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Sand textured by the footprints of hundreds of people during the day contrasts with the relative smoothness of the water.
A few people enjoy the last hour of sun on the beach.

A male monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on a New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) in the backyard.

Last one today I think

A MASSIVE panorama that I can't do justice by on Mastodon...

This is a preview of some of the things I saw recently.

More will be posted to a proper gallery soon.

My full photo gallery from the con, including cosplay and convention floor snapshots, is on Flickr: flickr.com/photos/kelsonv/albu

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.

How is it that every time I take exactly two photos of a subject, one photo is sharp, and one photo has the right color balance, and it's never the same photo?

At least I can adjust color balance...

Tonight's Australian Wildlife is the Prehistoric Death Bird - The Cassowary.

These particularly belligerent birds are capable of disembowelling a human with their long toe claws and vicious kick.

They live in the far north of Queensland, on Cape York and the Daintree Forest.

#Bird #photography #PrehistoricDeathBird

Palm tree litter.

Sometimes I just need to get out of the office for a walk, but I've been getting kind of bored with the area I'm in. It's mostly hotels, office buildings and parking lots. I walked past a different hotel yesterday afternoon and found this: the planter has palm trees, smaller plants, and bark chips...and they've allowed the palm fruit/seed pods to collect in the planter, which looks more interesting than it would if they cleared them out.

Statues of a family of watching helplessly while one of their own is trapped in the Tar Pits.

Naturally-occurring asphalt (yes, had asphalt millennia before it had cars!) seeps out of the ground all over the area. Portable fences keep people from stepping in it. animals were less fortunate, and a museum houses an incredible array of fossils found here.

(Flashback to 2013, can't believe I hadn't posted it here yet.)

flickr.com/photos/kelsonv/1114

*sigh* Consistent identity across servers vs. servers getting truncated when displaying usernames...

I'm thinking here for artistic photos, pixelfed for random photos, and Wandering Shop (my main Mastodon profile) for screencaps, pics that need commentary, etc

Now that @pixelfed is close to supporting federation, I'm considering how I want to handle photos with my various Fediverse accounts.

I feel like this place is more for the artistic shots (successful or otherwise), while I can post anything random/interesting at @KelsonV. Other images, or photos that need more commentary, maybe should go on @KelsonV?

The cool thing is if something fits in 2 places, I can post in the more specific one and boost it to the other!

Federation Update:

βœ…- webfinger
βœ…- actor profile
βœ…- actor outbox
βœ…- remote profile fetch (also fetches 20 recent posts with images)
βœ…- Outgoing activity delivery
βœ…- actor inbox
βœ…- shared inbox
❌- activity transformer

We're close 😁

#pixelfed #pixeldev

I'm a hobbyist photographer in the Los Angeles area. I mostly go for scenic , nature or architecture. I also look for funny/odd sights, and cosplay photos at comic conventions.

My main Mastodon account is @KelsonV, and I also talk about books & comics at @KelsonReads

Blog: hyperborea.org/journal/

Other photo sharing sites:
flickr.com/kelsonv
instagram.com/kelsonv
pixelfed.social/KelsonV

I went to the Orange County Fair yesterday, which was weird because it's in the smoke plume from the wildfire in the nearest mountains. The light was dim & yellow. The sun, when we could see it, was deep red. At night we could see the mountains silhouetted by an orange glow. But the smoke was all high enough we didn't smell it, and no ashes reached the ground.

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