Two-State Boogie

It was a freezing cold 40-something degrees in South Carolina today.  Hey I’m a born New Yorker, so that isn’t a complaint, just a little backdrop.  At this point in my life, everything is up in the air and I feel a little like a snow bird – you know those people who only head south in the winter.  I’m here now, but not sure where I’ll be next.  Actually for the first time in my life I feel free.  It must be showing on my face because someone actually told me today that I seemed like a traveler.  Hey … travel writing, there’s a possibility.

Anyway, I’m getting away from the subject.  I live really, really close to the NC/SC state line so driving to Charlotte, North Carolina for a piece of pizza is not a big deal – especially when it’s Luigi’s Pizza, the closest thing to a New York pie I’ve ever had here or anywhere besides the tri-state area.  It was after 6:oo PM and the Sun was setting as the waxing Moon was rising.  Luckily I had my trusty camera with me.

Waxing Moon, Charlotte NC

Waxing Moon, Charlotte NC

I took my picture in the parking lot, got my slice of pizza, ate it on my drive back and decided to stop at the church cemetery by my house to shoot the Moon again from the south side of the border.  The church, which was founded in 1768, and it’s beautiful and still very active.  The cemetery dates back to before the Revolutionary War.  There is a lot of history here.

I just happened to meet a girl there who was visiting family and she knew a lot about the history of the area – she’s related to the family that formerly lived in the now-abandoned mansion down the street, so we decided to exchange numbers and go exploring one day soon.  Life sure is strange these days, but those are all stories for another day.

Waxing Moon, Lake Wylie, SC

Waxing Moon, Lake Wylie, SC

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Anyway, since there there’s a full Moon in Libra this week and Libra is represented by the scales of justice (two-sided) and it’s the sign that represents partnerships (two people), I thought it appropriate to take a view of the Moon from two states.  I don’t know if I’ll be crossing the border on the day of the full Moon, so like I always say, when you can get a shot, take it, because you never know when you’ll get another chance.

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

THIS ONE CHASES YOU!

Well technically, it’s a fountain, but I was stuck on the title.  This really cool fountain is located at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Charlotte, North Carolina.  You can see the pathway.  You can walk through the pathway, and maybe when you get to the other side you’ll be dry or maybe you won’t.  Set to some quirky, unknown timer, I assume, this fountain turns on at will.  One person could simply walk the path and … nothing.  The next person, seeing that the first person got through okay, proceeds to follow only to get soaked when the fountain seems to turn itself on.  I’d love to have one of these in my backyard – when I get a backyard, that is.  But for now, I’ll just visit “The Gardens” because there’s always something new and exciting to experience.

Fountain of Fun

Fountain of Fun

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Halloween on St. Patrick’s Day – Why Not?

smallreflection2“Velcome – Ahahaha” Strange I know but I picked up an old craft recently and it got me thinking about the projects I’ve done in the past. All I could find of all my work were some old photos of these Halloween luminaries I made out of recycled candle containers, some carefully un-plied napkins, a little decoupage glue and a helluva lot of glitter. I don’t know where this stuff comes from.

I used to have a lot of crafty ambitions, jewelry making, putting acrylic paint on well, just about everything – light switches, the porcelain light fixtures screwed to the ceiling. Hey you have to take them down sometimes and wash them up, maybe change a bulb or two, why not paint them while you’re at it. I have to say, I did like the way they turned out. Don’t know why I didn’t shoot that as well.

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I think the most fun I had in making these was the semi-pro (LOL) photo shoot which took place on the bathroom counter of my one bedroom shack at the time. Believe me when I tell you the bathroom was the nicest room in the house, but I’ve moved on – literally, so we’ll leave that alone.

I had taken these with my old Kodak Z1085 – that was the best camera (still have it – not working at the moment). I played with lights on, lights off, flash, no flash, distortion. Yes, you would have thought I worked for Ann Taylor or Vogue and there were 7,000 shots to be taken for the new spring line – lights, camera, action.

shadowyfigures2 The beads were actually my favorite part – big Halloween skull beads that were way too heavy to do much of anything else with.  I thought my reflective counter top shots were the coolest.  I’m getting quite a chuckle laughing at myself.3litwhite2I’d show you my “before and after” picture, but the angle I took it at makes them look like they’re falling off of a curved countertop.  It’s embarrassing.  I know … The earth is round, the countertop is flat – I’ll get it some day.

Thanks for indulging me – especially since it’s totally holiday-inappropriate, but that’s me – quirky, spontaneous (sometimes aka moody) and constantly testing the waters in crafts, writing and photography (sometimes aka ADD).

As soon as my Achilles tendon is fully back in swing, trust me, I’ll be bothering you with more (and more-recent) photos. I’ve got an itchy trigger finger. Perhaps a trip to the South Carolina shoreline.  It’s time to get back outside already – today it was sunny, breezy and 70-something.  But soon … Happy Halloween and oh, Happy St. Patrick’s Day too!

Our regularly scheduled photography will resume shortly.

(Does anyone know how I get “categories” back in my “edit post” screen?)