Pictures of, and from, our home state of California.

A lot of visitors to Southern California are surprised by how many tortoises there are here. They sure are cute!

A lot of visitors to Southern California are surprised by how many tortoises there are here.
They sure are cute!

El Niño, Solimar Beach, 1998. I can't figure out how this happened, but it was in the L.A. Times, so I don't think it was photoshopped or anything. What led up to this situation? I would love to know.

El Niño, Solimar Beach, 1998. I can't figure out how this happened, but it was in the L.A. Times, so I don't think it was photoshopped or anything. What led up to this situation? I would love to know.

The Los Angeles Basin. Do you see that little cluster of 4 hills, north of downtown? We live right above the big hill in the middle (that's Mount Washington).

The Los Angeles Basin. Do you see that little cluster of 4 hills, north of downtown? We live right above the big hill in the middle (that's Mount Washington).

Cockpit.

Cockpit.

I don't know where this is. I don't even know if it's actually in California.

I don't know where this is. I don't even know if it's actually in California.

Look again...optical illusion!

Look again...optical illusion!

The space shuttle coming back down.

The space shuttle coming back down.

I found out while doing my due diligence that this photo is from Afghanistan, but I'm including it anyhow. I may create an "Afghanistan" section for pictures from Afghanistan, but in the meantime it will just have to stay a sub-section of the pictures from California page.

I found out while doing my due diligence that this photo is from Afghanistan, but I'm including it anyhow. I may create an "Afghanistan" section for pictures from Afghanistan, but in the meantime it will just have to stay a sub-section of the pictures from California page.

We used to call this "Ruff Stuff."

We used to call this "Ruff Stuff."

Don Draper. They used to shoot "Mad Men" at Downtown Center Studios, where I worked for a little while. What was I working on? A movie called "The Obama Effect." What was my job? Props. Mostly just moving stuff around. It wasn't very fun!!!

Don Draper. They used to shoot "Mad Men" at Downtown Center Studios, where I worked for a little while. What was I working on? A movie called "The Obama Effect." What was my job? Props. Mostly just moving stuff around.
It wasn't very fun!!!