Clouds flow over the snow-covered San Gabriel Mountains

Clouds flow over the snow-covered #SanGabrielMountains above #LosAngeles this morning. We've had a decent amount of rain this December, and snow in the mountains, leading to hopes for a wet winter and enough water to store for next summer. Oh, and skiing for those who are into that sort of thing 😁

Clouds flow over the snow-covered #SanGabrielMountains above #LosAngeles this morning. We've had a decent amount of rain this December, and snow in the mountains, leading to hopes for a wet winter and enough water to store for next summer.

Oh, and skiing for those who are into that sort of thing 😁

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Wait, *is* that a trail?

Wait, *is* that a trail? There are a lot of branching trails in #HahnPark, and I took one that was steeper than the others because I wanted to make sure I had as much time as possible on top of the ridge before sunset. But after a while I started to wonder. By the time I got here, footing was tricky, and there was one point where I needed to use a hand to brace myself. It wasn't a problem going uphill in daylight, but when I came back down after sunset, I made sure to take the shallower switchback trails instead! #hiking #trail #steep #nature #hillside #California #LosAngeles

Wait, *is* that a trail? There are a lot of branching trails in #HahnPark, and I took one that was steeper than the others because I wanted to make sure I had as much time as possible on top of the ridge before sunset. But after a while I started to wonder. By the time I got here, footing was tricky, and there was one point where I needed to use a hand to brace myself.

It wasn't a problem going uphill in daylight, but when I came back down after sunset, I made sure to take the shallower switchback trails instead!

#hiking #trail #steep #nature #hillside #California #LosAngeles

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One of the (many) weird things about Los Angeles is that there are fragments of wilderness …

One of the (many) weird things about is that there are fragments of wilderness scattered throughout the suburbs. (Mostly where it was a pain to build, or someone owned a lot of land & decided to donate it.)

I had two photos of this junction and . I liked the colors in one, the composition in the other, and I just couldn’t get the balance right on the second. On a whim I desaturated it. Turns out it looks better in anyway!

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Finally stopped to take a photo of this tenacious palm tree. Not sure whether it was planted or if it just took root next to the support pillar back when the Green Line was new 2 decades ago. It’s clearly not actively maintained, judging by all the old dry fronds still attached, and I keep wondering if it’ll get taken out as part of the construction of the Crenshaw line…but that construction’s almost done, and the tree’s still there. #LosAngeles #tree #PalmTree

Finally stopped to take a photo of this tenacious palm tree. Not sure whether it was planted or if it just took root next to the support pillar back when the Green Line was new 2 decades ago. It's clearly not actively maintained, judging by all the old dry fronds still attached, and I keep wondering if it'll get taken out as part of the construction of the Crenshaw line...but that construction's almost done, and the tree's still there. #LosAngeles #tree #PalmTree

Finally stopped to take a photo of this tenacious palm tree. Not sure whether it was planted or if it just took root next to the support pillar back when the Green Line was new 2 decades ago. It's clearly not actively maintained, judging by all the old dry fronds still attached, and I keep wondering if it'll get taken out as part of the construction of the Crenshaw line…but that construction's almost done, and the tree's still there.

#LosAngeles #tree #PalmTree

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Looking up at the walls of a hotel near LAX. The patterened facade…

Looking up at the walls of a hotel near LAX. The #patterened #facade in the first photo is repeated on several other walls around the hotel. Above it are many layers of #interleaved balconies for the hotel rooms.

Does anyone know the term for this #architecture style? It’s sort of post-Googie, pre-Brutalist?

#LosAngeles #photo

Curved patterned facade

Interleaved curves.

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Apparently their neighbors reported them for renting it out as Airbnb or similar (which the …

Apparently their neighbors reported them for renting it out as Airbnb or similar (which the city doesn’t allow). Then they painted the house bright pink with giant 😜 and 🤐 emoji on it. Now the neighbors are complaining about the mural, but the city says it’s on private property 🤷‍♂️

Honestly I’m surprised – it sounds like the kind of area that would mandate specific shades of beige paint.

