this week i am still completely slammed with testing stuff, and next week will be the same, so i had to go way back into the archives for this week’s pictures. these are actually from not that long ago, only the beginning of this year. i hadn’t gotten my very own camera yet, so these are from a borrowed one. also, the homework load was light, with little to no stress attached, and we were able to sneak away from our responsibilities one afternoon to go to the beach. i am not in any of these, they are of my friends, callie and alegra, who both have blogs as well: https://callielifestyleblog.wordpress.com/ and https://passionvspurposeblog.wordpress.com/. i was playing the role of the photographer, not the model.
this being a borrowed object, i was careful not to damage it, but maybe a bit more risk-taking than i would’ve been if it was my own. i brought it into the ocean even, to take pictures there. there are also quite a lot of action shots with running, jumping, and flipping hair. there are also some pretty ones, looking out over the water, and companionable ones with the two of them laughing together.
there is a reason why i included the word “nostalgia” in the title of this post. even though it was only the beginning of this school year, it feels like so long ago. it was all the way back when i could go to the beach after school, just go out and take pictures, and everything was just a little simpler. it seems strange to me to be talking about this as a time in the past to be looking back on fondly, because the very action is in-congruent with my age, but that is how i remember it. the sun was bright, the sand was warm, and the water was refreshing. i was spending time with some of my favorite people in the world, with little to worry about and a lot of time to relax. now, i’m stuck inside all day, taking notes, reading review books, etc. it’s quite mind-numbing, but i hold on to the memories of the sunny afternoons, and look forward to summer when i can relive them again.
i have mentioned before that i live in santa barbara, california, and just how lucky i am that i was born and raised here. that was only confirmed when i visited the beach last week to do a little photography with some friends. it is incredibly beautiful here, with the combination of the water and mountains and the close-by channel islands making up a very diverse landscape. My personal favorite however, is the beach. the sand, the breeze, the salty ocean, the towering cliffs, the marine life, and the bright sun are all reasons why i love the beach. I went with two friends, callie and alegra, during the evening.
we decided to go to the mesa lane steps, which is known locally as thousand steps along with another beach close by. now, it’s definitely called a thousand steps for a reason; the staircase was long and steep, but with a great height above the beach to get some pretty shots of the whole scene. the sun was setting, and the sky was orange and pink, and the ocean reflected the colors and clouds to make a very picturesque scene. we walked along the sand and took pictures as the sun was setting of the scenery and each other, taking advantage of the sunset and the little wind.
the cliffs had a very gentle sloping to them that allowed us to climb them and take pictures from there to get a nice vantage point to take pictures from. there were other people walking along the beach with dogs, and cameras of their own, which just illuminates for me how many people have the ability to appreciate the landscape. both of my friends brought their own cameras and we each took our own pictures that we saved, and that i know we will all continuously look at to remind us of the beauty of our hometown.
after all of the running and climbing that we did on the beach, we walked back up the thousand steps staircase (actually it was only about 200) to the street and proceeded to walk to cliff drive for a bite to eat. we went to ichiban, a japanese restaurant on the mesa. the whole while i kept my eyes on the sky, watching the colors fade and the stars appear in the darkening air, and thanking every single one of them that i live in this beautiful place.