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Fantasy living spaces at Walt Disney World – the O, Canada! castle

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:)

Canada’s “castle”
What’s inside? I often wonder
Could someone live there?

There’s a suite upstairs in Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom now. Every so often, you hear about someone winning a night in the suite; eventually, I guess Disney will open it up for regular stay bookings (although, I don’t know how that would work if you decided to go out at night and return after the park is closed).

Recently, Disney allowed one lucky family to stay overnight at the Haunted Mansion, also in the Magic Kingdom. Can you imagine staying overnight there? I wonder if Disney arranged for things to “go bump” while the family was there? You know, make it extra spooky… heh heh heh!

So, how much longer before other buildings in other parks are selected as overnight treats or else actual, regularly offered accommodations? The first place I thought of was the “castle” in EPCOT’s O, Canada! pavilion. I’ve written about it before – see That “other” Disney castle. It is, after all, modeled after a hotel, the Château Laurier in Ottowa. However, like any other Disney building, it was architected using forced perspective, so the apparent 6 stories are really probably only 3 or 4. Cinderella’s Castle had to be similarly challenged; I bet what looks like two stories on the outside is really only one story on the inside.

Anyhow, I think I would like to stay in Disney World’s “other” castle overnight. And sneak out into the darkness in the dead of night so I can make a raid on the pretzel bread they serve in the Le Cellier Steakhouse nearby! 😀

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Taken

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Wounded, reproachful
“I trusted in You!”, she cries.
There is no response.

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“Your next stop… THE TWILIGHT ZONE!”

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Heard from ‘cross the lake –
intermittent screams of fright =8^0
Tower of Terror!

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A Magic Kingdom twilight

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Solar reflection
makes for peachy-golden clouds –
twilight castle glow

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If I knew what all these buttons were for, I’d be dangerous

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:) These freakin’ buttons

on my cam’ra, but no clues

which for fireworks?

I’m pretty much an idiot for not reading the manual (“RTFM”, as we say in technology; the “F” is the same as in another popular acronyn, “FUBAR”). I get to the part where the pretty blue stuff is in the air and I realize I’ve got a camera in my hand that I’ve not really tried with fireworks before. Therefore, I have NO CLUE what setting it wants. There’s one that looks like a guy with a star over his head, so I pick that one. Uh-uh, blurry mess. Then there’s one that looks like a party in a cornucopia – all these streamers and confetti things coming out of it. While I don’t know what that one is for (yeah, I’ve been home for three days and I’ve not sought the manual yet), I do know it took a better photo of fireworks than the star-hovering-over-the-stick-dude setting did. Photo taken with a Canon Powershot SX110IS during “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth”, the nightly fireworks and multimedia show held at EPCOT in Walt Disney World

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If you dig it, they will come – “Santiva”, Florida

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Flowing through Blind Pass
it’s water under the bridge –
lots of fishes, too!

Florida’s fabulous cloud formations float above the newly-dredged Blind Pass, a waterway between the islands of Sanibel and Captiva in Southwest Florida. The area is sometimes affectionately referred to as “Santiva”. The Pass is something of a marvel to my eyes. Before moving to Southwest Florida in 2006, I had been vacationing on Sanibel annually for several years and never saw more than puddles under the bridge.

Now, thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers, a swift current swirls through the Pass, and the local news is currently reporting abundances of mackerel, kingfish – and sharks! If you look closely, you can see several heads bobbing out there in the mouth of the pass. I’m betting they haven’t read the local news lately… 😯

Some of you with sharp eyes may also have noticed that in addition to fishes, the Pass also attracts a species known as “militant shellers”. Bonus points if you know who they are! ;o)

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Where in “The World” are we?

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Jagged, snowy peak
Rocky Mountains or Swiss Alps?
Maybe the Andes…

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None of the above – it’s Expedition Everest!
Photo taken at Disney’s Animal Kindom

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Beauty from the balcony at Walt Disney World

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I rose early and

crept silently to peek as

God painted the sky


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Approaching the Sunshine Skyway, St. Petersburg, Florida

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:) Looks like the sails of
a tall ship in the distance;
when will it set sail?

My obsession with the Sunshine Skyway continues. If I can find a place to pull over and shoot, I do. Otherwise I just keep my eyes on the road, point the lens in the general direction and pray 😉 Not bad, huh? Have a happy and productive Friday, everyone!

 

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That “other” Disney castle

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:) Castle ‘cross the lake
neighbor in glass looming near
It’s a Disney day!
:)

No, it’s not the one in the Magic Kingdom – it’s the one in the Canada pavilion in EPCOT. It’s modeled after a hotel in Ottawa called Chateau Laurier. I think it makes a pretty picture, don’t you?

