Monday, January 19, 2009

Up and Down

When I was younger, we had a small amusement park in the city where I lived. It wasn't really much in the world of massive amusement parks, but it had enough to win my heart.


There was a water park, complete with a wave pool, slides, and a lazy river that were perfect on a hot summer day. When you tired of the water, there were also all the best carnival-style rides, including bumper cars, an old wooden roller coaster, and, what I thought was the hand's down best, a ferris wheel.

Alicia Bock Photography

Although were I to visit now, I would surely be shocked to see its real size, when I was little, the ferris wheel seemed to soar endlessly into the sky. I loved the vantage point at the very top, from where it seemed I could see for miles, and I always secretly wished to be stopped there when passengers were loaded and unloaded below. It was surely the best seat in the house.


I still feel a fondness for ferris wheels, although I can't tell you the last time I rode one, and I am pretty positive I would still love being "stuck" at the top and taking in the surrounding views.

The Bucks County Frame and Moulding Co.

One thing that is certain is how much I adore these photos from various Etsy shops. I love the soft colors and vintage feel that they all share; they remind me of the magic I felt on those summer days from long ago.

7 comments:

Haven and Home said...

What a beautiful post, it made me so nostalgic. Those pictures are so sweet and calming.

Jen said...

Ah, the memories! Did you know that the zoo bought out WL and it's now just a huge water park called Zoombezi Bay? They redid everything and took out all the rides including the ferris wheel. It's kinda sad, although the place did need the renovation...

Tina said...

what beautiful photos! reminds me of one of my fav films - the notebook, i miss fair grounds!

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

I love these too. I remember how much I loved going on the ferris wheels when I was a kid, though I'd be terrified now to get on one! Guess etsy is the next best place to look!

xo Mary Jo

Treacy said...

I too loved the ferris wheel and really just heights in general, as a child. And today? I find them terrifying. Why is that? What happens?

Kimberlee said...

stunning shots Courtney, great collection - thank you! x

Courtney said...

I loved the ferris wheel as a child and as an adult it is simply romantic.

{I adore Irene Suchocki's photos and plan on posting some of her 'heart-filled' images soon.}