Photo Friday: The Lookout

I wasn’t happy with the graduation photos I shot on Friday, so I used a photo from our family trip to Tower Park in Peoria Heights on Saturday.

The Lookout

"Some day, this will all be mine."

The Wife and I had been there before, so this time we took the kids to enjoy the view. The Tower is a functioning water tower with a half million gallons inside. An elevator carries visitors to a three-level observation deck two hundred feet up. Little Bird went up on her tiptoes to see over the edge, and I snapped this photo.

I managed to get a fun photo of the family, too, as I was coming down the spiral staircase after them.

The Family

"I'm crushing your head!"

The kids really enjoyed it, and given it was only $7.75 for all of us, it’s not a bad deal. The kids already want to go back.

As a bonus, there are plaques all around the perimeter of the observation deck. Most of them are arrows pointing to cities and their distances, ranging from local cities to more distant places like Los Angeles, Sydney, and even Polaris (the North Star). There are also a few plaques with famous quotations.

Immortality

Writing books counts, right?

I went up light, just carrying my kit lens. Sometime I would love to get a hold of a really good telephoto lens and see what kinds of things I can spot. Until I’m rich, though, the kit lens will have to do.

More photos from the set here, and the full Photo Friday set for 2012 is here.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

2 comments

  1. Troy says:

    Cool tower. Is that open area above your daughter’s head is it windowed in?

    “As a bonus, there are blacks all around the perimeter of the observation deck.”

    What is a “black?”

    Take care,
    Troy

    • Mike says:

      Crap. That’s supposed to be “plaque” not “black”. I don’t know how I read straight past that during proofing. Thanks for pointing it out.

      And yes, it’s open. The Wife wasn’t too thrilled watching the kids try to peer over the side. Heh.

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