Santa Barbara California is one of those places that is almost magical. It's also a dream place for a photograpgher. It is the home location of the Brooks Institute of Photography, which is no doubt one of the finest photography schools in the country. I took a tour of the campus and was really intrigued by the whole idea. A school dedicated really to teaching one thing. It sort of reminded me of the Xmen and the school that they had for mutants. :) I wandered around the Brooks campus and I found myself thinking that it would be nice to be involved with a school like that.
Anyway, also in Santa Barbara are the Botanical Gardens, where this photo was taken. It was overcast, it rained while I was there, and I still loved it. People laugh at me when I tell them that I could spend a week there just watching the light and taking photographs as it changes. I figure that if I can spend six months photographing a University that covers three city blocks (long story), I ought to be able to spend at least a week in someplace like this.
The Redwoods were amazing to me. They are one of the hardest things that I have ever photographed simply because it is so hard to capture the majesty of it all. They seem to me like old Grandfathers. Old and wise. When I walked through the forest they seemed to smile down and say, "Welcome, we've been waiting for you."