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6 Flags Grids

Story & Photographs by J R Compton

Blue Monster - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Blue Sky with Gridzola

The compapny Anna works for has its annual picnic at Six Flags in Arlington every year. I hadn't been for decades, but have stopped along the Turnpike to photograph parts of it so many times, I'd begun to think that was the best viewpoint.

It's not. The park has many fascinating views, the best of which — or perhaps the most unusual — is looking down from the observation tower, from which one can see both Dallas and Fort Worth dowtowns on a clear day.

As often, I was much less interested in the people or the usual sights and vistas. What I was after was the grids. I love those repeating patterns, and they run amok at Six Flags, so I were in heaven.

Plus I got to ride on the loop de looping Texas Shockwave, and that scared me silly.

 

Yellow Moonster -  Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Yellow Monster

 

 

 

Anna Flies - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Anna Flying Free

Most of the rides we like to ride on are gentle, safe, swinging rides. We did the carousel and the Belgian Swings.

 

 

 

Blue On Blue - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Blue On Blue

 

 

 

Bat Man Swirl - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Bat Man Swirl

No way I was going to ride the Bat Man, but I was fascinated with photographing it for many long minutes. That yellow against that deep blue Texas sky was not to be passed up. All those human slinging along, often completely inverted only adds to the excitement — of watching.

 

 

 

Friends Chuting - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Friends Chuting

Another timid but pleasant ride.

 

 

 

Rectangular On Blue - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

Supe 'n His Friends - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Supe and His Skinny Friends

 

 

 

Fountain - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Fountain

 

 

 

Butterscotch Pony - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Butterscotch Pony on the Carosel

One of the wilder ponies on the carousel.

 

 

 

Crosshatched Coaster - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Crosshatched Coaster

 

 

 

Empty Proscenium - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Empty Proscenium

Something there is that appreciates a proscenium that's not only empty, but vapid, too.

 

 

 

Housetop Orange Grid - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Red Grid, House Top and White Fence

The observation tower was heaven on earth (well, mostly) for grids. After awhile, they seemed the local normal, and everything else was just so very strange.

 

 

 

Dirty Doors - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Dirty Windows

Must be on the way up.

 

 

 

Loop De Loop Coaster - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Melange of Grids and Loop De Loops

 

 

 

Bench Rows Forever - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Bench Rows Forever

 

 

 

Blob Coaster - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Blob Coaster

 

 

 

smog in the distance

Long Down Slope

 

 

 

 

Spiral Staircase - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Spiral Staircase

 

 

 

Tangential Arcs - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Tangential Loops in Green and Blue

 

 

 

Looping The Wave - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Looping The Shock Wave

 

 

 

The Backs of Facades - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

The Backs of Facades

 

 

 

The Silver Mine - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Silver Mine from Aloft

 

 

 

Swing Low - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Swing Low

 

 

 

Septa Pus - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Septapus

 

 

 

Coaster Reflection II - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Reflections of a White Coaster

 

 

 

Love High - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Love On High

 

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