Sunday, July 08, 2012

El Capitan and Refugio Beach

We had a delightful picnic at Refugio State Beach, about 30 miles north of Santa Barbara. Above, the view from the picnic table, looking across a little slough towards the beach and the ocean.

Our friend Eshel went with us. Below: Eshel and I walking on the nearby El Capitan Beach;

After our afternoon meal, we walked on the beach and up the headland, all breathtakingly beautiful:

The one flaw is tar on the beach. It's somewhat natural, as there is a lot of petroleum in the ground, and always was tar on the beaches even before oil drilling began (as illustrated by one location near Goleta named in the 19th century: Coal Oil Point). Is it an oil-company propaganda claim that the oil wells relieve the pressure and thus lessen the tar on the beaches? Or is it true?

Here's a photo of one of the offshore oil rigs, seen from Refugio beach, that may or may not make it worse:

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