The Dawn of Spring in Raleigh

March 25th, 2010
Some new pictures for the new season. Don’t forgot to become a fan on facebook!

Raleigh Sunrise silhouettes the skyline
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Daffodils in Nash square
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Pink flowering dogwood in Fletcher Park

Amtrak streams under the Boylan Avenue Bridge in the predawn hours in Raleigh
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Yellow forsythia bush with some green leaves
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Raleigh icon The Roast Grill framed in a Bradford Pear
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Sunset Raleigh skyline from Louisburg Road

Norfolk Southern locomotives back onto the spur near Central Prison

City of Raleigh on Ladder fire engine 111

Remains of sunlight paint the skyline from Dorothea Dix
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RBC Plaza from the east side of downtown

White and pink flowering blooms
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Raleigh Skyline
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Blooming Bradford Pear tree with Two Hannover Square

Downtown Raleigh from Chavis Park

Nash Square in Raleigh during Springtime

Golden downtown Raleigh
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Tuba Player in Nash Square

Morning Sky

Blooming Daffodils

Moore Square at Dusk

McDowell Street

CSX Line with RBC Plaza

Boylan Wye
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Various Daffodils

Railroad Signal Tower

Raleigh, NC
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Raleigh Firefighters Memorial

Cree Shimmer Wall

NS Slug 916

Daffodils in your face

Sunburst over the skyline

Black and White City of Raleigh
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  1. Anonymous says:

    March 25th, 2010 at 5:21 pm (#)

    Thanks Matt. I like the night shot of the skyline from Chavis Park.

  2. Anonymous says:

    March 25th, 2010 at 5:22 pm (#)

    IMO, Chavis Park is the best angle of the skyline. The view is breathtaking when driving west on MLK Jr. BLVD. Great photos!

  3. Anonymous says:

    March 25th, 2010 at 5:49 pm (#)

    Awesome! Can you teach me how to use my camera? 😉

  4. Anonymous says:

    March 25th, 2010 at 7:15 pm (#)


  5. Anonymous says:

    March 25th, 2010 at 9:24 pm (#)

    Fantastic stuff, as usual, Matt. The black and white Norfolk Southern locomotives shot is stellar. Your captions were helpful as well … I didn’t know what a railroad slug was, so I looked it up and learned something! Artistic and educational. Haha!

  6. Anonymous says:

    March 26th, 2010 at 1:35 am (#)

    Just when we thought it can’t get any better, Matt launches another attack and we don’t know what hit us 😆

    Seriously, this is a stellar collection of images that surpass all expectations. From the clarity and the composition to the originality of each image. Great angles, some new, some seen before but improved in execution. I find every photo to be unique and simply gorgeous. If I have to single out some, I would go with the B&W (Norfolk Southern) and the Chavis Park. The latter shows an incredible urban image, IMO. Sure, we lack skyscrapers to make that image incredibly awesome, but Matt did all that a professional photographer can do to make the skyline look good.

    Thanks, Matt, for yet-another incredible selection of photos!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:46 am (#)

    excellent pics! raleigh needs to fill that gap between the rbc tower and wachovia building that would make raleighs skyline SO MUCH MORE PRESENTABLE! still very good pics matt you always make raleigh ‘seem’ like a big city.

  8. Anonymous says:

    March 26th, 2010 at 12:23 pm (#)

    After seeing these for the first time, I don’t know why I even bother to own a camera.

  9. Anonymous says:

    March 27th, 2010 at 12:25 am (#)

    It’s not skyline material, but a shot or two of Cameron Village might be considered. It was the first modern such entity in the southeast USA when development began c.1948. James W.” Willie” York was the far-sighted person who made it happen. Several national prizes were awarded to the development. The shopping center is no longer owned by the Yorks. but it is still managed primarily by York Properties, which is led by Willie’s second son G. Smedes York, a very well-known and outstanding Raleigh citizen. This comment is, of course, not NEWS! But, I feel compelled to “speak.”

