Griffith Park by night

Living the in the vast sprawl of Los Angeles, sometimes it’s nice to get away from the crowds and the freeways.

The other night a friend and I took a long hike all around Griffith Park to view the lunar eclipse.

I’ve hiked in Griffith Park before, usually under a hot sun on a clear day, but at night the park takes on a whole new feel. It’s more quiet, more empty and more wild. We heard birds calling in the distance and kept our eyes peeled for coyotes or snakes (fortunately we didn’t see either, although there were a few times when an errant tree branch appeared quite serpentine in the moonlight).

It was nice to be able to hike in the cool air, to look at the vast city below with it’s sparkling lights. Above the city helicopters flew low, planes flew high, the moon rose brightly until the vail of the eclipse – the reflection of all of earth’s sunrises and sunsets painting the moon amber and red.

We hiked about 6 miles, from 7pm-1am. I kept all my photo gear, snacks, water (and some bourbon) secure in my Lowepro backpack, and stayed warm with my favorite Terramar base layer.

I didn’t get any great photos of the moon that night, but I did get a few of the view.

This was my first hike by moonlight, but it certainly won’t be my last.

Griffith Observatory over downtown

Griffith Observatory overlooking Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles Skyline

Downtown Los Angeles by Night

Blur over downtown LA

A long exposure photo with motion blur

Driskill Hotel on Sixth Street

Driskill Hotel Bar

I took this photo at one of my favorite bars, in the lower level of the Driskill Hotel on Sixth Street in Austin. The statue depicts two horse riders, the first of which has fallen and is being dragged by his foot, the second taking aim to put down the horse and save his friend. The reflection is from a grand piano.

Where’s Waldo? Found him at Grand Central!

Waldo in Grand Central Terminal!

I used to love the Where’s Waldo books as a kid. In fact, I remember trying to convince my Mom to let me “read” the little blurbs in the corner during my required reading time for homework way back in the day. Took this photo after a recent train ride to the Grand Central in the City, played with the depth of focus with Photoshop and decided just for fun to throw my old buddy in there – can you find him? (click image for full size)