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Dark Waters1195 viewsRemnants of a storm which blew through the Southern California area. Taken from the end of the Oceanside Pier.
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Our Regular Bear1188 viewsCritters are alive and well on Holly Slope. This Bear makes regular visits. Sometimes 2 or 3 times a week. Usually around Midnight. Leila and I ran into him one evening near the circle around 11pm on a late walk . Fortunately he wanted nothing to do with us and took off running across the dirt lot towards the ravine.
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1181 viewsJohn Bartman keeps a watchful eye on all the activities.
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Island in The Sky1179 viewsTaken 10/23/05
This was taken at the end of the Kagel Canyon Truck Trail in the Angeles National Forest above the San Fernando Valley. It was sort of an overcast day but at approximately 3550 Above Sea Level we were above the haze. This was the view looking West toward Oat Mountain.
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1173 viewsBecause of the time difference, most of the Olympic Events occurred during the nighttime hours at Triunfo Pass. But we were staffed 24 hours a day and ready for anything.
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Taking A Ride1173 viewsAfter Antenna #2 was cleaned and lubed, it was used to carry traffic for Antenna #1 while it was cleaned. Then it was moved to the East, to track the 307° Satellite in place of Antenna #3 while it was cleaned up.

John Bartman and Shane Edmonston on the middle platform observing the movement while Antenna #2 is swung around to the East.

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1172 viewsThis Variable Checkerspot Butterfly is enjoying the warm Spring Sun.

There were quite a few different types of Butterflies taking advantage of the many wildflowers
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Coastal Western Whiptail1164 viewsThese Lizards are inhabitants of Coastal Southern California and can grow up to 13 inches in length. They are very cautious and very fast. It was hard getting a photo of it. This was taken in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu.
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Full Rainbow1161 views
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1159 viewsNestled in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu, CA lies the Triunfo Pass Satellite Earth Station.
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Wind Over My Station1158 viewsTaken 1/23/06
Strong winds buffeted Southern California last night and this morning causing wide spread damage. Fallen trees, downed power lines, etc. Sustained winds at my station were 30 mph with gusts as high as 42 mph. Combined with extremely low humidity, these conditions have prompted a Red Flag Fire Alert. Here, the wind is bending over the tree in my front yard with my Weather Station s Anemometer and Rain Bucket in the foreground.
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