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The Morning After1632 viewsThe morning after the cold winter storm blew through. Snow level was down to about 2000 feet. My house is at 1680 feet.
(21 votes)
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In Alignment143 viewsTaken 5/14/04
A beautiful warm evening here in the Los Angeles area. 95 degrees at my station in Altadena today. I spent the evening in the back yard to watch a visible pass of the International Space Station (ISS) and took some photos of the evening sky. The brightest object is Venus, the "Evening Star". Moving 45 degrees from Venus to the upper left you see Mars and then Saturn. A beautiful alignment of three of the visible planets.

(3 votes)
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H2212 viewsThe Humming Birds love the Mexican Sage (Salvia Leucantha) in my yard. They are very territorial and will stake claim to a favorite bush and confront other Humming Birds who try to feed on it.
(3 votes)
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Station Fire 2491 viewsEarly morning hours of Saturday the 29th. Temperature was 77 Degrees at 1:36am. Humidity was 15% with 3MPH Winds from the NE. Smoke was blowing back down on us. The Station Fire went on to burn uncontrolled for weeks and consumed more than 250 Square Miles.
(8 votes)
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Altadena Lightning340 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.

(5 votes)
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I Hope I Grow Into This Collar Soon222 viewsLeila at 3 Months. Teething on a plastic tent stake, she was drifting off to sleep.
(5 votes)
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Me And My Shadow408 views5/27/05
Taken from about 22,000 feet, flying from Oakland to Burbank, I saw this lone cloud above the Frazier Park area Northwest of Los Angeles. The shadow from the cloud can be seen on the ground below. I had someone tell me the cloud looked like a buffalo lying on it s side.

(7 votes)
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Fire1506 viewsThe glow from a small brush fire near the top of Lake Avenue can be seen on the right side of this image. Living along the foothills, we are always alert to fires. The sirens woke us up and we went up the street to watch. Quick work from the Los Angeles County Fire Department had the fire under control quickly.
(23 votes)
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Morning Mist863 viewsBright sunlight beams through the early morning mist. Taken in my backyard.
(9 votes)
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Comet Holmes1234 viewsComet Holmes, normally only visible with the aid of telescopes has suddenly become brighter after emitting a large dust cloud. Now usually somewhat visible with the naked eye, it is definitely visible with binoculars.


(13 votes)
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Geminids #2690 viewsAs mentioned in the earlier photo, I had the WebCam set up to capture an image every minute. This is the second Geminid Meteor I captured. This one was in the early morning hours and the radiant had risen high in the sky and the metoer is going almost straight down in the middle of the image.
(13 votes)
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Geminds #1596 viewsI had the WebCam set up to capture an image every minute in an attempt to catch a meteor. This was in the evening and the radiant was still near the Eastern horizon. The meteor can be seen in the upper left quadrant of the photo. It's trajectory is near horizontal to the horizon.
(12 votes)
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