The Novant Health Welcome Back Festival was in full swing yesterday in uptown Charlotte. As the photo shows; the crowd brought their bag chairs, hammocks, umblellas, and tents. While I was there, the Orquesta Sabrosalsa band played and danced the salsa.
Best of all the Super Heroes, from Nuvant Health were there to administer Covid Vaccinations. The idea was to “make your vaccination part of your festival experience”. Yea Nuvant Health and thank you to those who were vaccinated.
Today’s photo shows our empty baseball stadium, called Truist Park, in uptown Charlotte. But it will not be empty long. The first home game is scheduled for April 6th. Truist Park was previously know as BB&T Park. However, the name changed along with the bank’s name.
Personally, I think it may be a little early to open sporting events. However, I was pleased to find that the Charlotte Knights’ website explains their Covid health and safety protocols include limited capacity, social distancing, and mask.
Note that this photo has been touched up using Photoshop. Following is a link showing the original photo which included a wire running directly through the middle of the photo. Photoshop’s healing brush removed the wire from the sky but if you look closely you can see the wire still crosses in front of the mid rise building just to the left of center.
Also, of interest. If you zoom in there is a window washing crew busy at work on about the 19 floor of the white building just right of center in the photo.
This photo was taken of the Atrium Health signs which say #ThisIsMyShot which is a hash tag photo opportunity supporting mass vaccine events held at the Bank of America stadium where the Panthers play. Bravo to Atrium Health and the Panthers.
In the US; the flags are at half-staff in memory of the 500,000 people who have died from Covid. Globally, the death toll is 2.4 million. It is important to pause and reflect on their loss and on their loved ones left behind
On a positive note, I recently heard a nurse say “there is light at the end of the tunnel” and on the news we heard Dr. Fauci say “there is light at the end of the tunnel”. Hopefully, we will all continue to follow scientific advice and be safe.
The BOA Stadium is in the background of this photo.
This sign was found in Uptown Charlotte and is sponsored by CanDoSigns.org
This sign encourages meeting someone new. Just say”Hi, how are your?” The signs share positive and encouraging messages. Their website include a map showing the location of Can Do signs through out Charlotte.
There is most likely a logical explanation for this scene. However, I doubt the driver was going to turn over his truck, trailer, and equipment over to the hotel valet. I suspect this is another instance of repairs occurring, during the pandemic, when traffic and business was slow.
The Hotel Valet is for Ivey’s which has an interesting history. Ivey’s started as a department store, became a condo, then an hotel. However, they have added Residence and their website encourages longer stays.
Normally the uptown streets have been busy with office workers. But during the pandemic the streets are busy with construction works and it turns out that construction works enjoy strolling on their lunch break. Hard hats, mask, high visibility safety vest, blue jeans, and work boots.
Construction defines Uptown Charlotte this year. Every where you look there are tall buildings being constructed and the workers who make this possible. Today’s photo shows a lunch break scene in the Bank of America plaza. I liked the scene because of the workers and the long shadows.
A sign for the time says “the future is what we make it”. During the pandemic construction has continued in Uptown Charlotte. In addition to billions of dollars spent on construction; Charlotte has also invested in road repair and fiber networking.
Today’s photo shows brake marks from a hard stop in Uptown Charlotte. The photo also shows a couple strolling on a cold winter day and, looking closely, one can find friends enjoying a walk in the park. As such, I use today’s photo as a metaphor for life during the pandemic. A lot of what we love has stopped. However, love goes on.
Life goes on and people are still enjoying Uptown Charlotte. As shown in today’s photo; people are posing for photos at popular sites such that the Fire Bird in front of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. The Fire Bird is made from mirrors and is affectionately known as “Disco Chicken” by area residents.
What I like most about this photo is the couple in the background.
Bravo to Atrium Health, in addition to their partnership with the Carolina Panther’s, they partnered with Carolina Speedway this weekend for a Mass vaccination event. There were over 16,000 vaccinations administered in this drive through event. It was also very cool that the public took a lap on the speedway.
Today’s photo shows the Atrium Health dome at the Carolina Panther’s practice field. I chose the photo to use as a metaphor for light at the end of the tunnel.
Today’s photo continues photographic play contrasting shadows and light. In the foreground, in shadow, we find the Valhalla Bub and Eatery and the Latta Pavilion. In the background, in light, is One Wells Fargo Center.
Today’s photo shows a common scene in Uptown Charlotte. A family enjoying an outing and with sweet drinks in hand. Also, shown are couples strolling at safe distances between one another. And , of course, most of us wear mask.