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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.

Polliwog Park doubles as a flood control basin, and after 5 days of rain, it's filling up. Those two arcs out in the water? They're benches like the one at the lower left.

It's not the fullest I've seen it, though. A few years ago, it filled up to the top of the swing sets. Photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kelsonv/albums/72157705902061854
No one has brought the wine glass in since yesterday, making it a bit of an informal rain gauge (and giving me a chance to frame a better photo).

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.

Asking for advice on entry-level DSLR/mirrorless 

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.

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More photos: flickr.com/photos/kelsonv/albu

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!

Obviously I should've said "zoom" and not "close-up" of the moon... 🤦‍♂️

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.

Interesting perspective on what software-enhanced phone cameras mean for your pictures. Photography? Digital art? Something in between?

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Trying out Google's new "Night Sight" mode on a Pixel 2, aimed at a couple of office buildings in El Segundo. It's not quite the use case it's optimized for (City lights provide plenty for the regular mode), but it does pick up better colors.

Blog post: The kiddo found my old film camera, the one my grandfather gave me when I was 12. It's a manual SLR that's older than I am* and probably still works. I've ordered film & a battery** to find out for sure!

hyperborea.org/journal/2018/11

*It appears to be a 1967 model.
**The light meter is the only powered part of the camera. Everything else is automatic. And it used a mercury battery, which hasn't been made in 22 years. Fortunately there are zinc-based replacements!

Smoke from two wildfires in and near Los Angeles this morning. The gigantic Woolsey fire causing evacuations in Ventura County, and a smaller fire in Griffith Park. In at least one photo you can see a layer smoke from the smaller fire drifting past the rising plume of the bigger one.
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