I have been in BEAUTIFUL California for  couple days now and I am loving every minute of it! The weather has been absolutely magnificent with crisp, sparkly, sunny and warm days. Color me pretty-super happy!.. yay :). Wednesday we went to the Griffith Observatory which it was one of the main things on my to do list as I am fascinated with Astronomy and particularly with Astrophysics. We first took a short hike in the mountains that surround the building, then we walked the wonderful premises of the building and saw a live show at the observatory that it was amazing, and finally we watched the sun setting behind the Pacific Ocean… It really was a perfect day in all aspects. I am very grateful :). Yesterday we went to the taping of the Bill Maher show, I don’t have any images of that of course as they did not permit any photography at the CBS studios, but I enjoyed the show VERY much! Afterwards, I adventured to downtown L.A to see some cool exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Here are some images from the Griffith Observatory. Hope you enjoy them. Much  more to come…. Thanks for stopping by!! Love and blessings…

The Foucault Pendulum is one of the most interesting experiments used to prove the rotation of the earth but I’d never seen it in person. This one was really descriptive and very informative. I loved it! And this below is the cool Tesla Coil. Sooo cool ! 🙂

I really liked the shadow one of the binoculars made on the wall 🙂

I love everything about this image… the colors of the beautiful sky, the delicate silhouettes that people, trees and even the helicopter created, and the beautiful crescent moon. I think everything worked in harmony to create a beautiful image…

As everyone was photographing the sunset I saw the shadows on this wall and I thought it was much more visually interesting than the hazy sunset or the Hollywood sign 🙂

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219 Responses to SUNNY CALIFORNIA {Part I}

  1. Cathy says:

    I love those shadows. Very nice 🙂

  2. CJ says:

    Absolutely breathtaking!

  3. Love and I Do says:

    wow such beautiful photos!!! 🙂

  4. Mark says:

    I love all these arch shapes, picture 3 is quite artistic.

  5. What a spectacular day! Could that sky be any bluer?


  6. QRI says:

    Beautiful pics! Like how you’ve made use of shadows to capture the story.

  7. Ammon says:

    I have many fond memories of trips to the Griffith Park Observatory. However, even more a part of my childhood than the observatory is the wonderful old carousel at Griffith Park. I spent many a happy afternoon there with family.

  8. Closs Pimentinha says:

    These pictures are really cool! Loved them!!

  9. Ayesha says:

    As a native Southern Californian, I can honestly say that the Griffith Observatory is a favorite spot for my fiance and me. We are both science lovers and love the views from the Observatory as well. All of your pictures look great, and it’s nice to see that someone else appreciates the beauty of the building and the informative treasures inside. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  10. Really like the doorways and the shadows. The quality of the light is amazing and quite startling. Thanks for sharing these (and can we have some of the sunshine over here, please?) 😉

  11. societyred says:

    Great photos! Makes me want to go back!

  12. Dounia says:

    Wonderful photography! I really like the last 3 pictures, but they’re all amazing! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  13. Great photos. I used to live on Los Feliz Blvd right near there. Miss that neighborhood. By the way Griffith Observatory had a great cameo in Rebel Without A Cause.

  14. captureford says:

    Great pictures! Love the contrast between colors and shadows! What settings did you use to get the colors to pop so much?

    • Hi! I edit my photos with curves in Photoshop and saturate the colors a bit. But the trick is also taking the photo with the right exposure. Hope this helps ! Thanks for the kind comments 🙂

  15. Anne-Sophie says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed Cali and got some pretty pictures out of your trip =] I miss its sunny weather quite a bit!

  16. I’ve lived in L.A. for a dozen years. Before that, on my first visit to the city, my “guide” took me from the plane directly to Griffith Park. It was a rare clear day and you could see forever. It is definitely a jewel in the crown of Los Angeles.

  17. lrntn says:

    I live here and I don’t remember the Observatory looking this beautiful ! thanks for sharing.

  18. Mari says:

    beautiful photos

  19. Joe says:

    Cool Pics!

  20. Maritza says:

    Great photos! I love visiting LA and this is one of my favorite spots.

