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Santa Barbara Harbor Golden Hour

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Satnta Barbara Harbor Golden Hour
Just after the sun dipped below the mountains in the distance the sky still had some amazing color. An evening walk on the breakwater is a great place to watch the sunset especially on those warm days.

-Bill Heller


Santa Barbra County Courthouse Clocktower Reopens

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Clock Tower Reopens!
The beautiful view from the Santa Barbra County Courthouse Clock Tower officially reopened Friday after many months of work. Now the view is easily accessible by all with the elevator opening right out on the observation deck. The only drawback is, newcomers might not notice the beautiful clock gallery below that you had to walk past to get to that last flight of steps to the tower. The elevator still stops at the Clock Gallery though, so you can still enjoy every part of this local treasure!

-Bill Heller


Dolores Sunset

Santa Barbara photo to start the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Dolores Sunset
Yesterday the most amazing thing happened. We were out enjoying the beautiful day and water actually started falling from the sky. Unfortunately it came with lightning bolts, so we postponed the walk we were planning on the beach, but it was still a very welcomed change. And by the end of the day the sun streaming through the clouds was so beautiful we decided to try again. As you can see we were greatly rewarded!

-Bill Heller


Stearns Reflections

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Stearns Reflections
On one of our evening escapes from the heat recently I found myself wandering Stearns Wharf with my wife. The reflections on the water were particularly beautiful this evening (as was the company). It took a little creativity with the railing and a standpipe to do the view any justice without a tripod, but I’m pretty happy with this nice memory of a wonderful evening.

-Bill Heller


Evening Walk at the Mission

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Evening Walk at the Mission
It’s been a few weeks since I Madonnari, but the faint images of the beautiful artwork still persists on the ground in front of the mission. It’s a perfet time for a cool evening walk around the mission grounds.

-Bill Heller


Golden Hour Mountains

Santa Barbara photo to start the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Golden Hour Mountains
Golden hour walking on the Santa Barbara Harbor Breakwater looking toward Stearns Wharf and our beautiful mountains. I love catching the little starbursts of sunset reflected in the windows of the homes on the hill. This evening was particularly golden.

-Bill Heller


Twilight Over Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Twilight Over Santa Barbara
Evening view from the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Clock Tower where construction continues to make the tower more accessible. In the very near future everyone will be able to easily enjoy the view from the top. In the mean time, however, the trek to the top for this shot was even more of a walk than normal. With no elevator at all you start to appreciate really how tall the clock tower is. Currently the tower is still closed to the public, but the major elevator work is nearing an end with the opening at the top already complete.

-Bill Heller


Panoramic View: Casa de la Guerra

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Casa de la Guerra Panorama View
A panoramic view from the top of Santa Barbara overlooking Casa de la Guerra. I love the glow of the city lights just after dark, when there is still blue in the sky but the glow of the sunset has trailed off enough to not compete with the glow of the city. -Bill Heller


I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival at the Santa Barbara Mission

A full calendar of events, complemented by the temperate climate, attracts visitors all year long. In Santa Barbara, the challenge isn’t finding something to do; it’s choosing from a dazzling array of activities. Memorial Day brings I Madonnari, an inspired chalk-painting festival held on the grounds of the Old Mission.

More than 200 artists get down on their hands and knees to create colorful chalk masterpieces on the asphalt in front of the Santa Barbara Mission. Spectators stroll the courtyard at their leisure, then walk down the lawn where an Italian marketplace features food, booths and entertainment. An Italian tradition since the 16th Century, the I Madonnari Street Painting Festival has been a part of Santa Barbara culture for nearly 30 years.

For the Santa Barbara photo of the week, we dig into the View Vault for this 3D/ Virtual Reality look from 2012 by Bill Heller.

“Just check back and look for highlighted links overlaid on the image to move around to other locations.” -Bill Heller

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