Thursday, May 18, 2006

Byrd Park

Byrd Park's Fountain Lake is a great place to rent paddleboats or watch the fireworks in July. Just two blocks from my house it's also a great place to go for a walk--or dry your clothes.

Posted by mea at 9:16 PM 71 Observations

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

An American Afternoon

It's a shame the middle of this picture is a bit washed out, but this is a typical afternoon in my neighborhood: people walking their dogs and chatting up wide sidewalks of tree-lined streets. Nope, you don't have to remind me why I love Richmond!

Posted by mea at 9:22 PM 5 Observations

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Two Roads Diverged

Heading west, here you are on the I-195/The Downtown Expressway reaching a critical question: Southside or West End? It does of course mean you're leaving the best part of Richmond (in my opinion): The Fan.

The road that leads you to the Southside is the Powhite Parkway, which brings about an interesting controversy. Apparently, in a a move towards political correctness started by the First Market Bank and the Ukrops family (virtual royalty and another subject for another day) launched a 2001 ad campaign declaring the pronunciation to be "Pow-hite": pow like in the word "powder". But Richmonders are stubborn. The only people you'll hear say "Pow-hite" are the traffic reporters-- 99% of Richmonders will tell you that it's pronounced "Po-white" and make the politically incorrect inference that you will.

Posted by mea at 9:17 PM 7 Observations

Monday, May 15, 2006

Starlite Cafe

Just across the street from Avalon is the Starlite Cafe. It was recently remodeled adding these cool windows to the front porch. This is where my mom had her best Mother's Day Brunch ever (according to her), even though it turns into quite the bar in the evenings.

Posted by mea at 11:13 PM 41 Observations

Friday, May 12, 2006

Do "Yamin" It, Richmond?

Richmond is absolutely crazy for its very first American Idol, Elliott Yamin! Yesterday, Fox flew Elliott back into town to visit family and spread some hometown love. He was on the radio yesterday morning then yesterday afternoon they lead a parade up the Boulevard from the Carillon to the Diamond where he sang the anthem and threw out the game's first pitch.

It was very amusing to see all of these fans lining the street. The guy in the yellow shirt next to the gold sign kept leading the crowd in different cheers: "Give me an E, Give me an L..." It was great to see my city act like a small town!

Posted by mea at 10:40 PM 9 Observations

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Clothes for Sale?

In Byrd Park yesterday I came across an interesting collection of items and no owner. At first I couldn't figure out if there was a man with no shirt on and twelve or so bare feet, but eventually a homeless man came out of the shade trees over on the left and asked me what time it was. I can only assume that he was trying to sell these items--although I'm not quite sure--maybe they just needed a little bit of sunshine.

Posted by mea at 10:02 PM 12 Observations

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Avalon

Take a guess as to what this might be? Boutique? Second-hand shop? I really like the reflection in the window because it gives a perfect sense of the neighborhood atmosphere that surrounds the Fan District (my favorite part of Richmond--although I might be a bit prejudiced). Don't they do great window vignettes? They added that during renovations a few years ago.

Oh, still curious? It's actually a great little restaurant and bar right down the street from Black Swan books.

Posted by mea at 5:18 PM 8 Observations

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Black Swan Books

Black Swan Books has moved down to my neck of the woods in the last couple of years, renovating a great building on the corner of Main and Robinson. Apparently, they do most of their business in rare and out-of-print books here in the virtual world. Aren't they charming?

Posted by mea at 5:58 PM 28 Observations

Monday, May 08, 2006

After the Rain

A sunny (stock) picture for you today since the we're having such dreary weather. I thought it might brighten your day.

Posted by mea at 8:31 PM 2 Observations

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Construction

I think that I might be obsessed with construction. I think it is the coolest thing to watch them hoist unimaginably heavy objects with other incredibly large objects. The large panel just to the traffic light was being lowered and swung around by the crane. Unfortunately, I don't feel like this shot captures how amazing it was to watch. This site will be one of VCU's new buildings set to open sometime next year.

Posted by mea at 10:12 AM 9 Observations

Richmond Skyline

Richmond skyline as seen from Belle Isle.

Posted by mea at 12:07 AM 1 Observations

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Belle Isle Footbridge

This double-decker bridge leads by foot to one of the most scenic places in Richmond proper: Belle Isle. Pedestrians take the suspended footbridge (suspended beneath Belvidere St) to cross over to the 54 acre playground. Today it's full of hiking and bike trails, families and dogs, but in the past it's served many, many purposes. According to their sign it's been a Colonial race track, a steel/iron factory, and a POW camp during the Civil War (there are more that I can't remember as well). As you can see, it has a beautiful view of the James River and if you click on the picture you can see the old bridge pilings (from 1934 when it opened as a 4 lane toll road) before this one was built in the 1980s.

Posted by mea at 7:10 AM 5 Observations

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The Movies

According to USA Today, the average price of a movie ticket is $6.21. I'm not sure where these guys go to the movies, but it certainly isn't here. We went to the movies the other night and it was $8.50/person! There's been a lot of chatter recently about the decline in theatre popularity, etc and most say it's due to high prices and poor quality films. I found some great stats in the same article from USA Today. I remember now why we always go to the Byrd Theatre for the second runs!

Posted by mea at 3:57 PM 1 Observations

Monday, May 01, 2006

Happy May Day

Happy May Day to everyone. My good friend Eryn snapped this photo today as we watched people dance around the Maypole. I thought it'd make a lovely desktop for us this month!

I'd like to apologize for my absence this last week. I've been contemplating whether or not I have time to continue Richmond Daily Photo and even went so far as to announce to the other DP bloggers that I was moving to weekly. But then, all week, people kept visiting and commenting and every time I got a new comment I realized how much I missed it. So I'm back, having realized that I missed it too much. I hope you all enjoy!

Posted by mea at 12:02 AM 3 Observations