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Havasu Lightning543 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.
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Exploding Cloud530 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.
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Antenna Crew526 viewsWe couldn’t have done it without the help of the Southern California
Antenna Crew

L-R Mike Stewart, Dave Kerns, Matt Cox
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Pot-O-Gold519 viewsLooks like I could hike up and find the pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. Looking Northeast from my Backyard.
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Cloud Spill491 viewsTaken from the 6000 ft level along the Angeles Crest Highway. the marine layer in the Los Angeles Basin can be seen spilling over the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains.
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Tampico Trauma479 viewsThis is the Old Harbor at San Felipe. Located some 120 Miles below the border in Baja California, it is one of my favorite camping spots. The fishermen used to sail into and out of the Harbor only at High Tide when the harbor would fill with water. They now have a New Harbor just South of Town. Taken 2/21/06
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472 viewsAs you draw near, the enormous size of the 32 meter dishes becomes more apparent
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Me And My Shadow467 views5/27/05
Taken from about 22,000 feet, flying from Oakland to Burbank, I saw this lone cloud above the Frazier Park area Northwest of Los Angeles. The shadow from the cloud can be seen on the ground below. I had someone tell me the cloud looked like a buffalo lying on it s side.
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Coastal Western Whiptail457 viewsNot the Coastal Western Whiptail though. They are very cautious and VERY fast. It was difficult to get a good picture of one. This one was about 12-14 inches to the tip of his tail.
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Sundown Dunes455 viewsThe setting Sun was casting an orange hue on the Sand Dunes at Dumont. Dumont is located 30 miles North of Baker CA near the Southern tip of Death Valley. It was a windy day and the winds in the upper atmosphere were affecting the clouds. I m not sure I would classify this cloud as Lenticular but it was getting close. Taken 3/25/06.
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454 viewsNow that the worst of the cleanup was done, it was time to take a moment to enjoy the wildlife around the Earth Station.
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Mount Wilson Socked In449 viewsThis was taken the morning of 9/15/06. We were on Mount Waterman (8,000 ft elev) setting up Radio Equipment for the upcoming Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run. Looking back at Mount Wilson (5700 ft elev), you could just see the antennas sticking up through the clouds.
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