Enveloped (Virginia Beach Street Photography)

 

The wpc this week is enveloped, so I thought I would combine my entry while I finish sharing my Virginia Beach photos (15 images).

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Let me start off by showing you this shot of the Norwegian Lady. Her sister statue sits on a beach in Moss, Norway and both statues were placed to honor the sad loss of the Norway ship, The Dictator. Inscribed on the statue is “TO WISH ALL MEN OF THE SEA SAFE RETURN HOME” (Go HERE for more info)
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The Naval Aviation Memorial is enveloped between 25th Street and Atlantic Avenue. The different figures, designed by artist Michael Maiden, depict three eras of naval aviation (early 20th century, World War II, modern times). More HERE.

 

 

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This is the first street shot I grabbed.  He said people call him  “Murph” – and this Virginia Beach “local” had a nice sense of humor. Later on…. when we saw a nice little restaurant/pub called Murphy’s (here), I wondered if it was his (you never know). Anyhow, I like Murph’s look – his feet were enveloped in those boots and the mix of goodies nestled in his basket – and fishing poles coming off the bike.

 

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I liked the look of this child looking up at the figure. He was there with his family and I wondered what he was thinking as he stared… (what was enveloped in his thoughts if you will).

 

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This couple laughing really caught my eye – as they sat back-to-back – enveloped between memorial pieces.

 

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This traveling man was carrying a stuffed backpack, you can barely see it on the ground there – to his left. I felt grateful that I did NOT have to carry around my belongings enveloped in a bag.

 

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The palm tree is right at their fingertips, and the blooming Azaleas (which are late to bloom this year) help envelope, hedge, and beautify the memorial.

 

 

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Lighting up a cigarette, which is tobacco enveloped inside of paper. Also, for those who do not know, Virginia is the 4th largest tobacco producing state in the U.S. (North Carolina produces the MOST  – way beyond all others – and Kentucky is 2nd while Georgia is now 3rd).

 

 

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The camera is enveloped in this photographer’s grasp. I like this photo also because it shows the girls talking near the exit doors –

 

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It seems like “Dippin’ Dots” are everywhere these days – at festivals, carnivals, dance events, malls, etc. These little balls of ice cream, created in 1988, are referred to as “cryogenic encapsulation” – or super-cold beads – and just FYI – there are 2,000 Dippin’ Dots enveloped inside a 5oz cup, which cost $5.00.

 

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I made this little collage to show you what is enveloped on some of the side streets in Virginia Beach: street art, painted cars, people, and police on bikes and 4 wheelers.

 

 

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When you drive to the beach from RVA, chances are very good that you will be sitting in traffic at some point (um, enveloped between cars). Linked to LULD

 

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When you drive to the beach from Central Virginia, you go underground thru the Hampton Roads Bridge–Tunnel (HRBT), which is a 3.5-mile passageway enveloped below the water! These photos are of the eastbound tunnel, completed in 1976. Linked to Cee’s Which Way.

 

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On the ride home, it was stop and go as we waited to go through the Westbound tunnel, which was built in 1958. Many people think that it is high time to expand these small, old, two-lane arteries, which constantly get clogged with traffic (or enveloped with vehicles) making commutes extra long. This was my son’s first stop and go type of wait and he did so well (he still has his learner’s permit).  One time he rolled down the windows and cranked his tunes as a joke, but I was really proud of his patience.

 

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My last photo is of Cain, who we met at a Rest Area (after waiting so long at the tunnel area). We had a nice little chit-chat and this is his third motorcycle, but it is his least favorite of all the bikes he has owned. He is the father of 4 and he no longer does wheelies. Oh – and his bike has lights – a 300 dollar light kit – and should I say enveloped one more time??? Okay…..why not! Cain’s bike lights are “enveloped” inside the framework, which emit a glow when parked. Using a remote he can also display a colorful light show.

 

Thanks for reading.  If you have time, why not have a listen to short Envelope song from Volatile Molotov (2010), which says –

I wrote this note on an envelope — a due date from long ago it said–  don’t be scared, just do your thing…

I like that – “don’t be scared – just do your thing.”

