Santa Barbara Winter

February 8, 2010

This is really the best time of year here in Santa Barbara.  Everything is green, the flowers are blooming and there are plenty of dramatic skies.  It’s nature at its finest.  The following images have been taken over the past couple of weeks.  The first large storm system brought a dusting of snow to the local mountains and the low clouds produced an incredible light show at sunset.  Following the storm, we were treated to day after day of incredible sunsets and crisp, clean air.  A warmer storm system hit late last week so we didn’t get the mountain snow, but there were lots of dissipating clouds swirling around the mountain peaks.  The interior mountains have been getting lots of snow and I hope to get out there in the coming weeks, if the roads reopen.

I think I forget to mention the incredible morning rainbow.  All I can say is,  Wow!

“Sun, Snow & Sky”  –  LLC, Goleta, CA

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Rain, rain, rain…

January 22, 2010

I really don’t mind the rain, but after a full week of it I wouldn’t mind a change in the weather…

The weather has actually been very accommodating, other than sneaking up behind me and drenching me yesterday!  Most of the storm fronts have moved through by early afternoon each day and given us the opportunity to get out to Lake Los Carneros after work.  The weather has made the bobcats more difficult to find but we have still managed to catch brief glimpses of them.  I’ll post a few photos in the following post.

Today looks to be the last day with a high chance of rain, so it looks like it should end just in time for the weekend.  Here are a few photos highlighting the different weather conditions we’ve experienced over the last week or so.

“Better Than Coffee”  –  Sunrise at Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

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Rain… in August?

August 23, 2009

I can’t remember the last time we had rain in August in Santa Barbara.  I’m certainly not complaining, since I’m happy to have something other than boring fog and low clouds.  A chance of thunderstorms was predicted for yesterday but we only had some light sprinkles and generally overcast skies for the bulk of the day.  This kind of weather can lead to some interesting bird sightings, especially during the beginning of the fall migration.  Lately we have only had mallard ducks at Lake Los Carneros, so I was surprised to find a lone Ring-necked Duck yesterday.  These generally shouldn’t arrive until much later in the fall.  In addition, there was a Kingfisher very actively hunting and calling.  This was the first time I had ever seen one make multiple dives without landing.

“Silvery Skies”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

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Glen Canyon Dam Area

June 18, 2009

It looks like the monsoon season has already started out here.  We had a nice size thunderstorm roll through yesterday afternoon.  Its timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  We had just finished exploring an area just downstream when we saw the storm building in the distance.  Just as we got back to the truck, the winds picked up and the sky darkened above.  We had enough time to reposition down the road for one final shot before the storm closed in around us.  In addition to capturing the skies, I also managed to find some interesting animals on the ground.  Some even stopped long enough to grab a couple photos.


“Monsoonal Storm”  –  Glen Canyon Dam, AZ

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Best of October 2008

February 13, 2009

Here in Santa Barbara, October is the month that usually reveals the transition from Summer to Winter.  We don’t really have Fall out here, and it is common to go from 90 degree days with no clouds in sight one week, to the first chilly, rainy days of the year the next.  Quite often the transition goes back and forth several times before Summer completely loses its grip.  The following photos are a subtle representation of the battle of the seasons.


“California Darner”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Black Turnstone”  –  Campus Point, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA


“Southern Alligator Lizard”  –  Goleta, CA


“Changing Seasons”  –  Goleta Pier, from UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA


“Spotted Towhee”  –  Santa Ynez Mountains, Buellton, CA


“Royal Tern”  –  Campus Point, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA


“Stormy Flight”  –  Campus Point, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA