Santa Ynez Valley

Imagine how green it is in the Spring! Still pretty.

I just had to share a little bit about the last leg of our vacation in the Santa Ynez valley, it was glorious! My cousin Krista has a house in Los Alamos so we stay with her and her husband every chance we get. It’s a tiny but thriving town about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, basically wine country.

I could go on and on promoting the town and it’s wonderful people, restaurants, and wines, but this is supposed to be a blog about art, so I am trying to keep this brief! It just so happens that my cousin is the editor of Edible Santa Barbara, so she kinda knows everyone and everything about food and wine in the region, and yeah, we get hooked up!

This particular visit was no exception. We were invited to join them for an exclusive polo & dinner event at Piocho Ranch in Happy Canyon. It was such a treat to watch the polo match right on the field, be served wine, cocktails and the fanciest Hor D’oeuvres and mingle with the rich and famous!

Beautiful ponies! (actual horses)
Krista Harris of Edible Santa Barbara & Elizabeth Goodwin Welborn of Stick & Ball
I’m not sure, over 100 place settings? So elegant!

I must give a shout out to the sponsors Stick and Ball, One & Only Mandarina, La Herradura Polo, Inspirato, Casa Dragones, Piocho Vineyards, and dinner was catered by Chef Jake & Amy Francis of Valley Piggery, everything was exceptional! And I must give a special thank you to Elizabeth Goodwin Welborn for extending us the invitation at the last moment!

My favorite photo of the evening!
Yay! I figured out how to post video, this is my first one!


  1. It all looks like so much fun. Great shots of “le long table”. Polo would be fun. I never did polo, but I did barrel racing and a few other horse events in my teens.

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      1. I had a quarter horse who was not quite race worthy (that’s how we ended up with her), but she loved to run and was really fast. We had a variety of horses when I was growing up.

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      1. Oh boy do I know that feeling, lol! It’s worst for me in places like Costa Rica & Vermont & Paris where it all swims around me in a candy jar of beauty! I like to frame my images in my viewfinder, sorta pre-cropping the edges, and I often take variations so’s not to miss a perspective I didn’t quite “see” but is nevertheless there. And after, if some framing of the shot really tempted me, regardless of “rules” about 1/3s & all that, I find it again, and if the feeling I get is of something so right I can’t even describe it yet, a moment in itself, I shoot it. One of the blessings of digital 😊

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