All posts tagged: North Carolina

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Chinese Lantern Festival)

I’ve visited the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden many times to escape into it’s captivating displays of exotic flowers and soothing water features, but this visit in 2017 is one of my favorites. A special collection of Chinese Lanterns was layered in between the flowers and foliage, creating a whimsical and colorful atmosphere. The lanterns were created in Zigong China,where the tradition of lantern festivals was born, and then carefully transported to North Carolina for display. Along with traditional silk lanterns, the collection also featured elaborate elephant statues constructed from Chinese teacups, and a peacock sculpture constructed from recycled pill bottles filled with colored water. Visit my instagram feed (everyday.strange) to watch a video of its elaborate display in motion! Usually when I am snapping pictures at an event, I try to eliminate people from my shots as much as possible. This time however, I couldn’t help letting a few children slip into my photos. They definitely help capture the scale, whimsy, and humor in the lanterns shaped as all sorts of creatures, from snails to …

It’s Quiet Uptown

No New Year’s Eve celebrations are planned here in Charlotte this year, due to the 10pm curfew in place. I typically spend the evening at home in my pajamas, but I will miss watching the typical crowds celebrating in New York City as the ball drops in Times Square.

24 Hours in a Flood Plain (A Cautionary Tale)

Reposting this account of an ill fated trip to Myrtle beach a few years ago. I know for many there is an urge to rush back to pre-COVID activities for a sense of normalcy. I can definitely sympathize, I almost became stranded in a flood zone because I didn’t want to give up a much anticipated beach weekend after a major hurricane passed over the area I was traveling to. Trust me, ignoring warnings and red flags for a trip, a party, or other high risk activity is not worth it. ***** I wish I could say the above picture was from a quiet weekend at Myrtle Beach, spent relaxing on the beach and catching up on submissions. Unfortunately, it was the single bright moment in a 24 hour nightmare. I scheduled my trip to Myrtle beach back in late July, long before hurricane Florence was even a rainstorm. I even added trip insurance to my hotel booking, well aware that September is an active month for hurricanes. The week before left, I had confirmed …

Evergreen Park and Cemetery

Last week I posted a poem I entered into an International Peace Day themed contest (you can vote for it here!) I mentioned in that post that my poem was partially inspired by a walk through a cemetery adjacent to a nature park. The cemetery was Evergreen Cemetery, right next to Evergreen Park. Evergreen Park is small, but serene, and one of its paths joins the walkways in the cemetery. This may sound strange, but I actually like walking through cemeteries. When I was in grade school, I went on numerous field trips to the old graveyards in my small Massachusetts hometown. We noted the years and months during which people died, identified life spans by looking at the dates on head stones and then coming up with averages, and noted who was buried with family, and who was not. My favorite part was taking rubbings of the artwork on the headstones, and looking up the symbolism of different images later. All of this was an effort to teach us how history is studied, the …

Chicken of the… Woods?

I spotted this large bloom of fungi just off my neighborhood trail after a heavy rainstorm. I had never seen anything like them before. A quick google search revealed that it is a large shelf mushroom known as Chicken of the Woods, which is actually used by some as a chicken substitute. Who knew?

The Swarm

One of the fun part about foraying into nature is you never know what you’re going to stumble upon. While treasure hunting at park last month, my sister and I paused at a familiar sound. Searching through the foliage, we spotted a swarm of bees hovering around a tree trunk. Bees are honestly one of my biggest fears, so I was both fascinated and completely freaked out. So much so that I never hit record on my phone when I tried to take a video of them. Luckily my sister had it together, and shot the video below. You can really hear them buzzing! View this post on Instagram *Sound On* Ever heard a swarm of bees buzzing in there natural habitat? I hadn’t! Quite a surprise while taking a morning hike a few weeks ago, and I was so excited/freaked out I never hit record while I was trying to take a video. Luckily my twin did and sent me hers after 🐝 . . . . . #everydaystrangeblog #intj #introvert #darkpoet #horrorwriter #northcarolina …

The Enchanted Forest Trail

At the end of the 1.8 mile trail loop at Purser-Hulsey Park is a bonus half loop, the “Enchanted Forest” trail. A narrow, ribbon like trail winds through a grove of slender pines. It was so quiet you could hear the trees creak in the wind. It did feel magical. View this post on Instagram *sound on* At the end of the 1.8 mile trail loop at Purser-Hulsey Park is a bonus half loop “Enchanted Forest” trail. A narrow, ribbon like trail winds through a grove of slender pines. It was so quiet you could hear the trees creak in the wind. It did feel magical. . . . . . #everydaystrangeblog #intj #introvert #darkpoet #horrorwriter #northcarolina #hiking #travel #poetrycommunity #writersofinstagram #poetryofinstagram #charlottenc #nature #socialdistancing #amwriting #latergram A post shared by Everyday Strange (@everydaystrangeblog) on Mar 22, 2020 at 5:12pm PDT

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

*** A surprise southern snowstorm is blanketing the Charlotte area with an inch of sloppy, slushy snow, so I’m looking back at this old post of my visit to the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. I hoping it will already be melted by the time this posts tomorrow!*** Before I moved to Charlotte, I visited three months beforehand to do some house hunting and go on some job interviews. In between driving around with a real estate agent and prepping interview questions, I tried to do a little sightseeing, dispite the on and off rain. I still wanted the trip to be fun! One of the places I chose was the UNC Botanical Garden. I knew it was at a college and didn’t expect much, I just wanted to go somewhere I hadn’t been before during the trip. I was in for a huge surprise. Although housed in a small greenhouse and outside garden area, it was packed with unusual and exotic plants. Inside the eight greenhouse rooms were 6 different plant collections, including a fascinating …