Thinking back to the last “normal” weekend in southern California

Thinking back to the last “normal” weekend in southern California before it became clear that covid-19 was spreading locally & closures started.

After a busy Saturday & Sunday morning, I went out for a calming photo walk at the beach.

Not many people were there. I’m not sure if it was just not warm enough yet, or people were starting to keep their distance already, or if they were just all at the other end where there was a kite festival.

#photo #beach #SocialDistancing #california

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I had to be somewhere near the coast this morning, so I figured I’d take …

I had to be somewhere near the coast this morning, so I figured I’d take 10 minutes to look for seagulls for #iNaturalist. 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!

#birds #seagull #photo #beach #ocean #wave

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Disinterested Seagull

Disinterested Seagull: “What, there’s a sunset behind me? Nah, can’t make me look!”

Last Sunday, after a hectic afternoon running errands through Christmas shopping crowds, I went out to the Manhattan Beach Pier to watch the waves and relax. This seagull seemed to have the “relax” part down already.

Disinterested Seagull

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Hundreds of people walking in Long Beach to raise funds for @foodallergy research and awareness. Filter and processing chosen by the kiddo.

Hundreds of people walking in Long Beach to raise funds for @foodallergy research and awareness. Filter and processing chosen by the kiddo.

Photo taken at: Long Beach, California

Hundreds of people walking in Long Beach to raise funds for @foodallergy research and awareness. Filter and processing chosen by the kiddo.

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The sun sets into the smoke plume from the wildfires burning near Los Angeles. In …

The sun sets into the smoke plume from the wildfires burning near Los Angeles. In the first shot, the smell of smoke mingles with the more usual smell of jet fuel near LAX. In the rest, I’ve moved onto Dockweiler Beach nearby. See also the Flickr Photoset.

Manhattan Beach at Night

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My first attempt to spot Comet Pan-Starrs on Monday evening didn’t work out, but I got to look back at the coast from the end of the pier, which was nice. You can see the Palos Verdes hills/peninsula in the background to the right.

Read about my comet-watching experience.