View from a Train

View from a Train. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

The Gold Reef City theme park in Johannesburg, South Africa, has been modelled on the structures of a Johannesburg long gone. Riding the train around the park, I took this photo from my seat. The time period seems magical and as you stroll around the re-invented streets, you can almost imagine what it would have been like living there decades ago.

Do you enjoy strolling through the streets of a time long gone?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post was inspired by the WordPress Photo Challenge. This week’s prompt is: magic.)

View from Inside

While at Gold Reef City (in Johannesburg, South Africa), we took the train ride that weaves between the sights created in the amusement park. My favourite view from inside the train was when we passed the buildings of a time gone by that had been restored.

View from Inside. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
View from Inside. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Later on in the day we went to walk around the area we had caught a glimpse of.

Do you enjoy views from inside a train?

(This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge prompt: Inside)

From a Different Perspective

I have come to learn that taking pictures of objects from different angles can give one a different perspective on what is being photographed. On a visit to Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, South Africa I took pictures of the exhibits that are littered aound the amusement park.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
An old steam engine. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I was intrigued by the old steam engine that had been fixed up as a decoration. It reminds one of days gone by when trains were moved with steam and not electricity. I was pleased with the following picture I took highlighting a different perspective of this relic.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
A steam engine at Gold Reef City. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I took many pictures of the rides we took during our day at the park. My favourite is of the Ferris Wheel which had been done up in honour of South Africa hosting the World Cup for soccer that year.

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

Looking up at the big wheel was different to looking at the seats head on.

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

And nothing, of course, could equal the view that one sees when looking down from the top.

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

Since I began blogging and sharing my pictures in weekly photo challenges, I have started thinking about the photos I am taking. No longer do I just stand in front of an object and take what is in front of me. Instead I look at different ways in which I can capture what I am seeing.

Do you think of taking pictures from a different perspective?

(This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge prompt: Perspective)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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.