The Yoda of San Anselmo

To the students of St. Anselm School Yoda is more that a character in the movies, he’s a home town hero.   I visited the 6th Graders today and, no surprise, they all loved The Force Awakens.  We discussed the similarities and the differences of the Galactic Empires as imagined by Isaac Asimov and the one created by long time San Anselmo resident George Lucas.  Since many of the young scholars knew Lucas, at least in passing, they far preferred Star Wars to Asimov.  However one boy had read The Foundation Trilogy and loved it.  I hope they didn’t think I was being overly critical when I pointed out Han Solo’s misuse of the word parsec; it’s a unit of distance not time.  But I’m an astronomer, I couldn’t let a goof like that pass.  The Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs indeed!   I hope they didn’t think I was mean spirited when I implied that the use telekinesis and clairvoyance in Star Wars was just a bit silly.  As for the Yoda of San Anselmo, it a fun and whimsical bit of art.  But every time I pass by I always find myself wondering what future archaeologist will think when they dig it up in the year 3000 AD or there about.  Will they think it’s a statue of a god or some sort of long extinct subset of humanity?

  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: LEICA X2
  • Taken: January 6, 2016
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s
    The Yoda of San Anselmo