A home away from home
A home away from home
Constructed in 1882, by Hiram King this large, two-story home was purchased by George W. Vanderbilt to house his rangers. Ranger George Gillespie and his family boarded eight forestry students in the rooms upstairs. For two meals each day, Mrs. Gillespie fed the students along with her family. Part of the garden near the house became a seedling nursery for school projects.
The Orlando Eye is a 400 ft (122 m) tall giant Ferris wheel in Orlando, Florida, US. It carried its first passenger on April 29, 2015. Since July 28, 2016, it has been known as Coca-Cola Orlando Eye.
The Orlando Eye is operated by Merlin Entertainments, which also runs the world-famous London Eye. It's described as an observation wheel, because "[t]his is a stabilized-driven (capsule) that gives you a really smooth experience on the way around, so it doesn't feel like when you're at 400-feet, that you're swinging around in mid-air." According to its official website, the Orlando Eye is the first wheel ever to use such a system in combination with a suspended 'ski lift capsule design'. The wheel was reported to be in the early stages of planning in March 2011, with completion due in the summer of 2014 and was approved by county commissioners in September 2012.
In January 2013, it was reported that the expected opening date had been pushed back to "by Thanksgiving [November] 2014". Erection of the main support structure began in December 2013. In April 2014 it was reported that completion had been further delayed until Spring 2015. Installation of the 30 air-conditioned passenger capsules, each of which can carry up to 15 persons, began in mid-January 2015, and the last capsule was installed on February 5, 2015.
In mid-February, it was announced that the soft opening was scheduled for May 1, followed by a grand opening ceremony on May 4.
Triangle area will come alive with Caribmask Carnival Week, celebrating the Caribbean culture through music, food, art and more ... featuring our world famous Parade of Bands and Festival Village.
It was a real party in downtown Raleigh Saturday afternoon, as the CaribMask Festival returned to Fayetteville Street. Colorful dancers and Caribbean style bands performed for the crowd in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.
A melting point of diverse culture and pride, the Caribbean is a place like no other.
The festival is in it's fourth year in the Capital City.
It was an award of waiting game at last! As a saying goes "Patience Is A Virtue". It was a bad weather for the past days here in Raleigh last week, most of the afternoon, either cloudy or raining most in the afternoon. This is just a 15 mins drive away from where I stayed. Every afternoon after my day job, I should look at the sky and hoping for a good weather, before finally the sunflowers will be gone this year and finally answered prayers last Friday. I saw a good formation in the clouds and the sun is perfect! I had to rush to the place and I arrived 1.5hrs. ahead of this very beautiful sunset.
Within my waiting until the sundown, I should look for a good spot, good angle where I should position my tripod, composition and find a good background and foreground. My challenges are the people who also amazed of the beautiful sunset, with their phone. This would be our big challenges now a day! I also had another worry in mind, while I was standing in the middle of the garden with 3-5ft high sunflowers, is the snake! It was reported that there was some snake in the area a few days ago, and one of the visitors was bitten, I had my eyes 360° looking down if some stranger visitor around me :( and, I must uncomplainingly wait until those people will be clear out of my viewfinder, but I already took some images on my foreground with an overexposure to have some lights. Then finally just before the sun disappears, I completed the whole image with a clear path from those photographers in front of me.
I took around 20 shoots with different exposure, the last frame has been almost totally dark with just a little sun glow in my image with 1/500 shutter speed. I started taking pictures at 1/5 shutter speed with a total over exposed in my sky but a good exposure for my foreground. I set my aperture at fixed f/9, with my lowest ISO100.
Since the picture was taken for a few minutes with the little wind, my post processing was manually layer mask on different layers since the auto blend (HDR) will not work for this image when your subjects are not stationary. Finally, I had this best stunning sunset in the sunflower garden. Till next year!
Camera: Nikon 5300
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Tripod: Manfrotto 055PROB
Post Processing: Adobe Ligthroom and Photoshop
Those who frequent the Neuse River Greenway Trail may be in for a surprise this weekend – thousands of radiant sunflowers along the path are in bloom. But as beautiful as they are, there is a purpose behind their presence.
During the months of June and July, there is a special treat for greenway users along the Neuse River Trail. Guests will be able to enjoy a beautiful field of sunflowers.
The fields serve as an application site for biosolids from the Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility. The stabilized sludge (biosolids) is applied to the field as a fertilizer. The sunflowers are planted to keep the nitrogen-rich soil from washing into the streams and rivers in the watershed. Finally, the sunflowers are harvested and the seeds are used to produce biodiesel.
The sunflowers have become an annual attraction for residents and tourists alike. As the plants grow each year, so does the anticipation until one day the field of green along the trail’s Mile Marker 23 is transformed into a sea bursting with swaying, yellow blooms.
The flowers can be seen along the trail around Mile Marker 23 of the Neuse River Trail, near 2441 Brown Field Drive Road. To view the sunflowers, you can park at the Auburn-Knightdale lot located at 2901 Auburn-Knightdale Rd (approximately 2 miles to the sunflowers) or you can park at the Mial Plantation access point located at 6008 Mial Plantation Rd (approximately 1.5 miles to the sunflowers).