Happy Friday, everyone!

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The spirit of generosity on Sanibel Island

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:)

Stalking seagulls on
the causeway beach at sunset
a young woman said,

“Come and look through here!”
and standing aside, she then
let me take this shot.

People can be so nice. A young woman on the beach really DID call me over to show me the “frame” she’d found for the sunset, and invited me to help myself to a shot or two. I guess she was just so excited, she had to share :)

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Sunset happens on Sanibel Island

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It crept up on us
while we dined and surfed the net
sunset blazed away

My Niece No. 2 and I are peas in a pod when it comes to leisure activities. While vacationing together on Sanibel Island this past July, we would have dinner each night and then happily tether to the 3G on my cell phone, each with her own laptop, geeking out to all manner of websites, social media and etc. And the first night we were there, we were so very happily geeking, we almost missed the sunset! As soon as we realized, we raced out there and snapped a few pictures, then raced back inside our cottage before the no-see-ums could do any major damage.

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Solace in Japan at EPCOT

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Lamp post in Japan
is secretly a speaker;
tuneful ambiance

I love the color palette, shapes and textures of the Japan pavilion in Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park. There are the slopes and angles of the blue pagoda-shaped roofs, the prickly puffs of needles on the pines (some of them are bonsai), and earthy brown tones sprinkled throughout. There are usually a few spots around the koi pond where you can grab some shade and rest a bit in these peaceful surroundings.

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Up and away over Downtown Disney

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up, up and away
take me floating through the sky
never let me down

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Florida skies: painted-on perfection

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Really, it looks fake.
Painted-on, puffy clouds,
backdrop for the palms.

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Lighting up the night at EPCOT

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Trees in silhouette
Aptly named, it lights the night
“ILLUMINATIONS”

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Arboreal ambition

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Lacy pine fingers
reaching out to touch the sky
somehow, falling short

Australian pines seem to love the sandy soil and subtropical climate of Sanibel Island, but their shallow root system ensures that they are very easily uprooted during a hurricane, causing destruction when they fall on cars, houses and other structures. It’s amazing there are any left on the island, but they soldier on, somehow.

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Time in the clouds at EPCOT

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:) Don’t you sometimes wish that you could control time? That way you could go back and visit all your best, most favorite memories every once in a while. Wouldn’t that be nice?

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Characters In Flight, Downtown Disney

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:) A new attraction
floats above an old nightclub –
Characters In Flight

It’s a bittersweet scene. One of Downtown Disney’s newest attractions hovers over Pleasure Island’s oldest attraction. The Adventurer’s Club is closed, along with all of Pleasure Island’s other night clubs. Back in April, I bid a belated farewell to Pleasure Island, explaining that Disney had chosen to close the clubs in favor of more “family friendly” entertainment. The new Characters In Flight attraction could qualify as “family friendly”. It looks like a lot of fun. When I was there a few weeks ago, I decided not to go by myself; there was no fear factor involved, I just thought I’d have a better time with friends and/or family. So, if I attend the Moose Meet in October, I think I’m going to want to drag some of my fellow Mooses along – who’s game? Who wants to come fly with me? C’mon, you KNOW you want to! 😉

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Mission: SPACE at Disney’s EPCOT

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I fear for them, these
hurtling planets; padded sky
will cushion their fall

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EPCOT sunset reflections

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Reflection on fire
Lacy branches, purple sky –
Tuesday’s last hurrah

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Jacaranda at EPCOT

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Jacaranda tree
fragrant blossoms ‘gainst the sky
puffy clouds drift by

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A view of Tarpon Bay, Sanibel Island

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One fine Saturday
I take a ride on a boat
out on Tarpon Bay

There’s a pergola.
Blue sky peeking through the slats,
they hold lectures there

Someone’s speaking, but
so enamored of the sky,
I do not hear him.


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International Gateway at EPCOT

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Walking up the hill
International Gateway
Time to tour the world

This way to EPCOT!
Hurry, before those clouds start
to look menacing…

That’s the bridge between the United Kingdom pavilion and the France pavilion at EPCOT, as seen from the hill you have to walk up when you enter via the International Gateway.

My recent trip to Walt Disney World for the Flower and Garden Festival coincided with the beginning of rainy season here in Florida. It rained nearly every day of the trip. That’s ok, Florida really needs the rain. There have been droughts and the inevitable grass kill and brush fires that follow. I kind of feel sorry for people who booked their vacations in Orlando that week… but sorta not really, because I’d rather have it rain on people’s vacations, including mine, than see the entire state burn to a crisp.

