We had but two full days on the ground in Santa Barbara, Day One was spent sleeping in (our arrival was much later than anticipated the night before, more on that later), strolling to the beach, exploring Lotusland, and a long, leisurely birthday dinner with another walk to the beach afterwards. Day Two held no agenda. We'd discussed various activities but decided to just explore and relax...it was perfect. For example we discovered the historic Santa Barbara County Courthouse...
Beautiful just as sculpture, this fountain must be dreamy when the water is flowing.
Keep this sign in mind, when you see the photos I took from up in the bell-tower.
"The current courthouse was constructed between 1926 and 1929 and completed four months before the crash of the US stock market of 1929" (source).
Oh the details!
Now we're up in the bell-tower, and come to think of it I was so taken with the 360-degree view, I didn't think to ask where the bell was. I wonder of this strange little balcony had something to do with it, when there was a bell?
The view out towards the ocean (that's a smudge on my lens at pretty much dead center, not a tornado).
Araucaria bidwillii (L) and Araucaria heterophylla (R). Yes I had to look up both of those names, only remembering the common names (Bunya Pine and Norfolk Island Pine).
This is the photo I wanted you to look at and remember that sign about significantly reduced watering. Really? That's a lot of green lawn.
In-person those mountains in the distance looked so dry. Here the camera has managed to color them up a bit.
Back inside and descending the staircase to the ground...
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