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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Gonzales Observatory

Like lighthouses, observatories are similarly appealing to photographers. Like Gonzales Observatory above, usually they are perched on the very peak of some eminence and they are interestingly shaped and domed. Whenever I visit this particular little observatory I am inevitably reminded of those classic sunbaked white villages of the Greek Mediterranean coast. Gonzales has not been in use as an observatory for many years and now serves as an office for The Land Conservancy which has been managing this site and others of historical and ecological significance in the province.


JoJo said...

Is that the only observatory in the Victoria area? If so, my old friend Nigel worked there for awhile. He's an astrophysicist and currently works up in the Boston area, but he has fond memories of his time on the island and going to The Sticky Wicket.

Benjamin Madison said...

Hi JoJo, Your friend probably worked at the other observatory here, the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory. It is still a working observatory while the Gonzales Observatory in today's photo is not longer in use as an observatory. The Dominion Observatory is pictured here:

Dean Lewis said...

Really like the composition of this, how the sky, quite appropriately is such a major/dominant element.
And what beautiful hue and smooth graduation of tone. I can just feel what a clear day it must have been.

William Kendall said...

Quite an impressive shot, Benjamin!