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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Mount Wilson Totem

We're at the Mount Wilson Observatory. I don't remember which building we're in. I know what it looks like but I forget what it's called. Maybe, if we're lucky, Bellis will check in and tell us.

Some days I haven't taken a picture and I don't have an idea of what to post. I click through my thousands (upon thousands) of photos and hope something strikes me.

This one may turn out to be one of my favorites.

Ground. Building. Trees. Sky.

22 comments:

Dina said...

Oh yeah, I know exactly what you mean.
Sometimes the mulling takes much longer than finally writing a post.

I love what you did with this one!

llandudnopictures said...

Captivating!

dive said...

Wonderful, Petrea. I love how you've used the negative space to turn reality inside out and make the window look like a solid sculpture with nothing around it.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

I remember seeing that type of glass in foyers of homes... reminds me of a block of ice.

Petrea Burchard said...

Yeah, Dina, I'm looking for a picture that sparks me to say something--ust enough to inspire conversation.

Thank you, Llandudno!

Thanks, Dive. I tried it several different ways and this was my favorite.

Me too, KBF. There's a factory in Chicago that's still doing a good business making glass blocks.

Speedway said...

At first, I thought the photo was of a sculpture done by one of my teachers, Leroy Lamis, who was particularly well-known for his Plexiglass constructions. However, Prof. Lamis was so focused on clean surfaces, I don't think he'd have allowed the undulating reflections in these blocks -- http://www.leroylamis.org/?page_id=246

Bellis said...

I thought at first it was one of the artworks we'd gone up there to see. Now I'm stumped! Were you in the museum/theater or the 100" telescope? Hopefully, someone who knows the Observatory well can tell us.

LOLfromPasa said...

Love it!

Petrea Burchard said...

Speedway, Dr. Lamis might have liked "The Birds Like the Stars," a sculpture Bellis and I saw at Mt. Wilson the same day I took this photo.
http://pasadenadailyphoto.blogspot.com/2012/06/birds-like-stars.html
Unfortunately, my shot cannot do justice to this piece.

Bellis, you were with me. We were inside a small building that I think is near the 100 inch telescope. Inside it's cool, and there are pictures and information on the walls, and a display of a piece of equipment from years ago. I don't remember what it is. It's not huge. It's painted black and you can reach out and touch it.

Speedway said...

Oh, I remember looking at that picture last summer and thinking, even then, that it might be one of Dr. Lamis' sculptures. It's cool. I like the way the reflective bits give the pieces even more depth.

altadenahiker said...

It's the telescope room. And this photo is so good, I'm sure you'll be hearing praise from the Debt Settlement man today.

Petrea Burchard said...

I hope so, Hiker. And maybe the Viagra people, too.

Susan Campisi said...

Reminds me of blocks of ice, too. I like how it floats in the pitch black like that. I'm sure both the Debt Settlement and Viagra men will like it, too.

Bellis said...

AH may be right, but it could also be a window in the small museum near the 100 inch that tells the history of interferometry research and has part of the interferometry device used by Michelson. Nobel prize winner Michelson measured how long it took for a light beam to leave Mt. Wilson and bounce back from a foothill of Mt. San Antonio to determine the speed of light. There's a of plaque somewhere in the Observatory grounds to commemorate this, but I'm still looking for it.

Petrea Burchard said...

Hope so, Susan. Everything I do I do for them.

Bellis, you're right. I searched the web for images and found this one:
http://the-great-silence.blogspot.com/2011/06/mt-wilson-observatory-albert.html
I'm pretty sure this is the room where I took the photo.

LONDONLULU said...

I love photos like this, where you kind of need to look twice to begin to 'see' it.

I'd left a comment on LOLfromPasa's blog, but just dropped by to say thanks for the advice on Julie's Theme Day page - I'm so glad she's been providing everyone a Theme Day 'home'!

Ms M said...

I really like this photo! Well done!

Adele said...

Like, like, like!

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you all! I'm glad people like this because I do, too, and although I can stand being wrong I particularly love being right.

Irina Rekhviashvili said...

Great totem and ability to see interest and salt in ordinary things. The pendent of this design could look so good. Beautiful and wise.

Petrea Burchard said...

Irina, you see things in artistic ways. Yes, it would make a lovely jewel. I like that.

TheChieftess said...

What everybody else said!!! I really like the simplicity of this...nicely composed!!!