Today is Theme day in the City Daily Photo community and the theme is mirrors. Our theme contribution is this art display found in Charlotte. The name of the display is Covid Confessional and you quickly note that it is focused on social distancing. The art display is set of iridescent curved walls, with a six foot radius, that are activated by light. The walls includes color and reflection.
We also took a selfie which shows the reflective (i.e. mirror) nature of the display. However, we have no Covid transgressions to confess. Actually, we have been very careful and look forward to the pandemic ending.
I’m sharing a photo of this mural because I admire the message which is conveyed. The mural is called Dear Frontline and was created by Kate Deciccio.
With a little Google research I found that the “mural was funded by Dear Frontline, a community art initiative managed and produced by Big Bowl of Ideas, a Black-owned creative public affairs firm from Los Angeles”. But what I am most impressed with is “Dear Frontline also allows you to write a message and send an online postcard to a frontline worker.” Do that here.
Today’s photo shows a common scene in Uptown Charlotte now that the weather is warmer. As shown, in today’s photo; people are wearing shorts, the streets are empty, and skateboarders are enjoying themselves.
Now that my wife and I have been vaccinated we are more confrontable strolling in Uptown. To be safe we wear our mask and maintain physical distance from others. However, we no longer tense up every time we cross paths with someone. With the possible exception of the skateboarders. We still worry we will witness an accident.
This photo was taken of the Atrium Health signs which say #ThisIsMyShot which is a hash tag photo opportunity supporting mass vaccine events held at the Bank of America stadium where the Panthers play. Bravo to Atrium Health and the Panthers.
In the US; the flags are at half-staff in memory of the 500,000 people who have died from Covid. Globally, the death toll is 2.4 million. It is important to pause and reflect on their loss and on their loved ones left behind
On a positive note, I recently heard a nurse say “there is light at the end of the tunnel” and on the news we heard Dr. Fauci say “there is light at the end of the tunnel”. Hopefully, we will all continue to follow scientific advice and be safe.
The BOA Stadium is in the background of this photo.
This sign was found in Uptown Charlotte and is sponsored by CanDoSigns.org
This sign encourages meeting someone new. Just say”Hi, how are your?” The signs share positive and encouraging messages. Their website include a map showing the location of Can Do signs through out Charlotte.
There is most likely a logical explanation for this scene. However, I doubt the driver was going to turn over his truck, trailer, and equipment over to the hotel valet. I suspect this is another instance of repairs occurring, during the pandemic, when traffic and business was slow.
The Hotel Valet is for Ivey’s which has an interesting history. Ivey’s started as a department store, became a condo, then an hotel. However, they have added Residence and their website encourages longer stays.
Construction cranes are a common site in Uptown Charlotte. The tall building in the background is the 55 story Duke Energy Center. The tall cranes are constructing the Duke Energy tower which will be 40 stories when complete. The smaller cranes are working on an expansion to the convention center.
Normally the uptown streets have been busy with office workers. But during the pandemic the streets are busy with construction works and it turns out that construction works enjoy strolling on their lunch break. Hard hats, mask, high visibility safety vest, blue jeans, and work boots.
Construction defines Uptown Charlotte this year. Every where you look there are tall buildings being constructed and the workers who make this possible. Today’s photo shows a lunch break scene in the Bank of America plaza. I liked the scene because of the workers and the long shadows.
Over 100 of these nodes have recently been installed in Uptown. The first step was to lay fiber optic cable which involved cutting small two inch wide ditches, laying the fiber, and then patching the asphalt. Then, they constructed nodes as shown in today’s photo. And the next step appears that they will connect the nodes to 5G networks.
A sign for the time says “the future is what we make it”. During the pandemic construction has continued in Uptown Charlotte. In addition to billions of dollars spent on construction; Charlotte has also invested in road repair and fiber networking.
This is a photo of the newly constructed Marriott in Uptown Charlotte. It appears to be close to completion because they are planting trees in the green spaces around the building. I especially like the mirrors and glass in this perspective.
A recent article, found in the Charlotte Observer, stated that there are center city construction plans worth three billion dollars in 2021.
Connie says that the construction should be ahead of schedule because of reduced traffic during the pandemic. And we can attest that construction vehicles have taken over the streets. Often closing several lanes and only leaving one lane open.
We are sharing today that the pandemic cooking craze has impacted Charlotte Daily Photo. Today I should have been out hunting for a photo. Instead my wife and I were busy cooking. And we had a blast!
The only thing I can share, about Charlotte, is that this photo shows a typical condo kitchen. A granite counter top, a wrap around backsplash, and under counter lighting.
Now, about the pandemic cooking. We shifted to soy milk, early during the pandemic, because it can be purchased shelf stable (does not require refrigeration) and ordered online. Recently, to up our pandemic preparedness, we purchased a soy milk making machine. The soy milk is very good and we are pleased with our purchase. And, it turns out that there are recipes for soy mill pulp (okara) which is a byproduct from the process of making soy milk.
Today we made soy milk, hot chocolate from soy milk, okara chocolate pound cake, okara crackers, and okara granola. All were very good and fun to make.