Out on a hike, I was putzing around with the video element of my camera, which I have never mastered as video doesn’t interest me. Somewhere in the midst of all of the putzing, I took this picture. The camera was pointed down, toward my feet, and here was the shadow on the dirt road upon which I wandered and putzed. I rather like the graphic quality here, as well as the textural.
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles today
To-morrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he’s to setting.
That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.
Then be not coy, but use your time,
And, while ye may, go marry:
For having lost but once your prime,
You may forever tarry.
This is the furthest tip of Anacapa Island, one rock beyond Arch Rock. It marks a boundary between the Santa Barbara Channel and the great blue Pacific! To me, it is amazing to think that the next continent is Asia, thousands and thousands of miles away across the sea. I don’t think I would want to have to sail there from here, much less swim.
Whale watching on Valentine’s Day found a few whales and oodles of dolphins. Unfortunately, none of my pictures really did the dolphins any credit. I never seemed to get one that caught their energy and spirit. Still, I want to post something . . . this was taken as I stood at the front of the boat, watching the dolphins leap and turn in the water. This guy is the pin-up for that day!