Street Photos from Charlottesville, VA

On Friday (9/26) – we went to Charlottesville, VA for the day. After rainy and damp weather all week, the sunny blue skies in this lovely mountain town were an extra treat.

First, here is the video I put together – the song is called “Songbird” by Forty Foot Echo:

Now – a Dozen Street Shots:

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Street Portrait #1 Street Musician
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Street Portrait #2: A young lady named Hope – look how her beauty matches the flowers!
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Street Portrait #3 – I was taking some doors photos – and when I saw this employee standing to the side of this large doorway, his coordinated yellow shirt called to me. The line of his shoulders works with the line in the doorway and his apron works with other rectangles. I also like the 3 little lights above him and the fold of the paper in his hands seems to work with the lines in other areas.
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Street Portrait #4 -I like this shot for a few reasons and one has to do with roles. The silhouette art features a woman with a child in tow – and if you look to the center, we have a working woman with briefcase in tow. Love the contrast and both roles are great!
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Street Portrait #5 – This dude was just way cool.

It was a little sad during our visit because there are signs everywhere for the missing college student Hanna Graham. For those that do not know about this story, Hannah went missing on 9-13 -14 –  she was out partying and decided to walk home alone.  She got lost on the way and was sending texts to her friends.  Video surveillance was able to help track the last person she was with (big Brother has perks) and there has been an arrest as well. We are all praying for her.

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However, with all this media coverage about this case I wish someone would be sending a “wake-up” call message to viewers.  I know it may not be the best time because the focus is on finding Hannah and trying to get tips coming in…

But listen up, this is another example of how drinking impairs abilities and can leave us vulnerable.  This is likely another example of what is called a “crime of opportunity” and it is sad!   I have a few more thoughts to share about alcohol, but for now I just want to remind all of us to drink responsibly – or how about not at all and let the cells in your body get a healthy break.

But seriously – college kids and teens need to be reminded of the dangers of getting wasted.

And if you are using alcohol to cope with – well start thinking about other ways of tackling issues.  I know it is not easy and habits and patterns get set, but there are resources out there and it starts with becoming aware of how you are coping.  Alcohol in itself is not necessarily bad, but when you use it for coping it robs you of real growth and at some point you will have to sober up and deal with things.  Nobody ever said: “Yeah, I had a lot of problems and then I started drinking everyday and everything got better.

I am not trying to judge your alcohol consumption – I am just saying think about it! And monitor all you do with wisdom –  because you’ll know when things are not in balance – and wellness is rooted in awareness.

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On Friday, I also met a few more folks – including the Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo.

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Street Portrait #6 – Timothy Longo police chief of Charlottesville, VA He is a passionate dude!
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Street Portrait #7: This is a camera guy from D.C. – also in town to get footage on the Hannah Graham case. I ended up talking with the D.C. news anchor, and after we parted ways I realized that I should have taken her photo too. Oh well…
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Street Portrait #8 – A couple and their dog. We ran into them a few times during the day..
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Street Portrait #9 -Man on the phone -(look at those windows Dawn)!
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Street Portrait #10A – These two ladies were some of my favorite people from the day.
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Street Portrait #10B – This is my favorite picture from the day. I like it because it captures the essence of Charlottesville! We have the cool employee making healthy guac – we have a Mexican lady (her words) who is smooth and classy and casual. Then, the lady to the right has the “I love NY” t-shirt on- and the pumpkins all over highlight the “joy” of the Fall season upon us!
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Street Portrait #11 Taking a shot of this Asian door I realized a window duster was there too.
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Looking Down at a pumpkin latte and Asian dumplings for Lunch! Check out the free sample of CALM on the table.  I recently bought a huge bottle of CALM and it was on back order – which shows how much people love it.  I highly suggest everyone try this awesome product. There is a reason that it has won awards for the last 3 years -because it is a highly absorbable magnesium and most people in our culture have insufficient magnesium levels, which leads to all kinds of body imbalance. Try some…
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Street Portrait #12 – 3 guys walking the brick path in charming Charlottesville, VA.

This is linked to Dawn’s Lingering Look at windows week #39, Kan’s Moment of Joy week #9, and Debbie’s Look Up Look Down Week week 58

For more Monday Walks with Jo – go HERE where Restless Jo wanders Santa Luzia with her camera in tow.


92 thoughts on “Street Photos from Charlottesville, VA

  1. Lovely photos! You obviously know what you’re doing with them!

    I think I have low self-control with my words at times now, I don’t want to think about how I would be if I was a drinker. I saw how my brother was as a teen years ago, and figure I have the addiction gene, being related to him, and so I have decided to stay away and not risk developing another issue.

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    1. Thanks Ryan – 🙂 and sounds like you have this area down! 🙂 – and for me – I partied pretty hardy in the late 80’s – nothing too crazy – but I also truly enjoy the taste of beer and grew up liking it – so for me… drinking was about “deliciousness” and not necessarily escapism – the delicious cold brew, tasty Irish coffee, or some delicious berry/peppery red zin…

      but even in my biggest party days I also liked to be in control (high conscientious personality) and ,imitating my drink was easy to do because I am a “lightweight” – you know, where my body does not like a lot of alcohol so I knew (learned) how to cut myself off and sip ice water.

