Photography by Ian L. Sitren

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Clouds 06-07-2023

Something we usually do not see in Palm Springs this time of year. Clouds. Time-Lapse. Earlier today 06-07-2023.


So much around us is just amazing when you shoot photographs. A Hummingbird in my backyard.

Strawberry Moon

Full Moon photographed last night 06-03-2023. Known as the Strawberry Moon, a name that originated with the Lakota, Ojibwa, and Algonquin peoples related to the timing of the blooming of strawberry plants.

Sunspots 06-03-2023

The Sun photographed this morning in Palm Springs at 0820hrs PST. The Sunspots are actually assigned a number and they are tracked. Sunspots are the origins for Solar flares and coronal mass ejections.

From NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)… Solar Cycle 25 has ramped up much faster than scientists predicted producing more sunspots and eruptions than experts had forecast. Tracking and predicting the Sun’s solar cycles gives a rough idea of the frequency of space weather storms of all types – from radio blackouts to geomagnetic storms and solar radiation storms – and it’s used by many industries to gauge the potential impact of space weather on Earth. Though we are seeing increased activity on the Sun, we expect this solar cycle to be average compared to solar cycles in the past century. Solar Cycle began in December 2019.

Southwest Airlines Colors

Those Southwest airplanes sure do photograph well!

Mustang Coming At You

P-51 Mustang “Bunny” landing after Memorial Day 2023 flyovers at the airport in Palm Springs.

T-28 Trojan Landing

A North American T-28A Trojan landing at the airport in Palm Springs after Memorial Day flyovers 2023.

P-51 Mustang Landing

“Bunny” a P-51 Mustang landing after Memorial Day 2023 flyovers at the airport in Palm Springs.

What’s Up Doc?

The World War II C-47 “What’s Up Doc?” coming in for a Memorial Day flyover at the airport in Palm Springs.


A World War II FM-2 Wildcat coming in for a landing at the airport in Palm Springs for Memorial Day 2023.

Pacific Princess

“Pacific Princess”, a World War II B-25 Mitchell bomber coming in to the airport in Palm Springs to do the Memorial Day 2023 Flower Drop.


A Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer coming in for a flyover at the airport in Palm Springs for Memorial Day 2023.

Traveling Sunspots

Photographed this morning, 18 hours after the photograph I shot of the Sun in a post below. The sunspots on the right appear to have traveled approximately 481,000 miles during that time.

Waxing Gibbous Moon

Lunar photography… the Waxing Gibbous phase of the Moon last night.


My first effort at Solar Photography. Those are sunspots. Not sensor dust lol. I have been wanting to do this for a long time.


For those of you visiting EATH LEY this weekend.

Motor Glider

The Aeromot AMT-200 Super Ximango is a Brazilian motor glider capable of non-powered flight. Operated by the U.S. Air Force Academy and NASA as the TG-14.

Navy Osprey

A Navy CMV-22B Osprey “Rudy 30” from Naval Air Station North Island In San Diego doing low approaches at the airport in Palm Springs California.

United States Air Force

Nothing says United States Air Force like the Thunderbirds. At the So Cal Air Show 2023 at March Air Reserve Base, a few weeks ago.

Clouds Time-lapse

Clouds time-lapse. Watch at the end, bottom right. for a single celestial object. Then top left the clouds illuminated by the Moon coming into the frame. May 4, 2023. Palm Springs California.

53 Loewy

Ran across this yesterday. A 1953 Studebaker Starliner. From the design team of Raymond Loewy.

Departing March Air Reserve Base

In the Palm Springs Air Museum T-33 Shooting Star taking off from March Air Reserve Base this last Tuesday after the Southern California Air Show 2023 over the weekend. We were the first aircraft to arrive for the show and last out.


Something we do not see everyday… three black Chinook helicopters at the airport in Palm Springs. I was not there, just happened to catch it on the ramp cam.

4 Thunderbirds

Look close. there are four. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds at March Air Reserve Base fo the Southern California Air Show 2023.