Busch Gardens

03 Apr

Coasting through life

By Silver Blue

Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Apollo’s Chariot roller coaster, before the park opened. A lucky employee was the sole rider on the train. “The Thrill of It” (C) 2012 F. John Barker III/Silver Blue Photography

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Silver Blue, who reminds you that memorable photos can happen any time, any where.

 

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18 Dec

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

By Silver Blue

Sorry, readers, to have been away for so long. I’ve been so busy with my day job, and attempting to sneak in time for Photo Phridays, Snapshot Saturdays, and everything else that I’ve neglected the blog. So, for those who aren’t following  me on Facebook, here’s a selection of photos taken at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg during their Christmas Town celebration:

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Silver Blue, who hopes to be able to keep up with the blog more frequently now….

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13 Jun

The Eagle Has Landed.

By Silver Blue

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, are caretakers to injured Bald Eagles, who are incapable of flight, ergo, unable to survive in the wild.

Normally, I’ve captured them looking majestic. The last time I was there, however, I caught one looking… sad, perhaps? Or perhaps there was something at its feet.

I can imagine a tagline being something like: “American Bald Eagle is embarrassed at the behaviour of our current Political System.”

Silver Blue… who reminds you… always keep your eyes open. You’ll see some interesting sights.

 

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11 Jun

Griffon…enhanced.

By Silver Blue

Took this photo via the train at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, while trying to stop the onset of a potential heat stroke.

The drop’s not the bad part. It’s where they take you to the edge and leave you there, hanging, waiting…


They leave you there for what seems like forever, but in actuality, it’s maybe 5 seconds. LOL.

Still, it makes for a great ride…and some great photos. 🙂

Silver Blue…who enjoys the thrill of it.

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10 Jun

Mr. Mister.

By Silver Blue

Or in this case, Mister/Mister.

From Busch Gardens, two water misters attached to fans causing an early morning fog/cool down. I didn’t avail myself of it, however, because I had my camera with me. 🙂

Silver Blue (who really DID say, as soon as I looked at this: Oh! Mister Mister!)

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29 May

I dreamt I could fly

By Silver Blue

To soar like the birds…

I’m reminded that Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.

LOL.

Silver Blue, who is no weasel.

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19 May

Signs of times gone by.

By Silver Blue

The Big Bad Wolf.

My second-most all-time favourite rollercoaster in the world. (The most favourite? “Gemini” at Cedar Point, Upper Sandusky, Ohio).

Howl I miss this coaster. Oh, sorry for the misplaced pun. 🙂 I’ve heard differing stories as to why Busch Gardens, Williamsburg removed the Wolf. Ridership was down. (Huh?) The ride had reached the end of its serviceable life. (Possibly, but Nessie is older and still running). The ride was one of three remaining in the US of its type (where you were suspended UNDER the tracks entirely enclosed in the car), and the company who made it (and produced maintenance parts) went out of business, therefore they couldn’t keep it running. (Probably.)

It’s taken then a few years, but the new coaster, Verbolten (also a trek through the Black Forest) opened on May 18. Haven’t ventured yet. Will do so, though, on my next trip to the Gardens.

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Silver Blue, who does enjoy a good thrill ride every now and then. 🙂

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15 May

No laying down on the job!

By Silver Blue

Look, I know you’re tired. *I* am tired. But that’s no excuse. Look at you:

This is an amusement park. NOT the ruins of Rome.

Oh wait. It WAS over by the “Escape form Pompeii”. Maybe there’s something to be said about this.

(In an interesting side note, this was taken in March 2011. By the end of the season 2011, and in 2012, the statue is back on its pedestal.)

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Silver Blue, who’s feeling rundown, much like that statue. It’s going to be an early night. TTFN.

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29 Apr

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

By Silver Blue

A new show at Festhaus, Busch Gardens, Williamsburg called “Entwined” which has a number of fairy tales mixed together. Of course, Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf are part of the story…

I can’t imagine … perhaps the person in the full body costume has some experience being a mascot because they had no problems dancing and acting out in the outfit.

I think the Lederhosen are a nice touch.

Contemplative wolf.

“I said,” said Red, “You don’t scare me!”

Besides, good wolves get skritchies behind the ears. 🙂

Part of the Finale number.

I saw the show when it was still being fine tuned. This was much better.

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Silver Blue, who is pleased the photos turned out so well without flash. There will be more to come!

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14 Apr

I’m your biggest fan

By Silver Blue

…I’ll follow you until you buy me, Capo, Capodimonte…

Having walked 7+ miles today, I’m a bit worn out. Still, I love the look of capodimonte, so… enjoy and I’ll post more photos tomorrow.

Silver Blue, who bets you’re probably singing Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi  in your head…

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