mushroom chairs

photo taken by Denton Harryman and shared on Flickr as creative commons (CC0)

This photo was taken near yesterday’s photo, the a pocket park called the Green. The park has several similar art objects. There are water fountains in the form of fish, sculptures of books, and sign post honoring authors. Photos will be shared in the near future.

Following is a link to an article about parks in Charlotte. In addition we are sharing a link for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: Mushroom chairs found at a park called the Green in uptown Charlotte.

back to the office

photo taken by Denton Harryman and shared on Flickr as creative commons (CC0)

News articles indicate the banks plan to bring employees back to uptown Charlotte starting in September. Hopefully vaccination rates will increase, we defeat the Delta variant, and uptown comes back to life. It is within our reach; all we have to do, is get vaccinated.

Following is an article, about returning to the offices, from the Charlotte Observer. In addition we are sharing a link for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: Back to the office soon. Shown is one of the Wells Fargo buildings in uptown Charlotte.

empty hallways

photo taken by Denton Harryman and shared on Flickr as creative commons (CC0)

This photo shows a scene which soon will be a thing of the past. The US reported 62% of adults have received at least one Covid vaccine shot. Although, the vaccination pace is dropping, we are getting closer to the goal of 70% vaccinated. Also in US young teens currently make up the fastest growing segment receiving vaccinations.

It is my hope that when those that are un-vaccinated see their friends safely enjoying the benefits of vaccinations; they will line up for to get a shot.

Following is a link to a Vaccine Finder from CDC. n addition we are sharing a link for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: Empty halls in the office towers of uptown Charlotte.

parking garage

photo taken by Denton Harryman and shared on Flickr as creative commons (CC0)

This is what all parking garages should look like. They should be under a park with trees, flowers, art, and people with smiling faces. Actually, we are fortunate to have this park and parking garage in front of our condo complex in uptown Charlotte. The park and the parking garage are called The Green for good reason.

Following is a Wikipedia article about The Green. In addition we are sharing a link for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: Flowers at the Green parking garage in uptown Charlotte.

Charlotte

photo taken by Denton Harryman and shared on Flickr as creative commons (CC0)

Today’s photo shows a sign at the Charlotte Convention Center. With the help of photoshop I played with the camera distortion to highlight the sign. The three tall office towers (from left to right) are Three Wells Fargo Center, Two Wells Fargo Center, and One Wells Fargo Center.

The Convention Center is on the right of the photo.

The church styled building, on the left of the photo, is called Benedict Hall and is part of the Saint Peter Catholic Church.

Following is a link to the campus map for Saint Peter Catholic Church. I especially like their meditation garden. In addition we are sharing a link for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: A sign at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Personal notes: The office towers are where I worked before the pandemic. The building, behind Benedict Hall, is the Ratcliffe Condos which is where my wife and I live. Now that I work from home; the Ratcliffe is my office.

Dear Frontline

A mural named Dear Frontline.  The mural was created by Kate Deciccio.
photo taken by Denton Harryman and shared on Flickr as creative commons (CC0)

I’m sharing a photo of this mural because I admire the message which is conveyed. The mural is called Dear Frontline and was created by Kate Deciccio.

With a little Google research I found that the “mural was funded by Dear Frontline, a community art initiative managed and produced by Big Bowl of Ideas, a Black-owned creative public affairs firm from Los Angeles”. But what I am most impressed with is “Dear Frontline also allows you to write a message and send an online postcard to a frontline worker.” Do that here.

Following is a link an article, from Charlotte is Creative, about Dear Frontline gives artist props to essential workers. Also, a link has been included for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: A mural named Dear Frontline. The mural was found in Uptown Charlotte.

warmer weather

photo taken by Denton Harryman and shared on Flickr as creative commons (CC0)

Today’s photo shows a common scene in Uptown Charlotte now that the weather is warmer. As shown, in today’s photo; people are wearing shorts, the streets are empty, and skateboarders are enjoying themselves.

Now that my wife and I have been vaccinated we are more confrontable strolling in Uptown. To be safe we wear our mask and maintain physical distance from others. However, we no longer tense up every time we cross paths with someone. With the possible exception of the skateboarders. We still worry we will witness an accident.

