Moody icons

The first day at Disneyland, Paris, was like walking in a movie set.

Blue skies, the iconic Disney castle shining in the hot hot sun.

And as it was early – before the park opened to the public – there weren’t that many people.

Great – I’ll bring my camera along tomorrow, I thought to myself.

So I did.

Of course, by then it was cool and cloudy (perfect weather really for all-day fun).

The moody skies were a good background for the castle, where discreet repairs were going on around the back.

Just before entering the castle, I turned back to see a dramatic sight.

Sometimes, moody skies really are much better than sunny ones.

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57 responses

  1. I like that, “moody skies.” I love watching the clouds.


    July 14, 2011 at 15:27

  2. Disneyland, Paris seems more artistic and interesting than the Disneyland, Tokyo.
    I want to visit there with my family.


    July 14, 2011 at 15:31

  3. You’re right about the moody skies, they enhance the already great photos.
    Looks great fun too.


    July 14, 2011 at 15:46

  4. Perfect backdrop!! Much more interesting than a blue sky would have been!


    July 14, 2011 at 16:07

  5. Jim

    For sure! Give me grey skies over sunny ones ant day for that great shot! I find the grey helps to ‘pop’ the colours more naturally than does the sun.
    That last shot….I rest my case!


    July 14, 2011 at 16:34

  6. Disneyland will make any sky awesome.


    July 14, 2011 at 17:30

  7. I wish I were there! The moody skies add to the mood & adventure! 🙂


    July 14, 2011 at 17:38

  8. Those clouds look ominous (which make for great pics but not necessarily fun at the theme park!)! Hopefully they didn’t ruin any of the fun although by your faces in the previous pics you had plenty of fun!


    July 14, 2011 at 18:23

  9. JM

    So eye-catching! Great shots.


    July 14, 2011 at 20:47

  10. I like your framing in that last shot 🙂


    July 14, 2011 at 20:51

  11. The last pic I love the most. Have been several times to Disney in L.A. to sing in the huge choir for Christmas -don’t know if they still do that -so I also saw the back side (all gray!) of all the beautiful sets. This is Jesh, your FB friend:)


    July 14, 2011 at 21:05

  12. WE sometimes never get the second chance that we look for. BUT these are wonderful shots. Make me want to go to Disneyland. The last time I went was 1998 when my nephews and nieces were school aged, now they are all grown-up.


    July 14, 2011 at 21:06

  13. A land like no other. 🙂


    July 14, 2011 at 21:10

  14. those are seriously terrific photos!
    i’m really impressed! beautiful soft tones and colours..great composition, too!

    betty xx


    July 14, 2011 at 21:35

  15. Wonderful shots!I hope you enjoyed it there!Have a nice weekend!


    July 14, 2011 at 21:59

  16. wow…disney is like a dream already…intriguing skies as well…love the intricacies they put into the park…


    July 14, 2011 at 22:04

  17. Wonderful perspectives.

    And what a colourful castle. With such landscapes the world must truly promise to be a better place to live and long for.


    July 14, 2011 at 23:33

  18. FANTASTIC shots!! And I bet no one else there captured that on their camera!!


    July 14, 2011 at 23:39

  19. Blue skies are lovely … but, moody skies make picture-taking so much easier! Gorgeous pics!


    July 15, 2011 at 00:13

  20. Mio

    Fantastic shots!
    My favorite is the last one.
    Have a great weekend.


    July 15, 2011 at 00:59

  21. The colors of the buildings make for some great photos. I think the gray skies set things off just right.


    July 15, 2011 at 01:04

  22. Beautiful captures, love the castle and the moody skies. Happy skywatching.


    July 15, 2011 at 01:58

  23. Your last photo is fantastic. You’ve captured both the clouds and the buildings in fine style.


    July 15, 2011 at 02:11

  24. oh, mother of pearl! these shots are stunning…love them all! can’t wait to go to Disney next next week!


    July 15, 2011 at 03:00

  25. Beautiful shots of the place. I had been to one in LA.


    July 15, 2011 at 03:18

  26. Nice photos. Love the sky in the last one. Have fun!


    July 15, 2011 at 03:35

  27. The moody skies made the perfect backdrop for the colorful buildings!! What a great tour you’ve taken us on, and as always, your photos are superb. I do love Disneyland although I haven’t been to one in a number of years, my family had several terrific vacations there over the years! Thanks for the memories! Have a great weekend!



