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After sunset, looking low in the western sky at a triangular formation made up of a thin crescent moon, Venus, and Mars. A hand held photo from our back porch.  Last night at dusk, a spectacular view of my absolutely my favorite moon!

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The natural range of Magnolia species is from east and southeast Asia. The Magnolia species are also from North, South and Central America and the West Indies.

The Camellia is a flowering plant in the family Theaceae. They are found in eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalayas east to Japan and Indonesia.

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The Observatory is more than 20 miles from downtown San Jose along Mt. Hamilton Road at an elevation of 4200 feet. An astronomy center on Mount Hamilton featuring powerful telescopes, exhibits and valley views. Lick Observatory features the famous 36 inch Lick Refractor, built during the golden age of refractor telescopes.  One of the largest refractors ever built.

http://www.ucolick.org/public/visitors.html

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