This shot of the same Black Phoebe (after it started to fly off, then decided to just land back on another post) came out a lot better!

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: I had a lot of trouble getting the camera to focus on this Black Phoebe and not the tree behind it, but that wasn't the problem in this shot. I always think birds look weird when you can only see the backs of their heads.

I always like it when you can actually see the green in the post-sunset sky.

Jupiter and Saturn (the night before the conjunction) are barely visible in the upper left.

A flock of moving back and forth between the ground and an electrical transmission tower (neither of which you can see here, but that's what they were doing).

A Cooper's Hawk I spotted on a walk around the neighborhood.

I heard a *lot* of sparrows chirping in a tree behind a house. Then this hawk flew up and perched on the nearest telephone pole and the sparrows all just dropped silent. It stayed up there for a few minutes, then flew to the next pole, then flew off out of view.

The photos aren't great, but I like that I managed to catch it this clearly. The last one I saw, I only had my phone with me.

Sunset over the ocean. In the zoomed shot, just moments after sunset, you can see the silhouette of Santa Barbara Island. There's a park up in the hills that also has a clear view of the ocean, where you can see the more distant San Nicolas Island next to it. But down here near sea level, it's below the horizon.

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Picked out the best shots of the bluffs. I got there mid-afternoon & took some photos of the with the historic (and could actually see Catalina Island in the distance!)

Then I walked along the blufftop path along the nature reserve for a while, before turning back to reach the lighthouse area by sunset.

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Two more shots from Bluff Cove, this time looking out at the ocean.

Small boat sailing on the bay seems like a good way to get out while staying isolated, and surfboards look like they'd be handy to measure minimum distance.

It's been years since I've been on a boat of any sort. But I do remember enjoying small sailboats. Maybe I'll look for a class when it's safe to interact with people in person again.

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On the way to and from Point Vicente, I stopped at Bluff Cove (also on the Palos Verdes peninsula). I was surprised to find that I could plainly see the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles in the distance. I guess I'd never been there on a clear enough day before.

There were more people than I expected, but everyone was maintaining distance and most of them were masked up.

Really wish I'd had a tripod for the evening shot, though

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A white-crowned sparrow, spotted in the brush at the top of the bluffs at Point Vicente.

These birds *really* blend in well with the dry brush and dirt - it was really hard to see them except when they stopped somewhere with contrast like this.

It turns out having a wide angle lens on your phone is really helpful for catching sun halos!

Heerman's gull. They're not as common here as western gulls, but I do see them occasionally. This one didn't feel like trying to fly in the wind, which was blowing other seagulls sideways. And in some cases backward.

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I found it kind of amusing that the wind was constant enough to keep this sign almost horizontal the entire time.

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Waves breaking over the end of a jetty across the way.

Fun fact: I discovered that if the wind is strong enough, it can blow a camera neck strap up and completely off of your head.

Not so fun fact: It was also blowing the tethered lens cap on directly into my face.

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A storm blew in over the weekend. After the rain headed inland, I went out to the pier to see the coast...preferably somewhere with railings, because the wind was still dangerously strong.

Experimenting with the Pixel 5 camera. Portrait mode does a decent job of imitating depth of field here.

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