Sunset over the ocean.

Sunset over the ocean. In the zoomed shot, just moments after sunset, you can see the silhouette of Santa Barbara Island. There’s a park up in the hills that also has a clear view of the ocean, where you can see the more distant San Nicolas Island next to it. But down here near sea level, it’s below the horizon.

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Sometimes it’s worth remembering to look away from the sunset, too. I stopped to capture …

Sometimes it’s worth remembering to look away from the sunset, too. I stopped to capture this view yesterday.

(Incidentally: yes, there are signs and light poles inside the pond. The park doubles as a flood control basin.)

Sometimes it's worth remembering to look away from the sunset, too. I stopped to capture ...

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Fiery sunset. One of those moments when you can’t stop and pull over to take …

Fiery #sunset. One of those moments when you can’t stop and pull over to take a photo, but you can pause at a red light.

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The next day:

I saw photos of this same sunset from at least 3 other people in the LA/OC area that I know or follow – but because we were all in different places relative to the landscape and clouds, and took the photos at different times, they all ended up looking different.

Pink clouds and blue sky, coastal cliffs, trees, buildings, orange clouds…a real mix.

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Moments after the sun set beyond the ocean, a last flash of refracted light burst out.

Moments after the sun set beyond the ocean, a last flash of refracted light burst out. It doesn’t look like a green flash in this shot, but if you swipe across, you can see a few seconds earlier, where there is definitely a green ring around the flattened image.

#sunset #greenflash

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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

#beach #photography #seagull #sunset

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The kind of contrail view that starts rumors about imaginary missile launches…

Contrail

The kind of #contrail view that starts rumors about imaginary missile launches.

Yes, that happened. A few years ago a bunch of people saw an airplane contrail at a weird angle and there was this big news story about a mysterious missile launch off the coast of California. No one claimed responsibility for or knowledge of the launch of course, which made it seem even more mysterious. Even after people matched flight paths and time stamps and viewing angles, the myth persisted, at least in internet comment threads.

#sunset #palmtree #silhouette #california

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