Yesterday after work I decided to go to Centennial Park to take a couple snapshots of our newest novelty. When I’m out and about, I intentionally take in as much of the atmosphere around me as I can but I found this particular visit rather unusual.
I took Marta downtown and walked to the park from the station. As I walked past Philips Arena in the 91 degree heat, there were carefree visitors taking pictures in front of the red CNN sign sitting just outside CNN Center. From there, I could see the ferris wheel ahead of me and found myself getting a little excited to see it in motion. With only one block to go, I crossed the street which was busy with afternoon commuter traffic. I looked to my left to see people entering the park with their lawn chairs, in anticipation of the Wednesday Wind Down concert series.
Musicians were on stage performing sound checks against a background of happy screams & laughter coming from children cooling off in the Olympic Fountain. A pre-recorded announcement, broadcast from towering speakers, welcomed visitors and cautioned them to enjoy the fountains safely.
With all of this going on, I looked up in time to see two streaks of lightning break through a sky filling with some menacing grey clouds in the distance. The sky directly above me was perfectly blue with moderate coverage of white clouds. However, I could tell things would be changing very soon.
A welcoming slight breeze was ruffling leaves on the trees when I heard the grumbling of thunder closing in. I realized then that I needed to increase my leisurely stroll to a brisk walk. I finally arrived at my destination, snapped a few photos and immediately headed back to the station.
I like that the Skyview Atlanta Ferris Wheel is here. My walk to capture a simple snapshot lead to a brief walk filled with the odd combination of joy, excitement, live music, hurried afternoon traffic, really hot weather and the threat of severe weather looming over it all.
Now I’m excited to find out what a trip inside one of the 42 gondolas will reveal. We shall see.