Griffith Observatory 2 | Los Angeles Hills

Sunday, March 22, 2015

My best friend and I drove through the richest suburbs in California's north, to the iconic Griffith Observatory. Situated upon hilltops, the iconic site overlooks Los Angeles' vast cityscape. We were lucky enough to be there on an evening when the sunset made the sky look like a blend of velvet-y lavender and cotton candy.

We went our separate ways for most of the adventure at Griffith. It was a particular pensive time for me. I had traveled to LA to meet, but things ended otherwise to how I would have imagined. Still, the trip was the greatest time of my life. It was the first time I had traveled somewhere without my family. It was the furthest I'd ever been from home. It was the most independently time of my life.

The drone of thousands of  Californian trucks and cars, and just the hustle and bustle of everyday life, means the outlook is never silent. You feel as if some kind of deity looking down at human life. The same feeling you get by the windows of an airborne plane. Toward the left side of the lookout, there is a clear view of the high rise building of downtown LA. Unlike Sydney, the suburban sprawl is neatly laid on in a grid system, and at sundown, highways and streets are looking like rivers of flowing gold light - great for long exposure photos.

If you look up, there is a natural lightshow of its own. The stars and the moon somehow shine brighter when you are away from the lights of the city. There are telescopes on the premises. For those that don't know, Griffith was originally constructed as a sight for astrological research and observation. We enjoyed the view so much, we stayed until it was completely dark sans the artifical lighting. When I'm back to LA, I know I will be coming back.

Enjoy the photos below:

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