So this weekend, be sure to  – not be scared while you do what you do… 🙂

 


102 thoughts on “Enveloped (Virginia Beach Street Photography)

  1. I really love the night shots, Y. They envelope the light ribbon for the cars in contrast to the great dark of the beyond. Really nice.

    Your daytime Richmond is full of rich rewards as well, an envelope stuffed with goodies, so to speak.

    Have a great late Friday night, dear friend, and Saturday and Sunday, too. 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Marky mark – and I forgot to add those nighttime photos to my first VA Bch post, but it worked out better here (i guess…) and loved this “envelope the light ribbon for the cars in contrast to the great dark of the beyond” –
      oooo – now I like the night pics even more. thanks and good weekend to you too amigo

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    1. thanks andy – and this history section is rather new – dedicated in 06 (I think) – and I know you would also like the dense sea air (per your other comment)

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  2. Many creative takes on the theme! I like the night shots but perhaps best the perspective on the road leading into the photos. I felt as though I was driving. I assume you were in a car and not standing in the middle of the road? 🙂

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    1. ha! yes – we were driving – my son was racking up some hours with his permit so we took his car.
      and thankfully it was “stop and go” and not just “stop” – because as you know – the full out stops are really long. yawn.

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    1. yes- I did think of you G – and actually I was just wondering what your Memorial Day post was going to be this year – 🙂

      I almost did my entire post just on the aviation memorial – I took some macros of the hands and helmets – but instead – I made it the part 2 to our trip.

      anyhow, here is something you might be interested in seeing – it is the directory to the memorial:

      If you ever drive up the east coast from FL – put it on your list to visit – I think it’d be worth your time.

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  3. Great shots for the challenge, Yvette. Love the laughing couple. 🙂 Yes, the sight of the travelling man does certainly instil a feeling of gratitude in me. Beautiful memorial sculpture with the palm tree dead centre. 🙂 Have a super weekend. xx

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    1. Thanks for your feedback S – and especially the one with the palm tree – I almost took that one out – I did not want to overcrowd the post and I was thinking of a nice flow – (because I had a bunch more pics of the aviation memorial – but did not want this post to only be about that – if that makes sense) and so your feedback on that one was like a small high five – so sending you a high five back. 🙂

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    1. thanks for the typo note amy – and it seems like almost all of my posts have at least one typo – but in this case there were two – because I actually fixed the other “sacred” – thanks again for noting it. 🙂

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  4. What a fun little car that is up there! Have to admire the creativity! Also very much a fan of that backpack and man (414) how you converted that one. It’s actually a much neater pic that way!

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    1. thanks so much for your feedback – and for noticing the edit on the backpack guy. In hindsight, I wish I would have said hello to him, but after talking to Murph we were out of time for that visit to the memorial (had to get back to the center) – anyhow, ALSO in hindsight – I could have used the HDR feature to take different versions of the backpack/traveling guy -but just glad I got him in there because these sojourners are so interesting. here is the other pic he is in

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  5. I had a grin all the way through this post Y just waiting for the next “enveloped” to pop up. You capture the character of the people in your street portraits so well. Never heard of “Dippin Dots” so had to follow the link to find out all about them. Do they taste just like ordinary ice cream?

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    1. Hi Pomme – thanks for your lovely comment – and I felt a little cheesy integrating enveloped into every image – but on the other hand it was just fun – and “I was not scared to do what I do” ha!
      anyhow, the dippin’ dots – I think they remind me more of sherbert – or a cheap sorbet – if that makes sense – They are really really sweet and they stick to your tongue.