  21. That’s some really great snapshots! Loving it 🙂

  22. andy1076 says:

    Those are beautiful pictures! I’ve yet to go go to the Observatory, some day perhaps 🙂

  23. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed. The photographs are great! I love the way you play with shadows and light. Your pictures are so visually interesting. The Griffith is a favorite spot of mine in SoCal and the photos allowed me to see things I haven’t experienced yet like the Tesla Coil in action!

  24. Rae says:

    Great pictures! If you haven’t been already, you should drive up the California coast sometime. It’s spectacular.

  25. Have you ever been to Greenwich, in London (As in the Greenwich Meridian). There is an observatory there, where you can stand with your feet on either side of time. It is one of My favourite places. There is a massive park that surrounds it, with amazing views of Canary Wharf (the banking district of London) and all sorts of science/astronomy/physics attractions in the observatory. There is also the Maritime Museum that shows you how waves are made. I used to live close by and one of my favourite things when going home, is that you can see this green lazer through the sky, which is projected from the meridian, and it shows the “time line”. It’s one of my favourite places.

    • Hi Sarah! Wow… no, I’ve never been in London but it is on my list of places to visit and now I definitely need to visit this observatory in Greenwich, it sounds amazing ! Thanks so much for the tip. Where do you live now?

  26. Excellent compilation. I could tell a story just looking at them !

  27. Lovely photographs! Thanks for sharing and best wishes!

  28. checktherime says:

    Really awesome pics! We were just there also, love Griffith Park and the Observatory!

  29. newsy1 says:

    I too have been to the Griffith, although I didn’t get nearly the great shots you did. Particularly loved the shadow pix.

  30. Tsemrou says:

    Wow!! your pictures are amazing!! where are you taking all these great pictures. I’m always trying to find new places its tough. Come check me out if you get a chance.

  31. nella32000 says:

    Cool photographs for a cool place. My daughter and I went there when we lived down south.
    Surprise! You have a helicopter in a photo. There’s another thing…they love helicopters there.

  32. Your pictures are amazing! I spent some time living in LA and the observatory was one of my favorite places to visit!

  33. Mariane says:

    I guess it is imposible to get bad photographs in California, isn’t it? .. Lovely and awesome images to see here on your blog 😀

  34. Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
    Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
    Here comes the sun
    Here comes the sun, and I say
    It’s all right

    Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
    Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here
    Here comes the sun
    Here comes the sun, and I say
    It’s all right

    Just quote from my favourite song “Here comes the sun”. By the way, beautiful pictures.

  35. Reblogged this on fantasticinemandtv and commented:
    Southern California!

  36. gaycarboys says:

    Thanks so much. I love pics of things most dont normally see

  37. Loving all the vibrant colours !

  38. Cassie says:

    I love LOVE the telescope shadow photo and the other shadow photos. Beautiful.

  39. Absolutely breath-taking

  40. Lauralea says:

    Awesome lighting and depth

  41. whyyyjen says:

    Wow. Your photos are beautiful! I want to visit California someday.

  42. Beautifully done. I too live in L.A., and even as a native, I love Griffith Park and the Observatory and have even hiked the area at night. You captured the architecture and that L.A. amber glow so well. Thanks for the fresh perspective.

  43. E. says:

    so so so beautiful… thanks for capturing such gorgeousness.

  44. arannz says:

    Ohohoh!! the photos are wonderful…

  45. Java Girl says:

    The shadow people are pretty cool on the yellow wall! 🙂 Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

  46. Always makes me think of The Rocketeer.

  47. Aja Lynn says:

    I was born, raised and more, in L.A. and I can say that the Observatory has been my favorite spot for MOST of my life. When my husband went home to L.A. with me last spring it was a MUST visit. I took a ridiculous amount of photos there. It has been one of my favorite places to take pictures over the years. You took some gorgeous shots, and you got most of my favorite features. Thanks for sharing!

  48. EL says:

    Stunning pictures!

  49. Karen says:

    I have hiked to observatory many times. Your images are very unique with the colors and different angles. Wonderfully done,

  50. Jayati says:

    awesome pics !!!
    which camera do you use ???

  51. katcatvision says:

    Reblogged this on katcatvision and commented:
    Why we love California!

  52. Lovely photos. I especially like the sunset silhouettes; they remind of the pastel pictures I used to draw in my teenage years. I loved the crispness of the black against the soft oranges and yellows. I love that you caught the shadows on the wall too! I often find that when everyone elses camera is pointed in one direction, it pays to look around and see what they are missing.
    And congrats on getting Freshly Pressed!

