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Bill Westphal's Photo Gallery - Misc.

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Glamis Nights2314 viewsDune Buggies and ATV's race up and down "Oldsmobile Hill". This is a 16 second exposure I took with my Olympus C-5050Z Camera.
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Tall Ships2163 viewsTaken in Oxnard CA during the Tall Ships Festival.
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On The Wrong Track2006 viewsTaken 1/11/05
This photo taken along the Union Pacific Tracks by the Arroyo Las Posas in Somis, CA. After 5 days of heavy rain (14.38 inches at my station in Altadena) this river undermined the tracks and left them hanging high and dry. Unfortunately it took Fiber Optic Cables with it. AT&T, MCI, Sprint and Level 2 all experienced outages related to this slide.
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Purple Mountain's Majesty1968 viewsTaken 9/16/06
The setting Sun and smoke from the "Day" Fire combined with the rugged San Gabriel Mountains created this interesting gradation of color and tone.
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Mauna Kea1929 viewsTaken Kea 4/6/06
There are currently thirteen working telescopes near the summit of Mauna Kea. They include the largest optical/infrared telescopes in the world (the Keck telescopes), the largest dedicated infrared telescope (UKIRT) and the largest submillimeter telescope in the world (the JCMT). In this photo taken near the 13,796 Foot Summit you can see (from left to right) the Subaru Telescope, the 2 W.M. Keck Telescopes and the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility.
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Look Out !1878 viewsTaken 4/6/06
While driving along the Saddle Road that goes between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, my Brother and I encountered this warning sign. We had read about the Military Base located in the area and the possibility of encountering Military Vehicles or Aircraft, but seeing this sign added a little excitement to the trip.
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Heading For Port1871 viewsOne of the Tall Ships heading back into port. Tall Ships Festival Oxnard CA.
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Quebec 11830 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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Upside Down1827 viewsOne of the many tall buildings in Downtown Los Angeles as seen through a reflecting pond. Turn monitor upside down to view correctly :-)
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Early Morning Wakeup1809 viewsAn eraly morning fire in Downtown Los Angeles snarled traffic. About 160 Firefighters attacked the fire at 4th and Broadway from the ground and Ladder Trucks. The building was destroyed but nearby structures were saved.
Taken 2/05/2007
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Fly By1794 viewsTaken 1/1/05
To start off the 2005 Rose Parade, there was a beautiful flyby of the B-2A Bomber, accompanied by an F-15E Strike Eagle and an F-16C Fighting Falcon. In this view, as they depart into the sun, the F-15E is on the left and the F-16C is on the right. They flew along the parade route from West to East.
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Air Show1788 viewsTaken 9/30/05
"Air Show" is how the Firemen refer to the Air Tankers. This retardant drop is on the Burbank Fire which started yesterday, 9/29/05.
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