(LA Times, paywall)

#EmojiHouse #weird #LosAngeles #California

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-08-05/neighborhood-battle-over-emoji-house-manhattan-beach

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“Customs officers do not like it when you try to bring a duffel bag full of 40 vacuum-sealed, frozen piranhas into Los Angeles.”

“Customs officers do not like it when you try to bring a duffel bag full of 40 vacuum-sealed, frozen piranhas into Los Angeles.”

#WTF #piranhas #LosAngeles

https://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-virgilio-martinez-central-piranhas-lax-peru-20190508-story.html

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Figured I’d use the 1977 filter on this, given the architecture. #LosAngeles #buildings #PCH

Figured I’d use the 1977 filter on this, given the architecture.

#LosAngeles #buildings #PCH

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@KelsonV Interesting! The filter is apparently applied on top of the attached image, because Mastodon shows the unfiltered image.

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Because seismic waves are slower than internet signals, it’s possible to send an alert after …

Because seismic waves are slower than internet signals, it’s possible to send an alert after an earthquake starts, but before the shaking reaches you. A few seconds’ warning is enough to pull over to the side of the road, climb down from a ladder, step away from a high shelf or window, put down a scalpel, etc.

Mexico & Japan both have systems like this, and Los Angeles has launched a pilot program with apps for both Android and iOS.

#earthquake #tech #LosAngeles

https://www.wired.com/story/los-angeles-gets-americas-first-earthquake-warning-app/

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Snow in the mountains above Los Angeles, after last week’s rainstorm.

Snow in the mountains above Los Angeles, after last week’s rainstorm.

Most winters there’s at least one snowfall in the mountains by December. Last winter, the first one didn’t hit until March. Here’s hoping we’ll see more water, both liquid and solid, this coming year

Snow in the mountains above Los Angeles, after last week’s rainstorm.

Most winters there’s at least one snowfall in the mountains by December. Last winter, the first one didn’t hit until March. Here’s hoping we’ll see more water, both liquid and solid, this coming year!

#LosAngeles #winter #mountains #california

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Statues of a family of mastodons watching helplessly while one of their own is trapped in the La Brea Tar Pits

Statues of a family of #mastodons watching helplessly while one of their own is trapped in the #LaBrea Tar Pits.

Naturally-occurring asphalt (yes, #LosAngeles had asphalt millennia before it had cars!) seeps out of the ground all over the area. Portable fences keep people from stepping in it. #Prehistoric animals were less fortunate, and a museum houses an incredible array of #IceAge fossils found here.

(Flashback to 2013, can’t believe I hadn’t posted it here yet.)

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Hello, my name is Kelson. I’m a computer programmer in the Los Angeles area…

#reintroductions #introductions Hello, my name is Kelson. I’m a computer programmer in the #LosAngeles area. I like #scifi, #fantasy & #comics (behind on a lot, keeping up w/ #TheFlash, Saga & #JessicaJones). I tend to talk about #webdevelopment and #tech, and I still have a #blog.

I also talk about #books at @KelsonReads (currently reading Sparrow Hill Road) & post scenic #photography at @kelsonv

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First significant snow above Los Angeles this winter! Unfortunately, it’s almost spring.

First significant snow above Los Angeles this winter!

Unfortunately, it’s almost spring

First significant snow above Los Angeles this winter!

Unfortunately, it’s almost spring.

#losangeles #sangabrielmountains

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Something’s just hovering above downtown LA, way off in the distance.

Working near an airport I’m used to seeing planes flying nearby and in the distance. But this afternoon something’s just hovering above downtown LA, way off in the distance.

I figured it was the Good Year Blimp, though I couldn’t tell for sure without the zoom on my camera. (Not that there are any other blimps that frequent the LA skies these days, but you never know.) It’s interesting just how odd it is when something looks vaguely like an airplane from a great distance, but doesn’t move like one. The other day I saw a bird hovering in a headwind. Same sort of “what IS that?” moment before I recognized it.

#losangeles #mountains #blimp #skyline #mtwilson #goodyearblimp #phonewantsmetotypeblimo

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