    • Thanks so much !! and yes I agree that we should look in a different direction in order to see different things. I tend to not follow the crowd and I very much like to express myself in my own personal way. Thanks again for the kind words ! 🙂

  53. Arindam says:

    Beautiful pictures. I specially liked the first one. It’s awesome. Great post.

  54. We love the Griffith Park Observatory and Hollywood. Great Photos!

  55. amazing pictures. you really have the talent.. you basically reflect the essence of the place… congrats on being pressed! you deserve it.. =)

  56. Congratulations on being freshly pressed! You have captured the observatory beautifully. I lived in Los Feliz close to Griffith until last year and most weekends we would walk up to the observatory and watch the sun set. You brought back happy memories. Thank you –
    Robert Bryndza

  57. Beautiful pictures. Try the Getty Centre in LA if you get a chance!

  58. Wow, those photographs are really amazing, I wish I was as good a photographer… I would like to go to this Observatory one day, definitely on my bucket list 🙂

    Really love the blog too!

  59. beautiful…. beautiful

  60. oli2569 says:

    love your photos!!! great article……besos

  61. Amy says:

    Congratulations on your blog. These are fantastic photos. I also enjoyed your narrative.

  62. vinod says:

    very beautiful ..

  63. Gorgeous photos and colours. I heart California! What camera do you use? I like it!

  64. novofemina says:

    Thanks for the intro to the Griffith Observatory. It’s added to my itinerary for my next CA trip.

  65. aldonnajpp says:

    Reblogged this on A thousand-miles journey and commented:

  66. themteentunes says:

    Wow!! amazing pictures! makes me want to visit the place as soon as possible!! 🙂

  67. Ed says:

    Such stunning images, you make the griffith Observatory seem like something from the Golden Era of Astronomy, which I guess it is. It is somewhere I really want to visit. I’ve only been to LA once and didn’t make it to it that time. Thanks for a great post.

  68. Ingela says:

    Love your last photo with shadows and the eastern door 🙂

  69. Lidia says:

    I really liked the shadow photo’s 🙂

  70. brulesshore says:

    Amazing photos, thank you for sharing the experience!

  71. nicole.b says:

    so glad you’re enjoying your stay here in los angeles! love the observatory as well – but your photos are so much better than mine!
    – N

  72. Love the sunest pictures you have! The stars in the sky are so clear, what camera are u using?

  73. I absolutly love your photos, thank you

  74. rumpydog says:

    I love the photos!

  75. Great photos! I love this place!

  76. The Hook says:

    Incredible shots of sunny California! Uplifting, clever and just plain fun!

  77. Visalus Independent Distributor says:

    Beautiful piece…

  78. Say Gudday says:

    Tesla Coil = thumbs up!

  79. divk1991 says:

    absolutely loved your photography !

  80. Clein Foo says:

    Simply amazing photos! Thank you.

  81. J.C.V. says:

    Stunning photos! Thanks for sharing.

  82. Sarah Harris says:

    I really love your vision in these shots and the colors are delicious!

  83. abichica says:

    wooowww!! Amazing pictures!! thanks for sharing

  84. ankitpansari says:

    great pics…………. i too have a thing for photography but have no idea where to start… any expert opinion

    • Do not worry so much about the process. Get familiarized wih the basic technical principles of photography first, then just start shooting…. This art evolves itself through your passion. The more you love it the better you will become. Where do you live?

  85. your compositions are brilliant really enjoyed looking at the post

  86. George Jadavich says:

    Beautiful Photos, nicely shot. Wish I was there!
    Text Free

  87. Love the crisscrossing shadows you got on that second shot with the sea in the background!! I feel like I could be standing there with the salty breezes and the sun hitting my back…. Amazing how photography can make you feel like your right there?!!

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  89. prebulard says:

    I love the pictures, your way of capturing the beauty in the simplest of things is amazing! Keep up the good work. I enjoyed this post very much!!

  90. Ariane says:

    Gorgeous! I live nearby, this reminds me I need to go more often.

  91. I’m attracted to shadows as well…always get my attention.

  92. Conor Cullen says:

    Happy to be like 199! Lovely photos.

