Sunday, September 17, 2017

Weekly Journal: Hurricane, Tired Brain and a Tiny Camera

I've been meaning to start these posts back up again. Maybe they will help me keep up with the blog like I used to, back when I always had posts scheduled and was always up to date with my reading list. Back when words flowed more freely out of my brain.

It's harder to do that nowadays because I am always so tired when I get home from work. It's not a physically exhausting job, but it is very collaborative and involves working very closely with my coworkers all day. It's great, but as somebody who is a bit on the anti-social side, I have a bad case of tired brain when I finally get home! It's way different than back when I started this blog, when I was cooped up in a lab all by myself all day with hardly anything to do.

My hope is to make better use of my time so I can keep up with all the random little things I want to do such as edit pictures, write blog posts, figure out how to develop film, work on my temperature blanket, learn french, teach the cats not to shred the new couch.. ect. 

Anyway, here are a few things that happened this week!


The Hurricane came by early last week, and despite all the fuss that was made around here, it was completely underwhelming. Some mild drizzle was all that we got. But that's definitely better than being completely flooded or out of power!



This tiny camera is the newest member of my collection. It actually works and came up a tiny roll of film! Getting it developed should be interesting..



These posts are also good for reminding me to take more random pictures throughout the week.



Friday, September 15, 2017

Secret Garden


One summer evening, I wanted to explore Reynolda Gardens. The sky was dark with rain clouds, but it looked like they were passing by, quickly so we decided to head out anyway. Halfway there we caught up to the rain. It was pouring on and off but we kept going. We got to the gardens just as the last rain drop fell. 


A slight fog floated just above the trees and the storm clouds were beginning to clear away, so the setting sun's golden light could shine through. It looked like we had discovered a secret and magical garden. Nobody else was there.
















We wandered around the gardens for a while, and there was never another soul in sight. The quick rainstorm had scared everybody away.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Quarry Park


A few years ago I found out there was a secret abandoned rock quarry in my city. I figured out where it was and wanted really badly to go and explore it. But the mysterious rock quarry was completely fenced in with intimidating signs and cameras. I may have still tried to sneak past if I hadn't also heard that the quarry was soon going to be turned into a park. So I decided to wait until the quarry was open to the public instead of sneaking in. 

Three years later the wait is over the the quarry is finally open. It is a simple park, with large fields, a few places to sit, and one big overlook that extends to the very edge of the rock quarry, with a view of downtown and the mountains that surround the city.










The water is so still, and looks like a layer of glass. Apparently many construction vehicles are submerged underneath the quarry's glassy surface. There are also rumors of cars and bodies that have reached their final resting place at the bottom of the quarry!  I would love to know for sure what is down there.

The quarry was in operation from the 1920s to the 1970s, when it filled up with water and remained that way, causing the stone mining to stop for good. 











I'm glad they decided to turn this interesting feature into a park instead of keeping it closed off. 


Friday, September 8, 2017

Eclipse on Sand Dollar Island


Years and years ago, I decided I wanted to see a solar eclipse so I looked it up and saw one would be coming my way in just a few years. Luckily the path of totality was just a few hours away from where I live. Exciting!!!



Well. I forgot all about until about a month ago when I got an email at work about an eclipse viewing party on the roof of the building I work in. At first I was excited, but then disappointed because I had forgotten about it and didn't make plans to travel to the totality path. But then I realized it would happen during our annual beach trip so we thought about driving a few hours south to the edge of the totality line.. Unfortunately a rainstorm ruined those plans so we decided to stay put, and head to Sand Dollar Island and hope for the best.


It was a dark Monday, rain clouds were surrounding the area and as we boarded the ferry, it began to rain. The ferry driver commented that he was sending us out to a sand bar in the middle of the sea, in a rainstorm during an eclipse. Which made me pretty darn excited.


When we got to the island, we had left the clouds behind on the mainland and the sun finally appeared! I wandered around and found a few sand dollars, then the moon began to move in front of the sun..





Being unprepared for this event that I had been so excited to witness, I didn't think to buy any special filters for my camera for photographing the eclipse. 

These two pictures were taken when the sun was 97% covered by the moon. With my NASA approved Eclipse glasses on, only a tiny slice of the sun was visible. But the sun was so bright that even with my camera's fastest shutter speed, and the highest aperture, it still was too bright to capture!


This was a picture I took with my phone through my glasses.


The strangest thing to me was that even though the sun was mostly covered, it was barely even dark out. But the lighting was quite strange. It looked like I was wearing sunglasses when I wasn't.





I was a very cool experience to be at one of my favorite places during a solar eclipse. It worked out for the better that I forgot about the eclipse, because if we had planned on traveling the path of totality, we wouldn't have been able to see it because of the rain.

One day I want to see a total solar eclipse. The next one is just a few years away in South America. Sounds like a good excuse for an exciting vacation!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Abandoned Mill Village: Behind the Walls


When my friends and I visited the Abandoned Mill Village, we couldn’t resist taking a look inside the little houses that had been abandoned for forty years or more.


Many of them were painted bright colors inside, perhaps they had once been cheerful little homes. But now the paint was peeling from the walls, parts of the floors were caved in, and plants had begun to creep in through the broken windows and cracks in the walls.


















It’s a spooky feeling walking through a place now dilapidated, that was once somebody’s home. I wish I could see what these houses looked like when families were still living in this village.