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Wood Fairies403 viewsTaken 11/12/06
Have you ever heard stories about the Wood Fairies? It has to do with Fairies escaping from the wood burned in campfires. I’m not sure where the story originated but apparently its true. Can you see them in the photo leaving the fire?
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Nine-O-Nine399 viewsNine-O-Nine is Maintained and operated by the Collings Foundation
http://www.collingsfoundation.org/menu.htm and she was in pretty nice shape. I beleive this is a B-17G model. The Collings Foundation is a Non-Profit Group so the cost of our ride was Tax Deductible. This was a Birthday Present for My Father-In-Law. Of course I HAD to go along. We flew out of the Burbank Airport.
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Goldfields Dune399 viewsThe desert floor at Dumont Dunes is blanketed with Goldfields. March 2005 was an exceptional year for desert wildflowers.
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Tall Ships399 viewsTaken in Oxnard CA during the Tall Ships Festival.
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397 viewsMe at one of the Waist Gunners position
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Shoot The Moon397 viewsThe final piece of Boeing's new generation of Delta IV Rocket Fleet lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on June 27, 2006. The Delta IV M (Medium Plus) left the pad at 20:33 hrs Pacific Daylight Time and rose into the colorful twilight accented by the thin Waxing crescent Moon. What you see is the vapor trail left over from the Liquid Rocket Motor.
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Looking Back395 viewsThis was the view looking back from the opening just behind the cockpit. It was like sticking your head out of a convertible going 165 MPH.
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Ready For Takeoff395 viewsAll strapped in (except me) and ready to go. We were about to taxi out to the runway.
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Minotaur 5394 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.
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393 viewsOn a fresher note, Springtime in the Santa Monica Mountains provides a wonderful display of wildflowers.

This is Purple Sage and it is abundant around the Earth Station. It is a favorite of the local Honey Bees.
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Early Morning Wakeup390 viewsAn eraly morning fire in Downtown Los Angeles snarled traffic. About 160 Firefighters attacked the fire at 4th and Broadway from the ground and Ladder Trucks. The building was destroyed but nearby structures were saved.
Taken 2/05/2007
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