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23 December 2012 @ 01:52 pm
 


Very morbid bit of debris. It's a piece of someone's windshield. Yesterday morning there was a head-on collision between two cars just outside of our house. (Currently staying with my parents in the middle of rural nowhere for the holiday). Somehow, despite the terrifying explosion, I managed to sleep through the entire commotion... but I've visited the wreck site a few times with different people just to check it out. It's very, um, sobering...it's hard to tell anything even happened from a distance because so much of it has been cleaned up, but there are still solid chunks of seat stuffing, scattered bits of glass and metal...it's such a tragedy. Both people were killed. It's just so surreal to stand right on the ground where two people were involved in such a terrible accident, and to see so many things that belonged to them, I guess. Among all the wreckage there was a lone glove, some coupons, drink bottles...things that they kept in the cars or car seats or whatever. Yesterday in the ditch water, pretty shortly after it happened, there were still clouds of blood, and also on the grass, mixed in with the oil and other things. It's so tragic because I imagine both people were probably on their way to spend Thanksgiving with their families. (I think anyone who knows me also knows exactly how I feel about the wretched, white-washed holiday--it's a total sham of fabricated history between colonialist settlers and American Indians--but all the same, it's still a holiday where people come together to eat, drink, and generally spend time with loved ones, which somehow makes this even sadder.)

Just a very depressing thing to think about over leftovers, especially knowing just how many people are squabbling over meaningless material goods today. Life is terribly short and just unbearably cruel sometimes.
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14 August 2011 @ 10:12 pm
 
Riley just recently bought me a Vistaquest 1015 camera as an early birthday gift, and god is it ever fun to use! Every photo is a literal shot in the dark, so it makes things way more exciting than with a normal digital camera. I've wanted a toy camera for a long time now, and while this isn't exactly a Holga or Diana, it takes similarly distinct photos.

Also, I visited my folks this weekend, so I prowled around the premises and experimented with my new toy. Since I'll be working on my birthday, I also had a "party" of sorts thrown for me, which was less of a party and more of a sit-down with cake to eat. But I'm okay with that. Truthfully, I prefer it to the alternative. And it was nice to spend some time in a completely rural area. It's not like the Triangle doesn't have its rural parts if you stray far enough from the major roads, but if you drive long enough you'll eventually hit civilization of some sort. You could go for quite a while in Southeastern NC without finding much of anything outside of silos and fields. And maybe a township.

The photos I have are just from around the general area of our yard and the adjacent fields, but eastern NC is just so...well, everything is incredibly scarce. It's a paradise for anyone who loves old barns, rural decay, neglected roads, wandering farm animals, etc. I've also found it to be loaded with creepy, haunted shit. Like my childhood home, or my great-grandmother's house, or my grandpa's house...practically everywhere, honestly. (Naturally I just solved this by moving several hours away. But I suppose that's a post for another time. You know, when I'm not alone in my apartment at night.)









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10 April 2011 @ 01:14 am
 


I bought a Venus Flytrap earlier at the local botanical garden! It's pretty sweet. Riley decided on the name Charlotte. It's already eaten a few bugs that have been buzzing around in the laundromat window, so I know it's a healthy little thing. We're thinking of making a terrarium for it to live in on our porch.

More nature-y photos )
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26 December 2010 @ 04:39 pm
 
It's Snowpocalypse 2.0!


....well, not really. But it hasn't snowed in this part of NC for at least three years or so.



More snow! )
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25 April 2010 @ 10:04 pm
I went to the gardens today at Duke, and outside of the blistering heat, it was great!


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