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L.A. Moonset839 viewsTaken 6/13/06
Cooler temperatures aloft and lack of a Coastal Eddy prohibited formation of the Marine Layer last night. Warmer temperatures and clear skies are forecast for the rest of the week. This is a welcome change from our traditional “June Gloom” here in Los Angeles. This shot was taken at 6:15 a.m. from approximately 2.5 miles Northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. Check the local Weather and High Resolution WebCam image from my Weather Station in Altadena at http://www.westphalfamily.com/wxdata2.html

(6 votes)
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Glamis Moon756 viewsThe thin Waxing Crescent Moon sets in the evening sky. Glamis is located East of Brawley CA which can be seen along the bottom of the photo. This was an 8 second exposure.
(6 votes)
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1245 viewsA neighbor actually saw this Cougar walking on the street in the early morning. He alerted me to check the CritterCam. Lo and behold, there it was. What a surprise.
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Air Show1025 viewsThats what they call the Aerial Assault on the fires. And Saturday was the "Air Show" in Altadena. Aircraft of all types and sizes were brought in. It was a photographers dream, but a homeowners nightmare.

Here, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 makes a retardant drop over Brown Mountain. Can you imagine diving a Jumbo Jet through the canyons of the San Gabriel Mountains? It was incredible.

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Desert Five Spot853 viewsThis delicate purple flower is named for the five red spots which can be seen inside the round bloom. The information I read implied that this was a rare desert flower. The very wet winter brough out quite a few of these flowers.
(3 votes)
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Altadena Lightning1162 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.

(10 votes)
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Lightning 9/4/20111314 viewsThis was the best shot.
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Griffith Park 3870 viewsIt's hard to imagine the skill and bravery of these pilots.
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Minotaur 2826 viewsFirst Stage Separation. In this second photo you can see the Second Stage staring to burn leaving the First Stage behind.
All photos were taken from the top of the Kaiser parking lot at the corner of Walnut and Los Robles in Pasadena.

(4 votes)
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Full Moon818 viewsTaken 5/4/04 with a Canon Digital Rebel attached to a Celestron C5 Telescope. 1/640 sec, ISO 800.
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Is That You Woody ?805 viewsA rare sight in my neck of the woods, this Woodpecker was enjoying the warm Autumn Afternoon in the White Birch Tree in my front yard. Partly cloudy skies and a high of 70.9 degrees at my Weather Station in Altadena, CA made for a wonderful day.
(4 votes)
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More Tall Ships738 views
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