200 yards from Raja’s apartment.
In contrast to the views from the biology department at Kent State, which are non-existent in my basement office and lab, the landscape surround UC-Santa Barbara and Raja’s building are almost depressingly awesome.
As for the photographs of Raja and myself – it’s something Raja likes to do and is generally not in my photographic interests, but, here you go; I was here.
On my visit to Santa Barbara, California, Raja and I observed a decently-sized flock of snowy plovers, a threatened shore bird currently being managed in several reserves up the Californian coast. While attempting to photograph the birds, a volunteer literally ran down the beach to tell me to keep moving to reduce disturbance to the fledglings. The reserve is more-or-less constantly patrolled by volunteers with a variety of experiences in conservation biology, as evidenced by this particular volunteer’s lack of knowledge about the plover’s restoration and referral to another individual to answer my questions.