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663 viewsThe hills around the Earth Station were covered with a variety of wildflowers of different types and colors.

This is called Purple Nightshade
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All Together Now659 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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The Crawling Eye658 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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Malealuca655 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 Lightning651 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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Rays642 viewsTaken 4/17/04
A fast moving cold front moved through Los Angeles today bringing about .24" of rain and a high temperature of only 55 degrees at my station in Altadena. Light snow was reported at Mt. Wilson. This photo is looking West from Altadena at the La Crescenta area above Glendale. A break in the clouds let the rays of sunshine through. A beautiful day.
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Hermosa Pier640 viewsTaken 12/30/06
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. Water can be seen here making it to the top of the beach past the burm.
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639 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 Whiptail634 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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