the golden coast

every year i make a trip to California to visit a good friend of mine - and i am always completely taken with the beauty of that state.  here in connecticut, we have trees.. and more trees.  and small, winding roads.  and beautiful fall foliage, and barns, and pumpkins.  without fail, every year, i shuffle off of the plane, hop in the rental, and drive towards ventura county, finding myself staring at the sky, in awe of how big it looks out there!  where are the trees!?  why are the highways a mile wide?!  it's a complete change from what i am used to seeing here, in new england - and i adore are a few shots from my recent trip to the missions at Santa Barbara, and an impromptu visit to olvera street, where i got to see the local tribal dancers perform!