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Lowe Fire 4200 viewsA small fixed wing aircraft makes a Phoscheck drop.
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Lowe Fire 3199 viewsThe "Lowe" Fire (named for nearby Mt. Lowe) was in steep terrain near power lines. In this photo, a Sky Crane Helicopter makes a water drop dangerously close to power lines.
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Lowe Fire 1258 viewsA small brush fire in Altadena, CA, 8/26/07, was brought under control quickly by Angeles National Forest and Los Angeles County Fire Crews. Due to the rough terrain, the fire was fought primarily from the air with the support of Camp Crews. In this photo, one of the new BlackHawk Helicopters used by Los Angeles County Fire snorkels water from a "Pumpkin" set up at a nearby Helispot. The BlackHawks can carry 1,000 Gallons compared to 300 carried by older Helicopters.
Photo by my Brother Dan Westphal.

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349 viewsI was trying to re-create a photo that I have of my Father, Bob Westphal, in front of the nose of a B-17 in Europe during WWII. He was a Tech Sargent and repaired the radios in the planes. I hope to scan an image of that photo and place it here soon.
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Plenty Of Air270 viewsAndy has been riding ATV's since before he could walk. When he was little, I would putt around on my 3-Wheeler with Andy on my shoulder to get him to go to sleep.
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Sundown Dunes339 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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San Felipe Sunrise213 viewsTaken 11/12/05
Sun coming up over the Sea Of Cortez, taken on the beach at the Las Conchas Campground South of San Felipe.

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Quebec 1167 viewsTaken 9/30/05
Quebec 1 and Quebec 2. Those are the Radio Callsigns for the two Super Scoopers from Canada. Every year, beginning Oct 1, these 2 amazing airplanes are loaned to the Southern California area during our Fire Season. They were at the Hollywwod Burbank Airport and special permission was given to use them early to fight this fire. They fly to a nearby lake, or even the ocean, and scoop up 1000's of gallons of water which they precisely drop on the hot spots.

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Honu’ea218 viewsTaken 4/7/06
Honu’ea or Hawksbill Turtle is native to Hawai’i. The species is considered to be endangered but is slowly growing thanks to conservation efforts particularly on the Big Island of Hawai’i where they are protected by law. The Hawksbill can grow up to 250 pounds and feeds mostly on green sea moss or sponges. Their nesting period runs from July to October. Building the nest and laying eggs takes several hours and they can easily be seen along the coast.

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Glamis Sunset210 viewsHundreds of people watched the "Sand Drags" as the Sun settled into the West. Here, people, vehicles and flags are silhouetted against the Sunset.
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San Felipe Sunrise188 viewsSun coming up over the Sea Of Cortez, taken 11/12/05, on the beach at the Las Conchas Campground South of San Felipe
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