Charlotte has been invaded. There are bicycles everywhere (smile).
There are several companies providing the bicycles. A few of the companies are: lime bike, spin, and ofo.
Apparently the concept is “dockless bike shares” and you leave them wherever you complete your ride.
We have not ridden them however it is impossible to stroll in Uptown and not notice them. There are several per block. And when we venture outside of Uptown we see them in the South End, in Mid-town, Dilworth, and I’m assume many other locations.
Today was overcast and rainy. A stay inside sort of day. So for our outing we strolled through the Overstreet Mall to Amalie’s.
From the photo, you can see that Amalie’s is fun and eclectic.
As regulars we recommend Amalie’s for the atmosphere, wine, food, and for their baguettes. Oh, and their pastries a very good too.
Amalie’s French Baker is at 380 South College.
Hints of spring include: cherry blossoms blooming in Uptown Charlotte and buds on other trees. This is a great time of year with surprises around each corner.
This photo was taken in a small park called The Green at 435 South Tryon.
The building, in the background, is the Duke Energy Center.
On a recent sunny Saturday morning this scene caught my eye. I thought it had a Beatles Abby Road feel
The scene shows some of the variety found in Uptown Charlotte.
We were enjoying breakfast at Dean and DeLuca at 201 South Tryon.
Today’s photo is a collage showing blue and red elevators in Three Wells Fargo Center. I like the color contrast. Note that I shared a similar photo called staircase art in elevator lobby … sort a mini elevator series (smile).
This photo was taken at 401 South Tryon Street. Following is a link to the website for Three Wells Fargo Center.
This is the orchid we brought home from Campbell’s Greenhouse. We have a life philosophy that what we buy needs to fit in our small car (a BMW i3) and this orchid pushed the limits (smile).
This photo was take a 435 S. Tryon Street at our condo in the Ratcliffe complex. Following is Google search for Ratcliffe condo images.
Today’s photo looks the opposite direction from the two photos shared the previous days. The sun is prominent in the photo as is the Uptown art. The is a similar piece of art on the other side of the street. Jointly they welcome visitors to Uptown Charlotte.
This photos was taken at intersection of Interstate 277 and South Tryon. Following is a link to websites for the Uptown Museums.
This photo shows a wider angle from yesterday’s photo. The building in the foreground is the Harvey B. Gantt Center, for African American Arts and Culture. It is a beautiful building with interesting architecture and outstanding exhibits … the parking lot, in the photo, will soon be a new office tower.
This photo was taken at 551 S Tryon St. Following is a link to the website for Harvey B. Gantt Center.
This photo presented challenges given the shadow and light contrast. In addition there was distortion, in the angle of the buildings, which is a common challenge with close up skylines. Thanks to photo shop I was pleased with the results.
The buildings in the photo (from left to right) include: the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art … 400 South Tryon … 300 South Tryon … the Bank of America Center … Three Wells Fargo Center … and the Ratcliffe Condos.
This photo was taken near the intersection of East Stonewall and North Tryon, looking North East.
Today’s photo shows the ceiling at the Belk Theater where we recently enjoyed a performance by the Charlotte Symphony. I’m pleased with how the photo turned out given it was a quick snap using my iPhone.
This photo was taken at 130 N Tryon St. Following is a link for the Blumenthal Performing Arts.
We are experiencing icy conditions in Uptown Charlotte. There was not much snow however it is very cold. The main roads and sidewalks are cleared. However, the side roads and sidewalks are still very treacherous.
This photo was taken at 300 S Church St. Following is a link to the Romare Bearden Park website.
The street art caught my attention and I liked the message … may their walk be full of grace. And I especially like that the artist, Rasul Ullah, signed his work.
The art can be found at the corner of 3rd street and S. Brevard St in Uptown Charlotte. Following is a link to the artist Facebook page.
A tall Christmas tree and an even taller building found in Uptown Charlotte.
This photo was taken near the Bank of America Center. Following is a link to a Wikipedia article about the building.
A stagecoach at Wells Fargo Museum as seen in the evening light. I was trying to capture the tree with the stagecoach in the background. However, the light highlighted the stagecoach.
This photo was taken at 401 S Tryon St #100 in Uptown Charlotte. Following is a link to the Wells Fargo Museum website.
I love this time of year which offers photographic opportunities of sunlight and shadows.
This photo was taken at 435 South Tryon. Following is a link to a Wikipedia article for the Green Park where this photo was taken.
Not quit as fast as a NASCAR race but Ice Skating is still a thrill. Each year an ice rink is setup in front of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and a Northern experience comes to the South. It is always busy and great fun to watch.
This photo was taken at 400 East Martin Luther King Blvd. Following is a link to the Holiday on Ice website.