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So my business trip to America is now but a distant memory. Despite having very little free time I do feel I managed to pack a lot into my 6 days away (1 full day of which was travelling of course). I was only able to take my Sony NEX7 becasue of luggage constraints, but as usual, it didn’t let me down! The pictures that follow are a mix of mobile phone (Samsung Alpha) and NEX7 shots.

I started off in Golita, although everyone in Golita says they live in Santa Barbara which is actually further south down the coast. I spent much of my time at a conference held at the Bacara Resort, from where most of my images come from as the resort was right on the coast and I had the odd hour break between meetings where I could pop down onto the beach. The beach has naturally occurring tar deposits, I brought a fair amount home with me on the bottom of my shoes!

So, we start, as many such trips do, at the airport – Gatwick to be exact. That’s our Norwegian Airlines 787 Dreamliner that zipped me across to LAX in 10 hours or so. I’m certainly happy to recommend Norwegian – excellent service at a very reasonable price!

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It was early evening when I landed in the US (see my post Coming Into Land At LAX), but once I had got through Immigration and retrieved my luggage darkness had fallen. I had a second flight to Santa Barbara airport, but had a 4 hour wait until that left. I had a wander around the airport, but it was undergoing a lot of updating work so there really wasn’t much to see. I walked up onto one of the bridges across to the car parks and was amused to see another photographer set up taking a similar shot to the below;

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I was staying in a lovely hotel called The Goodlands in Golita but our conference was being held at the Bacara Resort which was rather spectacular and looked like this;

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You can see the sea in the distance. wandering down there and turning right you had this view:

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I was able to spend an hour on the beach before the evening activities on the second day of the conference and got the following shots – this was the most time I had with my camera all week.┬áThere’s a very posh golf club just off the beach, this is right at the edge of it.

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A great view of the surrounding mountains and a water tank – the whole area is suffering under a major long-term draught.

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Palm trees are a feature

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On my walk along the beach I saw a whole selection of birds. This is where the NEX7 always let’s me down – focusing – I have some great shots of these birds with cockles in their beaks…but they are completely out of focus…never mind!

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Pelicans!! Bloody Pelicans!!

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This shot always makes me think of the Dead Kennedy’s track “Moon Over Marin”

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More palm trees!

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More Palm trees and that moon again!

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That blue sky was a feature of each Californian afternoon (though not so much in the morning).

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That pier again. The boat here was moving between the pier and the offshore oil rig for much of the evening

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About the author

I'm an amateur photographer who enjoys music. I'm a member of the Bishops Stortford Camera club and have embarked on my 2nd 365 journey - I completed my first one back in 2012.

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