Santa Ynez Evening (5 photos)

We spent the first night of our little April road trip in Solvang, the somewhat quirky (and very touristy) Danish settlement between Santa Ynez and Buellton. On the way there I had noticed a most beautiful spot of landscape, when we came down from San Marcos Pass on Highway 154: wide open spaces, soft pastures dotted with oaks, cows and horses grazing here and there.

After dinner, we had just enough time to drive around a little bit. It was very windy and as the sun set, temperatures dropped rapidly so we didn’t really walk around, but rather just stopped, jumped out of the car for some photos, enduring the wind as long as it felt tolerable and then got back into the car – we live in San Diego, so we’re essentially wimps on the highest level, absolutely spoiled by mild temperatures year-round.

That’s a rather rotten way to make landscape photos if you ask me (where’s the blood, sweat and tears?;-) but I have no doubt that more landscape photos than we’d like to think are made exactly that way. Garnished with hero prose on just how daring it was, and to what lengths the hero photographer went to bring you these photos, of course. ;-)

I hope you enjoy these five absolutely non-heroic photos nevertheless.

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