Looking Up

It is not often we look up, instead focusing on what is ahead of us. However when approaching the Ferris Wheel at Gold Reef City, an amusement park in South Africa, my girls and I could not resist looking towards the sky.

The Ferris Wheel at Gold Reef City. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
The Ferris Wheel at Gold Reef City. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

The view looking up encouraged us to want to see the view looking down. We, of course, went to stand in line to ride it. (To see the views we saw of the park and of Johannesburg, you can visit the post in which I share the photos.) The stunning views from above did not let us down – and reminded us that looking up sometimes leads to good things.

When did looking up lead to a positive experience for you?

(This post was inspired by the prompt at The Daily Post at WordPress.com)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

View from a Ferris Wheel

As mentioned in a previous post, I took a ride on a ferris wheel in a theme park found in Johannesburg, South Africa. As we approached the ferris wheel in Gold Reef City, this what we saw from among the trees:

The Ferris Wheel at Gold Reef City. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

As you can see, the theme of the ride was the soccer world cup (which South Africa had hosted in 2010). Not only did I take pictures of the surrounding scenery from up high, but also tried to capture a part of the ferris wheel itself from my seat.

View from a Ferris Wheel (2). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

This is the view I saw opposite to where I was sitting:

View from a Ferris Wheel (3). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

I also had a bird’s-eye view of another section of the amusement park, as well as some outlying factories.

View from A Ferris Wheel (4). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

And Gold Reef City would not be the same without a well-known piece of equipment used for gold mining:

View from a Ferris Wheel (5). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

We all enjoyed our ride in the Ferris Wheel. And the next time we visit the amusement park, I am sure my children will pull us towards it!

Have you been on a ferris wheel? What was your experience like?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Down

It is not often that we get the opportunity to look at the world from a height. I had the chance to do so when I went on a Ferris Wheel ride with my children, nephews and siblings this past year. We were at Gold Reef City, a theme park situated in Nasrec 8 kilometers from the centre of Johannesburg in South Africa. In the photograph you can see a bird’s-eye view of a section of the park, as well as the skyline of the Johannesburg metropolis in the distance.