I’m Going Shooting Anyway!

Here in the Raleigh, NC area it has rained at least briefly everyday for two weeks with exception of one day. Fortunately, the Fourth of July was only a light shower, however this was not enough to curb my need to get behind the lens. Thus, yesterday after I finished up at the office with disregard to the impending scattered showers and thunderstorms I grabbed my gear and went exploring.

Admittedly these rainy seasons are perfect for focusing on shooting personal projects or simply working on various techniques, but sometimes you just want to get out there.

I first set my sights on a newly renovated park in the downtown area. I was concerned that it would be a wasted trip considering the site in proximity to the, ummm… lesser economically privileged region it was located near. However, I had heard that you could see the skyline from the carousel located in the park so I decided to give it a shot anyway. Unfortunately, when I arrived one of the rain showers had just arrived, but my stubbornness prevailed and it didn’t take long to wait it out. Sadly, my original feeling was correct as well as the available view of the skyline was quite limited due to trees.

Bound and determined to at least make one exposure I hopped back in the car and went exploring. It was not more than a few miles down the road that I noticed a side road going up a sizable hill. Little did I know that this was the Dix Hill home to the Dorothea Dix State Hospital. I vaguely recall reading something about an attempt last year to turn this space into a new park within the downtown area as I do not believe much of the grounds are still in use. And now I know why! This hospital has without question one of the best views of the skyline.

Fun Fact: A friend of mine from high school apparently is related to Dorothea Dix, which I learned after posting a cell phone picture to Facebook.