And another one today!

A circumzenith arc. Like an upside-down rainbow high above the sun, wrapping around the top of the sky. I think this is the second I've seen, but the first was only a fragment.

Taken with my phone through polarized sunglasses. Color and contrast enhanced.

Thanks to everyone who gave advice on mirrorless/DSLR cameras! I decided to go with the Sony a6000.

Here's a shot of a coral tree flower, from my first photo-walk with it, at a local botanical garden. (It's winter, but here that means we actually got rain recently.)

Waning , taken with the settings I *should* have used for the eclipse on Sunday.

I like taking photos of the moon when it's between phases (rather than full) because you get to see the most texture in it at those times.

Some recent sun displays I've seen in the last 2 weeks: An upper tangent arc (my first!), the top edges of a circumscribed and 22° circular halo, and most of a 22° circular halo (with bonus contrail shadow on the cloud layer!)

All shot on my Pixel 2 with levels adjusted.

These are all formed by reflection and refraction of light in ice crystals. (A great reference: )

Also, all seen from Los Angeles, which isn't ground level.

I went back out about an hour later to check out the view as the moon left the earth's shadow, and caught these two photos, taken about the same time with different exposures so that you can see either the lit portion of the moon, or the part that's still in the earth's shadow.

The evening was hectic, and I almost forgot about the . I had literally just put my son to bed when I remembered, "The !" We went out to see if the sky was clear.

Clouds were rushing across the sky, but for the most part, it was clear, and we had a perfect view of the looking like a dark brown chunk of rock in the sky.

(Then I spent 10 minutes fighting with camera settings while he went back to bed.)

I caught a glimpse of the trail from today's Delta 4 launch out of Vandenberg while driving, and made a beeline for the coast for a better look. I did manage to catch a clear view of the trail, though winds had already started blowing it out of shape, and stayed briefly to look at the boats on the ocean and the scenery.

Raindrops on sage, spotted while walking around in the rain today.

There were two major cloudbursts, one overnight and one mid-morning. At this point the second one had faded to a little more than a drizzle, something a bit more comfortable to walk in.

Flowers in and out of their depth (of field).

Taken with the old Sears TLS.

I went back to the same marsh I'd visited in early December, after a few more rainstorms. The ponds had spread, covering trails I'd walked along just a few weeks earlier. Ducks and geese had arrived in force.

I could also swear I heard a frog, but I couldn't see it, and even with the weird southern California seasons, I don't think it's the right time for frogs to be out. I should've asked at the visitor center.


More photos:

I swear none of these turtles moved at all the entire time I was there.

Another one nearby pulled its head into its shell, but this is a stabilized animation using several photos of these three, and the pond ripples change, the turtles don't move a pixel as far as I can tell!

I suggest that a deep orange moon right before Christmas be called a .

I was coming home shortly after sunset, got to the top of a hill and saw this deep orange moon, flattened near the horizon. By the time I found a place to stop, it had risen high enough that it was mostly round.

Composite of a background shot (the moon was waay too bright!) and a close-up of the . I apparently moved a little bit, so the wire passing in front of it doesn't line up exactly.

Last weekend I went for a hike at a local marsh. The lower areas are filling with water again now that we've had a few rainstorms.

I made a point of going late in the afternoon to catch some golden hour light, which didn't work out quite as well as I was hoping, but I think this shot came out reasonably interesting.

Not sure, but I think I walked through this pond last time I was here and it was all dry ground.

Ducks feeding in a marsh pond. The last time I was here, the entire marsh had dried out for summer. After a couple of fall rainstorms (which, if they'd come sooner, night have at least cut down on the massive wildfires last month), parts of the marsh have flooded again for winter.

I was halfway there before I realized I hadn't brought the film camera, but I at least had the Canon, which has a more powerful zoom anyway.

Fiery . One of those moments when you can't stop and pull over to take a photo, but you can pause at a red light.

Finally got around to curating my photos from an August hike at Madrona Marsh in Torrance, California. This was the first time I'd ever been to the marsh that there was *no standing water left*. Usually the lowest part of the preserve still has some ponds even into fall, but this summer, it had all dried up.

Full album (12 items) on Flickr:

My full photo gallery from the con, including cosplay and convention floor snapshots, is on Flickr:

Most of the cosplay photos are really just snapshots, though I did spend some time composing shots of my wife as Professor Trelawney from Harry Potter. This one came out the best.

A few scenic shots taken around the Long Beach Convention Center during Long Beach Comic Con over the past weekend.

The first is a new walkway that connects the main entrance to the convention center with a theater around the far side.

The second is a building lit up by the sunset reflecting off a building behind me.

The third is a mural on the side of the convention center *under* the theater.

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