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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

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

Moon Rise - June 22, 2019
75% Illuminated

A Salute to 50 Years Since Man Landed & Walked on the Moon.

Canon SL2/200D - Sigma 100-300mm Super Macro APO DG - ISO 100

Managed to identify the not-iceplant. It's Blue Chalksticks, or Blue Chalk Stick. Either way, it's remarkably descriptive.

Posted it to iNat even though it's cultivated landscaping in hopes that the info will help both the AI and human identifiers.

inaturalist.org/observations/2

Now that I've had more time to look through the photos from this hike, I like this wider crop of the first shot.

WARNING: Use of may lead you to do things like following wasps around with a camera instead of backing away slowly and looking for the nest.

Please use iNaturalist responsibly.

(That said, the wasps showed no signs of aggression and I got some decent photos!)

inaturalist.org/observations/2

Realized this isn't iceplant. INat suggests it's in the Kleinia genus, but I'm not sure beyond that.

Two crops of the same photo taken on a quick walk around the block. I really like the landscape crop showing the fiery skipper as it flies from one flower to the next...but after I cropped it, I noticed the bee also flying in the foreground of the original, and I just had to find a way to keep them both in the frame and still draw attention to them.

Two of about a dozen #sparrows I saw out in front of the office building on a short walk this afternoon. At least six were flitting about in or below a jacaranda tree, some better camouflaged than others, plus a few others scattered around the lot.

I've got to admit I still get a kick out of editing bird photos in Aviary.

#photo #birds

I've been spotting monarchs lately, but haven't caught any photos until today!

The first paused up in a tree. I was surprised I could get a clear shot.

The second monarch is injured. I couldn't see that its wing was torn, but I could tell it was hurt by the way it was flapping its wings on the ground, trying and failing to fly. It did eventually take off, but it landed again soon after.

Bonus: a from farther down the trail.

Most of us have seen a single #rainbow. Many of us have seen a double rainbow. But occasionally someone will spot a *split* rainbow. These can be produced if some of the raindrops are flattened or elongated, though it's not always clear what causes the change in shape.

This is an interesting set of photos of a *multiple-split* rainbow and and an article on trying to calculate the circumstances that produced it.

atoptics.wordpress.com/2019/06

I saw a lot of #butterflies at #MadronaMarsh over the weekend, including some pale yellow ones and some black ones and even a few monarchs, plus a lot of these white and orange ones. #iNaturalist narrows them down to the Pontia & Hylephila genuses (geni?).

#nature

Found that if you accidentally leave location data on when you don't want to save it, you can't remove it using Google Photos. You can hide it from GP, but the geotag is still in the file.

On a Mac, though, Preview will let you view image metadata and delete just the GPS, so you don't need to mess with a full photo editor or ExifTool.

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