Friday, August 07, 2015
Today I have two unusual angles of the "Living Desert" portion of the classic "Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland" attraction.
I tried to determine where this photo was shot from as the train chugged along the track, but couldn't quite nail it down. At first I thought it might be near the watering hole (and antelopes) that we've seen in other photos, but now I am not so sure. Anyway, this feels surprisingly "real" looking at the plants and rock formations, with the mist from a geyser in the distance.
This next one is the most fun; it's a great "you are there" angle, as if you were sitting in one of the open-air trains (toward the back, it appears) with the rest of the passengers craning their necks to take in all of the strange sights. Those rocks are a-tumbling! I wish we could see a bit more of the train and the guests, but that's life for you.
Zooming in, you can see that the train's engineer is pointing upward... he must be doing the narration himself instead of using the famous recorded spiel by Dallas McKennon. "Howdy, folks!".