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We were out for the monthly #PokemonGo Community Day, and I spotted this #BlackPhoebe just as I spun a Team Rocket-occupied stop. Somehow I managed to get a decent photo of it while battling Team Rocket.

#birds #nature
OK, the guy with the camera probably doesn't expect me to go *back* to the tree, so maybe I can make my escape...


A Gulf Fritillary butterfly. A few weeks ago at the same gardens, I saw tons of monarchs. This time I saw a lot of these.

"So I says to they guy, I says to him, can you believe the crap they try to pass off as sardines today? I mean, seriously, can you believe it?"

"I know, Larry, you've only told me *three hundred times!*"

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.

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