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Snowfall1910 viewsA rare sight here in Altadena. Snow actually falling. Of couse it didn't stick long.
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Attentive224 viewsI don't remember what she was staring at but it had her full attention. This is Leila at 1 1/2 Years.
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Sundown Dunes422 viewsThe setting Sun was casting an orange hue on the Sand Dunes at Dumont. Dumont is located 30 miles North of Baker CA near the Southern tip of Death Valley. It was a windy day and the winds in the upper atmosphere were affecting the clouds. I m not sure I would classify this cloud as Lenticular but it was getting close. Taken 3/25/06.

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Low Ceiling513 viewsA Cold Winter Storm swept through last night. The morning was wet and chilly. Here, low clouds can be seen hiding the tops of the buildings in Downtown Los Angeles. Taken 2/28/06
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Draconid Meteor 1354 viewsThe October Draconids, in the past also unofficially known as the Giacobinids, are a meteor shower whose parent body is the periodic comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. A Draconid meteor shower is expected to happen in early October of 2011, and the best nights for viewing are expected to be October 8–10. The Draconids are best viewed after sunset in an area with a clear dark sky. They are swift and short in length. The Altadena WeatherCam caught this one the evening before the expected peak.
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Sunset Ridge229 viewsSunday, 1:00 PM, the Fire continues it's assault up the back side of Sunset Ridge. Here, the fire is burning along the path of the Mount Lowe Motorway (Sunset Ridge).
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Lunar Eclipse August 28, 2007186 viewsThe Moon is just beginning to emerge from the Umbra. The red glow of the eclipsed Moon can be seen as usual but I was also looking for the "Turquoise" that I had been reading about lately.

I saw it in person. It was beautiful.

I had a hard time focusing though (as you can tell).

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Minotaur 5282 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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327 viewsL-R Dan Redmond, Zach White and George Cardenas programming the 300A Modems.

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331 viewsL-R Bill Locke, Dan Redmond and George Thomas at the Advantech Down-Converters doing a Dry Run of the cutover

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507 viewsNot until you arrive in the parking lot, do you truly appreciate the magnitude of these huge antennae. Each of the three large dishes measures 105 feet in diameter.

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404 viewsNow that the worst of the cleanup was done, it was time to take a moment to enjoy the wildlife around the Earth Station.

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