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Charlotte Seen – Charlotte Fashion Week

The image set below is a portion of a runway fashion show from Charlotte Fashion Week, held at the Charlotte Country Club, August 25 – 29, 2015.  Charlotte Fashion Week is an annual endeavor sponsored by Charlotte Seen, which brings together fashion professionals for a series fashion runway shows, networking opportunities and social events.  Featured in this post is the Friday night presentation of independent designer Cari-Renee (www.cari-renee.com).  Hair styling and make up are provided by Drift Salon (www.driftsalon.com/).

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Waimea Valley

A highlight of my recent trip to Hawaii was Waimea Valley, a world-class botanical garden and cooperative conservation site.  It is located on the north shore of Oahu island less than an hour from downtown Honolulu.  Consisting of 1,875 acres Waimea Valley is positioned on what has been sacred land for over 700 years of native Hawaiian history.

The botanical garden is situated on 150 acres of the valley and is home to over 5,000 types of tropical and subtropical plants, including native and endangered species.  Over 70 other  historic and religious sites are in Waimea, as well as house areas, agricultural terraces, fish ponds, and a 45 foot waterfall.

The 3/4 mile paved path provides a wealth of stunning photographic opportunities, which we took full advantage of to share with readers of this post.

Heloconia plant (Heloconia collinsiana)

Heloconia plant (Heloconia collinsiana)

Traditional Hawaiian living site...

Traditional Hawaiian living area…

Palms, ferns & banana plants...

Palms, ferns & banana plants…

Ixora

Ixora

Zebra Dove - Native to southeast Asia, introduced to Hawaii in 1922...

Zebra Dove – Native to southeast Asia, introduced to Hawaii in 1922…

Waimea Falls - Waimea means reddish brown water...

Waimea Falls – Waimea means reddish brown water…

Blue Ginger (Dichorisandra thyrsiflora)

Blue Ginger (Dichorisandra thyrsiflora)

Taking a break at the falls...

Taking a break at the falls…

 

SC Confederate Flag Comes Down

After years of intense controversy, the Confederate flag was lowered from the SC state house grounds for the last time on Friday, July 10, 2015.  In an effort to gauge the social atmosphere, and record this historic event, I trekked to Columbia, SC that day.  The state’s decision to remove the flag erupted from the outrage in the wake of the tragic shooting at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.   Included in the nine parishioners killed was Pastor (and state senator) Clementa Pinckney.

Under the blazing 98 degree Columbia sun, the climate appeared to be part carnival and part memorial.  There were ample supporters and opponents alike of the flag’s removal and its ultimate placement in the state’s Confederate Relic room, a few blocks away.  This pictorial is my attempt to tell the story of the event, a story which includes unrelated protests, television interviews, and street artists among other dynamics.

Last Lowering

Last Lowering

'Unlikely' Supporter?

‘Unlikely’ Supporter?

Sidewalk Artist

Sidewalk Artist

Anti-Flag Protestor

Anti-Flag Protestor

Interview

Interview

Side Protest

Side Protest

We Are One

We Are One

Undying

Undying

In Wait

In Wait

Flag Debate

Flag Debate

Symbol of Hate

Symbol of Hate