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      1. same here on NOT having sweets – but I am careful to talk about the dangers of sugar these days because some people get pretty darn defensive about their sugar – but let’s face it folks – sugar adds no nutritive value to your body systems, it is highly addictive and somehow it has made its way into our kitchens as the norm to consume – and then people wonder why they feel like crap or wonder they cannot recover –
        it is not that sugar is bad – but the way that it slowly pulls from immune function – (sugar DOES have negative effects on the body)
        and possibly feeds candida overgrowth – (especially if someone had had antibiotics- and most folks have had many = – and James Sloane notes – candida is present in the body natural in its “yeast” state, but becomes dangerous when candida morphs into its “fungal” state – which is when it develops the hyphal strands (tentacle-like things) which can dig in and cause tissue damage- more HERE)- and so many people are losing precious nutrients to candida without knowing it. Or the sugar they eat jacks them up – at the expense of their adrenals – and then when they get exposed to pathogens they are vulnerable. Sorry to rant – but I did not fully “get” this until last year – and while I understand the defensiveness I encounter when people defend their sugar eating – I know that truth is sometimes first ridiculed.

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      2. I have not heard it put that way – but would agree – and while I am still learning so much – it seems pretty clear that the way most people eat excess sugar it impairs memory, cell health, metabolism, and adds to the visceral fat – which is also where toxins get stored – which then can lead to more of a toxic bio terrain (that is ignored) which is more vulnerable to pathogens.

        Also, Lustig, Schmidt and Brindis (2012) noted that sugar (glucose and fructose) consumption is linked to a rise in non-communicable disease, suppressed immunity, and “the effects on the body can be similar to those of alcohol” –
        Oh wow – I need to get away form this topic but I do wish more folks knew… 😦 – especially if they have underlying gut stuff that is more impacted by sugar – like low stomach acid and candida….

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      3. Me too Pomme – and I know will have a half of banana – and have found that green apples have a bit less sugar. Oh and here is a quick snippet from one of my favorite health guys, James Sloane, with a short tip on artificial sweeteners:

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      4. I do not use artificial sweeteners either as I believe they are maybe some sort of chemical concoction. Never checked them as I don’t use them.

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      5. yeah – I think I knew that about you and Jack – from the days I peeked in on your garden sitting – or from somewhere I learned your natural side.

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  6. I always like taking pictures of other people/photographer taking pictures. The story of Cain is interesting. His bike looks cool. I am wondering why that is the least liked bike.

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    1. Thanks yellowcable 🙂 – I think he said he prefers a different brand – but the one he owns now is not too shabby – and when it was sitting parked like that it really looked cool

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  7. Nice choices for the challenge 🙂 I particularly like the ones of the child trying to figure out the monument. Maybe there is still hope that the new generation learn from past mistakes. And if they can, perhaps so can we 😉

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  8. My grandparents lived in Hampton, Va, moving there from Newport News when I was about four years old. I love the area. We never went to Virginia Beach, always headed in the other direction, Jamestown, Williamsburg, Pottery Factory (when it was just two bldgs.) They are both gone now, and it’s been awhile since I’ve been down, but the bridge tunnel sure took me back. Loved the post and pictures. 🙂

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    1. Hi – I did not know you had family roots here in VA – how special those memories must be to you – and how interesting that you always headed west instead of east from Newport News

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      1. We drove down from NJ. Never really went to Va. Beach. Went to Buckroe a few times. We often went to the James River and fed ducks, etc. We loved the historical sections. My grandparents were originally from Martinsville, VA.

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      2. I have never been to Martinsville, but see it on the news sometimes- it is quite small – and the James River is really nice we used to go down there more when the kids were young – or whenever we had visitors –

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    1. oh wow – I heard that the first tunnels replaced a ferry service – but had no idea – and does this mean you have been to Buckroe Beach??? my mother’s family is from this area and they grew up visiting that beach.

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      1. How amazing. I just mentioned Buckroe Beach before I read this comment. Yes, that is where we would have gone. Virginia Beach further and much busier. I remember driving to my grandparents through Norfolk. There was a huge roller coaster. Mercury Blvd in Hampton had one of the first McDonald’s I ever remember seeing.

