This beautiful double decker carousel sits in one of the main squares along Bordeaux’s main shopping street. The day we visited was a little cool and rainy, Sunday morning. Many of the stores would not be opening that day, so the streets were quiet. A good day to be out and about with the camera.
Still a kid at heart I love the painted ponies, and it is guaranteed to will bring a smile to my face as I watch the children ride up and down, smiling and waving to parents and grandparent, family or friends as they travel by, around and around. So where ever I travel I check to see if there is a carousel in the neighbourhood.
In the square just outside one of the many churches in Caen, along one of the pedestrian street was the old-fashioned carousel. I am sure that it is kept quite busy on the weekend.
This was a difficult photo, I wanted to catch the horses as they went by and show the church in the background, the late afternoon sun was flaring over the edge of the carousel leaving the underside of the carousel quite dark. Photographing this image in RAW format gave me enough latitude to bring back the detail in both the shadows and in the highlights in Camera Raw.
I love carousels, and usually spend a bit of time when I find one photographing them, and their location. I can’t quite explain the fascination, in the old days a carousel had a brass ring that, if you were able to grab and remove, meant you got a free ride! I think it has more to do with watching kids and their excitement, the smiles are contagious don’t you think?
Bordeaux has two carousels that I found, although I had heard there was a third I did not have time to find, just another reason to return to this lovely city….
Here is the colour version; I am having trouble deciding which one I like best. Tell me which one you like and why, I would love to hear from you.
I love to watch the merry-go-round, the ponies painted so beautifully. The kids riding them with smiles on their faces, parents and grandparents who never fail to wave each and every time the child goes by, smiling back and enjoying the moment.
It’s Monday and I hope you are enjoying your own version of the work/life merry-go-round, that someone is standing on the sidelines for you, smiling and waving each time you go by, cheering you on, and enjoying the moment. I truly hope that it is a merry-go-round that you are on, not a treadmill. Play the music loud, smile at those you around you and enjoy the moment.
We have been in Paris for 5 days now, and I think that each day we have walked almost as far as we did while on the camino in Spain. There is so much to see in the city. Yesterday while we walked out to the Eiffel tower it was nice and warm, foggy when we got to the top, but a lovely day. The forecast was for good weather all week, but this morning as we headed out to Notre Dame Cathedral it was cool and cloudy, and remain so most of the day.
After Notre Dame we wandered through the Latin Quarter all the way over to the Musee d’Orsay, the back to the apartment for a rest. With everyone here with us it is busy with walking, visiting, eating and drinking, no time for processing photos or posting on the blog!
Another image of Jane’s Carousel, it was a rainy day in New York City, when we took the subway to Brooklyn and wandered the streets, our goal a little coffee shop that was recommended by a fellow blogger, called the Brooklyn Roasting Company and seeing Jane’s Carousel.
There is something magical about a carousel. Aside from the beauty and craftmanship of these historic gems, there is the craftsmanship that goes into restoring them. Maybe we remember the feeling of being a small child and riding the carousel and seeing our parents and or grandparents standing on the side waiting for us to come around and wave. Maybe it is as a parent or grandparent standing on the side and seeing the joy of the children as the see us and wave. There is magic and joy all around the carousel, and this one is no exception. The setting on the East River in view of the Brooklyn Bridge even on a rainy gray day is worth the walk, after all the coffee shop is just around the corner!
by now you have probably guessed I have a fondness for carousel ponies. This one was at Saratoga Springs. Unfortunately the carousel was closed for the season and all I could do was admire the ponies from outside the glass. I used a texture overlay to enhance the grungy glass, and the warm yellow of the late afternoon sun.
Jane’s Carousel, in Brooklyn Bridge Park, near the Brooklyn Bridge, along the East River, housed in a glass pavillion is the historic carousel has been completely restored. For just $2.00 anyone can ride the ponies. The day Bill and I were there it was a quiet day – opening at 11 am on Sunday only a few parents were out with their small children to experience the magic.
Carousels are such a pleasure, check out Jake’sprinter’s web post for more of his reader’s posts on pleasure.