Today’s photo shows a statue of Queen Charlotte who the city of Charlotte was named for. The plaque says: In 1761, colonial Americans were fascinated by the royal wedding of England’s King George III to a 17 year-old princess, Charlotte Sophia if the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The settlers name their town and county after Queen Charlotte … in hopes of gaining royal favor.
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.
The butterfly highway is not very busy this time of year. As a result I took some liberties using photoshop to detect the lack of activity. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation provides these signs to those who create butterfly garden and show their butterfly love.
Today is theme day in the City Daily Photo community and the theme is “Picture of the Year”. Our contribution is this photo of a pink reflection. Basically I like the lighting, the long shadows, the vivid blue sky, and the perspective of the photo … taken facing the sun. The pink reflection comes from a pink condominium which I have shared previously.
Recently, we opened and assembled an early Christmas present such that we can keep active this winter. I ordered this spin bike on the day that the Omicron variant made the news. When the pandemic began we put our YMCA gym membership on hold thinking that soon we would be back. Then our expectations shifted and we planned our return to the gym in three months, then six months, then a year, and now who knows. So we chose to bring a little of the gym into our home.
One of the challenges is space. Where to put a spin bike in a 1,200 square foot condo. We chose the living room such that we can participate in Apple Fitness+ on our TV.
Today is theme day in the City Daily Photo community. The theme is “the future” and our contribution is this photo of a “back to the future” mural found on the back wall of a the Discovery Place Science Center. The photo was taken facing the sun and then Photoshop enhanced. Maybe this is the future.
Following is a link to the Discovery Place Science Center which I truly believe is the future. IMHO, every time a child visits the science center humanities future is enhanced because they learn to enjoy and appreciate science.
Note that the sign on the bottom right of the photo says “you are being watched” . Maybe this is the future.
The day after Thanksgiving means putting up Christmas trees. Today’s photo shows the assembly of the Christmas tree in the atrium of One Wells Fargo Center. As you can see the assembly involves a crane and several people.
Today’s photo was taken through a window at the Barcelona wine bar in the South End district. This is actually a photo of a photo hanging in the entrance to the Barcelona restaurant. And in the original photo you will find my reflection.
Note that the Barcelona wine bar has patio dinning with heaters which is good during the pandemic.
Today’s photo shows one of the restaurants in the Design District found in the South End near uptown Charlotte. Yesterday’s photo shows the water tower at the center of the Design District. Today’s photo shows Nebel Alley and a Tex Mex restaurant restaurant. Nebel Alley is named after the former Nebel Knitting Mill. Note that in addition to restaurants there are also events at Nebel Alley.
Interestingly only one of the buildings shown was present eight years ago when we moved to uptown Charlotte.. The tallest building, called the Duke Energy Center, was present eight years ago and was were I first went to work in Charlotte. Our condo complex is 1/2 of a block past the two construction cranes. Past our condo there was a similar construction boom, of mid-rise apartments next to the Charlotte baseball stadium and the Romare Bearden Park. There is also construction underway in Uptown North not shown in this photo.
With all of this; why is the property value, of our condo, falling? The answer is that high density is a hard sell during a pandemic. But it is no big deal. I plan on retiring in 2 years so by then the pandemic will be over the the uptown condo prices will have recovered (smile).
Today is theme day in the City Daily Photo community and the subject is a “Great Big Mess”. Our contribution is a mural about Equity. In my humble opinion (IMHO) equity, in the US, is a great big mess. For example race relations, education, and income all face significant equity issues.
Today’s photo is also a contribution to the Monday Murals theme. I especially like that the mural has a second focus. What I mean is the little gray man in the bottom right who is painting over the colorful equity mural. Fortunately the little gray man is not making a lot of progress in his fight against advancing equality.
This last weekend I took this photo of a wedding party outside of Saint Peters in uptown Charlotte. I especially liked the red bridesmaid dresses and the white Rolls Royces. They add a nice touch of color.
Wedding, births, and life events continue even during a pandemic. I observed that some wore mask until the excited the church ands I assume those in a attendance were vaccinated.
Today’s photo shows the pumpkin patch in the outfield of the Truist baseball stadium in uptown Charlotte. This event was held at the Taste of Charlotte festival.
Following is a link to the Taste of Charlotte festival website. Also, following is a link to the today’s photo saved on Flickr with the caption: The pumpkin patch, in the outfield. at the Truist Ball Park.