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      2. we have eaten at that McDonalds on one of our trips there – we have only been there a few times and not since 2011 – here is a little video I found on youtube:

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  9. Oh, I can’t play the Envelope Song..maybe because I am in Europe? You wrapped up the adventure in Virgina Beach very well, Yvette. Some lovely shots, I really like the couple who had great time while sitting in front of the monument 🙂 You do have fun in street photography! 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Indah – and sorry the song did not play for you – if you ever do listen to it – it is under one minute and I just really really love that line “don’t be scared – just do your thing” because it reminds us that we all have our own unique contribution – unlike anybody else and we need to stay true to that – not compare but find our niche and celebrate it – and of course – to not be scared – because fear does creep in – or self-doubt, insecurity, second guessing, and whatnot – so the simple straight forward words… “don’t be scared – just do your thing” well it is subtly powerful.

      here is a link someone sent to me – where the band jams – the footage is grainy (but I love how different bands “do their thing without being scared”)

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  10. “don’t be scared, just do your thing.”
    –I like that. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and have regrets that I didn’t take enough risks.
    So many older people do. I think we can learn a lot from older people. They’ve been there and done that. Too bad I didn’t know that when I was younger.
    🙂

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    1. Oh well said Stac – and fear can creep in at different times and in different circumstances – ya know – and this may sound cheesy – but in the early 1990’s – when I would come home from being out with my friends – it would usually be about 4 a.m. — and I had to walk down this dark alley to get to the back door and I would keep repeating 2 Timothy 1:7

      “God has not given me a spirit of fear- but I have one of power, love, and sound mind…. I do NOT have a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and sound mind” – and whew I made it every time. ha!

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      1. Wow, 4:00 am. That’s soooooo late. I used to stay up late too. But then this thing called, kids happened and well, those late nights are done and over with.
        🙂

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      2. oh same here – and I was just referring to when I would go home on holiday break – I was young and that was just what we did for a short while – but even before kids I stopped that schedule – it only fills the cup for so long… 🙂

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  11. excellent post, Ms Prior… I love both your text and your realistic pix, kinda: welcome-to-real life.org! 🙂 my very best, tons of inspiration, friendly thoughts and… bonne-nuit! 🙂

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      1. thanks so much dear Poet. And I will email you offline, but I will send you a signed copy of his CD later in June. 🙂 xxoo

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    1. well thanks for saying that Dr. R – and how humble of you to give your sources of inspiration – and I am glad that you are going to pour into some blogging now that your studies have ended for the summer. I am also looking forward to blogging this summer – because last year I took the summer off – but this year I have a few creative projects in the works and look forward to blogging it up… 🙂 ttys

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      1. I guess everyone needs time to restock on creative juices before they can get into blogging, mine was forced onto me but I’m kinda glad it happened. As for you, time away was probably a chance to take a step back or two and maybe come back from a different perspective, perhaps with a renewed vigour to put into your posts. I hope you enjoy your projects and have a productive Summer, looking forward to future posts.

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      2. Thanks Dr. R – and I am glad your forced pause ending up being such a good thing – because sometimes it can be such a “momentum buster” – and when it comes to blogging or any creative output – I alsways seem to think of the way flowers bloom – flowers do not bloom 365 days – and while some shrubs and plants seem to bloom for 6 months – others show their beauty for a few weeks – and maybe it is the same way with creative output – we can;t just produce produce produce – sometimes we need roots to get fed – or we need a cold season that does some special hardening which then leads to better fortification and strength – and so creative output maybe is better with dormant times or times of pulling back. ttys my friend

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  12. I love the little boy looking up at that great big statue. You are very creative mon amie, that’s for sure, with your as always unique and versatile take on the ‘Envelope’ challenge. Love the tunnel shots too. I wish I could remember whereabouts it was in Virginia where I visited all those years ago, somewhere up in the mountains. Not very helpful, I know, ha! I have been totally out of the WP photo challenge for weeks now, out of the loop of everything. Hope to get back into it soon…and I hope you and your family had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Will be in touch very soon…so get ready with the coolies 🙂 ❤ 🐻

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