    July 15, 2011 at 03:53

  28. fun capture!

    Aloha from Waikiki;

    My posts seem to be updating again!!!! Hooray!

    Comfort Spiral





    July 15, 2011 at 05:22

  29. You have quite the eye for capturing the moment LadyFi. Thanks for sharing the moody sky with us.


    July 15, 2011 at 05:40

  30. Love the last shot the most!

    My Skywatch, have a nice weekend ahead.


    July 15, 2011 at 05:47

  31. That last shot looks like jaws are closing. Slowly. As always, great photos. Thanks.


    July 15, 2011 at 06:09

  32. nice shots
    happy SWF


    July 15, 2011 at 07:59

  33. Beautiful views of Disneyland.


    July 15, 2011 at 08:15

  34. I agree, the moody skies really add depth to these images.


    July 15, 2011 at 09:40

  35. Moody skies are wonderful- even in Disneyland! That third shot reminds me of a dramatic moment in Sleeping beauty where the step-mother sets to fight the prince as a dragon!! Oh, and guy in bright yellow up in the crane is VERY, discreet… was he really fixing the castle or peeping through the princess’ window?


    July 15, 2011 at 10:32

  36. Thanks for taking us with you to Disneyland Europe. Interesting to see it.


    July 15, 2011 at 11:30

  37. Dramatic clouds are more interesting than blue-all-over skies, I agree, but I think you just end up taking photos with a different atmosphere!


    July 15, 2011 at 11:35

  38. cool collection of photos
    not much beates a view of the magical skies


    July 15, 2011 at 12:01

  39. disney magic in the skies too!!


    July 15, 2011 at 12:56

  40. Sounds like you had a great time at Disney World. Though sunny skies are nice, it is a lot cooler when the sun is behind the clouds. Great shots of that magical castle. When I was in Bavaria, I visited King Ludwig’s castle or Neuschwanstein Castle which was the “inspiration” for the Disney Castles. It was an amazing place. Have a great weekend. Mickie 🙂


    July 15, 2011 at 18:04

  41. Those are beautiful shots. Looks like a fun vacation.


    July 15, 2011 at 18:11

  42. Are you sure that’s not Red Square and a neighbour of Old Basil?


    July 15, 2011 at 18:25

  43. You’ve got some beautiful shots here. The dark, moody sky makes a good backdrop for the colourful buildings.


    July 15, 2011 at 19:14

  44. beautiful place and photos wonderful colors
    never been there but i seems to me as a beautiful place


    July 15, 2011 at 19:34

  45. Just remember it’s an artificial world that never existed. Even the magic kingdom castle is modeled on a palace in Bavaria built by a mad king. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.


    July 15, 2011 at 20:05

  46. Powerful skies for sure!….. just the setting for these scenes too!….. cracking comosition as usual!….. thanks for sharing your world!….:)


    July 15, 2011 at 23:00

  47. Love those mood skies !
    Wonderful shots!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂


    July 16, 2011 at 00:27

  48. Mildred

    Wonderful shots!
    Thanks for sharingt;o)

    ¤ Have a nice and happy weekend ¤


    July 16, 2011 at 03:18

  49. Disneyland, still a dream for me. 🙂 Nice captures.


    July 16, 2011 at 05:21

  50. Skies above a fairy tale land ! beautiful !


    July 16, 2011 at 11:32

  51. Those are great pics. Sometimes we want beautiful blue skies but we have to go with what we have.


    July 16, 2011 at 15:26

  52. Fun for me to see Disneyland Paris and compare to the original Disneyland. I wonder if they get crowded? Are there as many rides as California Disneyland? Is the food like in the U.S.?


    July 17, 2011 at 06:01

  53. Wow, I think the sky is dramatic and wonderful! Great pictures:-)


    July 17, 2011 at 17:48

  54. It is lovely there, always love the colourful way Disney does their buildings, and your captures say you mucst be having a fun time too~


    July 18, 2011 at 11:33

  55. Didex

    Lovely pictures…


    July 18, 2011 at 16:30

  56. a very colorful weorld indeed.


    July 18, 2011 at 23:36

  57. Did you feel like Cinderella! I think her castle is white and blue here in the States..but I could be wrong it has been many years since I have been there. I did Space Mountain once..that is all then we rode some tram ride around while the girls went time after time:)


    July 19, 2011 at 02:54

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