A Respite

Over the weekend, we spent a few days down in Santa Barbara, and decided on a whim to visit the Santa Barbara botanic garden. It was such a nice, quiet respite from the busyness down in the town. The manzanita throughout the garden was especially beautiful. Some varieties were in bloom, but it is the dark branches that always catch my eye.

On our way back home we stopped at one of our favorite beaches where I took this photo. It's one of the most beautiful and most quiet beaches in California.