Monday, February 10, 2020

Another Rainy Night

It was another rainy night, so after putting the kid to bed I grabbed the camera and headed downtown to get a few more pictures.

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Low clouds were flowing across the sky, reflecting back the city lights below. Here the clouds were streaking above the Junction Bridge, and by a sculpture named "The Center" by a California artist named Chapel.

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I headed up to the bridge, which has one of the best views of the Little Rock skyline.

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Since it was getting late, I started to head home but made one last stop at Union Station...

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

In The Fog

I love foggy days and nights, since they can make for some interesting pictures. The atmosphere is so unique and changing and you're never sure what you're going to get. So the other night it was foggy, and after tucking Jonah into bed I hurried out to get a few pictures. I ended up in downtown Little Rock, where the city lights were shining onto the fog and low clouds.

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This was taken from the top of a parking deck. And even though I felt the siren calling of the Flying Saucer, but I resisted and got a few more pictures.

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I drove down Capitol Avenue and stopped to get this shot of the Simmons Bank Tower, shrouded in fog and standing above an old building that is currently being converted into a hotel.

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I sort of aimlessly drove around for a bit, looking for something to get pictures of. I ended up stopping by the new Broadway Bridge, which didn't have all that much traffic on it.

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I walked by the Robinson Center Music Hall, which was bathed in deep blue LED lights.

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The historic Art Deco auditorium first opened in 1940 and underwent a massive renovation that ended in 2016.

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Across the street is the Pulaski Courthouse, which was built in 1914.

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And the view looking back towards Robinson Center from the courthouse. This was the last shot since it was almost 11:00 PM and I had to go to wake up bright and early for work the next morning...

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Downtown

It was a warm Winter day and I had some free time, so I decided to make another attempt at getting some pictures in downtown Little Rock. I ended up walking around Capitol Avenue and spotted this building with a reflection of the Union Bank Building.

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Sitting in a nearby plaza is the large sculpture of "Large Standing Figure: Knife Edge," which was done by noted British sculptor Henry Moore. The piece was purchased back in the 1978 to be part of the Metrocentre Mall, the first attempt at revitalizing downtown Little Rock.

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The sculpture will be moved to the Arkansas Arts Center in a few years when the museum's renovations are completed.

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It was a bright sunny day, which isn't always the best conditions for taking pictures. But the light did make for some interesting reflections in the windows of this building along Capitol Avenue.

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I got back in the car and ended up driving by this old building by Union Station, which used to be a furniture warehouse. I've seen a few older pictures taken of this building, and it at one point was a casket warehouse (which I'm sure means that it must surely be haunted).

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Nearby was this "No Parking" sign, which was rusted into the same color as the brick wall behind it.

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Just behind the Arkansas Repertory Theatre is Bakers Alley, which the Downtown Little Rock Partnership recently invited the public to paint and spraypaint the pavement in order to create more public art in downtown. It's an interesting idea (although the numerous dumpsters along the alley do kinda take away from the artsy views).

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There were also some murals along the alley, including this one of a cat that I think doesn't look all that happy (maybe it knows I haven't seen Cats yet?).

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Dark And Foggy Night

I used to live close to the Big Dam Bridge back in the olden days when I was single and didn't have any kids, and would always make a quick visit there to take some pictures if it looked like there would be a cool sunset or something. I haven't been over to the bridge very much since moving across the river, but last week a big dam fog had settled across the area and I hurried to make a return visit to the Big Dam Bridge.

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The fog was so thick that it was actually obscuring the end of the bridge across the river. The river was running high, with muddy water splashing into the rocks that sit a few feet above where the sidewalk usually runs.

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I walked across the bridge, where the fog was reflecting back the blue lights above the rushing waters below.

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From there I headed back across the river and drove over to the Two Rivers Park Bridge, which was also nearly hidden under a thick blanket of fog. The bridge straddles the Little Maumelle River right by its confluence with the Arkansas River. Oddly enough, the waters at the Big Dam Bridge were running high while the waters below the Two Rivers Bridge were oddly still. The reflection was almost mirror-like, broken only by some sort of critter that swam by (I hoped it was an otter, and not a gator. I really couldn't tell what it was).

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On the other side of the bridge a few trees were standing above the waters, backlit by the streetlights near the boat ramp.

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And then one last shot, looking at the bridge as it disappeared off into the fog.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Old Barns

I'm a fan of barns, the older and more dilapidated the better. So it's always nice when you're driving around and you see one that actually advertises itself as an "old barn."

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Further down the road was this old barn, which is surprisingly still standing.

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The side of the barn was leaning inwards, which might account for the weird angles on this door (or whoever built it was trying to have it mimic the door on Pee Wee's Playhouse).

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