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.
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.
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.
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.