MCMXVIII

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Because of the Rittenhouse verdict I went looking for something old which I could use as a photographic metaphor. With the goal of conveying that society will make it through difficult times.

My thoughts are inline with president Biden’s response to the Rittenhouse verdict: “While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken, I urge everyone to express their views peacefully, consistent with the rule of law. Violence and destruction of property have no place in our democracy.”

Today’s photo shows the Charlotte National Building built a long time ago. The building is engraved with MCMXVIII which are the Roman Numerals for the year 1918. Which, as it turns out, is a metaphor for and a reminder of the covid pandemic.

We will make it through difficult times.

Note that the Charlotte National Building has it’s own FaceBook page. Also, we are sharing a link to the today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: Charlotte National Building in uptown Charlotte.

Duke

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Today’s photo shows a different perspective of two buildings shown in yesterday’s photo. The Duke Energy Plaza under construction next to the Duke Energy Center.

Note that the Duke Energy Center was lite in red, when this photo was taken. Interestingly the Duke Energy Center lighting changes regularly … and you can make suggestions on the lighting. The following article explains the process to submit lighting suggestions … Charlotte Lights.

Following is a link to a Wikipedia article about the Duke Energy Plaza. Also, we are sharing a link to the today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: The Duke Plaza under construction next to the Duke Energy Center in uptown Charlotte.

Honeywell

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Today’s photo shows the Honeywell building and the Bank of America stadium in uptown Charlotte. The Honeywell website says the “The Future Is What We Make It” which I feel is a very positive approach to life. I really like the brand that Honeywell uses and if I were not so close to retirement I would be looking for job opportunities at Honeywell.

From a photography perspective; I especially like how the evening sun light highlights the parking garage in front of the Honeywell building. That and the trees with Fall foliage.

Following is a link to a webpage about Honeywell corporate citizenship. Check it out, Honeywell is very inspiring. Also, we are sharing a link to the today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: Honeywell building in uptown Charlotte.

morning sunrise

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

This morning I woke to this beautiful morning sunrise. With out any thought, I stepped out on to the patio to take this photo. Embarrassingly I realized, after the fact, that I was still in my underwear when I stepped out on to the patio. So there is maybe a photo out there where someone is complaining about their crazy neighbor.

The 12 story building, in the center of the photo, is my new office building. Hopefully the crazy neighbor photo does not come from the my new office (smile).

Following is a link to an article which shares that Wells Fargo Delays Office Return Until January 2022. Also, we are sharing a link to the today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: Morning light with office buildings in uptown Charlotte,

Optimist Hall

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Recently, I met work colleagues for lunch at the Optimist Hall near uptown Charlotte. An optimistic team recently created a food hall in an old mill with tables setup for crowds to enjoy their meals and drinks outdoors. Each establishment is a private business and serve foods which include hamburger, pizza, Asian, Indian, Mexican, Argentinean, Mediterranean, and deserts. There are also lots of drinks offered.

The sign, in the middle foreground says “Thank you to those who sacrifice their time and safety to keep our community moving no matter what. You are essential and we are grateful.”

Following is a link to the Optimist Hall website. Also, we are sharing a link to the today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: The Optimist Hall near uptown Charlotte.

Nascar hall of fame

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Today’s photo shows the Nascar Hall of Fame in uptown Charlotte. The sign in the middle says “This is our sport. This is our house”. With an emphases on the word “our”. And there is a lot of reality, in the word “our” given Charlotte embraces the sport.

Following is a link the website for the Nascar Hall of Fame. I like that the website photos show visitors wearing mask. We are also sharing a link for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: The Nascar Hall of Fame in uptown Charlotte.

old and new structures

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Today’s photo shows an old and a new structure in the same photo. The structure, in the foreground, is what appears to the old parsonage at a church. The structure, in the background, is an apartment building called the Skyhouse.

Following are a few additional views of the McColl Center where the above photo was taken.

  • The McColl Center for Art and Innovation in Uptown Charlotte

Following is a link to the McColl Center an artist residency and contemporary art space in uptown Charlotte.  In addition we are sharing a link for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: Old and new structures found in uptown Charlotte.

back to the office

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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.

Catholic Charities

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In the South End district there is a discovery around every corner, which includes this beautiful building. The Catholic Charities is housed in this building as well as the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. I like the windows and the flowers.

Following is a link the Catholic Charities website. I especially like an article, on their website, which details The Church’s Stand Against the Sin of Racism. In addition we are sharing a link for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: Catholic Charities offices at the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte in the South End district near uptown Charlotte.

unique architecture

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This photo shows a new office building found in the South End district near Uptown Charlotte. I took this photo because of the unique architecture and the green space. The building is not occupied yet and I did not find a name.

The new office building is across the street from a new Holiday Inn. In addition there are buildings under construction all around this site. A Google search identifies the site was the Square at the South End.

Following is a link to an article discussing the growing skyline in Charlotte’s South End. In addition we are sharing a link for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: An office building with unique architecture. Found in the South End district near Uptown Charlotte.

Charlotte

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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.

construction cranes

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Construction cranes are a common site in Uptown Charlotte. The tall building in the background is the 55 story Duke Energy Center. The tall cranes are constructing the Duke Energy tower which will be 40 stories when complete. The smaller cranes are working on an expansion to the convention center.

Following is an article about the Duke Energy tower. Also, a link has been included for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: Construction cranes as seen in Uptown Charlotte.

Marriott under construction

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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.

courthouse

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Today’s photo shows the Mecklenburg County Courthouse. Actually, this is the old courthouse. The new one is modern and functional but not nearly as grand.

However, I took the photo because I liked the flag, the gold doors, and the how the blue sky reflects in the windows.

Following is a link to website for the new courthouse. Also, a link has been included for today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption Mecklenburg County Courthouse in Uptown Charlotte.

Federal Reserve

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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.