Thursday, December 29, 2016


I saw some interesting things from the air on my flight, and this scene is a favorite.  What we are looking at here in the right side of the photo, is the Griffith Observatory.  It is a large white building with a brown dome.  At the upper left is the famous Hollywood sign.  That iconic sign was originally created in 1923 as an advertisement for a local real estate development, called "Hollywoodland."  Eventually the "land" was removed in 1948.  In 1978 the sign was completely rebuilt.  The letters are 45 feet high, and the sign is 350 feet wide.  At the top of the photo is "The Valley" which you have probably heard of - as in "valley girls."  This is a larger image, so please click on it to see more details.


Dean said...

You should have reminded your readers that Griffith Observatory played a large part in the classic movie "Rebel Without A Cause" with James Dean and Natalie Wood! In my mind, it is nearly as famous as the "Hollywood" sign! I was going to make a joke about "Bowfinger" being filmed there too, but couldn't think of one! -Dean

Ken Spencer said...

You are so right! I should have mentioned that. We watched that movie about 10 years ago after recently visiting Griffith, after the refurbishment and underground addition. Quite a place!