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Orlando skies reflected at EPCOT

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OK, the blog has been sleeping long enough! It’s time to get back into the swing of things, and what better way than with one of my favorite recent shots taken at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park. At long last, after a VERY dry winter, Florida’s rainy season began last week, and with it comes all these delicious clouds. We are now entering the very best time to get reflection shots of the sky here in Florida. Lots more to share in future posts!

Here comes the haiku…

Hot, humid, drippy.
Mirror, mirror in the lake –
I need some ice cream!

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Another beautiful EPCOT sunset

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Only five more days.
Then, margarita in hand
I’ll be watching this!

Yep, it’s time – I’m going to Disney World!

No, you’re not seeing things. I’ve published this same scene before. But each time, it’s different because the sky is always changing. It’s a routine in which I like to indulge when I’m at EPCOT – get a mango margarita, grab a seat down by lagoon across from the Mexico pavilion, and enjoy the magnificent sunset glinting off the water, streaking the sky with multi-colored clouds. Ahhh… :)

So, Tuesday will be my first night at Walt Disney World, and I have a dilemma. I don’t want to miss the finale of The Biggest Loser. I’m hoping that Tara wins – GO, TARA! Nice Lawn Guyland girl LOL 😉 Anyway, I digress. I’ll be in Disney World, and the show starts at 8:00 PM, but the sun will be setting close to 8:00 PM too…. what’s a girl to do? Ack, decisions! 😯

I’ll be mobile photo blogging from Disney World starting Tuesday May 12th… hope you’ll drop by now and then to see what I’m up to. :)

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Florida morning sky

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One September day
Woke to see a morning moon
and some peachy clouds

Pond as smooth as glass
Captures all that’s in the sky
Smooth, perfectly still

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The Mystery Sunset

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Stood on the terrace
so high above the city.
Saw the sun retire.

You might be thinking,
“Oh, she lives in Florida.”
Well, you would be right!

BUT, beauty lives in
other places, too – can you
guess where THIS sun set?

If you think you know the location of the “mystery sunset”,
please leave a comment.

Bonus points if you can guess where exactly I was standing when I took the shot.
Um, there’s no prize, I’m just trying to start a conversation here so help a sista out, ‘k? 😉


 

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Rookery Bay Sunset – Naples, Florida

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Pretty as it is,
it would be more beautiful
shared over a kiss.

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Not-so-hidden Mickey

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On the way home from
The Happiest Place On Earth,
a “hidden” Mickey

makes me sad to leave.
But! A voice inside my head
calls, “See ya real soon!”


 

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Strolling into the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

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IMG_0576-EPCOT-Flower-Garden-Festival-sign :) Here we are at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival again. Can you tell that I’m starting to get excited for my upcoming trip to Orlando? 😉 Woops, I need to tell the story in haiku – here we go!

This sign speaks the truth –
Disney loves a festival
AND a celebration!

It’s so true – every year, they think up some reason or another to have a hullabaloo, so you’ll feel like you’re missing something if you don’t make the pilgrimage. Pretty clever marketing, huh?

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Look! the gang’s all here
Mickey, Minnie and the rest
greet us at the gate.


Spaceship Earth reflects
patterned slivers of blue skies;
geospheric orb

I love the way the facets of the geosphere capture little pieces of sky. It can be a harsh-looking structure when the sky is cloudy and gray, but blue really softens it as a backdrop for these classic Disney characters in topiary.

IMG_0588-EPCOT-Pluto-topiaryHere’s Pluto with the monorail track behind him and some more of that amazing blue Orlando sky. I want you to look REALLY closely at Pluto. What do you notice about him, hmmmm?

Isn’t Pluto cool? 8)
Guess what Pluto’s secret is?
(Look at his collar…)

So, did you see what I wanted you to see? Or maybe you didn’t… I will give you a hint as to what you are looking for. These photos are from the 2005 Flower and Garden Festival, which had a very specific theme. I’ll wait while you click that and look for the clue…. oh, good, you’re back. Are you tired of squinting? I’ll give you another hint – in fact, I will give you something to CLICK so you can see a close-up. Then, if you please, c’mon back here to the comments section, and tell me what you found!

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Fort Myers Beach Moon

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Unable to stop
myself from stalking the moon,
I halt at each light,

roll down the window,
click away obsessively
till the light turns green

and then drive away.
La Luna Bella – preserved
on silicon chip

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