  93. fotobraulio says:

    i was here two years ago and i took some picture giving los angeles a view panoramic

  94. These photos are blowing my mind!

  95. Shadow and light… light and shadow. Very nice combinations.

  96. Todd Materazzi Photography says:

    The color transitions are ever so smooth – really creates a great color portfolio.

  97. valentinedee says:

    Just loved this. Always wanted to go but just never seem to get there. Great pics :0)


  98. Awesome! I miss LA so much. I used to go to Griffith Park & hike every week. Some of the best in the country I tell ya. Could never get in to the Observatory as it was always under renovations. Thanks so much for the Hi-Q pictures.

  99. One of my favorite places in LA. Beautiful photos. You captured the place perfectly.

  100. kurt says:

    Excellent captures, the color contrasts seem to work well.

  101. I don’t know what to say – I am blown away – just amazing ….

  102. bbryman says:

    Those are some great photographs? What kind of camera were you using?

  103. LadyT says:

    great shots, i love the colors and lighting! congrats on being freshly pressed!

  104. G says:

    out of all, the helicopter image is so impressive.

  105. Luz Mely says:

    Me encanto. Soy fanaitica de la Astronomia. I really like it.

  106. Reblogged this on The Amber Light's Blog and commented:
    These are such beautiful pictures. I have always wanted to go to an observatory for an entire afternoon and night. This one in California is so wonderful looking makes me want to plan a trip now. Enoy these really great pics. They are very well done and interesting angles.

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  108. aacohen97 says:

    These are stunning photos. (I am a WordPress photoblogger as well)
    Astounding color. Thanks for these pictures.

  109. captainalb says:

    I love the photographs. I have not been to the Observatory since I was a young man, nor have I been since the recent renovations. These pictures inspire me to return and explore it again — scientifically and artistically.

  110. I spent a lot of time there as a kid…thanks for sharing.

  111. Lloyd says:

    You have an eye that sees beauty in forms, shapes, and color. Happy to have visited and to feel your excitement. I hope your visit continues at this level, for I long to see more of your discoveries.

  112. one of the best posts i’ve seen 🙂 lovely photography

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  114. iamscotia says:

    Griffith Observatory sure is nice. I’ve heard a lot about it. I hope to visit there someday.

  115. Thank you, feels like being there. 🙂

  116. ejrunyon says:

    You’re very good. It must be a thrill to have an eye like yours.

  117. matthewdpayne says:

    The “To Telescope” photo is brilliant

  118. Srta.Cafeina says:

    The photos are fantastic, really wonderful . which camera do you use? 🙂 I love it

  119. requestingtruth says:


  120. cnerland says:

    Love your photographs! I visited California for a month last summer, amazing!

  121. N. Congo says:

    Cool pics. I like the angles of the shots you take. And I’m jealous you’re in California right now, because I’m in Philly…freezing!

  122. mattrecepies says:

    Very good. They feel very close even though i’ve never been there.

  123. Cathy G says:

    The Griffith Observatory was a favorite place of mine growing up…and yes, the pendulum is amazing! Thanks for giving me some fond memories!

  124. Bonnie says:

    Very beautiful and meaningful photos! Thanks for sharing!!

  125. mkflash says:

    You have a good eye for nice pictures! I like your work!

  126. azizii says:

    Wow. amazing photographs. Looks like you had lot of fun, haha. I really want to get into photography and journalism (my brother just left me a nikon D3000 slr) so quite excited, lol. I just started a blog also!. But its really nice to see stuff like this. it inspires me and obviously so many other people! im still in highschool so i dont have much experience yet.

  127. Karen says:

    Really great shots!

  128. ivavasadze says:

    Very interesting, thank you for sharing the photos…
    Maybe someday I will visit that place 🙂

  129. GAH! I love Cali! Gotta love that beautiful california light. 🙂

  130. Birthday NYC says:

    Those pictures are incredible! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve been having the urge to fly somewhere that is a little warmer where the sun shines brightly, but I think your pictures of the observatory have helped me decide on my next escape from New York City. Thanks so much for sharing, and I especially appreciate the pictures of the Foucault Pendulum – it is something I have really been wanting to see in person. Have a great day!

