Greetings, neglected three readers! It’s been a month since we last spoke; my busyness levels have ramped up from Pretty Busy to Quite Damn Busy. I’m working approximately 1.2 jobs now, which is a good thing but all-consuming.
Last week, I returned from two weeks in Santa Barbara, where I was attending the annual academic conference I help organize. I stayed in a room with a view of the Pacific Ocean, and spent my time scurrying around and trying to keep everything running smoothly. In addition, I held a human brain in my hands during a brain dissection, went on a wholly pleasant wine tasting tour by bus in the Santa Ynez Valley, and had my first surfing lesson (very fun).
On the Saturday after my conference ended, I realized I had packed my digital SLR camera but had completely failed to find the time to use it. So, in the grey, misty morning, I spent an hour walking around UC Santa Barbara’s Native Plant Habitats. I took far too many pictures of every single plant I encountered, as well as a few birds and oceans an’ things. It was an engrossing and peaceful way to end my trip.
To show you a selection of my photos (mostly from my last day in Santa Barbara), I have prepared a snazzy WordPress gallery. You can click on any old photo below (ideally the first one), and then use the arrow keys or mouse to progress through them all.
You can also see more Santa Barbara trip photos on my Flickr.