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Minotaur 5419 views"Aftermath" September 22, 2005 marked the first Vandenberg AFB dusk launch in nearly three years. The Minotaur booster Lifted off from south Vandenberg just after 19:24 PDT, the start of a 16-minute launch window.
This last photo shows the remainder of the vapor trail several minutes following the launch. The upper atmosphere winds have twisted it. Taken from the Pasadena area using my Canon Digital Rebel.
Nov 18, 2006
Orange Wave292 viewsTaken 8/11/03 with my Olympus C-5050 Z from my backyard in Altadena, CANov 18, 2006
Another Altadena Sunset333 viewsTaken 8/13/03 with my Olympus C-5050 ZNov 18, 2006
Altadena Sunset339 viewsThis was taken 12/11/05 at about 2000 ft elev from a street above my house. Moist air made its way up into Southern California from the Gulf Of Mexico bringing with it some interesting weather and beautiful Sunsets. Taken with my Canon Digital Rebel and a 75-300mm Zoom Lens. Nov 18, 2006
Moonset303 viewsThe thin Waxing Crescent Moon was barely 2 days old when I captured this image on the evening of 9/27/03. Taken from Inspiration Point in the Angeles National Forest above Pasadena at about 4500 ft elev.Nov 18, 2006
L.A. Sunrise341 viewsTaken in the early morning hours of 12/20/05 from the top of my building in Downtown Los Angeles. Nov 18, 2006
Sago Palm295 viewsCycas revoluta. Members of the Cycad Family, Sago Palms are known to be among the oldest plants on earth. This photo is looking straight down into the cone on one of our plants.Nov 18, 2006
L.A. Skyline1553 viewsA fast moving storm brough clear skies to Los Angeles. Taken with my Olympus C-5050 3/2/04Nov 18, 2006
Low Ceiling691 viewsA Cold Winter Storm swept through last night. The morning was wet and chilly. Here, low clouds can be seen hiding the tops of the buildings in Downtown Los Angeles. Taken 2/28/06Nov 18, 2006
Exploding Cloud646 viewsAnother cloud formed by strong upward convection in unstable air. In this photo taken at Lake Havasu, the nearly explosive vertical development of this cloud was awesome.Nov 18, 2006
Havasu Lightning667 viewsI captured this lightning using my first Digital Camera, an Olympus C-5050Z. I had it in "Manual" mode set for the maximum exposure of 16 seconds. I took quite a few exposures this way during the lightning storm. Nov 18, 2006
Cotton Candy1332 viewsCumulonimbus Clouds are formed by strong upward convection associated with extreme instability in the atmosphere. This Cumulonimbus Cloud was rising above a Thunderstorm, towering over Mount Wilson (elev 5,700 ft).Nov 18, 2006
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