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.