    • THANKS ! I am so happy you like my images and that they helped you decide where to visit. If you live in NYC then you should definitely visit CA. I spent A LOT of time in NYC during 2010 and I think is an amazing and unique city, however, many times I felt a bit claustrophobic and overwhelmed by the noise and the amount of people around. CA is a more un-cluttered and sunny, and it has so many amazing and inspiring places to see. If you visit, let me know what you think ! 🙂

  131. mbconsulting says:

    So beautiful and I was so happy that you share your story and the pictures with us.

    Congrats for being FP!

    Warm regards from minus 10 Celsius!

  132. priyankakher says:

    beautifully captured!

  133. I literally live 5 minutes from the observatory, but have never been! For shame!

    Your photos are lovely, and have inspired me to take more advantage of the local scenery.

    • Hi Julie ! That is a shame for sure…haha 🙂 You should definitely visit ! This week you guys will have the best weather while a snow storm will be hitting Denver tomorrow :(. Hope I could go back! Go soon and do a hike or just walk around 🙂

  134. Moonmooring says:

    These are amazing photos. I especially like the ones where one or more edges are white and blend away leaving one to wonder where the edge is. I like that very much.



  135. Daphne says:

    Reblogged this on Virgin On The Rocks and commented:
    Griffith Observatory is one of my favorite places in LA. Check out these BEAUTIFUL pictures by

  136. Joe Labriola says:

    Ah, so jealous. Why does Cali always look so beautiful??

  137. Is the CA sky really that deep blue above the observatory dome??

  138. ragomgawi says:

    That’s a great story…..

  139. i love this!! we used to do events and shows at the griffith observatory with my previous company!! i have a passion for telescopes!!! i love this. increadible.

  140. rawsenfellah says:

    Waruw!! Amazing pict’s 😀
    Like it !;p

  141. ristinw says:

    Beautiful photographs! 😀

  142. Thanks for posting the photos, I really enjoy.

  143. Håvard Hole says:

    Aah, I just love the “to telescope”-sign photo a lot. Looks so nice there 🙂

  144. mrsoaroundtheworld says:

    great pictures and gave me some useful tips for my upcoming california trip!

    read about my last one here

  145. FitnessPal says:

    Beautiful photos – you have really captured the beauty! Keep them coming

  146. hermosausaadmin says:

    Great pics of one of my favorite places in Los Angeles. The shot at dusk w/ the moon and the ever-present helicopter made me smile & long to be back in one of my favorite cities. Congrats on being FP! Have a great week!

  147. annah40 says:

    Great photos and descriptions! Makes me want to jump on a plane and head out there.

  148. Red Toenails says:

    Love, love, love.

  149. Beautiful photos! I particularly like the shadow ones as well. They’re gorgeous.

  150. Nationwide says:

    Wow! Beautiful pictures. We live about an hour away and never think to go, but we will now. Great work, I love the shadows!

  151. I loved the view of L.A. seen through the arch!

  152. I hike to the Griffith Observatory often, and it has never looked quite this pretty! Lovely photos. I must try going at sunset! Enjoy he rest of your trip.

  153. Jill says:

    Beautiful photos, as always! You are unbelievably talented, Karina. So glad you are having such an amazing experience!

  154. sixteenthvision says:

    Perfect !

  155. I miss my sunny home in Santa Monica California. Thank you for the great post and pictures.
    I will be following.

  156. Bam says:

    If you are still there and get a chance …. visit Olivera Street, oldest part of L.A.

  157. Great photographs. I can see why you would see more beauty in this that the hazy sunset or Hollywood sign. This is certainly on my list for any visit to California now.

  158. severin says:

    Wow, great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  159. jasperwrites says:

    Great photos, I was at the Griffith a few months ago and really loved it. If you get a chance you should go to the Museum of Jurassic Technology while you are in LA, it’s the best thing I did while I was there.

  160. bronteroams says:

    Beautiful photographs

  161. kristieenriquez says:

    Beautiful photos!

  162. Carol King says:

    I was just there (the observatory) in October. You really did it justice with these fabulous photos!

  163. dana says:

    This is gorgeous! Makes me want to move there right now!

  164. Kimberly Wren says:


  165. this is a vision through ur lens !! i see what u see!!! this is so translating !!! ❤

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