As human beings living in an urban world we often look for bits of nature to calm ourselves and restore our souls. As citizens of Ventura, we are blessed to have the natural world basically in our back yard. You don’t have to travel very far to feel like you’ve left the hustle and bustle of modern life behind. A short drive up Highway 33 to Santa Ana Road will make you feel like you’ve left the modern world well behind. In the spring, there are fields of yellow mustard and in late summer, there are golden grasses that can hide deer and wild turkeys. You don’t even have to leave your car to enjoy these peaceful scenes. If you do venture off the roadside, you may find giant spider webs or native grasses adorned with water droplets that glisten like jewels. If you are not sure where to go, Foster Library has guides to help you find your way.
Resident Photographer – Aleta Rodriguez