Perfectly Poised, a great blue heron poses at the brink
of the More Mesa cliffs. More Mesa is one of the last large, wild coastal bluff areas
remaining on the south coast. Perched along the ocean beween Hope Ranch and Goleta and extending
inland, this pecious open space comprises 300 acres of grassy hills, oak woodlands and vernal
pools and is the nesting and foraging ground for the white tailed kite and other raptors. This
great blue haron seemed to engage in a patient tango with me as we moved along the bluff-tops
together and then it paused in the perfect spot before taking wing. In the distance Goleta Pier
stretches into the sea just below a hint of the University of California campus.
photo by Cara Moore.