@Chuculate I believe it was originally built to shelter the Spruce Goose (Howard Hughes' experimental all-wooden giant seaplane) when it was on display at Long Beach. I know that's what it was used for in the 1980s, anyway.

The plane is in a museum in Oregon now, and according to Wikipedia, the dome is now used as a terminal for Carnival Cruise lines.

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.

@KelsonV I just realized it's literally confusing hawks and doves.

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.

@aciccarello Fortunately seagulls also tend to be fearless compared to other birds. Sparrows will fly away before I get close. I've seen a seagull wait until the last minute to move out of the way of an SUV, then fly right back down behind 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.

Fragments of a #CircumhorizonArc seen on my way back from lunch today. I took some shots with my phone, because that's what I had, then remembered that I had the good camera with me and grabbed it from the office. The clouds had shifted, but not far enough to destroy the effect completely.

#halos #rainbow #clouds #sky

@alexis @youcantoo Oh wow...!

That may be part of my problem: since I tend to see them away from water, they don't want to stop anywhere nearby. Next time I'm hiking near a pond I'll camp out for a bit.

Thanks for the tip!

@youcantoo Nice! I never seem to be able to catch them when they're still.

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.

This bee was crawling into one of these trumpet shaped flowers after another. I finally decided to aim at the flower it had just climbed into, then wait for it to leave and see if I could catch it. Amazingly, it worked!

#bees #flowers #garden
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