrossed up and down southern and central California, from Ojai to San Diego to Lompoc. Here are a few of the shots I took (mostly from the car). Southern California is a strange place--full of some of the most beautiful natural vistas on the planet, like the Pacific Coast Highway or the Ojai Valley, as well as (the best) freeways, miles of housing developments in repeating patterns, and strip mall after strip mall. In a strange way, I love and miss all of this.

I love the fall color of hills in Southern California. It's a sort of dove-grey, mouse-brown.

Traffic and clouds. One of these is a rare occurrence.

The boobs at San Onofre.

Heading back north towards LA.

The Ojai Valley at dusk. The second-most beautiful place on the planet (sorry, Cape Town wins).

The pink moment on the Ojai Bluffs.

I was lucky to be able to get up to see a friend in Lompoc. This is the J2 Ranch--that's a fresh cow hide hanging on the fence. I didn't get there early enough to see them shoot the steers, but I did get to see a few moments of butchering.

A pond at J2.


Largest tier of a wedding cake (I was relegated to raspberry cutting and lace flower making, which are harder to screw up, removable, or not visible. When offered the chance to ice the cake, I refused--delicacy is not my strong suit).

Gracie and her goats.

The color of the water around the Santa Barbara area is one of my all-time favorite shades.

Looking out over the railroad tracks to the Channel Islands.

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