Predawn ride into Santa Barbara

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Oct 192020
 

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.

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Spectacular setting of the moon this morning

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Sep 302020
 

I rode away from the house this morn­ing at 4:50 while the moon was still up and with­in a day of being full. When I got down to La Con­chi­ta I stopped in the hopes of being able to cap­ture the glo­ri­ous sight off to the west.

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Poking around in the Seal Sanctuary

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Sep 182020
 

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.

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Seeing a stingray way up close

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Aug 222020
 

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.

 

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My best shot yet of the La Conchita neon palms

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Aug 202020
 

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.

My best shot of the morn­ing.
The red streaks are car tail lights zoom­ing along the 101
(click to see the full size)

A cou­ple more shots where I like the effect of the tail lights fly­ing by

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Exploring Padre Juan Road and 101 Overpass

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Aug 142020
 

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.

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The Solimar Beach Colony then back Home

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Jun 062020
 

An espe­cial­ly beau­ti­ful morn­ing and won­der­ful to be out ear­ly, 5:15AM, to see the changes in the light over the next two hours and twen­ty five miles. Also inter­est­ing is the return to full site use along the Rin­con Park­way

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31 mile ride to Emma Wood to reach 209
miles for the month, my highest in a year

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miles for the month, my highest in a year
May 312020
 

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!

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