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I've joked about how iNaturalist is like #PokemonGo for real animals. Well, since I started playing the game, I've been combining walks for both. And on today's hike in the local #BotanicalGardens, I took some photos with a few #Pokemon in their, um, natural habitats?

(Still not sure why I found so many Electrobuzzes in the *botanical gardens*, though.)


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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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!)

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

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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.

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