Castle in the Black

I had a hard-edged rule that I am now considering breaking. Who am I kidding? I'm gonna break it for sure.


Now that Ethan is eight, we've been able to take him to Disneyworld a few times. Isabella is three and she has never been. I had a rule that it is silly to take kids on vacation before they are five, since you really can't form long-term memories before that age. Yes yes, I know... Some people disagree with this. Like my wife. She says it is not good that there will be a missing child from our family vacation photographs, no matter how good I am at photoshopping Isabella's head on a stunt-body. I try to offer the counterargument that a sub-five-year-old can have the same quantifiable amount of fun (within an acceptable margin of error) while at home with Disney movies. This, then, is thrown back in my face with my three-year-old having a dangerous fascination with Cinderella's castle. She can hardly believe that it is a real place.


So now we are going to take her to Disneyworld. Not for her, but for us. Well, also for her. Okay it's kind of for all of us. Rule broken.


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  • Miguel Herrera 6y

    Amazing night shot!!
    Great colours!
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  • susan_r4 6y

    Love this shot of the castle and the reflection -awesome!
  • Carrie Cox 6y

    Beautiful capture and love the explanation even more! :)
  • Gaurav Dinesh 6y

    Another stunner. Great work.
    ... and fine - some rules are made to be broken.
    Good for the family. Have a great time together.
  • Michael Speelman 6y

    Fantastic Shot Friend! I'm back from holidays now and look forward to commenting on more of your great work! Cheers!
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  • Jeff Holland74 6y

    Great picture. Take her during Christmas time the castle is lite with blue lights and the Osborne light are at Hollywood. My grandaughter has been going with us since she was 5 months and the new 3 month old will go this year. She will remember more then you think she has intelligent creative genes.
  • Pachelbel Canon 6y

    Nice photograph!
    Just because an early memory cannot be recalled in linear fashion does not mean that it was not recorded or that it had no effect. A pleasurable, interesting experience even for a neonate can have permanent and positive effects....
  • Trey Ratcliff 6y

    Thanks all - good points... interesting to read them all!
  • Steven Bulman 6y

    Sensational image, a very creative and different perspective on a familiar place. The result of successful photography.

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  • Dennis 6y

    Very cool.
  • Vlad Bezden 6y

    Great shot Trey. Great reflection. Very well done.
  • Abdulrahman AlMutairi 6y

    your work is amazing.....
  • Guido Musch 6y

    amazing reflection!
  • RaffertyEvans "Off Line" 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Explore the most Interesting on Flickr, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    congrats on explore!
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  • Jónína Guðrún Óskarsdóttir 6y

    Great shot.
  • Stuart Stevenson 6y

    great capture, and reflected perfectly in the water
  • Cory Disbrow 6y

    Excellent shot and reflections! I'll be there in two weeks!
  • lat454205 / Lisa 6y

    love it
  • Cliff Baise 6y

    Great shot (as usual). You are so funny. Follow your heart rather than logic. Besides think about all that time you'll get to take pics while she's too tired to get out.
  • Dan Swackhammer 6y

    More than memories, events and vacations create the person they become. Lesss prone to being upset by change, more interested in what's going on, and from my kids, who were camping with us at 6 months, now travelers AND photographers in their own right...
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