      But whew, I had some friends (esp. Kelly) who did the beer-can funnels – shots of Jager – and I think it was a disadvantage that they could “handle” their liquor – because heavy-heavy partying can lead to much mess.

      🙂

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  2. Very nice set. Loved the little bit with the harmonica? player.

    I really like Charlotteville, although I’ve never really taken shots there. Maybe when Maria comes … part of my family is originally from that area.

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    1. I cannot believe you have not gotten any photos form there yet – whoa! I knew you had Virginia roots – and your Buckrow beach pictures still resonate with me – anyhow, yeah – you and Maria can team up for some shots…:)

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    1. Hi – yes – we had some – it had chunks of onion – that was a surprise. And we would have bought some (because it was nicely priced), but we were stuffed from lunch – and we also were traveling and it was 85 degrees out so it would not travel well…

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      1. well I also have a half-drawer full of avocados to use up at home – they were 2 for a dollar last week and I bought a bunch – cos such good green stuff! l
        et me know if your onion batch comes out good….

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      1. You are welcome 🙂 I am learning to be careful and wise. Still learning. Some people have drinking problem. But I have snack problem. Learning to control myself too.

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      2. that had my laughing a bit – your are so sweet – and I have not been to your blog in a long while – so I need to drop by for a dose of your poetry – maybe you should write one about drinking and snacking and partying hardy 😀

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  3. Hi Yvette, I enjoyed this idea of street portraits. I’ve been thinking about doing something similar here, when I’m a bit more familiar with my camera! I agree with you about the alcohol message. I think most people, young and old, seriously overestimate how much their bodies can tolerate. I enjoy red wine but these days I am pretty strict about how much and when. Very sad for the family of Hannah

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    1. I totally look forward to your street work. I really do – and don’t forget to also take lots of shots in “auto” mode so you can get some flow…

      and thanks for the alcohol feedback – it is such a sensitive topic – but I really wish that this case would raise awareness about it – as well as reminding these kids about the “buddy system” – safety in numbers!

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      1. Yes, it is… I was pickpocketed in Lisbon after lunch with which I had had some wine. It wasn’t much, but it went straight to my head, and I’m convinced that I’d not have “lost” my money (it was just cash, luckily) if my mental processes had not been slowed down by the alcohol.

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      2. wow – that sux – and I heard that sometimes thieves scout and watch for opportunities like that – thanks for chiming in with this 🙂

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  4. Sad to hear about Hannah, Yvette… and your message about alcohol is totally on the money. I loved the pictures of Hope and her flowers… and also the woman and child sculpture. Also… thanks for linking in 🙂

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    1. Thanks Kan – and the girl with the flowers – well thanks for saying that because she really did match her bouquets. The photo may not have showed it that much – but in person – her rosy cheeks were an exact match to the roses – and the cream-white of her skin matched the others – and then her outfit matched too – I have never seen anything that in sync before – or was it the samples of pinot grigio and shrimp we had after we sampled the quac – ha! jk
      but I really liked your dance, dance, dance topic

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  5. Loved the photos, video, and music, Yvette! Sadly, I’ve never had the chance to visit Charlottesville, but through your lens it looks like a mighty friendly place! Thanks for stopping by my little spot this morning, and you have a nice week too!

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  6. Hope they will be able to find Hanna Graham soon and she is safe wherever she is, Can’t imagine what her family must be going through. My thoughts are with them 😦

    I love the photos you shared, Thank you for taking us all on this trip and we got to meet so many people from the town too Y ! 🙂

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  7. Pumpkin time, Yvette 🙂 And I do like that yellow giraffe!
    So many youngsters seem to’ve gone missing like this lately. Thanks for drawing our attention to Hannah. I hope there’s a happy ending.

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  8. Hi Yvette I loved the way you captured all these happy people great way of showing your walk around town. That is sad about Hannah and just recently a similar thing happened over here. Alcohol can cause so many problems.

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    1. Thanks Pomme – and I left the camera at home so I would not be snapping shots – but with all the news crews and signs for Hannah – and then bumping into the chief – well the ol’ iPhone was put to good use. 🙂

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  9. That was a fun walk! Like the barista pic very much, and also the flower girl – the bouquets – wow! I think I know these dumplings – they have them in China for breakfast with different fillings, and a little bit bigger.
    thanks for all your recent comments -am still swamped with emptying boxes and finding space for everything (it gets complicated when two people each have not one- but a few – hobbies, lol)

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    1. Hi Jesh – and I can see how the hobbies make more work – 🙂 and the breakfast dumplings sound great – the place we ate at was recommended by so many people – but their hot and sour soup was so-so. have a nice week –

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  10. Thanks for the stroll and the places and people! And about alcohol, it is strange that here in Greece that alcohol drinks are sold very easily, (even pure alcohol is sold without any prohibitions, but for pharmaceutical reasons) and wine is cheap, and problems are overflowing with the crisis, we don’t have as many cases. I guess it has to do with many reasons, (tradition, ethics, climate, etc) but in my opinion it mostly has to do with selling a product.

