Saturday, December 05, 2015

Signs and Wonders at the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival (2015)

Chimerical Chinese light configurations in Cary, North Carolina, at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Cool beans, Wellington!  Thanks to the gestalt effect, we know a dragon when we see one.
Nearby Dorton Arena in the gloaming. Looks the same as when I was Boy Scout for two years, during which time there were a couple of jamboree-type events. I remember on one occasion, the sun was so hot we fried eggs on a rock. The last concert I saw here, as a young adult, was James Brown. The "paraboleum"-style architecture was designed by a Polish fellow who died in a plane wreck; its construction dates back to the early 1950s, though it has since accrued something like the patina of a 1970s vibe. 
Peacocks and roses at the Chinese Lantern Festival.  
Nearby Bond Lake. There's a nice trail that goes around it, and plenty of birds nesting. 
Full-length shot of the dragon situated on the edge of a small lake. I fell into a hole more than a foot deep while roaming around taking photos, coming out a bit surprised and muddy but otherwise unscathed. It was worth it. 

Today's Rune: Possessions.  


Charles Gramlich said...

i'd be out around that pond, looking at the birds!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Worlds colliding a bit here: that stadium is a dead-ringer for the Saddledome arena here in Calgary, and I swear I have taken that exact same across-the-lake photo from the deck of our cabin. Cool beans, indeed.

Erik Donald France said...

Thanks, y'all ~! Synergies and synchronicities . . . I'll check out the Saddledome, Barbara.

Erik Donald France said...

Interesting ~~ Calgary's design is described as a "hyperbolic paraboloid."