Griffith Observatory: California Photo Series

When we lived in Korea, I was really good about finding cool places to visit.  I knew our time was limited and I spent a lot of time trying to soak in the culture.  Back here in California, I’ve gotten quite comfortable just living the day-to-day and not doing much in terms of exploring our unique Cali culture.  It’s so familiar to me that I forget that most of you don’t know much about it.  A few weeks back I threw out the idea of making a concerted effort to photograph local sites, and Cari requested Griffith Observatory.  Done and done, as we like to say around here.

The Griffith Observatory is located at about 1,200 ft elevation.  It has views of both the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, and the LA Basin.  On a clear day you can see all the way to the ocean.  Unfortunately, with the severe drought we’re experiencing, the visibility was not nearly as good as I had hoped.  You see, while we do get smog here, emissions standards have improved our air quality drastically since the 1980’s.  However, when we go too long without rain to freshen things up, we end up with an ugly layer of brown yuck.  And yes, that is the official terminology.

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Hollywooooooooood!

 

Hark! What is that I see?  Why, it's downtown Los Angeles covered in a layer of smog!  How very stereotypical.

Hark! What is that I see? Why, it’s downtown Los Angeles covered in a layer of smog! How very stereotypical.

Left dome: telescope, middle dome: planetarium, right dome: uhhhh, coehlostat????  Whatever that is?

Left dome: telescope, middle dome: planetarium, right dome: uhhhh, coelostat???? Whatever that is?

 

Sunday afternoon we made the 25 minute drive to Griffith Park.  At over 4,200 acres, it’s the largest municipal park/urban wilderness area. In addition to the observatory, Griffith Park is home to the LA Zoo, the iconic Hollywood sign, the Gene Autry Museum, the famous Greek Theater, an old fashioned carousel, several playgrounds and sports fields, an equestrian center, miles and miles of hiking and equestrian trails, and a very cool indoor/outdoor train museum called Travel Town.  One could feasibly visit Griffith Park every weekend for months without doing the same thing twice.

Sciency Stuff:

The coolest Periodic Table I ever did see.

The coolest Periodic Table I ever did see.

 

I always did want to know what my children would look like on infrared cameras.

I always did want to know what my children would look like on infrared cameras.

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You might understand this someday, if you get reeeeeallll smart like us.

 

I think these signs are so cool looking.  Trying to figure out how to relocate it to my house.

I think these signs are so cool looking. Trying to figure out how to relocate them to my house.

Aforementioned telescope.  Open to the public from 7 pm to 10 pm daily,

Aforementioned telescope. Open to the public from 7 pm to 10 pm daily,

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A monument to historical astronomers/scientists. What kept running through my head: “Galileo’s head was on the block. His crime was lookin’ up the truuuuuth…”

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The Darrs Get En-smartened:

Can learning by osmosis happen if they hug a bronze statue of a smart guy?

Can learning by osmosis happen if they hug a bronze statue of a smart guy?

We couldn't make the plantetarium show this time, so my criminals children tried to enter through another door... the ROOF door.  What a surprise that would have been to the people viewing from below.

We couldn’t make the plantetarium show this time, so my criminals children tried to enter through another door… the roof door. What a surprise that would have been to the people viewing from below.

 

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This little astronomer is hard core. see: tattoo remnants

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The Darrs, with a James Dean Bust photobomb

And of course my favorite picture of the whole day I took via Instagram:

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We’re pretty excited to head back soon to enjoy a show in the planetarium, and hopefully less people (and closer parking.)

ARGH, I’ve broken my own 45 minute rule and it’s only day 2!  If I find more photos later that I like, I’ll try and add them.  And if there are any other places in Southern California that you’d like me to visit and take pictures of, leave a comment or shoot me an email.

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Or #7×7 as I like to call it.

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Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, Micaela, you got everything I’d hoped for in that post: gorgeous pictures (that one of the Hollywood sign through the archway is amazing), freaking cool science stuff (the periodic table? Shut. Up.), JAMES DEAN! and an Indigo Girls reference to boot.

    I’m going to come up with other field trips I want to send you on, stat.
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  2. What a cool place to visit! And your pictures are great!
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  3. Descanso Gardens please!

  4. I’d always heard about the L.A. smog, but actually seeing it…yechhh. I guess I’d rather take my Portland rain over sunny L.A. smog.
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    • Yes, it’s pretty gross right now. However, to be fair, I haven’t seen it like this in maybe 10 years? Still, I’ve only been to Portland once a looooong time ago, and I would love to go back and visit.