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La Playa Glow

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
La Playa Glow
I always love the reflections of the lights on the water, and there are no better highlights looking back at the shore than the lights of La Playa Stadium at Santa Barbara City College.

-Bill Heller


Santa Barbara Twilight Glow

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Santa Barbara Twilight Glow
The cool breezes lately in the evening have welcomed the return of an absent friend! This year more than most I have really missed the beautiful blanket of fog that rolls in over Santa Barbara. No two nights are ever quite the same. Sometimes the boundaries are less defined, but other evenings, like this amazing night, the marine layer has a distinct boundary making look like a slow gentle wave washing over the city. There is no better place to be when that happens than just above it watching the glow of the city lights peek through.

-Bill Heller


Milky Way Vista in Virtual Reality

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.

This week was a great week for stargazing. In case you missed it, the Perseid meteor shower peaked on Wednesday. If you did miss it, don’t feel bad. I love that sort of thing and I would have missed it if it weren’t for running into a good friend at the beach while I was taking an evening walk with my wife. Fortunately we were all set up for taking photos of the stars anyway. We got a few nice meteor shots, (this NOT being one of them, that’s just a passing jet in the sky) and saw even more really beautiful meteors. But I was, purely coincidentally looking to experiment with a wide enough view to capture more of the milky way. Although the meteors were amazing, this is more the image I was looking for and it just goes to show, you don’t need to wait for the next meteor shower (October 8th, by the way) to find something absolutely amazing as close as the night sky.

-Bill Heller


Nostalgic Laguna Blanca

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.

Ice Cream Castles in the Air

This beautiful view is actually a little bit of nostalgia. This is Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch. Or rather this was Laguna Blanca about a year and a half ago, back when we had so much water here it actually fell from the sky. But these days they are really doing their part there to help with the drought. The last time I was in the neighborhood well lest just say it wasn’t nearly as lush. Let’s hope our promised El Nino this year brings back beautiful views like this.

-Bill Heller


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