An image of the two lower level viewing decks in Griffith Observatory, there are another 2 levels that are above these two. The Hollywood hills are in the background with the famous Hollywood sign in the middle.
As we were walking out of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, I noticed what appears to be two siblings helping their mom walk down the stairs. I thought it was telling of the times and how the roles have been reversed as its time for the younger generation to take care of the one that raised them.
An image of the Air Traffic Control Tower in Los Angeles International Airport, famously known as LAX . According to 2011 statistics, LAX is the 3rd busiest airport in North America after Atlanta & Chicago; yes contrary to popular belief Atlanta not New York is the busiest airport in North America 🙂
A picture of the sunset over Redondo Beach’s yacht clubs. The factory in the middle of the image has been a mysterious factory for me. We rode our bikes there and there wasn’t a single sign that indicated what was going on inside, even google maps names every place around it but not it! Satellite view makes it look like a water/oil refinery?? I’m not sure what was going besides (more…)
An image of Mt. Hollywood taken from the back of the observation deck of Griffith observatory. The famous Hollywood sign is that white strip on the left, you can see the communication tower behind it on top of the mountain.
A sundial at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, the way it works is simple (its written on the plaque but I’ll save you the effort of zooming :))
In sun light the shadow of the wire indicates current watch time on the ring
I thought that young man looking at the sundial is fitting for how some of us will be watching the clock for the weekend to start. Happy Friday everyone 🙂
Another image from the unique world of Venice Beach, California. This one is of a series of unique shops that created this very crowd drawing architecture; we just had to go inside but the stores weren’t anything memorable so I can’t tell you much more than that 🙂
A full frontal view of the entrance to the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Its located on top of Mt. Hollywood which will allow you to see the famous “Hollywood” sign and oddly for the city of Los Angeles; entrance and parking are free! There is a live show in the Planetarium however that does require cost $3-$7. We were heading to Venice Beach after so we didn’t have time to check out the show.
The world infamous Muscle Beach gym in Venice Beach California, getting up close to it for the first time I was really excited to see what it looks like. Its exactly how the movies depict it, open and full of juice heads flexing their muscles 🙂 I probably shouldn’t jump to conclusions because I really don’t know what diet they are following but one would just assume there are some form of steroids involved because they are unnaturally large, every single one of them!
I love working out and I’m big advocate of going to the gym regularly, just do it naturally; it will take time to see results but they will be sustainable. One day, I will share my story here, one day…. 🙂
This is a shot I took of the Griffith Observatory sign from the roof overlooking the entrance. The Hollywood sign is just to the right of this image where the mountain continues to ascend.
Just a beach house right on the boardwalk in Venice Beach, I placed the sun purposely in the frame trying to get a more colorful image 🙂 I would say 75% of the beach houses can be rented for the weekend or a few days and their price ranges from $300-$2000/night depending on the size of the house and the amenities provided. Around peak tourist season, expect a lot of college kids splitting the cost of such prime locations and crowding the areas.
With everything going on in the world, sadly most of the attention today will probably be on the events that will happen later on in Los Angeles. Its Hollywood’s big night, the Oscars and I thought it would be fitting that I publish the picture of the Hollywood sign today. Contrary to what many tourists might think, there isn’t really an optimal spot to see the Hollywood sign from; the best spot that I know of is actually from a residential street and its only good for a certain distance, if you get too close then you won’t be able to see it. I don’t know if there is an LA native that can correct me but I don’t think there is a “viewing spot” for the sign. I took this from Griffith Observatory so there is slight angle to the typical POV that all of us are used to seeing.
This is an image of Foucault’s pendulum at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Foucault’s pendulum is basically a device that visually demonstrates that the earth rotates, the pendulum hanging from the ceiling of a standing structure is free to swing in any vertical plane. While the earth rotates the pendulum will appear to rotate relative to it yet in reality it is swinging in the same vertical plane. If you’re having a hard time visualizing it then check out this 30 seconds video on youTube, it doesn’t really explain the the concept it just demonstrates in super speed mode 🙂
Here is another image from my trip up to Los Angeles this past weekend. We started off at Griffith Observatory where we just walked around the observatory and I took all kind of pictures that I will share in future posts. This particular shot was taken from the upper deck of the observatory overlooking downtown Los Angeles. Considering its the town of the stars I wanted to do at least one image with a flare that makes look like a “star” 🙂 Enjoy the weekend everyone.
I finally made it to the infamous Venice Beach boardwalk, came close to it so many times and I finally experienced it in person this past weekend. There is so much to photograph and see, its such a colorful part of California as the image above. I wanted to take a picture of almost every building we walked by and around sunset it was just surreal. Its not the “friendliest” of beaches as expect to see a lot of people hustling, but its my kind of town: you feel alive with all the diversity.