Friday, 1 May 2015

Theme Day - Revolution - Luna Park


Down beside the north-western pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, just to the rear of the North Sydney swimming pool I featured yesterday, is Sydney's Luna Park. I visited on Wednesday as yet another low was forming off the coast, sending squalls of scudding rain up the harbour, and turning our usual blue skies to a depressing shade of grey. However, the rain is welcome even though we have endured a lot of it during the month of April.


Luna Park is not open everyday. A sign said it would reopen at 11am on Friday. I suspect it is open Friday/Saturday/Sunday. But it is not locked up. I wandered freely. As you can see, the gondolas on the ferris wheel are enclosed. I suspect this is a government safety regulation. The ferris wheel was installed during the 1982 renovations, and stands 35 metres tall, with 24 gondolas. Now this is a midget of a wheel. Even the word's first wheel stood at 80m. (Chicago 1893). The London Eye was pretty tall at 135m. But, the world's tallest wheel is in Las Vegas, and is an astonishing 167.6m tall.

The Ferris Wheel is named after its creator, George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr, who died of typhoid fever in 1896, aged 37.


As I was assembling this post, it occured to me that the arc of the bridge, in the back ground, is part of a (silent or understood) circle. The visible portion of the arc is 153m in length. I can think about radii, and about diameters, and about the circumference of any given circle; about tangents, and chords, and sectors. But, I have absolutely no idea how to calculate the radius of the circle of this arc, that being so, I will consider it "The Radii of the Silent Arc".


This is my contribution to the City Daily Photo Theme Day. Click here to see how other CDP bloggers have interpreted the theme, "Revolution".

Thank you to Chrissy Brand from Mancunian Wave for devising May's theme of "Revolution".

22 comments:

Dina said...

I have only seen the Luna Park from the ferry so it's nice to get inside it now through your camera. Nice that you could roam free and take pictures without the crowds.

William Kendall said...

That is a very good take. It's been a long time since I've been on a ferris wheel. Probably since childhood, and those wouldn't have been on the scale of this.

Tahiti Daily Photo said...

Nice interpretation of this theme day Julie.

Jack said...

I am insanely jealous, Julie. I would have loved to find a ferris wheel, but this is not the season. I love your photo collection today. Tough theme!

Sharon Anck said...

What a colorful place this is.

Denton Harryman said...

Nice set of circles .. The Farris wheel certainly revolves .. But mostly I like the bridge and the implied circle

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I think I recognize the Empire State Building- now I'm waiting for the ape to show up.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I absolutely love the first shot Julie, the composition and content are brilliant. what a treat to look around Luna Park.. one day :)

Bob Crowe said...

It shares themes with Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, a favorite place when I was a child. Don't remember seeing this on our one visit to Sydney many years ago.

Kay said...

Nice interpretation of today's theme. And how nice, too, that you were able to roam freely around such an interesting park, full of eye candy!

Joe said...

Thanks for this post Julie. An amusement park contains so many mechanical representations of revolution. I experienced them all in my younger years but these days it's only the inside of my head that seems to revolve.

Jim said...

This was actually going to be my first choice for theme day but didn't get a chance to get out that way due to recent bad weather. Great pics, Julie.

diane b said...

Interesting that it isn't locked up when not open. We have the rain now and it is torrential. I can see there will be flooding everywhere by morning.

Bergson said...

good choice
do not do too many laps carousel

Rob Siemann said...

Nice one!

Kate said...

Ah, yes! Choices are endless when visiting amusement parks and carnivals. Your photos are bright and cheerful!

Luis Gomez said...

Lovely shots Julie. This is such a great and photographic place.

LOLfromPasa said...

I love watching Ferris wheels but I am totally not good riding on them. Super shots.

magiceye said...

The 1st pic is beautifully composed and intriguing!

EG CameraGirl said...

How interesting that you were allowed to walk around even though the carnival was closed! Hmmm. They must have security cameras everywhere. :)) I really like your first photo especially.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Great contibtion ... I have been so busy the month end arrived without me noticing so I have not participated again.

Dianne said...

Lovely bright captures of Luna Park Julie with it's colouful revolving ferris wheel. Beautiful clear captures.