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Our journey into the Magic Kingdom continues…

To avoid getting photographically bored (gasp!) when you’ve been fortunate enough to visit this park as often as we have, you learn to notice the details. There isn’t much the Imagineers can get past me these days. 😉

For example, while strolling down the sidewalk on Main Street, USA, I spotted a new addition embedded in the brickwork:

“Portal to Magic” (Portal Icon – Main Street USA, ‘Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom’ Interactive Adventure, Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, 9.9mm, F/4, 1/400s, ISO 100

At the time, I had no idea what I was photographing was part of the latest interactive adventure called “Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom”. This large bronze medallion tells game-players where magical portals are located within the park. Hmmmm, interesting… we will have to play this the next time we are there.

“La Fountaine de Cindrillon” (Cinderella Statue, Cinderella Fountain, Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, 17.3mm, F/4.5, 1/400s, ISO 100


 
 
 

Moving onward, we wanted to take a look at the progress being made over in the new expansion area that was formerly known as Toontown.

However, on our way there, Cinderella’s Fountain captured my eye and once again, I got down low and shot upwards so as to isolate the statue’s silhouette against the brilliant blue sky.
 
 
 
 
 
 
For reference, this is what the fountain looks like shot straight on from the front.

Cinderella Fountain

Now, you can’t photograph Cinderella and not think about Prince Charming. 🙂 Good thing his carrousel was close by and looking very colorful, washed in the Florida sunshine:

“Oh, So Charming” (Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, 6.6mm, F/4, 1/1000s, ISO 100

Behind the carrousel we could catch glimpses of the construction taking place beyond the familiar Disney wooden barriers. Off in the distance, the new Beast Castle rises out of the rocky hillside:

“Beast Castle” (Beast Castle Under Construction, Fantasyland Expansion, Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, 69.2mm, F/5, 1/800s, ISO 100)

Many folks wonder why we keep returning to Disney time and time again, but for us, the answer is quite simple: “If they build it, we will come.” 🙂

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Scaramouche! Scaramouche! Will you do the fandango?

“Silhouett-o” (House Fly Silhouette) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/5.6, 1/320s, -0.3EV, ISO 400, Color Efex Pro Bi-color Gradient and Vignette Filters

Eh, doesn’t really matter to me… 🙂

“John Parker” (Lexington Militiaman Statue, Lexington, Massachusetts) Nikon D300, 48mm, F/14, -0.3EV, ISO 200

In Lexington today for the Chamber of Commerce’s Autumn Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, how could I not photograph the famous Lexington Minuteman??

I took all different angles, ultimately choosing this shot in silhouette, with the sun creating a really cool halo effect.

Once home, I did some research and was shocked to learn that, although the statue is locally referred to as “The Lexington Minuteman”, Captain John Parker was actually a militaman. Who knew?

The statue was sculpted by Massachusetts artist Henry Hudson Kitson and was errected in 1900. It is located on the edge of Lexington Battle Green, which is the site of the first battle in the Revolutionary War.

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