I left home just before 5:00 and rode to the harbor in Santa Barbara then out to the end of the wharf before heading for home. Here are a few shots in the dark of things that intrigued me in the beautiful predawn.
I discovered on my walk this morning that the Seal Sanctuary is only formally restricted December 1st thru May 31st. I’ve seen the sign often and always turned around but this morning a few people were coming along from the direction of the pier so after talking with them and hearing their experience I walked on. No seals were “home” but in the fourth photo you can see the interesting seal tracks up and down the beach. It was an interesting perspective to look up at the Sanctuary overlook, i.e. the seal’s view.
This morning as I was walking to Pt. Dubai (seen in the distance in shot three) and was about 35 yards from this boy he was returning a ray to the ocean. Twenty minutes later I was returning from Dubai and could see the boy working away heavily reeling in another fish with his bent rod. Yet another ray, so I stopped to chat with him and his very friendly dad and took these shots. “Could it have been the same ray?” I asked. The man was very certain it was not.
I’ve loved these guys ever since I first noticed them driving by La Conchita at night. So since I’ve been biking in and around dawn I’ve stopped to take pictures with my Sony camera a few times. But I’ve never been able to hold the Sony steady enough for a clear image. So I bought a Joby GorillaPod 500 tripod that allows me to wrap its legs around the top bar of the bikeway barrier to provide a stable base for the long, 265′ foot shot across the 101 to the neon palms in the dark. This morning was try number one and things swam swimmingly.
A couple more shots where I like the effect of the tail lights flying by
I’ve always been fascinated with the Padre Juan Road overpass on Hwy 101, six miles north of Ventura. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a vehicle on it. Last week I was looking on Google Maps and discovered that the Road winds up the Padre Juan Canyon, changes names once or twice then ends up near Foster Park and Hwy 33 above Ventura on the way to Ojai. So I’m thinking “interesting bike ride”. This morning I did my first reconnaissance only to find a locked gate a half mile off Pacific Coast Highway. Oh well, still fun and interesting poking around on a familiar but never explored area.
I’ve been riding early every other morning but finding after yesterday’s ride that my mileage for the month was 177 miles I decided to head out again this morning to reach 200 miles for the month. Looking again I saw that if my total was 209 miles it would be my greatest in just over a year. So this morning it was up and at ’em!