On the way to and from Point Vicente, I stopped at Bluff Cove

On the way to and from Point Vicente, I stopped at Bluff Cove (also on the Palos Verdes peninsula). I was surprised to find that I could plainly see the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles in the distance. I guess I’d never been there on a clear enough day before.

There were more people than I expected, but everyone was maintaining distance and most of them were masked up.

Really wish I’d had a tripod for the evening shot, though

#photo #coast #California #LosAngeles #cove #ocean #PalosVerdes

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Some wildlife I spotted on a hike today.

Some wildlife I spotted on a hike today. It was really nice in the shade, but it was also very hilly, and uncomfortably warm in the sun. I ended up staggering back to the car at the end.

The yellow and black bird is some sort of oriole. The black and white one is a black phoebe. I think the rabbit is a desert cottontail.

#nature #birds #rabbits #animals #wildlife #hiking #photo

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Some butterflies spotted over the last few days

Some #butterflies spotted over the last few days:

A monarch that nicely paused on the grass with its wings open, long enough to catch a clear photo.

A swallowtail that I sort of caught in flight, at a distance. It’s very low-resolution, but it’s also clearly identifiable!

A cabbage white that I was able to catch with a zoom lens.

#photo #nature

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Some of the local wildlife spotted at the gardens.

Some of the local wildlife spotted at the gardens.

I didn’t have much luck photographing #birds this time, but I did catch some good shots of this one. Though I’m not sure what it is. Maybe a warbler?

This #squirrel was one of three that scattered as I approached a trail junction. The other two hid. This one froze. It blended in very well!

And while I *saw* lots of #butterflies, this mourning cloak is the only one that held still long enough for me to get a #photo.

#nature #hiking

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Some flowers and a tree that puts out deep red leaves in spring.

Some flowers and a tree that puts out deep red leaves in spring. It wasn’t labeled, but I think it’s a Krauter Vesuvius plum. Lit from the front the leaves are a deep purple. Lit from behind they’re this super-bright red.

#flowers #photo #nature #florespondence

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Finally made it out to the botanical gardens up in the hills for a hike.

Finally made it out to the botanical gardens up in the hills for a hike. They’ve actually stayed open this whole time by requiring reservations to limit the number of people on the grounds at a time. (Also face masks, distancing, and closing off benches and some sections.)

Ironically there were more people there than I usually see. The limits must be against an increased demand due to the fact that they were actually open!

#nature #signs #bench #trail #closed #hiking #mask #photo

Closed due to Covid-19.

Bench (and caution tape).

Shady amphitheater.

Discarded mask on the trail.

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Ducks at a city park

Ducks at a city park that’s recently re-opened the walkways and open space, though facilities and playgrounds remain closed.

1. Join me for a drink?
2. OK, ducks can’t read.
3. Three ducks ignoring a pigeon.

Some photos of the park facilities and warning signs:

Sorta Open. Maaaybe. If You’re Careful.

#birds #ducks #photo

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Some more house finches and a hummingbird.

Some more house finches and a hummingbird. Hummingbirds always look weird to me when they’re perched.

#photo #birds #finch #HouseFinch #hummingbird #nature

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I must have seen over a dozen house finches on a very short walk today. I assume there’s a nest or several in the area.

Hummingbird on iNaturalist
Finch (on wire) on iNaturalist
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Finally recovered enough from the flu to get out for a walk in the neighborhood (while that’s still an option).

Finally recovered enough from the flu to get out for a walk in the neighborhood (while that’s still an option).

I think this first bird (possibly a goldfinch?) was trying to practice social distancing, though the crow in the third photo seems to be doing a better job. The house finch was such a bright red that I thought it had to be another kind of bird until I looked at the photos.

#photo #birds #nature #finch #HouseFinch #goldfinch #crow

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Point Vicente: Rock Wren, Lighthouse and Sailboat

At #PointVicente, California: A wren(?) on the side of the cliffs, the iconic view of the cove and the historic #lighthouse, and a #sailboat alone on the sea.

#photo #california #coast

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iNat has suggested the bird is a rock wren.

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Some birds I saw on a hike today

Some #birds I saw on a hike today:

  1. One of several Black Phoebes I saw around the grounds of the park
  2. A California Towhee that had just chased another bird away from this puddle.
  3. One of the clearest views I’ve had of a hummingbird away from a feeder.
  4. Possibly a goldfinch? There were a bunch of them in the same bush.

#nature #photo

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Lesser Goldfinch on iNaturalist

Green Arrow, Azirophale and Crowley from Good Omens, Wonder Woman and Captain America again, and Anger from Inside Out

A few more #cosplay highlights from earlier today at #LongBeachComicCon. #GreenArrow, #Azirophale and #Crowley from #GoodOmens, #WonderWoman and #CaptainAmerica again, and Anger from #InsideOut.

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Green Arrow

#DCComics #MarvelComics #Comics #LBCC #LBCC2019 #ComicCon

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Wonder Woman and Captain America, Gwenpool, Katana, and Ramona Flowers

Some highlights from the #cosplay I saw today at #LongBeachComicCon: #WonderWoman and #CaptainAmerica, #Gwenpool, #Katana, and #RamonaFlowers.

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Green Arrow

#DCComics #MarvelComics #ScottPilgrim #Comics #LBCC #LBCC2019 #ComicCon

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A few of the *real* animals that I spotted on my hike in the botanical gardens

A few of the *real* animals that I spotted on my hike in the botanical gardens today: a #MonarchButterfly, a #BlackPhoebe, a #hummingbird and a #rabbit.

#animals #birds #butterflies #nature #inaturalist
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Black Phoebe on iNaturalist and Flickr
Hummingbird on iNaturalist and Flickr
Desert Cottontail on iNaturalist and Flickr