My Area – Week #6 Photo Challenge

One of the great things about living in a big city is the number of attractions that can be found close to where I live. One of them is the US National Whitewater Center located at 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway right here in Charlotte (usnwc.org). This center has many outdoor activites including “whitewater rafting, kayaking, flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rock climbing, zip lines, ropes courses, a canopy tour, and mountain biking on their 25+ mile trail system”.

The day I visited was in the middle of winter and the whitewater activities were closed but you could still sign up for zip-lines, rope courses, rock-climbing and mountain biking. Some people like to watch from the sidelines or just take a walk around.

Picnics on the Grassy Hill
Watching the activities from the grassy hill.

 

The whitewater center is a great place for kids to get active.

Rock climbing at the Whitewater Center
Rock climbing at the Whitewater Center

 

The US National Whitewater center takes safety very seriously and this smiling face belongs to one of the people who makes sure that you have a harness and helmet and that each fits you securely.

Ropes Course Safety Assistant
She makes sure you are wearing a harness and helmet for the ropes course.

 

Here is a young man making his way through the elevated ropes course.

Ropes course participant.
Ropes course participant.

 

As you can see from a vantage point below the ropes course, the participants work their way through the challenges, moving from platform to platform.

Ropes Course high above the ground.
Ropes Course high above the ground.

 

Photographically speaking, all the photos in this blog were taken with a Nikon D300S, Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5/6 lens, 1/400s at f/14.  to prevent motion blur I used a relatively fast shutter speed. Shutter speed is an important consideration when you are photographing sports activities.

Once the whitewater events begin in early March, there are many more activities to keep you busy. Here is a photo I took years ago at the Whitewater Center but I’ll bet it looks the same now.

Whitewater Rafting
Whitewater Rafting

It looks like fun, huh.

Come back next week when I will focus on another town in the Charlotte vicinity – the Town of  Belmont.

Join in on the weekly challenge–photograph your city or town or the next town over and share them on my facebook page.

 

 

2 Replies to “My Area – Week #6 Photo Challenge”

  1. Phyl,
    Quite an interesting park, though I am afraid I would be one of the spectators. The wall climbing picture is interesting, it seems like it was taken from a high vantage point (or was that a processing trick?). Are you allowed to take pictures while climbing the wall or rafting – that would be quite a challenge!
    Bob

    1. Hi Bob,
      I took the picture of the climbing wall from a grassy hill that people picnic on and watch the climbers. I do have some processing tricks but that one would be impossible. My tricks are limited to whitening teeth or putting clouds in a picture or a huge sun. If you saw some of the people kayaking or rafting you’d know that it’s impossible to take a picture while navigating the rapids. Picture taking on the flats is probably done. I’ll probably do a blog when they open the whitewater later on but not from the rafts. It is a cool place, very popular even for walkers and runners. There is some big event going on this weekend-not sure what it is. Maybe opening the whitewater for rafting?

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