June 1st, 2010

Malibu headshot

Sunset via Camera Obscura at Griffith Observatory

This may not look like the most impressive sunset photo ever, but it's a bit more startling when you realize that it's a sunset as reflected on a round white table through the Camera Obscura at Griffith Observatory. If you look closely, you can see the round edge of the table on the upper right. Bob and I took a drive up to the Observatory here in LA on Sunday evening, and just happened into the Camera Obscura room at the right moment to catch the setting sun. The white line across the top is actually a contrail. The sun is setting behind the Hollywood Hills, not too far from the Hollywood sign.

Our two-hour outing was a nice, peaceful counterpoint to an otherwise aggravating weekend spent dealing with not one but two book covers in preparation for publication, both of which were giving us (and, in the case of one of them, also SFPA volunteers) lots of headaches. Thank you, Griffith Observatory, for the respite! I also bought a nice Crescent moon-shaped amber ring at the Observatory gift shop, which helped me feel better too. :-) I love Museum gift shops--there's so much cool stuff crammed into a very small space.