Stern’s Wharf – Santa Barbara, CA   40 comments




Stern’s Wharf – Santa Barbara, CA

California loves its piers.  Stern’s Wharf in Santa Barbara is no different.  In fact, it is the most visited landmark in the entire city.  I am curious to know how many locals walk their pier.  I know a lot of locals will fish from it, but whenever I see a new pier I always have to walk to the end of it.  I get to the end, look over the edge expecting to see a giant shark or whale, then turn around and walk back to the mainland.  Stern’s Wharf is actually interesting because they have a small marine museum shown just below the sun in the photograph.  What is it about large wooden piers and our fascination with them?  Maybe we just like to see pictures of them because inevitably we can say to ourselves  “I have been there and I walked all the way to the end!”  “No sharks though.”

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  2. Do you know the name or contact info of the man who plays guitar at the end of the pier?

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  4. Presently minus 12C here looking out my window the snow is falling fast now, even though looks romantic and an ideal post card shot I’ve to be up 6am for work (I’m a nurse) and not looking forward scrapping snow and ice off car for my long journey to work. Looking at this picture now this is one place I’d really like to be right now. Amazing photo

  5. Romantic and timeless – so rich and warm – thanks for a beautiful image – Alison

  6. Gorgeous!

  7. Truly delightful– fantastic capture! Lovely blog you have here!

  8. I’ve been to this pier many times but you showed it in a different light. Thanks.

  9. Fabulous photos.

  10. I have been there and walked all the way to the end and back. I think I was up all night on that beach, quite intoxicated and maybe more. It was 1990 I think. Lord I’m getting old.

  11. California is just amazing… And of course, the shot is beautiful ! I just love this place, thank you for such an amazing picture

  12. Oh my God!!! Blue is my favorite color. I am so blown away.


  13. I just was right there! Well, just… a few weeks ago. Absolutely beautiful picture!

  14. Lovely picture, have added you to my blogroll 🙂

  15. Brilliant: it’s cold and grey this morning here in England and it’s been a few days since I saw the sun and then only briefly. It was dark on my morning run and I was feeling a bit glum, but this photo has brightened the whole day for me.
    Thanks – Bones

  16. Lovely blog. The photos are beautiful. Thanks for liking my photos too. I’m now following your RSS feed.

  17. Thats Awesome, just the balance in colors, and the way you didnt sacrifice detail for contrast, is amazing! good work

  18. Just the most gorgeous scene…thanks for sharing it!

  19. amazing picture! It’s funny, I have that compulsion to stroll to the end of piers too!

  20. Thanks for the ‘like’ on my post! This photo is very ‘maritime-ish’ and I like it! Great concept for a blog. 🙂

  21. Gorgeous . . . I once worked in Santa Barbara and loved every minute of it!

    Look forward to viewing more pictures here.



  22. I used to enjoy the occasional walk out on the wharf in Santa Cruz. It was a real contrast, seeing the old-timers and poorer folks trying to catch something to eat against the backdrop of expensive shops and restaurants that lined the pier. And just onshore was the boardwalk amusement park. I always preferred to look out, away from the modernity.

    I never saw any sharks, but the sea lions liked to come up underneath the wharf and lay on the bracing. It was always fascinating to be able to look down about 25 feet and see them there, wallowing about.

  23. I spent one of the most relaxing, enjoyable, and memorable days of my life in Santa Barbara 11 years ago while visiting California. Thanks for posting this photo, it takes me back to that day. Beautiful place!

  24. This is so beautiful! I wish I could be there right now! Thank you for sharing these stunning pictures! 🙂

  25. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures and the stories, really like them. I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Continued Success in all you do, Jay The Baker – Positive Cookie Attitudes(tm)

  26. This picture really lets me lay back and take a deep breath. Wish I could flee the daily life by going there.

  27. Beautiful!

  28. Well, since I live there I can tell you that yes, I do walk out on it. I also ride my bike out on it 🙂 It’s a beautiful place and there is a great little restaurant called ” the Santa Barbara Shellfish Co.” Really good! Great Seafood.

    Nice blog!

  29. Lived in San Diego for a while and enjoyed the piers around there. It’s just fun to get away from the beach and look back on the waves hitting the shore and the people enjoying the sun.

    Good you captured the texture in the sand at the bottom to frame out the image. Looks like HDR as the shadow details are there – nice use without going overboard.

  30. Great photo, thank you for checking out our mummy blog! Ms. Monroe

  31. Really love this photo, is it at all possible to get a bigger version of this picture at all ? really love it.

  32. Stunning sunset..

  33. Great shot! I’ve snapped quite a few myself under the Santa Monica pier.

  34. A lovely picture. The interesting thing is that your pier look similar to the one we have here in Eastbourne, UK.

  35. What a fab photograph – keep up the good work 🙂

  36. I tried Liking you, but it wouldn’t let me, so, consider yourself Liked. The colors are wonderful! I also like how it’s framed.

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  37. your photography is really inspiring….I can never hardly wait for the next one…..have you ever taken any photos up around Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterrey, CA?

  38. Beautiful golden California sunset and the perspective is great. I’ve never been to Santa Barbara but of course, it is a must see.
    Have a great day 🙂

  39. Love the warf, I am.a.local, I used to walk the peir much more often, locals like the sb shellfish company and longboards. Moby dicks is for old people, and I have heard there is a gnarly psychic out there also.

  40. Nice spot 🙂

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