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Amargosa River289 viewsAndy crosses the Amargosa River.
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289 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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Hydrangea287 viewsTaken in my back yard.
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Dumont By Moonlight284 viewsThe Full Moon was illuminating the Sand Dunes at Dumont Dunes, CA located near Death Valley. It was a nice evening with temperatures in the 70's. This photo was taken March 3rd, 2007 just before 9:00 pm. It was a 20 second exposure @ f3.5 (ISO 400) taken with my Canon Digital Rebel.
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Rail Bed284 viewsThe old Tonapah and Tidewater railroad used to run through this canyon, from Baker, CA to Tonapah, NV. This is the Rail Bed raised above the floor of the Amargosa River and in the distance sliced through a ridge. The Railroad was in operation between 1905 and 1940.
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282 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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Ready For Takeoff279 viewsAll strapped in (except me) and ready to go. We were about to taxi out to the runway.
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Minotaur 5279 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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278 viewsMexican Evening Primrose
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273 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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Nine-O-Nine271 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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Reticulation271 viewsI couldn't get these Zebras to look at me so I had to settle for their butts. The pattern of black and white reminded me of a process in film developing called "Reticulation" where tiny cracks are formed in the films emulsion.
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