Monday, April 06, 2009

Monochrome Monday #27: Arched Diocese


"Arched Diocese?"
Raleigh, NC - February 2001 (Click to embiggen)


Raleigh is one of many cities that hold "First Night" celebration on New Year's Eve each year. These are family-friendly alcohol free alternatives for those who prefer a less intoxicating run up to the new year.

Raleigh's version takes place on Fayetteville Street (formerly Fayetteville Street Mall) and features bands, food, craft workshops, and "The People's Procession", a parade of whomever wishes to participate marching between two predetermined points. (Now that Fayetteville Street has re-opened, I'm not sure what the parade route is). At midnight, The City of Oaks has its own version of the Times Square Ball Drop as a massive bronze acorn descends in time with the final few seconds of the year just ended. In keeping with the family-oriented nature of the event, there's a "simulated" acorn drop at 8:00 PM for those with small children who can't hold out until midnight.

In between visits to exhibits and vendors, there's opportunity to take in the sights of the city that aren't unique to New Year's Eve as well. Like this arched breezeway at one of the older downtown churches (I forget which one).Violence UnSilenced
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21 comments:

Dina ... UK said...

A lovely intrigueing arch perfect for B/W...

Liz said...

A great shot. I love arches like that.

Lene said...

How pretty! And perfect for monochrome :)

Happy easter to you :)

Aileni said...

Definitely classy.

bettyl said...

I really like the arch in arch angle. Very nice info, too.

Bryan said...

Acorn drop? The squirrels must be salivating.

Nice photo. All the different curves of the arches and the smoothness of the stones show quite well. What kind of lighting was used in this? I'm wondering because the shadows are visible, which makes me assume that the light source is to the left, at about your 7.

kden said...

We have a first night in Spokane too although I have never been to it. It's cold here so they have things like ice sculptures, and entertainment of all kinds (some indoors and some out). I, like the little kids would have to settle for the acorn drop at 8:00. Love your shot with the arches, it looks great in mono.

Joe Narvaez said...

A timeless picture.

RuneE said...

The pattern of those arches made a very nice monochrome picture.

Marie Reed said...

First night is a great event! I went to one in Boston a couple of years ago:)

Dina ... UK said...

No, not a book shop..lol
The blue tinge is the cyanotye on my camera? not sure I like it either.
This Ramsey is in England....

(I will reveal all on Thursday about the bike)
and then you will say of course?..:-)

Mariz said...

The patters and different shades of the stone makes this a great monochrome subject. Nice arch, great photo.

Shadow said...

exquisite architecture!

Carolina said...

Did you see that ghost? Just disappeared through the arch on the right.......

Nice structure.

Daryl said...

OOOOOOOOOOH .. romantic and scary and I love all that grout ...

magiceye said...

this is a classic!

earthtoholly.com said...

Very nice...I love shots of churches and the b&w fits it nicely.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Very nice. I like archways and tunnels. They seem to make for great contrasts and lines.

Julie said...

I like arches and old buildings, good shot.

Pagan Sphinx said...

Oh, nice! I love the layered look of this shot...and..the clever title.

Wanna see my digger? :-)

Lil Bit said...

Ohhh, EXCELLENT!!!

.... looks like it could part of the labyrinth of portals to my castle dungeon! LOL ;)

really like this one a lot!