It’s a Kind of Magic
I think we have a tendency to take things around us for granted. I know it happens to me. The same scenes are always before me and I never give them much thought. Instead, I’m busy looking at photos from other parts of the world, wish I had something as interesting, unique or marvelous near where I live. The folks who get to travel to those beautiful places surely enjoy coming home with some prized photos. Sometimes I wonder if they’re as bored with their surroundings as I am. Yet, there are things near me that cause millions of people to visit my home just to see it. To them, it’s a kind of magic.
There are a few folks who follow my photography just for the Disney pictures. They count the days until their next vacation when they can return and experience the theme parks and attractions. Until then, they live vicariously through photos online. Sometimes a shot of an iconic scene transcends everything and takes them back to some childhood memories. I get some very cool notes from folks who are just happy to reminisce because my photo took them to a place they love. That’s actually a great feeling for me, too.
It’s not always easy to get that iconic shot, though. For those of you who don’t live here and have an annual pass, you’d be amazed at how many times Walt Disney World screws up their centerpieces by placing a bunch of garbage in front of it. This shot of The Sorcerer’s Hat is getting harder to capture because Disney often has a stage in front of it, or something else blocking the view. At Epcot, they fill the foreground before Spaceship Earth with a plethora of large signs for the Food & Wine festival. Cinderella Castle has stage shows every day with set pieces in front, blocking the view of the castle. I think Animal Kingdom is the only place where Disney doesn’t put something out to obstruct its centerpiece, the Tree of Life.
So that means I end up going back to the parks every so often, just waiting for the time when these things get out of the way. There’s been a rumor for a long time that Disney is going to get rid of The Sorcerer’s Hat in Hollywood Studios. I have no idea if it’s true, but I can’t imagine what they’d put in its place. Maybe a statue of Miley Cyrus.
No matter where you live, there’s likely something about it that will bring a smile to someone’s face. Try not to overlook it.