Balance

Luzia-0293The image above, though an amazing display of perfect balance, was only the first level of this act.  The poles he is balancing on were added to, step by step, until there were a total of six on each side.  When the final set were added, he did a split between the two before coming back down.  A spectacular display of strength and balance!

Cirque du Soliel – LUZIA
Atlantic Station
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
140mm @ f/6 – 1/125 sec – ISO 2500

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Kelly and Grzegorz are the featured performers in this acrobatic dance segment of the Luzia show.  They leap, spin and flip across the stage in a beautiful combination of latin dance moves and gymnastic thrills.

Of course, the show lives up to the Cirque du Soliel trademark with fantastic music, visual scenery, lighting and costumes.  It is full of comedy, spectacular acrobatic acts and feats of strength and bravery.  I have seen several of their shows and have never been disappointed.  It’s something everyone needs to see.

Cirque du Soliel – LUZIA
Atlantic Station
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
140mm @ f/6 – 1/125 sec – ISO 2500

Lluvia means Rain

One of several acts from Luzia where the ceiling opened up to bring the rain was this duo of Cyr Wheel artists.  One was twirling in the air, the other spinning inside a big metal wheel while a downpour drenched them both.

How the performers do these amazing feats with all that water being dumped on them without drowning or slipping off the stage is beyond me!  It is also a very cool to see the water dripping and spraying all over.  A fantastic show.

Cirque du Soliel – LUZIA
Atlantic Station
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
270mm @ f/6.3 – 1/80 sec – ISO 2500

Luzia – Light and Rain

On Sunday, we went to see the Cirque du Soliel show – Luzia which is now playing at Atlantic Station.  The show’s inspiration is Mexico and the title is a combination of the Spanish words for light (Luz) and rain (LLuvia) which are both prominenet in the show.

The spectacle is impressive in this production.  There are a number of large-scale animal puppets (similar to those used on Broadway for Lion King and War Horse) that are pretty amazing.  The image above shows the big, silver horse that appear several times along with the masked wrestler and the clown, an everpresent character in Cirque shows.

I was happy to see that the restrictions on photography have been relaxed here.  It was a bit confusing to determine what the rules were.  As long as you don’t use flash and you’re not trying to video the whole show, it’s pretty much OK.  I had someone tell me on the way in that I couldn’t use my camera at all during the show but then, at the opening of the show, they announced that photography was allowed.

In any case, I would recommend this show as it was very well done and amazing to watch.  The one thing I would warn people of was the contortionist.  This act is mind-blowing but also somewhat disturbing.  The guy bends totally in half, backwards and twists himself literally into a pretzel.  Made me kind of queazy.

Cirque du Soliel – LUZIA
Atlantic Station
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
110mm @ f/5.6 – 1/160 sec – ISO 2500

 

Take me out to the Ball Game

I just had to share a few images from our first trip to the new Sun Trust Field.  We were offered free tickets for the last home game of the year so, off we went to watch the Braves.  I have to say that the new stadium is beautiful.  We got nice seats down the first-base line and covered from the direct sun.  It was a very pleasant afternoon.

Sadly, the beautiful surroundings did not result in the home team winning this game but, a gorgeous afternoon at the ball park is hard to beat!

Sun Trust Park
Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Slipper Orchid

The orchid center at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is full of many different types of orchids and other exotic plants.  These slipper orchids really look as if some tiny person could slip them on their feet and walk off into the forest in high style.

I love seeing the fantastic variety of shapes and colors that the orchid family is made up of.  All the beautiful plants at the gardens are a pleasure to experience.  It is a true joy to spend time here and marvel at the wonders of nature and be glad to have the chance to share in this amazing planet we live on.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
100mm @ f/11 – 1/100 sec – ISO 400

Tending the flowers

I love to see the beauty of flowers on a Summer’s day but when you add butterflies to the mix, it is hard to get anything better.  It is so interesting to watch them poking through the flowers in search of nectar and then leaving with a coating of pollen to carry on to the next flower.  Nature has such an amazing way of joining things together.  The flower provides for the insects and the insects make it possible for the flowers to reproduce.

The circle of life is pretty cool!

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
(Papilio glaucus)

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
100mm @ f/11 – 1/250 sec – ISO 100