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737 viewsAnd very friendly too.
This one seemed to enjoy having his picture taken.
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734 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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Highlights732 viewsThe morning Sun was breaking through some clouds and highlighted the distant mountains. Wonderful mix of colors and geology in the desert.
Taken at Dumont Dunes near Death Vallet 3/27/06.
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Manhattan Beach Pier732 viewsTaken 12/20/05
Several storms out in the Pacific were beginning to affect Northern California with heavy rain. These same storms were causing heavy surf all along the coast. A large west-northwest swell continued to affect the outer coastal waters of Southern California today. Breakers of 8 to 12 feet, with locally higher sets, pounded the coastline. Here you see the waves crashing against the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier
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The Crawling Eye722 viewsDoes anybody remember the old movie "The Crawling Eye" ? Or did I just embarrass myself ? The fog here is rolling over the Verdugo Hills and into the La Canada / La Crescenta Valley. It looks as though it is heading straight towards Jet Propulsion Laboratory located in the lower right of the photo.
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All Together Now716 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. These palm trees were all leaning to the South as the winds roared out of the North.

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Rocky Racoon713 views
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Dumont Moon713 viewsThe Full Moon was rising over the Sand Dunes. Temperatures were in the 70's with a moderate Northerly Wind. You can see the sand blowing off of the tops of the Dunes.
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Malealuca710 viewsLooks like it's related to the Bottle Brush plant. Beautiful purple bloom. Take at San Clement State Beach Campground.
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Altadena Lightning703 viewsTaken 2/1/04
A great thunderstorm was blowing through my town. I went into the backyard and started taking time exposures with my Olympus Digital Camera. I was lucky to capture this nice bolt.
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