Monday, June 18, 2012

Santa Barbara in B+W

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January, 2012
24 hours in Santa Barbara, California.
325 miles south from San Francisco, 250 miles from Mexico, 2800 miles from New York.

Plenty of Spanish tiles, white walls, a large record store, new and used. One nice coffee shop with Verve beans, close enough to the Bay Area and far from it at the same time. A myriad of UCSB students on bikes, mostly cruisers. Warm January weather, the sidewalks come with a flip flop soundtrack, the Pacific Ocean. Breeze.

Elsie's is rather quiet on a Sunday. "My name is not Elsie, but I have something for you" and she puts on a few songs from the Olivia Tremor Control.
I have been floated.

She hands out a round of anchor steam for the handful at the bar. Lovers, friends, strangers, visitors, locals and a big bowl of popcorn. An old man minds his business chain smoking in the back patio.
And we are in cruise control.

xxo♥meligrosa

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10 comments:

  1. Love your B&W images.....

    -Trevor

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  2. Meli, I wish I had known you were in town. I would had love you show you around SB.
    Glad to hear you found though Elsie's and The French Press. Are you still here?
    C

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    1. hey guapa - that'd be lovely, Id def. keep in mind next time I visit, that was basically a less than 24hr stay, but very relaxing.
      this was back in January. i <3 that french press spot

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  3. Beautiful. Paints a lovely and interesting picture of Santa Barbara, makes me want to make a trip. These photos are all with your Lumix? You really show what that little camera can do.

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    1. thanks dottie, it is quite the Mediterranean corner with the socal sun in our golden state.
      and yes all taken with the lx5.

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  4. Love, love, Santa Barbara. But was only there for one semester at Brooks Institute of Photography in 1968. No bicycle, but I had a Vespa that went all over--great roads up in the hills. Spent a lot of time at the beach. Always looking for that scenic view. Santa Barbara has a lot going for it.

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  5. did you drive or take the train to SB ?

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  6. This sounds wonderful. It's been awhile since I've been to SB. Think it could be time for a trip. It was always my secret getaway place when I lived in LA.

    xo mary jo

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  7. those words are art. photos too. meli luv!

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