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Pyrocumulus1829 viewsWhile I'm not sure this word exists in a Dictionary, it is used commonly used when talking about fires or volcanic eruptions. It is caused by the hot air and smoke combining with the moisture which induces a convection which carries the smoke and ash up to altitudes of 20,000 feet or more.
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Glamis Sunset1828 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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Glamis Moon1827 viewsThe Moon and Venus are in the evening sky. Taken at Glamis, CA East of Brawley.
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Red Flag Sunrise1827 viewsTaken 2/7/06
Another Red Flag Warning for Southern California. Gusty Winds and extreme Low Humidity prompted another day of Red Flag Fire Danger. This beautiful Sunrise, looking East from Downtown Los Angeles is unfortunately made more dramatic with smoke in the air from a fire burning out of control in the Cleveland National Forest. Over 3500 Acres have burned with some progress being made this morning. Fortunately there have not been any injuries or homes lost at this point in time.
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Lowe Fire 51826 viewsIn this photo, a Camp Crew can be seen working the fire along a steep ridge.
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H21826 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.
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Blue Bird of Happiness1825 viewsTaken at the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
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Quebec 11824 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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Soaring1823 viewsTaken 2/20/06
Nice contrast of the white seagull against the clear blue sky of Baja California. The seagulls were looking for a handout.
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Moonset1823 viewsThe thin Waxing Crescent Moon was barely 2 days old when I captured this image on the evening of 9/27/03. Taken from Inspiration Point in the Angeles National Forest above Pasadena at about 4500 ft elev.
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Lowe Fire 41822 viewsA small fixed wing aircraft makes a Phoscheck drop.
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