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    1. Hi Vass! That’s very interesting to hear about pure alcohol – and I wa just thinking about you this week because pf is now on spotify – and one of the jams on a playlist I made made me think of el greco

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  11. A very friendly town. Vibrant and full of smiles. I was sad too when I saw the picture of the missing girl. I hope they will find her and that she will be okay. A very scary reality for all of us that even if in a place we thought we are safe and familiar, bad elements are lurking around and we should always be vigilant. My thoughts and prayers for her and her family.

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    1. I fully agree about it being a scary reality – and the latest news is that the guy they have in custody – well his DNA has just been matched to at least 2 other cases and maybe more – and I think someone once said that it is a few bad apples doing a majority of the crimes – and so to get this person off the streets is a good thing. thanks for dropping by island traveler!

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  12. Wow, you were very busy!!! Good job bringing everyone along with you :-). Yes, have been folllowing the story on Hannah – so sad. You’re right about the alcohol thing, unfortunately kids think they’re invulnerable.
    Good post!

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    1. Thanks Tina – and someone emailed me that they are starting a “buddies on call” system – it is still a few weeks away – but that is such good news – have a nice week and I really enjoyed your archived night shots –

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    1. Hi Indah-Diver – 🙂
      I am not sure where you left off on the case – but the latest update I have is that they have the main suspect in custody – and it is believed that they had enough to arrest him earlier – but they let him go (for strategic reasons) and I guess arrested him a day+ later on a beach in Galveston, TX (I think) – and well – turns out his DNA is connected to a couple of other local cases.
      One of the old cases was from 2010 and it was a girl who left a Metallica concert and was not let back in – and well, she disappeared and her remains were found in a field – but had DNA evidence to be connected to this same guy. wow.
      ~~ Also,
      The school currently has a blue light security system in place, but they are also starting a new thing called “buddies on call” where people can call for a ride or escort – it is a few weeks away form being active.
      ~~~ And one more thing, I guess there have been 8 missing girls from this particular highway area in the last 5 years – so they are really teaming up to crack down on things.

      If anything major unfolds I will post about it –

      peace to you!

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      1. Hi Yvette, thank you so much for the updates! Good to hear that the main suspect is now on custody and the school takes this issue seriously. I hope there will no more victims!

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  13. What an enjoyable walk, wonderful to see all the wonderful people! It’s so right about bring responsible… unfortunately, kids don’t always know about responsibility. Pray for Hannah…

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    1. well said Amy – and sometimes even adults have to still learn so much as we go – crazy in a way – and prayers for Hannah coming from here too ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. well thanks for taking the time to leave a note – even though there are reports of her her drinking and she was at a few parties that night, well that is still not a fact that she was wasted – and so I need to clarify that – but it is still a good time to raise awareness about all this stuff (buddy system, drinking’s impact, etc.)
      ~have a nice day!

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  14. Love your street scenes Y…and sure hope that Hannah was found safe and sound? We had a missing 14 year old here, just awful but her body was found yesterday in a London river. Tragic. The man seen on CCTV camera on a bike following her across a bridge has disappeared too…
    It’s great that you get these everyday folk to smile for you and take part in your blog walkabouts…a really unique and captivating idea, love it. Have a great day mon amie 🙂 ❤

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    1. bon jour jolie dame! thanks for the comment and sorry to hear about the 14 year old – that is sad – and at least the family can have that closure by having the body – I heard that that is important.

      and yeah, I guess they are walkabouts – I like that description – “walkabouts” – and they are usually unplanned and just happen naturally – I guess my extroverted side kicks in at certain times and I also just go with the vibe I get from folks…

      Oh – and no they have not found Hannah, but they are now using drones and it is officially the largest manhunt in VA’s history.
      salut!

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      1. Well, you’re obviously great at it mon amie and people obviously pick up on your positive vibe too 🙂
        Hope Hannah is found soon…

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    1. Thanks – and I know, it is sad, I did not intentionally mean to cover such a sad topic, but it really did permeate our trip that day. And one plus from it so far is that it looks like we are getting a very bad person off the streets because the alleged abductor is now linked to many other cases –
      okay, thanks fro dropping by and have a nice rest of your weekend –

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  15. Hi, we were just in Charlottesville before Labor Day – visited the TJ home. We totally forgot to see the town as we still had a long drive to Shenandoah. It would have been nice to check it out as your pictures show. So sad about Hannah.

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    1. I have never been to the TJ home but will have to put it on the list! and did you say Shenandoah – wow – that is so gorgeous there! Well hope you can make it to see the other parts of Charlottesville – ❤ 🙂

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