Hanging Rock Park… Again

This past weekend the girlfriend and I headed out to Hanging Rock State Park (5:30 wake up… ugh). I wanted to see if I could catch the fall colors and she didn’t head out there with me the first time. Unfortunately, I think that we were about a week too early for the leaves, but in spite of the occasional rain shower we continued to make our way through the park.

Also, the water levels were much lower this time around.

Naturally, she was asked (forced) to stand in and be my subject a few times. (just comes with the territory of dating a photographer)

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Hanging Rock State Park

Last weekend I took a trip to Hanging Rock State Park located in Danbury, NC for some waterfall chasing.

I had seen pictures of it online recently and decided being only a two-hour drive to see it for myself. I am glad that I did, because it was very worth the trip. The park has five waterfalls within it, a lake and other various points of interest. As an added bonus the trails with exception of being fairly steep in places were quite easy.

I wasn’t able to make it to all five falls, but managed to capture a respectable 4 out of 5. A future trip is certainly in the plans, but thinking it might wait for this fall when the leaves will add a welcomed bonus.

Sunset over Downtown

I decided to take the camera into downtown once again yesterday. While walking down Fayetteville Street I noticed that the south end of the street had been blocked off. I came to realize that I had completely forgotten that Downtown Raleigh is currently hosting Oak City 7 (a free concert) every Thursday until the end of August. Admittedly I was immediately distracted from my original reasoning for being down there.

I decided to stick around and check out the event. The usual mix of food and drink trucks, vendor tents, and other random assortment of merchants were all present. I grabbed a small bite to eat (a jerk chicken tortilla, which was pretty darn good) and a choice beverage, sat down and waited for sound checks for the first band to finish.

After listening to the first three bands I mustered the motivation to fulfill the original reason that I had embarked into downtown in the first place. With the sunset quickly setting I decided to turn my attention from the streets to the skyline and thus hopped in the car and found my vantage point.