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'Iole manakuke233 views
The Indian Mongoose was originally brought to Hawaii in 1883. It was believed that the mongooses (no, not mongeese) would help control the rising Rat population on the Islands, but the mongoose is mostly active during the day while the rats were active at night and they didn't have much of an impact on the rats.

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Island in The Sky524 viewsTaken 10/23/05
This was taken at the end of the Kagel Canyon Truck Trail in the Angeles National Forest above the San Fernando Valley. It was sort of an overcast day but at approximately 3550 Above Sea Level we were above the haze. This was the view looking West toward Oat Mountain.

(10 votes)
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Hermosa Pier446 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.

(10 votes)
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Rays455 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.

(9 votes)
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Lightning 9/4/2011416 viewsOur hair was standing on end as we were finishing our dinner. I grabbed the Camera and Tripod and set up for some long time exposures. This bolt of Lightning seen looking South with the Cabana in the foreground.


(3 votes)
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Venus And A Young Moon257 viewsTaken 10/5/05
What a Beautiful Evening. High of 94.5 Degrees at my station today. Its 7:00 p.m. and it s still 78 degrees. Mild "Santa Ana conditions with winds out of the North at 10 MPH. The Moon is approximately 63 Hours old and is joined in the evening sky by Venus, The "Evening Star". A perfect photo opportunity.

(3 votes)
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Full Moon260 viewsTaken 5/4/04 with a Canon Digital Rebel attached to a Celestron C5 Telescope. 1/640 sec, ISO 800.
(3 votes)
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Is That You Woody ?237 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.
(3 votes)
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Hang On Baby233 viewsThis Dragon Fly had an attraction for the antenna on my Father-In-Laws car. Ti was nice of him to hold still for the photo. Taken with an Olympus C-5050Z
(3 votes)
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Altadena Lightning456 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.

(8 votes)
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Glamis Moon238 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.
(5 votes)
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Snack239 viewsGiraffe nibbling on a tree branch. Taken at the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
(4 votes)
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