A Sleepy Sun

A Sleepy Sun peers through wispy clouds behind the silhouette of Stearns Wharf at dawn. Santa Barbara's romantic pier is hte legacy of one-legged lumberman John Peck Stearns, who constructed it in 1871 for the price of $40,000. Although the Wharf was built so that freighters could unload logs on a dock rather than trust them to the whims of the tide, it served the same function for visitors arriving by boat who no longer had to wade or row ashore! Closed and transfigured many times by fires, storms, misfortune, and even war, the wharf you see above is owned by the City of Santa Barbara, and its classic structures date from 1981.
photo by Cara Moore.
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