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Monday, August 10, 2009

Cruising carnival ride

Astoria, Oregon A carnival ride cruises down Marine Drive on Sunday, July 26. Sunday Market was in full swing, the weather was glorious, and everyone was headed to the beach. The carnival ride seems to be passing through town, maybe to one of the beach cities up or down the coast. Marine Drive is also Highway 30, and carries much of the beach-bound traffic from Portland and Seattle if they happen to be coming via the south bank of the Columbia River, which is a lot faster than the road on the north side, although you wouldn't guess it from the way the traffic looks here. This "crawl" of vehicles is unusual on a weekday or in winter, but is not untypical for a weekend day in summer . . . especially when the sun is out!

I'd been wondering what you call the style of the building behind the traffic, and I still don't know. It has a few pieces of ornamentation that remind me of the late 1800s and early 1900s, yet the clean lines look a bit like Art Deco without the flair. Here's an evening photo of the building I really like. It was taken from 12th Street, the cross-street at the left of this photo. Bronze Koi Beads is a cool business occupying the ground floor. It deserves its own photo one of these days. A medical supply store takes up the corner at the left. It's useful, but not as picturesque. Obviously, the top floor is up for grabs!

I chose this photo today for Mellow Yellow Monday, where you can find lots of photos featuring this happy color!

8 comments:

Ming the Merciless said...

We had perfect weather too this weekend but the water is way too cold for swimming (or so I'm told).

Is the circus/carnival in town? Maybe the ride is an advertisement for the shows.

Small City Scenes said...

I like the colors of the carnival ride--and the balloons too. Just passing through, huh.
The building looks 40ish to me. Wharever that means. MB

cieldequimper said...

No clue about the building but what a colourful sight!

Don and Krise said...

I'll bet the kids in town that saw that coming through were pretty excited. Good eye for catching the yellow here.

Stacie said...

I love the colors in the carnival ride!

Jacob said...

You've certainly caught the ambiance of a nice, sunny day is busy Astoria!

Great shot with wonderful colors!

shopannies said...

I love those hot air baloons

Lee Spangler said...

I don't know what they are but they sure make for an interesting picture!

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