On A Carousel
On A Carousel
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Not so much The Hollies second hit from 1967, penned by Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks and Graham Nash (who later went on to form the supergroup Crosby, Stills and Nash), all about riding up and down on the carousel of emotions of a typical romance, but yet another big Seattle tradition: the Holiday Carousel in downtown Westlake Park (with the Macy’s Christmas Star in the background).


The earliest known record of a carousel dates back to a Byzantine etching from 500 AD which shows riders swinging in baskets tied to a central pole. And this one also goes back quite a few years, but not to 500AD, and makes for an exciting wooden horseback adventure with a festive holiday feel to it, that parents and grandparents are taking kids there to sit on the same rides they had also once rode in their youth.


The carousel is staffed exclusively by volunteers with all proceeds from the rides benefits the Treehouse charity for improving the lives of kids living in foster care in the Seattle area.


Leica M7 & 35mm Summicron
Fuji Velvia 50
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Color processing and scanning by Panda Lab