Photo By: Glennboi Photography
The North Carolina mountains fall foliage season is a beautiful show each and every year, The fall leaf color changes start in the higher elevations of the Western North Carolina mountains about the first week of October and will work its way down to the lower elevations of the mountains in mid November. Due to the varied elevations of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains you can always find the best show of color somewhere in the fall months of September, October and November. The biggest factors involved in the changing colors of the foliage are elevation and the weather. The warmer the weather the slower the progression of color. Cooler temperatures and an early frost will speed up the leaf color change show.
Photo By: Glennboi Photography
Located front-right of the church of Oslob, Cebu, Philippines, just outside the perimeter stone fence and near the sea, at the intersection of Calle Aeternidad (Eternidad?) and the end of Calle Aragones, an unfinished building made of coral blocks stand. This unfinished structure was the cuartel, intended for the Spanish soldiers or guardia civil. It was started by Fray Juan Jose Aragones (1848 – 1854, 1859 – 1861) during his second term of service in this municipality. While it was not finished by Fray Aragones, work continued but remained unfinished until the end of Spanish Occupation.
Photo By: Glennboi Photography
The July 26th Dedication of Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral is approaching quickly. It will certainly be a day of joy and celebration for all in the Diocese of Raleigh.
This cathedral, our Mother Church, will be a place of worship for Catholics throughout the Diocese of Raleigh. Because there is a practical seating capacity, not everyone who wishes to attend will be able to participate in the Dedication.
The Diocese greatly desires to express appreciation to those who have supported the Cathedral Project through prayer and/or contribution. Therefore, there are two opportunities we hope you will consider.
First, there will be a live stream of the liturgy on the Diocese of Raleigh YouTube Channel for those who wish to view this historic ceremony. More information about this will be available closer to the Dedication date.
Second, each of our eight deaneries (regions within the diocese) will host a special Mass at the newly dedicated cathedral. Below is a list of the Mass times associated with each of our deaneries.
Photo By: Glennboi Photography
The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886.
The Statue of Liberty is a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess. She holds a torch above her head, and in her left arm carries a tabula ansata inscribed in Roman numerals with "JULY IV MDCCLXXVI" (July 4, 1776), the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue became an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.
Bartholdi was inspired by French law professor and politician Édouard René de Laboulaye, who is said to have commented in 1865 that any monument raised to U.S. independence would properly be a joint project of the French and U.S. peoples. Due to the post-war instability in France, work on the statue did not commence until the early 1870s. In 1875, Laboulaye proposed that the French finance the statue and the U.S. would provide the site and build the pedestal. Bartholdi completed the head and the torch-bearing arm before the statue was fully designed, and these pieces were exhibited for publicity at international expositions.
The torch-bearing arm was displayed at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, and in Madison Square Park in Manhattan from 1876 to 1882. Fundraising proved difficult, especially for the Americans, and by 1885 work on the pedestal was threatened due to lack of funds. Publisher Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World started a drive for donations to complete the project that attracted more than 120,000 contributors, most of whom gave less than a dollar. The statue was constructed in France, shipped overseas in crates, and assembled on the completed pedestal on what was then called Bedloe's Island. The statue's completion was marked by New York's first ticker-tape parade and a dedication ceremony presided over by President Grover Cleveland.
The statue was administered by the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901 and then by the Department of War; since 1933 it has been maintained by the National Park Service. Public access to the balcony surrounding the torch has been barred for safety reasons since 1916.
Photo by: Glennboi Photography
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is located in Goldsboro, N.C. The base is home to the 4th Fighter Wing of the Air Combat Command, one of the most storied in U.S. history, celebrating 75 years of service. Two Air Force Reserve units also reside here: the 916th Air Refueling Wing and the 414th Fighter Group.
Seymour Johnson AFB's mission is to deliver dominant Strike Eagle Airpower...Anytime, Anyplace. Come witness Team Seymour fill the air with the powerful sound of freedom during #WOW17!
ABOUT #WOW17Wings Over Wayne, held in odd-numbered years, is a way for SJAFB to thank our local and regional communities for their ongoing support of the base's important mission by opening our installation to the public for two free, daylong air and ground demonstration days.
Helping us honor our service members, the USO is a proud supporter of Wings Over Wayne, offering unwavering support of America's military mission.
Additionally, during Wings Over Wayne, our performers and military hosts welcome children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, granting wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Glenn Tumanda Gamayot, known by his friends as Glennboi is a freelance photographer from the Philippines and now currently based in North Carolina, USA. He discover his hidden artistic talent in photography back in 2005 when he was still working as a Mainframe IT Consultant in Singapore. He own and manage GLENNBOI PHOTOGRAPHY & PRODUCTIONS, he believes that in photography "No matter how sophisticated the camera, the photographer is still the one that makes the picture."