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Photo credit & copyright: Max Rive
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!
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.
The hour grows late, and Los Angeles rises out of the palm trees, preparing for another night. 😉
Seriously, though, I was trying out different settings on a camera with a good zoom lens.
In response to KemoNine asking about the haze:
By LA standards, for 11 miles away, that’s crystal clear!
We’ve actually had some really clear days over the last month or so, especially after the winds have blown all the smog out to sea (before they bring all the dust out from the desert a day or two later), interspersed with smoggy days and days when the sky is full of smoke from wildfires in the mountains or canyons. The smoke from the massive fire raging in Ventura is mostly being blown the other way from here.
It’s a lot better than it used to be 20 years ago. A couple of years back on a visit to my parents’, I noticed that I could see the mountains from their front door. I had never noticed that the whole time I was growing up there!
And even that was better than their stories of LA smog in the 60s: outdoor school activities cancelled due to smog, being unable to see the end of a block, observing sunspots directly…
Air quality laws have made a huge difference!
Lake and mountains at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation area in Irwindale.
Photo: Cloud hovering over Los Angeles
Clouds Hovering Over Los Angeles on Flickr.
As I drove to work one morning I spotted a lone cloud just hovering above downtown Los Angeles. By the time I got somewhere I could stop and take a picture, it had broken up a bit, but still looked really interesting.
Volcano, you say? on Flickr.
Snow-capped Mt. Bachelor seen from above.
Orange Clouds Above the Mountains on Flickr.
Looking north during yesterday’s sunset.
Sunset Clouds Above Downtown LA (2/2) on Flickr.
Gorgeous day after a rainstorm. I kept checking to see whether the San Gabriel Mountains had snow, but the clouds never quite lifted. Even at sunset only the lower slopes were visible…but those clouds made for some spectacular sunset viewing.