Pacific Coast Highway: Emma Wood State Beach

Emma Wood State Beach is located along Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Barbara and Ventura. The area is a favorite destination for swimming, surfing and fishing. Catches include perch, bass, cabezon and corbina.

We’re looking north towards Dulah, Solimar Beach, Mondo’s Beach, and Faria Beach.

The park is named for Emma Grubb Wood, who owned the land at the time of her death in 1944. Her surviving husband, Adrian “Buddy” Wood, donated the land to the State of California in 1956 in her memory.

Originally the beach was part of the 8,877 acre (35.92 km2) Mexican land grant, Cañada de San Miguelito, given in 1846 by Governor Pío Pico to Ramón Rodríguez. It later became part of the 30,000 acre Taylor Ranch controlled by the Grubb family. Emma gained control of the Taylor Ranch with her brother in 1936.

African Wild Dogs

The endangered African wild dog live in packs of 20 or more, and were once found across the African continent, including desert and mountain Habitats, but have disappeared from most of their historic ranges due to loss of habitat and threats from humans.

African wild dogs are formidable hunters, preying on antelopes, but will supplement diets with birds and smaller animals. Livestock damage does occur, but is rare.

These pups were just five months old when photographed in September, 2019.

Zuni Bird

The bird has a role in the Zuni universe.

Traveling freely above the earth, migrating over vast distances and occupying terrestrial habitats, the Zuni bird makes it a powerful symbol of freedom and a link to the divine or supernatural realms.

I’m as mad as hell. I’m not going to take it anymore.

Peter Finch plays Howard Beale in the film Network (1976). His foul-mouthed tirades feature a dark vision of America that seem dangerously relevant in 2020.

The film concludes with his murder on live television, followed by a newscaster proclaiming him “the first known instance of a man who was killed because he had lousy ratings.”

Finch won a posthumous Oscar for the role.

Jay’s Corvair Corsa Turbo

More than a decade before Porsche manufactured the $57K+ 930, a working-man’s version was built by Chevrolet for under $3 grand fully equipped.  

Jay’s fire-engine red (I’m sure there’s an official name for this color) 1965-’66 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa Turbo pushes it’s 2,500-lb. curb weight around town by an air-cooled 164-C.I. flat-six turbo engine twisting out 180 horsepower. Fewer than 10,000 Corsas were built with a turbo over the two year run.

What a treat to see it and photograph it up-close during Larry Chen’s workshop at Jay Leno’s Garage last June.