Category Archives: Outdoors / Landscapes

Raven Rock State Park

Raven Rock State Park is located near Lillington, NC  along the Cape Fear river, at the “fall zone”, where the foothills meet the coastal plain. There are hiking trails and camping sites available, as well as a recently constructed nature … Continue reading

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Winter Photos of the North Carolina Museum of Art

A few shots during a family visit to the museum grounds today.

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House Creek Greenway Trail

The House Creek portion of the Raleigh greenway system was recently opened, linking the Reedy Creek trail to the Crabtree Valley trail. It is an important connection along the greenway and allows some nice distances to be traveled along the … Continue reading

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Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans

During a recent trip to New Orleans we rode through the lower 9th Ward which was washed out during flooding caused by hurricane Katrina in 2005. There are many empty lots, a few abandoned houses that sustained damage but are … Continue reading

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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

I’ve probably been to a North or South Carolina Beach almost every summer of my life, so I’ve seen the development and changes that have occurred over the last 40 years. There hasn’t been much “progress”, but lots of development. … Continue reading

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Where the Wild Styles Are

A nice surprise along the railroad tracks off Hillsborough Street.

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Inn at Middleton Place, Charleston, SC

As an architectural student in Charleston, SC, our class visited the Inn at Middleton Place, and I followed that visit up with two stays years later. The 55 room inn was designed by architects W.G. Clark and Charles Menefee, who … Continue reading

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Syme Hall Rain Garden

A year or so ago a group of landscape architecture students led by NCSU landscape architecture assistant professor Andy Fox spent 10 weeks designing and building a rain garden to capture roof water and air condition condensate from nearby Syme Dormitory … Continue reading

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Historic Yates Mill County Park

Wake County’s Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh is a good spot for a weekend visit. They provide tours of the working gristmill and there are around 3 miles of walking trails that traverse the property and circle the … Continue reading

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Shenandoah National Park

This past weekend I, along with a group of guys, traveled for a “man weekend” of hiking and rustic cooking in the Shenandoah National Park. We stayed in a cabin just off the Appalachian trial with no electricity or running … Continue reading

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