• 64°

Someone else's playground

By Jon C. Lakey
jlakey@salisburypost.com
Every kid loves a playground. Back in the days of elementary school, the time I looked forward to the most was recess. I have vivid memories of those painfully long, single-file walks with my classmates to the school’s playground, which was located across a rather busy street. All that single-file order would break down into a chaotic screaming mob as soon as we hit the chain-link gate. The playground was huge (about a quarter of a city block) that was half dirt and half grass with standard swings, slides, a few trees, basketball hoops and monkey bars. The playground was where we developed our social skills and figured out our athletic inabilities.
Even with all of the fun and frolic that was had at the playground across the street, we were all keenly aware there were other playgrounds filled with potential fun located somewhere else. It is kind of like the fun is always more fun on the other side.
For a photographer, any kind of change is always exciting. Whether it is in the mountains, Piedmont or coastal areas of North Carolina, getting a chance to play in somebody else’s playground is as exciting as crossing the threshold of the old school yard (minus the running and screaming, of course).
As most of the Salisbury Post readership knows, the Rowan County American Legion baseball team has been playing in the state tournament in Morehead City. This puts me into somebody else’s playground for an extended period of time. My camera has replaced the kickball, the spiral slide and the stuffing of dead leaves into the chain-link fence.
Morehead City, like many coastal towns, offers a lot to see and photograph. A walk on the beach looking for sea shells, a self-guided tour of a Civil War-era fort and an amble along the boat docks at night can produce many interesting photographs.
A few of my favorite photographs included a silhouette of a father and sons fishing on a rock jetty near Fort Macon State Park. Another one was looking through a broken conch shell with a turbulent ocean swirling as a backdrop. The arched doorways of Fort Macon speak to another era. But the best thing about new playgrounds is discovering things that you had not expected. Enter the large statue of King Neptune sitting near a dive shop along the water front in downtown Morehead City. That was the coolest thing I have ever seen.
But after five days of playing around in someone else’s playground, I find myself thinking more fondly of my own home playground of Rowan County. The thoughts of watching sailboats on High Rock Lake, seeing the skyline of Salisbury from Dunn’s Mountain or a drive past the hundreds of old barns that dot the landscape of Rowan reaffirms that there is lots to see across the street.
It’s about time to form up a line.

Comments

Comments closed.

Crime

Concord man charged with woman’s murder in drive-by shooting

Ask Us

Ask Us: Have city, county elected officials received COVID-19 vaccine?

Local

City gives away nearly 100 trees during ‘We Dig Salisbury’ event

Local

Political Notebook: Bitzer expects most ‘Trump-like’ candidate to be favorite in state’s Senate race

Crime

Blotter: Concord man arrested in Rowan for indecent liberties with children

Coronavirus

Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 shot

Nation/World

Police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting

News

Hester Ford, oldest living American, dies at 115 … or 116?

Local

Size of pipeline spill again underestimated in North Carolina

BREAKING NEWS

Kannapolis Police searching for suspect who fled scene of homicide

Education

RSS superintendent talks district’s future, strategic plan survey

News

Complaints and fines pile up against unpermitted landfill in southwest Rowan County

College

Catawba baseball: Crowd comes out to say goodbye to Newman Park

Lifestyle

History is a great teacher: Farming has helped shape Rowan County

Business

‘A safe place for them’: Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things celebrates fifth anniversary

China Grove

County will hear request for more tree houses, hobbit-style homes in China Grove

Coronavirus

Livingstone College partners with Health Department to administer 500 Pfizer vaccinations

Education

‘Elite and it shows’: Staff at Partners in Learning at Novant celebrate news of national accreditation

Business

Biz Roundup: Food Lion earns Energy Star award for 20th consecutive year

Columns

Ester Marsh: What body type are you?

Nation/World

The queen says goodbye to Philip, continues her reign alone

Nation/World

Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

Nation/World

US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency

Nation/World

Sikh community calls for gun reforms after FedEx shooting