antiquing/thrifting in Santa Barbara. I stopped to take a few pictures and remembered
that last May I had done a post about pretty much the same thing. So if you will forgive
me, because I do have several house guests and need to spend time with them, I will
include some of the same things I wrote several months ago. I have added several more
tidbits and more pictures. I know I should be writing about fall but it is over 100 degrees
in Southern California right now so we are holding on to summer a bit longer.
It was a glorious, sunny and warm day. My guests and I were late in leaving Santa
Barbara after a lovely day of antiquing/thrifting so we decided to take the coast road
home instead of the freeway to avoid the late afternoon traffic.
Actually, my intention was to show my guests the changes in the sky as the sun would
begin to set. We were not is a rush. I guess the surfers around Malibu were not in a
The sun was still bright and a wind had kicked up. We passed lots of surfers but our
attention was drawn to the beautiful kites and those people flying above the water on
The kite surfers!
We had to pull over and watch these athletes letting the wind pull them around the
ocean with only a kite above them and just a board at their feet. The strength these
guys have is amazing. They surf the ocean and a minute later they are jumping up in
the air as they maneuver kites so they can fly over the water.
It is truly incredible to watch these extreme sportsmen. I was absolutely in awe of their
strength. We were totally mesmerized as they lifted up in the air..
Exhausted at the end of the flight...
As we drove along I could tell the sky was beginning to change and the sun was casting
shadows and a glimmer on the ocean water.
It seemed like every time we looked toward the ocean the sky was beginning to
Slowly but surely...
Now it was more and more difficult to keep our eyes on the road because our attention
was on the magic light show taking place in the sky. Finally, we just gave up trying to drive.
We quickly parked the car, sat back and enjoyed another magnificent sunset over the
It certainly looks like the sun is begining to fall from the sky...
A big round ball coming to earth...
Lower and lower...
Kissing the mountains...
And now the sun is saying goodnight with a glow behind the mountains...
Another sweet gift in life. A gigantic Thank You to Mother Nature!
As they say, "red sun at night sailors delight". Tomorrow will be a delight for
surfers, sailors, kite surfers and perfect for me to work with my roses.