Until 2006, few of the citizens in Santa Barbara considered the Carpenteria Salt Marsh an important piece of Santa Barbara real estate. Then a group of scientists from the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB) released the results of a study, a study conducted at Santa Barbara's Salt Marsh. That study had uncovered evidence that parasites play an important part in the food web. The study findings appeared in an issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Members of the UCSB faculty received other honors in 2006. Shuji Nakamura got a Millennium Technology Prize. He had earned that award by inventing both a blue laser diode and diodes that could produce blue, white and green light. Maybe those new lights will be used at one of the many performances scheduled to take place within Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara offers an interesting and diverse entertainment mélange. Santa Barbara is home to film festivals, writing and storytelling conferences, theater groups and dance troupes. Santa Barbara also contains more than 100 museums and art galleries. In addition, one can enjoy ballet, opera or the symphony in Santa Barbara.
Many of the citizens of Santa Barbara have shown themselves to be both sophisticated and culturally aware. By the same token, no small number of those Santa Barbara residents derives great pleasure from doing something outdoors. The area around Santa Barbara offers to local residents a wide array of opportunities for engagement in outdoor activities.
Santa Barbara exists on the coast. The beach beckons to all who would like to participate in activities that take place either in or on the ocean. Activities available on the beaches of Santa Barbara include swimming, fishing, sailing, kayaking, surfing, kite boarding and scuba diving. The bike trail that runs along the beach is a great place for a cyclist to prepare for a longer journey on two wheels.
Some cyclists take their bikes up into the nearby Santa Ynez Mountains. Some cyclists travel the trails in Los Padres National Forest. In both areas one finds nature lovers as well as cyclists. In both spots one might also meet up with a group of hang gliders. The cliffs around Santa Barbara can provide the perfect spot for a hang gliding adventure.
Participation in such outdoor activities requires appropriate sports gear. Attendance at the special performances in Santa Barbara necessitates suitable nighttime attire. Both needs can be met by visiting Santa Barbara's many lovely shops.
Shopping in Santa Barbara is quite an experience. The shopper can browse and buy varied items amid many blocks of historic buildings. Most of the buildings in the shopping areas have windows that look out on cobbled walks and idyllic fountains.
Beyond the shopping areas one finds the true treasures of Santa Barbara real estate. Beyond the shopping areas one finds the impressive homes of Santa Barbara. Each large Santa Barbara home has become a seductive retreat for one Santa Barbara family.