Posts Tagged ‘ hiking ’

Sun beams ~ Nou Nou Trail

Love watching the sun peak through the clouds as I hike my local mountain here on Kaua’i. Locals call it Sleeping Giant but it is formally known as NouNou trail.

Nothing beats a sunset Vista from high atop a beautiful rock.

I am loving the Albezia trees that canvas our island.

Aaron Villa

Sunset above Wailua river on NouNou trail

California Poppy ~ Knapp’s Castle, Los Padres National Forest

I love the summer time for a few reasons, the beach, the rodeo, fiesta, and California Poppies! Taken with a macro lens that I rented to play around with it. A lot of fun, but still learning.

Knapp’s castle is a beautiful place, I strongly suggest a visit at least once in your life time.

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Alisal Lake ~ Solvang, California

Shots taken as an aerial view flying in a SuperCub over Alisal lake.

Spring time in the Santa Ynez Valley (Santa Ynez Mountain Range).

Big thanks to Chris Kunkle for getting his wings and taking me flying.

Gaviota State Beach, Ca, USA

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Nothing like rocking fanny @ the beach. 35 bucks a night and all the bbq we could handle.

The Hundred Acre Wood – Santa Ynez, CA, USA

“The Hundred Acre Wood (also spelled as 100 Aker Wood, Hundred-Acre Wood, and 100 Acre Wood; also known as simply “The Wood”) is the fictional land inhabited by Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Winnie-the-Pooh series of children’s stories by author A.A. Milne. The wood is visited regularly by the young boy Christopher Robin, who accompanies (or imagines through make-believe) Pooh and company on their many adventures. (One hundred acres is 0.4 square kilometres or 0.15625 square miles.)” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundred_Acre_Wood

I, however, grew up near my very own “100 Aker Wood” complete with a pond and plenty of trails. As I have grown up my imagination still takes me to the wonderful childhood places I once believed to be real. The best part about this secret spot is that it is real and I have now made so many wonderful memories there well into my adult life.

Here are a few shots from a recent trip (mid April 2010): Enjoy!

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Knapp’s Castle – Santa Ynez Valley / Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Knapp's Castle - Original shot

Knapp's Castle - Original shot

“George Owen Knapp, founder of Union Carbide, built Knapp’s Castle shortly after purchasing the 160-acre (0.65 km2) parcel in 1916. In 1940, Frances Holden bought the property and invited her friend, world-famous opera singer Lotte Lehmann, to move in. The mansion was destroyed by a forest fire only five weeks later, and now only the massive sandstone foundations, fireplace pillars and walls of the original seven structures remain intact. The parcel is still privately owned but open to the public.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knapp’s_Castle

My older sister took me to Knapp’s Castle (high atop highway 154 from Santa Barbara to Santa Ynez) when was about 12 or 13, and I fell in love right away with the scenic views the Castle has to offer. It over looks my home town and is seated right above Cachuma Lake.

A few weeks ago (mid-April 2010) I took a few friends just for a random excursion to share some laughs and try out my new camera (Nikon D90 with 50mm 1.8 lens). It was a perfectly simple task which we achieved.