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49/52 Flying with Harry Potter


Side view of Hogwarts

This is a side view of Hogwarts castle in Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando. Doubt that’s Harry Potter flying around up there on his Firebolt.

Flying with Harry Potter was the deciding factor when I asked my teenager to choose from Florida or North Carolina for our family vacation. This is a virtual ride so a fractured fibula didn’t keep me from enjoying it just as much as she did.

We were advised to stow our valuables in lockers before the ride so I’m still kicking myself in the butt for not taking a pocket camera. Also, my cell phone camera stinks so I don’t have inside photos to share.

We stood in line for almost two hours but this attraction is well worth the wait. We made our way through the classrooms and corridors of Hogwarts before soaring above the castle grounds with Harry and his friends.

The Harry Potter island of adventure also features Hogsmeade Village, Hogwarts Express,  the Frog Choir and two coaster attractions.

Photo of the Week series: Every Sunday in 2012 I will either share a photo from my archives or something new I just can’t wait to get feedback on for future art shows/exhibits.

Blogger participation: My hope is to receive enough input on each week’s photo to later post a Bloggers’ Choice of the Month and wrap up 2012 with a Bloggers’ Choice of the Year.

Frightmare Friday 3/3


This haunted castle has an eerie presence – even in daylight. Notice the broken police tape. Was it caused by someone trying to enter or someTHING trying to get out! Did something horrific happened in the turret room. I didn’t dare peek inside! I did check all the windows just to see if a pair of eyes was staring back at me.

In reality, the house on the property has been vacant for some time and the tape is to warn passersby to the unsafe condition of the barn/carriage house (see original in gallery).

Again, I must credit picmonkey.com for inspiring my trilogy of terror photo illustrations.

The greeting card is one of my Twirls that started out last fall as a real pumpkin.

My best friend’s semi actually has flames down its side, which sparked the idea to turn it into something more satanic!