Yesterday was Allie (our niece) last day in Santa Barbara. We decided that after a superb breakfast of the Baker's Table croissant offerings (plain, chocolate and almond), we need to get some exercise to get all those carbs put to good use. (I was the virtuous one with one tiny bit of the chocolate and the plain one). We headed to the Carpinteria Bluffs for a good hour hike.
The bluffs is a friendly place. Everyone wishes everyone else a good morning with a cheerful voice, and the dogs wag their tails. Even the curmudgeons will smile and return a cheerful hello. There is a magical vortex here of beauty and good will. All of us are united in appreciation of those who made sure nature remained as pristine as possible.
Summer native grasses are everywhere in big clumps. I took a picture of an isolated one. We loved the fluffy look of it.
Our niece, Allie, fell in love with the fallen eucalyptus tree who lives on even though it has been uprooted. She climbed up and had her picture taken. We did get her permission to post it here. We had a blast getting to know her. She has an amazing adventurous spirit which inspired and delighted us.
As we walked around, we spotted several rainbow bark eucalyptus trees. They are lovely to look at, and once again nature awes us!
The colors vary from tree to tree as you can tell from both of these photos. When autumn comes, both will be in bloom with pink flowers to add to the beauty of the bluffs.
As we headed back towards the parking lot, we took one last look at the bluffs and the ocean below... It was time to head home for lunch (Ron's famous tuna salad) and then driving Allie to the airport for her flight back to Minneapolis.
This is an entry in Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 Active Rain Challenge, Summer Fun.