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Faint Meteor917 viewsThanks to Chuck Weiss of La Crescenta for watching the Altadena WeatherCam and identifying the meteor in this early morning WeatherCam Image. Look closely for a faint line in the upper left quadrant of the image.

(16 votes)
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Fire1892 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.
(27 votes)
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Morning Mist1163 viewsBright sunlight beams through the early morning mist. Taken in my backyard.
(11 votes)
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Comet Holmes1742 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.


(17 votes)
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Cumulonimbus683 viewsI was flying back from Boston and got a chance to see some spectacular weather from the air. We were heading West over Arizona and the hot afternoon Sun was creating some beautiful Cumulonimbus clouds. We were flying at approximately 32,000 Feet and the Thermal Convection was driving these clouds well above us. Taken July 23, 2007.
(14 votes)
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Geminids #21052 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.
(16 votes)
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L.A. Skyline1699 viewsA fast moving storm brough clear skies to Los Angeles. Taken with my Olympus C-5050 3/2/04
(10 votes)
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Lunar Eclipse August 28, 2007419 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).

(5 votes)
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Shadows543 viewsThe setting Sun was casting some interesting Shadows on the Sand Dunes.
(5 votes)
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Turning Towards Home528 viewsWe made a sweeping right turn and headed back towards Burbank. We were over Calabasas and you can see the 101 fwy and Las Virgenes Road below.
(4 votes)
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Tight Squeeze586 viewsThis is looking forward from the Radio Room through the Bomb Bay. You had to walk through here to get to the front of the plane.
(4 votes)
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Perfect Paradise420 viewsTaken 9/16/03 in Downtown Los Angeles.
The bloom on this Bird Of Paradise was Perfect. It was fresh and full of color.

(4 votes)
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