Also decided to go for a less traditional view of the at while I was there last weekend.

At , California: A wren(?) on the side of the cliffs, the iconic view of the cove and the historic , and a alone on the sea.

The Morrell House, originally built around 1906, now restored in association with the Redondo Beach Historical Museum.

One of these days I'm actually going to go there when it's open, instead of stopping on the way somewhere else.

I did decide that the hidden light and the old house might have some potential, and ran it through some effects filters. Not sure if I succeeded.

Some I saw on a hike today:

1. One of several Black Phoebes I saw around the grounds of the park

2. A California Towhee that had just chased another bird away from this puddle.

3. One of the clearest views I've had of a hummingbird away from a feeder.

4. Possibly a goldfinch? There were a bunch of them in the same bush.

Amazingly I did manage to get one sharp of it before it flew off again. Which was fortunate, because I saw at least a dozen of these tiny zipping around the bushes, but none of them slowed down long enough for me to catch them clearly.

I saw a gorgeous Marine Blue that actually paused long enough for me to take a picture...with its wings open, even! But my camera kept insisting on focusing on the leaves behind it. 🙄

A Gulf Fritillary butterfly. A few weeks ago at the same gardens, I saw tons of monarchs. This time I saw a lot of these.

"So I says to they guy, I says to him, can you believe the crap they try to pass off as sardines today? I mean, seriously, can you believe it?"

"I know, Larry, you've only told me *three hundred times!*"

Not as good a photo, but a wider view for context, before they repainted a couple of years ago. The wall and balconies are on the tower to the left of the frame.

Looking up at the walls of a hotel near LAX. The in the first photo is repeated on several other walls around the hotel. Above it are many layers of balconies for the hotel rooms.

Does anyone know the term for this style? It's sort of post-Googie, pre-Brutalist?

I had to be somewhere near the coast this morning, so I figured I'd take 10 minutes to look for seagulls for . I found a lot of them, but they were mostly hanging out on the beach, not flying around. Still, that's plenty for observation purposes, and I did manage to catch this shot too!

Two of many monarch butterflies I saw today on a walk at nearby botanical gardens. Most of them were too busy flying around to stop anywhere I could catch them on camera, but there were a few that paused long enough.

Tonight's . One shot for the daylit crescent, the other for the night side lit by (with some clouds as a bonus). 8YO helped with focusing the telephoto lens.

The second shot is a lot noisier than I'd like since I was adjusting levels on the jpeg, but I have the raw file, so maybe I'll be able to do something better with it.

I found this while looking for old pictures to submit to iNaturalist. I don't think there's *quite* enough detail on the seagull here to identify the species!

The ship, incidentally, is the Queen Mary, launched in the 1930s as a transatlantic liner. It's been permanently docked in Long Beach, California for several decades and is now run as a hotel.

Discarded seed pod. A dried-out fig, maybe? It was under an olive tree, but it's definitely not an olive!

Best guess: a squirrel or something grabbed it from another yard and didn't finish it before scurrying off.

Managed to identify the not-iceplant. It's Blue Chalksticks, or Blue Chalk Stick. Either way, it's remarkably descriptive.

Posted it to iNat even though it's cultivated landscaping in hopes that the info will help both the AI and human identifiers.

Now that I've had more time to look through the photos from this hike, I like this wider crop of the first shot.

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