I used to have the opportunity to look out at this view of the Channel Islands, off the coast of Santa Barbara, for 8 years, but seldom took the time to look and take it all in. Whether I was too busy to pause and fully enjoy the view or just took it for granted, it is one of my greatest regrets that I didn’t fully appreciate the beauty just beyond my front door. This thought really crystalized during my last visit to Santa Barbara when I had the chance to photograph this amazing sunset. Funny how when you’re a visitor your senses are heightened in order to absorb as much of that location as possible, yet when you live in a particular location your senses are seemingly dulled over time contributing to a lack of awareness to the beauty of that place. These days I try to always stay in that “visitor” state of mind to investigate as much as iI can where ever I am.
[tags]photography, landscape, California, Channel Islands, nature, stock photo[/tags]