Following is an article about Skateboard Injury Statistics and I was surprised to find that there were fewer skateboarding accidents than there were playground equipment accidents. When taking this photo or my grandson playing a Freedom Park I was not concerned about accidents. Also, a link has been included for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: This is a scene, from Uptown Charlotte, showing warmer weather, empty streets, shorts, and skateboard.

a fiber network node

photo taken by Denton Harryman and shared on Flickr as creative commons (CC0)

Over 100 of these nodes have recently been installed in Uptown. The first step was to lay fiber optic cable which involved cutting small two inch wide ditches, laying the fiber, and then patching the asphalt. Then, they constructed nodes as shown in today’s photo. And the next step appears that they will connect the nodes to 5G networks.

Following is an article which explains the nodes installed by Crown Castle. Also, a link has been included for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: A low-powered antenna to expand “smart city” innovations.

table for one

photo taken by Denton Harryman and shared on Flickr as creative commons (CC0)

The symmetry, of the shadows, is what lead me to take this photo. Upon review, I noticed that each table has only one chair which is another symmetry and a sign of our times.


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Marriott under construction

photo taken by Denton Harryman and shared on Flickr as creative commons (CC0)

This is a photo of the newly constructed Marriott in Uptown Charlotte. It appears to be close to completion because they are planting trees in the green spaces around the building. I especially like the mirrors and glass in this perspective.

A recent article, found in the Charlotte Observer, stated that there are center city construction plans worth three billion dollars in 2021.

Connie says that the construction should be ahead of schedule because of reduced traffic during the pandemic. And we can attest that construction vehicles have taken over the streets. Often closing several lanes and only leaving one lane open.

Following is an article about the Ally Charlotte Center project which includes the new Marriott. Also, a link has been included for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption The new Marriott under construction in Uptown Charlotte.

pandemic cooking craze

photo taken by Denton Harryman and shared on Flickr as creative commons (CC0)

We are sharing today that the pandemic cooking craze has impacted Charlotte Daily Photo. Today I should have been out hunting for a photo. Instead my wife and I were busy cooking. And we had a blast!

The only thing I can share, about Charlotte, is that this photo shows a typical condo kitchen. A granite counter top, a wrap around backsplash, and under counter lighting.

Now, about the pandemic cooking. We shifted to soy milk, early during the pandemic, because it can be purchased shelf stable (does not require refrigeration) and ordered online. Recently, to up our pandemic preparedness, we purchased a soy milk making machine. The soy milk is very good and we are pleased with our purchase. And, it turns out that there are recipes for soy mill pulp (okara) which is a byproduct from the process of making soy milk.

Today we made soy milk, hot chocolate from soy milk, okara chocolate pound cake, okara crackers, and okara granola. All were very good and fun to make.

Following is a link to a Wikipedia article about okara. Also, a link has been included for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: The pandemic cooking craze has impacted Charlotte Daily Photo.

theme day, smile

photo taken by Denton Harryman and shared on Flickr as creative commons (CC0)

Today is theme day, in the City Daily Photo community. The theme is smiles and our contribution is this family enjoying an outdoor meal in one of the plaza’s in Uptown. During the pandemic smiles have been hard to find. They were there but behind mask. It’s a little thing but I really miss smiles and delight when they appear.

Please visit other bloggers who are participating in the February theme day – Smile.

enjoy the sun

photo taken by Denton Harryman and shared on Flickr as creative commons (CC0)

It is winter and the days are cold. However, when there are warm days local parks offer opportunities to enjoy the sun. This photo was taken on the Green in front of the Ratcliffe Condo’s in Uptown.

Following is a website about Uptown Charlotte Parks. Also, a link has been included for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption Occasional warm days offer an opportunity to enjoy the sun.

parking enforcement

photo taken by Denton Harryman and shared on Flickr as creative commons (CC0)

Life goes on and you will get a ticket if you park illegally in Uptown. The next few days will be a mini series showing people in my photos. We will see that even though the office towers are empty life does go on. Just at a different pace.

Another nuance, of life during the pandemic, is that our cars are not washed as often as they have in the past.

Following is a link to Parking Enforcement levels in Charlotte. Also, a link has been included for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption Parking enforcement in Uptown Charlotte.

Federal Reserve

photo taken by Denton Harryman and shared on Flickr as creative commons (CC0)

I took this photo because it includes the South Carolina and the North Carolina flags as well as the US flag. The reason for three flags is because the building is The Federal Reserve Bank, Charlotte Branch. It is a regional center for the Carolinas as a result both flags are flown.

Although I took the photo because of the flags; I am sharing the photo because our former Fed Chair, Janet Yellen, was just confirmed as the US Secretary of the Treasury. And the confirmation was bipartisan.

Following is a link to the Wikipedia article about Janet Yellen. Also, a link has been included for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Charlotte Branch in Uptown Charlotte.