Okay, here’s where I admit I have always been fascinated by View Finders. I even enjoy the small ones, the kids toy which you can now customize with photos of your own. Yes, really!
There’s something magical about being able to drop in a quarter, sometimes two, and see the world out there up close. It’s nice, too, that you can actually do something for a 25 or 50 cents as well.
Whenever we come across one, we always stop and take time to look. We’ve seen some really neat ones, too!
Before the ones in the picture shown here, we last took a moment to take a view from one at the top of the Incline Railway in Chattanooga, TN. Also a fun spot to visit - there’s an outdoor large sculpture park, a train museum and so much more.
View Finders, though, are probably like pay phones and becoming harder to find. There’s a local train theme park that has one and we’ve looked out of it several times, especially in the Fall when the leaves turn so many different colors.
You also see them along boardwalks, piers, at mountain attractions. Of course, you can use your camera or smart phone probably to see the very same thing. But as a child, you may not have all that so it’s fun to step up those metal steps, drop in your quarter, and twist the view finder around and see what you can see. And as an adult, it’s good to do something a little bit different, to take a look from a completely different view.
The view finder we looked out of yesterday was at a state park. The overlook was river channels, marshes, and the park. I kept saying, “Look, there are boats in the channel, and see those boat docks.” I am very fascinated by anything to do with the water. And, yes I was smiling and laughing the whole time.
View finders are for any age. To me, view finders are magic.
So what’s your view? What do you see when you stop and take a moment to look around?
(Photos taken by LB Sedlacek from the Tower in Palmetto Islands State Park)