RISING UP FROM THE FOGGY DEPTHS

Posted: September 7, 2015 in 17-85mm lens, Architecture, Bay Beach Amusement Park, Canon 7D, Deserted, Details, Fog, Photography, Wabi Sabi, Wood, Zippin Pippin
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We’ve had early morning fog here for four of the past ten days, so I think my posts for the next two weeks will reflect that.

Unless I see something else all shiny.

Or a squirrel.

But right now, our theme for the next several posts will be “Fog.”

Bay Beach Amusement Park,  7:00 Saturday morning,  well before the park opened and the Labor Day weekend crowds began to arrive.

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This is the Zippin Pippin, a classic wooden roller coaster.

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The fog provided a spectacular filter and I had my exposure dialed up to account for it. Generally the wood has a warm golden tone but that was negated by the fog and I saw no reason to attempt to recapture that color.

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My favorite thing about the Pippin is the structure itself: the framework, the hardware, and the wood grain. If you have time, click on the pictures for a larger view. Then you can see what I mean about the wood.

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Yes, I have ridden the Zippin Pippin–exactly once–and the crazed litany that passed through my lips for the entire ride would have done a sailor proud.

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Comments
  1. Lignum Draco says:

    That’s a lot of looking up, which surprises me. And you rode it, which sounds even more surprising.

    I like the ghostly feel you’ve captured here.

    • I rode it once, because I thought “How bad can it be?” And then for the next few minutes, I channeled my inner Linda Blair.

      Thank you–I’d like to take credit for the ghostly atmosphere but you are honestly seeing what I was seeing Saturday.

  2. sedge808 says:

    makes for an ominous ride.
    well done.

    • You are absolutely right. There were two workers on the entire grounds of the park and they were behind-the-scenes working on the Pippin. So, once or twice, with not a soul visible, the train of cars–EMPTY–went roaring around the tracks.
      In the fog.

  3. Jane Lurie says:

    Love the start contrast of the coaster in the fog. Not many of these wooden ones left, are there? Linda Blair–Ha! I can relate. I rode the Cyclone in Coney Island in HS and I don’t think I’ve fully recovered from my terror…I won’t say how many decades ago that was. 🙂 Great set– enjoy your fog, Patricia.

  4. andykidd says:

    a wabi sabi photo ALWAYS has to be seen full screen. What would happen if you removed one of those bits of wood wabi sabi?

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