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Lightning 9/4/2011310 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.


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400 viewsL-R Shane Edmonston, Zach White, Dan Redmond, Ron Culver, George Thomas (hidden), George Cardenas and John Bartman discuss moving traffic onto Antenna #4.

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Taurid Meteor178 viewsTaurid Meteor shower. The Taurids are linked to debris from comet 2P/Enke, and roughly every 3 years there is an outburst as Earths orbit intersects the debris cloud. My WeatherCam captured this very bright Taurid Meteor.
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Griffith Park 3199 viewsIt's hard to imagine the skill and bravery of these pilots.
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Lowe Fire 2239 viewsA small brush fire in Altadena, CA yesterday was brought under control quickly by Angeles National Forest and Los Angeles County Fire Crews. The "LOWE" fire was fought primarily from the air with the support of Camp Crews.
In this photo a Helicopter makes a water drop right over a Camp Crew working the fire below.

This photo was taken by my Daughter Whitney Westphal.

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Venus And A Young Moon205 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.

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Full Moon207 viewsTaken 5/4/04 with a Canon Digital Rebel attached to a Celestron C5 Telescope. 1/640 sec, ISO 800.
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Hang On Baby193 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
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Gold Dust Gecko217 viewsThe Gold Dust Day Gecko is a very colorful lizard that averages 4 to 5 inches in length. It's body is mostly bright green but you can see specks of gold color along it's back. The top of the eye is bright powder blue. This little guy was hanging out at our hotel in Keauhou. He was very friendly and let me get close enough for this picture.
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Comet Holmes1329 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.


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Fire1573 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.
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Faint Meteor627 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.

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