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Anniversary Weekend in Santa Barbara [Jan. 5th, 2015|07:17 am]
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Twelve years ago, we exchanged our vows in the clock tower of this very building on a sunny January morning...lots of surprises since, but not a single day's regrets. :)

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And so it was that we celebrated our anniversary in Santa Barbara last weekend.

Familiarity with an area is at once comfortable and reassuring, same as with a long-term marriage. Even so, we're always on the lookout for new experiences, and we actively seek out areas as-yet-unexplored. To our surprise and delight, we discovered Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. It's an urban oasis, truly, so beautiful and tranquil!

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Stearns Wharf was more kinetic and noisy, this being the final hurrah for snowbirds who flock to SoCal beaches during the winter holidays.

I didn't walk the full length of the pie because of the uneven wooden planks. I'm not yet as sure-footed as I'd like to be, and I need to protect my injured ankle. For the most part, I just basked in the peaceful setting, cherished equally by locals and tourists. And thanks to my zoom lens, I was able to bring close the beautiful scenery that's beyond my current reach.

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By the time I write my next blog entry, I'll have migrated over to WordPress. I'll give you a heads-up, of course, in hopes that you'll follow me over there.) I can't wait to tell you about our field trip to the Coronado Butterfly Preserve in Goleta! If you've never seen over-wintering monarchs before, you're in for a real treat! Here's a sneak preview--very short, because I'm just now figuring out the video features on my camera.



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[User Picture]From: jeannineatkins
2015-01-06 12:48 am (UTC)
Beautiful photos -- must be beautiful memories, too. And good luck with the blog move!!!
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[User Picture]From: lorrainemt
2015-01-06 03:45 am (UTC)
Beautiful, Melodye! The butterflies are magical. I'm looking forward to seeing more...I'll see you over at Wordpress. :)
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[User Picture]From: robinellen
2015-01-06 04:32 am (UTC)
Congratulations -- and beautiful photos :)
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[User Picture]From: asakiyume
2015-01-06 12:49 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary, and thank you for this bouquet of images. I like especially the forest of masts, and the palms silhouetted against the golden background, with cloud waves on top.
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[User Picture]From: olmue
2015-01-08 01:47 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary! And so pretty. (And warm!) I have good memories of that place. :)
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