Valle Crucis Farmhouse

This old vernacular farmhouse, built in 1877, was quite common in the rural southern Appalachian Mountains.  It’s close to the Watauga River, and near the locally famous Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, and is among the few remaining homes from this era.

Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Composition 3
Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Composition 3

As early as the late 18th century, settlers moved westward into the southern Appalachian Mountains acquiring fertile farmland along its rivers and tributaries.  Simple log homes and farm structures, eventually gave way to larger hewn log structures later covered with basic weatherboard.

Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Composition 2
Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Composition 2

By the last quarter of the 19th century, increased farm production and the availability of mechanical sawn, turned and molded woodwork, had enabled successful farmers the means to build framed farmhouses similar to this one. 

Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Rear Detail
Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Rear Detail

These homes were known for their straightforward, functional appearance, with a “T” or “L” floor plan, 1 ½ stories, and a gable roof. Porch brackets are often the only ornamentation.  This house, and one in my previous post, features a two-story gable fronted porch centered on the front elevation and protecting entrances on each story.

Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Composition 1
Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Composition 1

I was unable to confirm who last lived in this house, but saw references suggesting it may have been someone from the Mast family. I should have asked when I stopped by the Mast General Store during this visit for a pair of wool hiking socks and ice cold bottle of root beer!

Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Barn Detail
Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Barn Detail

To really appreciate these compositions, click to view a high resolution version. Everyone please stay grounded and safe during the holiday season.

Season’s Greetings!

C. S.

W-S Bank Buildings: Monochrome or Color?

I initially processed these BB&T building and Wells Fargo Tower architectural compositions, from downtown Winston-Salem, with over-top-HDR color tonality. Afterwards though, I experimented with color luminosity settings in monochrome. The resulting monochrome tonality range is quite impressive, but the near abstract HDR color styling is kinda cool as well. What do you think?

Winston-Salem Bank Building Cityscape Monochrome
Winston-Salem Bank Building Cityscape Monochrome
Winston-Salem Bank Building Abstract Monochrome
Winston-Salem Bank Building Cityscape
Winston-Salem Bank Building Cityscape
Winston-Salem Bank Building Abstract
Winston-Salem Bank Building Abstract

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version. Or, visit my Winston-Salem Architectural Abstracts gallery.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Charlotte Douglas International Airport Concourse A Expansion, pt 2

More architectural abstracts from my visit to the Concourse A Expansion at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 1
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 1
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 5
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 5
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 6
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 6
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 2
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 2
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 3
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 3
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 4
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 4

For the best viewing experience, click an image to see a high resolution version. Or visit my Charlotte Douglas International Airport Architectural Abstracts gallery.

Cheers!

C. S.

Uptown Charlotte Street Photography, Pt 4

Part four of my Uptown Charlotte cityscape compositions. Even after numerous visits, there’s still plenty to “see” Uptown!

Charlotte Transportation Center Night Composition
Charlotte Transportation Center Night Composition
E Fifth St Sky Bridge Abstract
Sky bridge crossing E Fifth St next to the Spectrum Center Arena in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina
Hearst Tower Entrance Street Scene 1
Hearst Tower Entrance Street Scene 1
S Tryon St Pedestrian Crossing
S Tryon St Pedestrian Crossing
Uptown Street Fatigue
Uptown Street Fatigue
Parking Deck Sky Bridge Composition
Parking Deck Sky Bridge Composition

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution, or visit my Uptown Charlotte street photography gallery on my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.

Uptown Charlotte Night Skyline

A recent 4 day business trip to Charlotte afforded me an opportunity to capture dramatic night skylines of Uptown.

Uptown Charlotte Night Skyline 1
Uptown Charlotte Night Skyline 1
Hearst Tower Abstract Skyline 1
Hearst Tower Abstract Skyline 1
Duke Energy Building Night Composition
Duke Energy Building Night Composition
Founders Hall Skyline Abstract
Founders Hall Skyline Abstract
North College and East Fifth Street Skyline
North College and East Fifth Street Skyline

Thank you for stopping by today! For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers!

C. S.

Sunset Construction Architectural Abstracts

The hard lines and contrasting shapes of this construction venue captured my eye during sunset wanderings in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina.

S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 3
S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 3
S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 1
S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 1
S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 2
S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view in high resolution.

Cheers!

C. S.

Architectural Elements from Uptown Charlotte, part 1

Last week I traveled to Uptown Charlotte for a couple days of business meetings . After work, I found my way to the street and was rewarded with many composition opportunities. Here’s the first in series street photos featuring architectural abstracts.

City Skyline Sunset Abstract
City Skyline Sunset Abstract
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Abstract
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Abstract
Bank of America Center Sunset Abstract
Bank of America Center Sunset Abstract
Old Southern Bell Building Art Deco Abstract
Old Southern Bell Building Art Deco Abstract
Old Southern Bell Building Art Deco Abstract
Old Southern Bell Building Art Deco Abstract
North College St Sky Bridge Abstract 1
North College St Sky Bridge Abstract 1
Charlotte First Baptist Church Steeple
Charlotte First Baptist Church Steeple

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Photography

In late April, I met my oldest son Austin in Charlotte to attend a University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Delta Sigma Phi fraternity event in Uptown (I’m also a Delta Sig, but from NC State). We rode the light rail from the University of the UNCC station to the Arena Station in Uptown. From there we walked through the Epicentre area to our destination on Trade and Tryon Streets. Of course, I was in the rear capturing these street photos along the way.

Arena Station Exterior Composition
Arena Station Exterior Composition
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 1
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 1
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 2
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 2
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 3
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 3
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 4
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 4
Bank of America Center Abstract
Bank of America Center Abstract
Uptown Charlotte Street Musician
Uptown Charlotte Street Musician
Uptown Charlotte Arena Station Composition 1
Uptown Charlotte Arena Station Composition 1

Thanks for checking out this post. To see these image in full effect, click to see a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Study, pt 2

For the image below, I patiently waiting about 30 minutes after sunset for the photocell in the lighthouse to finally turned on the lighthouse beacon. Yep, the kerosene lamp and Fresnel lens were replaced back around 1934.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Twilight Composition
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Twilight Composition

The remaining images in this post, along with most in the previous post, were captured the following day when my Scout Troop visited the Cape Hatteras National Seashore park. Because I usually linger to get the best shot, they’ve learned not to wait on me.

Hatteras Lighthouse Spiral Staircase 2
Hatteras Lighthouse Spiral Staircase 2

Because of high winds, I was only able to lean outside the door to the lighthouse balcony. If you look at the image below, along the right side of the horizon line, you can see the breakers along the leading edge of the Diamond Shoals mentioned in the previous post. For a better view of this image, or any other image in this post, click to see a high resolution version.

Hatteras Lighthouse Balcony View - Color
Hatteras Lighthouse Balcony View – Color
Hatteras Lighthouse Window Composition 3
Hatteras Lighthouse Window Composition 3

The steel and wood groin shown below, was a last ditch effort to save the lighthouse. Sand is captured on the updrift side, in this case on the left side, at the expense of lost sand deposits on the right (downdrift) side. No that the Hatteras Lighthouse has been moved further away from the seashore, I wonder if this groin will be removed, or left to deteriorate over time.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Groin Composition 1
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Groin Composition 1
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Groin Composition 2
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Groin Composition 2

Thank you for stopping by today. If you liked these images, be sure to checkout the previous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Study post.

Cheers,

C. S.