I went looking for people today and one scene that I found was this inline skater in front of the Valhalla Pub and Eatery. Interestingly he was going the wrong way on a one way street. Fortunately there was not much traffic. Also, it is interesting that he is wearing a short sleeve shirt while I was bundled up.
Today is theme day in the City Daily Photo community and our contribution comes from the NASCAR Hall of Fame. This is the Jeans Machine sponsored by Wrangler and driven by Dale Earnhardt. Given NASCAR is Our (Charlotte’s) Sport I thought of a photo showing a little history from our a sport powered by powerful cars was in order.
This is a follow-up photo to yesterday’s photo. The photo from yesterday and today’s photo show the same house in the 1st ward of uptown Charlotte. The difference are the power lines. The wires were removed, from today’s photo, by using a DJI Pocket camera which has a setting to automatically take six photos and stitch them together in a panoramic format. The DJI Pocket camera also has a lens mounted on a gimbal which acts as a stabilizer.
As the name implies, the camera fits in your pocket :)
Note that in today’s photo, there was some camera distortion given I was standing so close to the house. Some of the distortion was removed using PhotoShop.
Even in the snow you have to walk the dog. This photo was taken at the Green park in uptown Charlotte. The photo was taken facing the sun and as a result we have a large lens flare in the center of the photo. Personally I like the lens flare and the shadows.
We continue our blue theme as we look toward uptown Charlotte. Given the photo was taken as I walked across the light rail track (at an official crossing), the photo makes me think this must the the prospective the train conductors see daily.
The yellow building, on the left side of the photo, is a power station for the electricity used by the light rail. If you zoom in you can read a the sign which says No Trespassing Danger High Voltage.
Today we share another blue photo. This photo shows blue sky behind the Gandhi statue in uptown Charlotte. I am impressed that Charlotte has a park dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. The park is approximately named Gandhi Park and it draws me back for visit after visit. It is inspiring.
Today’s photo shows the same scene as yesterday’s photo taken from a different perspective. Today’s perspective was taken facing the sun, with a focus on the sun shine captured in the ice.
I googled the subject and cannot find an explanation for why this ice appears blue .. however, I think the blue comes from a reflection of the sky. The ice layer was very thin and I think it is the water, underneath, which is reflecting the blue sky.
We had a Winter mix Friday night. On Saturday the sun came out and although the temperature was freezing the day was beautiful. In addition to the snow; there were blue sky and blue ice on the pond in Marshall Park. Ice is not a common event in Charlotte.
Today’s photo is a selfie, taken while my wife and I were enjoying a stroll during the pandemic. It was a cold and windy day so we bundled up. The N95 mask are on our face each time we leave our condo. But we still get out and these strolls keep us sane during the pandemic.
The reason we posed for this selfie was to capture the NASCAR Hall of Fame promotional flag in the background. It is a gear with engine parts extending from the spokes. Personally, I think the flag design was an unfortunate choice given it appears similar to the coronavirus images.
There is a mural in the SouthEnd district which draws me back over and over again. I was not even sure I should think of it as a mural until I zoomed in to the detail on the mural and realized that there are phrases painted over phrases.
For example “Wave Hello” is painted over “you make loving fun” and many other messages.
Follow is the full mural. To find the “wave hello” message look for the larger phrase “be respectful” in the bottom right.
photo taken by Denton Harryman and shared on Flickr as creative commons (CC0)
A “Keep Calm Hoop On” sign found in the South End district near uptown Charlotte. I took the photo facing the sun with most of the glare blocked out by the post. When I Googled the phrase “Keep Calm Hoop On” I found the KeepCalms.com website where they sell items with the slogan on them. However, I could not find anything meaningful for “What does Keep Calm and Hoop on mean”. So it has to be about basketball or hola-hooping.
Today’s photo shows the window display at a business in the historic Dilworth district near uptown Charlotte. The women’s clothing and accessory boutique name is hypno-tique so I used BeFunky software adding to the hypno effect. Also, notice that this is a self portrait of my wife and me.
Allbirds’ is opening in the Southend district and they are looking for employees. The signs say they are looking for people who are interested in saving the world. A google search enlighten me: For example; I found an article, from Fortune referencing to the “Cult shoe brand Allbirds”. Also, Yahoo Finance referenced “Allbirds’ Cult favorites”. And the Allbirds’ website details about their sustainability commitments which include reversing climate change and even regenerative agriculture.
The Allbirds’ website claims they are the most comfortable shoes in the world.
I think my next pair of shoes will be from Allbirds’
This scene made me think about the warning to “call before you dig”. I suspect they did call, however I am surprised that the power line was not removed before the dig started. Apparently the number to call is 811.
I found the tag line to be unique on the Trolley Barn sign; a Fermentory and Food Hall. I was also intrigued by the symbol at the bottom on the sign. For a while I thought the symbol might be a Chinese letter. However, a Google search found that it is a T and B.