amusement parks

Over the Top

It's the middle of August and Summer is beginning to wind down. There is however, plenty of fun to be had before the end of the season and one of the many things that people enjoy is a trip to an amusement park. For the bold and brave, no trip to an amusement park is complete without taking a high-flying ride on a roller coaster. I have long been a fan of them, in fact, they were pretty much the only thing I would ride. The thrill of the unknown twists, turns and loops brings a heart-pounding level of excitement. Roller coasters, most people love them or leave them alone. :-) Today I wanted to share just a few images from the "Over the Top" collection. First we have this ride in the clouds.

Over the Top
Over the Top

And you thought the clouds were for computing. Imagine the thrill of dropping down these rails at speeds approaching 70 MPH.

Next we have a Race to the Bottom on an old fashioned wooden roller coaster. These are purported to have the best ride, although I have honestly never been able to tell the difference.

Race to the Bottom
Race to the Bottom

Below, this cool family seems to think this is just another ride in the park.

Of course Junior wants to be in the driver's seat. A real Family Affair.

Family Affair
Family Affair

Rounding out the fun is this "Hang Time" image.

Hang Time
Hang Time

This ride allows you to hang your feet in the wind and even dips along the course to let you literally get your feet wet from a few strategically placed spraying stations. That must be a blast on a really hot day.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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The Ferris Wheel

In the previous post we watched some kids at play and I would like to keep with the fun theme in this post as well. Amusement rides have always been something that captures the imagination and brings a level of excitement. One of the earliest amusement rides is the now famous Ferris wheel, a staple of just about every venue. Designed by bridge builder George W. Ferris, he built his vision for the 1893 World's Fair. Ferris hailed from Pittsburgh and also had a connection to the railroad industry.

One of the many things I like to photograph are well lit amusement rides at night. I captured quite a few of these over this past summer and share a couple with you below.

In this first shot the Ferris wheel looks as though it may roll over the ice cream store next to where it was erected.

Ferris Wheel
Ferris Wheel

In the final shot for this post we have two rides, a Fun Slide and a Ferris wheel. I shot these on an angle to make them appear as one.

Fun Slide & Ferris Wheel
Fun Slide & Ferris Wheel

Enjoy the rides friends!

I'm heading off on a little road trip so I'll be visiting on an off schedule, but we'll see you out there. :-)

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