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Cougar 2-13-20132238 viewsA neighbor actually saw this Cougar walking on the street in the early morning. He alerted me to check the CritterCam. Lo and behold, there it was. What a surprise.
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The Bear Is Back2229 viewsThe Bear is back after a short hiatus. I had heard that Bears don’t hibernate in warm climates like Southern California but maybe this one actually did hibernate for a short time.

He was actually on the street 3 nights in a row this week. He got into trash cans on a couple of nights and left a large pile of Scat in the street. Leila was excited. She was picking up the Bear’s scent on our morning walk.
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Island in The Sky2227 viewsTaken 10/23/05
This was taken at the end of the Kagel Canyon Truck Trail in the Angeles National Forest above the San Fernando Valley. It was sort of an overcast day but at approximately 3550 Above Sea Level we were above the haze. This was the view looking West toward Oat Mountain.
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ISS 9-11-2015 2221 viewsAnother nice pass of the International Space Station caught early this morning. It was passing overhead from NW to NNE. Magnitude of brightness was -2.4

One of the Altadena WeatherCam's regular viewers, Leo, saw this and alerted me to the image. Thanks Leo!
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Highlights2216 viewsThe morning Sun was breaking through some clouds and highlighted the distant mountains. Wonderful mix of colors and geology in the desert.
Taken at Dumont Dunes near Death Vallet 3/27/06.
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Sunset Dunes2206 viewsThe setting Sun cast an orange glow on the Sand Dunes. Taken at Dumont Dunes, 30 miles North of Baker, CA near Death Valley.
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Hydrangea2205 viewsTaken in my back yard.
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Orion2205 viewsThe Lockheed P-3 Orion, was originally developed in 1959 during the Cold War as a Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Converted to an Aerial Tanker, it can carry 3,000 Gallons of Fire Retardant.
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DC-102204 viewsThe McDonnell Douglas DC-10 is classified as a "Very Large Air Tanker" by Cal-Fire. Ya think !

Originally delivered as a civil passenger plane, the DC-10 can carry a whopping 12,000 Gallons of Fire Retardant. It can drop it's load in 8 seconds in a line 300 feet wide and one mile long!
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Bob Westphal2198 viewsThis is the photo I was trying to recreate. As you can see i didn't get it exactly right. This is my Dad in front of a B-17 in Europe.
Thanks to the wealth of information available on the Internet, I found out that "WALLAROO" was part of the 303rd Bomber Group and flew 35 Combat Missions before being shot down Jan 14, 1944.
Glad my Dad wasn't on it.
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Lightning 9/4/20112197 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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