Where Eagles Fly : Santa Ynez Mountains ~ The Stunning Beauty of Sacred Point Conception at Dusk

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These are the Santa Ynez Mountains which run alongside the California coastline (on the left of the mountains in this image) from Carpentria up through Montecito past Santa Barbara, Isla Vista and Goleta all the way up past the Gaviota Pass to the sacred Point Conception, California.

All of these small communities are obscured by low lying tule fog coming in from the Pacific Ocean in this image and what is interesting here is that if you notice, the fog also is on the right side of this photo, meaning on the other side of the Santa Ynez Mountains. This is because at the end of this mountain range, at that peak up on the top middle of this image, the coast abruptly turns north (to the right in this image) and heads up towards San Francisco. 

The First Nations Chumash Tribes called this point "Humqaq" which means "The Raven Comes". in their ancient traditions this was a very sacred place... it was the "Western Gate", through which the souls of their dead would pass between the mortal world and their begin their celestial journey to heavenly paradise known as "Similaqsa". 

On the right side of the Santa Ynez Mountains in this image, underneath the fog lays the small ranching communities of Santa Ynez, Lompoc, Los Olivos, Ballard and Buellton. 

This image is one of my favorite images to print and a number of art collectors around the world have print reproductions of this image in various sizes.

At The Printshop With A Small Print Reproduction

A Large Reproduction Print On The Wall Of Private Residence in Beverly Hills

I lensed this serene image of the Santa Ynez Mountains and Point Conception very late in the evening while exploring the wilderness of the Sespe Condor Sanctuary northwest of Fillmore, California. When I shot this image I was about 8,000 feet (2438.4M) above Ojai California. This image is from my ongoing project, "Where Eagles Fly";

About The Project

Where Eagles Fly - The American Wilderness Expedition is my personal mission to introduce people to these amazing locations that surround us. I am piloting a bush plane while exploring and filming throughout the remote back-country areas of North America to raise awareness of the 47% of the USA and 90% of Canada that remain unpopulated wilderness.

About The Author

My name is Zedekiah Morse and I'm a Bush Pilot, Photographer, Explorer and Filmmaker. I live in the Rocky Mountains and devote my time and resources to exploring as much of the world as I can by air. If you wish to watch a short film detailing how I do my work and this project, go here.

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Thanks for your support and Yehaw!!


Wow that shot is amazing .

Your work is amazing like always

And you sir are amazing for your continued support, I am grateful!

I am so jealous!

My dream is to learn how to fly a plane! Flying is sexy in my book - especially when you add photography - mind blown....

When I was a child being a pilot was akin to becoming a rock star, at least in my world. So I agree with you totally, adding photography and filmmaking was a natural extension of my desire to share this with the world! Please get your license!! It will give you a completely different visual lexicon of experience!

Thanks for the words of encouragement - I just have to get my finances in order to have discretionary income.

I'm also a HUGE prankster. It'd be worth getting my license alone just to do this....


beautiful photography. the truth is how you say a person that you respect and would like to do the same as you do. I am from Colombia and since you are also a pilot and believe me I would be completely happy doing what you do traveling knowing the world from the heavens. congratulations and greetings @Skypilot.

Thank you Andre, very nice of you to say! Greetings to you as well my friend!

Spent some time in the Ynez valley over the summer - it's an amazing place!

It truly is a really interesting and beautiful valley. Full of some very odd wildlife as well!

awesome photography mind blowing keep it up

Thank you sir! I am happy you enjoy it.

Surreally beautiful picture. It looks almost like a painting because it's totally without flaws! Colour palette is perfect in it's sparseness. Followed!

Thanks so much, very kind of you to say! I think it looks like a classic Eastern style painting, such as you would find from ancient China or Japan. I am glad you like it.

Down on my knees praising your terrific gift to take such fantastic photos.

I am sincerely thankful you like my work! That means a great deal to me.

My dear friend, how much does this picture will cost if I would like to purchase? Or how can I contact you to discuss? This is just amazing photo!🔥🔥🔥 I remember you posted somewhere that now we can purchase your work for SBD.. Thank you!

Hey Zumi, I would be honored. Please contact me directly via steemit chat to discuss.

Is a pleasure to resteemit, more I see about your way of life , give me hope

Wow the colours in this photo! So very beautiful!
It would be awesome to buy one of your prints!!
Curious if you sell them? Really like to see the
Mexican Cry Mesa Looks Like an Ancient
Fortresses on Another World one in more details :-)

Thanks Shasta, I do sell them. I've had 3 shows so far at the Wyland Galleries in Las Vegas and am being featured in a new gallery opening this month. But I sell direct as well so if you are interested please contact me directly via steemit chat.

Beautiful. That is an area I would like to get to someday to do some trail running.

It is a beautiful area and along the top of these mountains runs a very old road from the early Spanish settlers so it would be a perfect place to run and have a view of both sides of the mountain!

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