  10. Anonymous says:

    March 29th, 2010 at 9:32 am (#)


    Being an employee at a Cameron Village business – since March of 1992; mostly part-time – I can say with confidence that Cameron Village is indeed a gem that we must cherish and preserve. There are loyal customers and lots of family-owned stores, or simply not many big-chain stores, something many people seem to prefer, anyway. While Cameron Village is not associated with the word “skyline”, I would like to offer an opinion.

    Cameron Village carries tremendous potential to become an even bigger center. Cameron Str and Clark Ave could be developed in a way that several high-rises would fit nicely. Let’s forget about the NIMBY’s for a moment. I know they are the biggest threat to progress, in most cases, but for now let’s see what can be done. Starting with the easiest part, the block bounded by Smallwood, Sutton Dr, Cameron Str and Woodburn Ave, once the Rite Aid lease is expired, it would be nice to see a cluster of 5-6 story buildings – I recommend Beaux Art Chateau style – along Smallwood, transitioning to 15 stories on the Cameron Str side.

    Granted, Harris Teeter isn’t going anywhere for the years to come, the other two blocks along Cameron Str can “host” buildings between 10 and 20 floors (for variety). The view from such buildings would be phenomenal and unsurpassed, in my opinion. Also, we can have more taller buildings between Cameron Str and Clark Ave, with transitional development of 6-10 floors in height – we don’t want to scare the NIMBYs. In fact, Clark Ave may be an excellent candidate for high-end brownstones that could reach 5 floors in height – many great examples are found in New York City and Boston. I don’t mean the cookie-cutter architecture, but rather multiple unique, elegant architectural styles, such as Bed-Stuy and Montrose Morris.

    Cameron Village’s uniqueness will eventually be lost, even though, and this is to their credit, both the owners and the property management team do a great job to keep the shopping center fresh and up to the standards it was meant to create and maintain. But, there is a part of the evolution that should not be missed. It sounded like the owners had the right idea when they proposed the mid-rise for the corner of Clark Ave and Oberlin Rd. This is the kind of thinking that we should see more, particularly now that the older shopping center mentality is slowly beginning to lose momentum. North Hills is a good example, but lacks in ways that Cameron Village could excel. Transforming Cameron Village into a truly mixed-use center could also create a small skyline we can be proud of.

    Such transformation would take many years and many battles with the nearby NIMBYs, who think they own everything around them and wish to stop progress at any cost. Being diplomatic is very important, but armed with patience, great vision, determination and deep pockets, a developer, or a group of developers could renew Cameron Village’s status as a gem for MANY decades to come.

    Just my 2 cents…

  11. Anonymous says:

    March 29th, 2010 at 6:56 pm (#)

    Chavis Park offers a BEAUTIFUL view of the skyline….I know its already been said but it bears repeating. WOW! I love night shots of the city. If we had 3 50 – 65 story skyscrappers in the Cavis shot in the background where the L building is and that rainbow Condo building on the corner of Hargett and one in the Warehouse district might make the Chavis pic the Best skyline shot. Please bring more night pics.

    Thanks Matt

  12. Anonymous says:

    March 30th, 2010 at 10:45 am (#)

    Emanuel, let me add The Edison and Charter Square in the picture… These two projects can do a lot to “densify” the skyline from the Chavis Park angle, even though The Edison would probably obscure Wachovia Center.

  13. Anonymous says:

    March 30th, 2010 at 1:48 pm (#)

    I often wonder where Raleigh would be if the economy never got so bad…
    Still probably not large enough for what I want, but I imagine a great deal closer.

    Great shots btw.

  14. Anonymous says:

    March 31st, 2010 at 8:00 am (#)

    chavis park does look good but im tellin yall the angle coming from lake wheeler is beautiful too. it shows how the buildings are sitting on a hill and it is really nice.

  15. Anonymous says:

    March 31st, 2010 at 1:48 pm (#)

    Wow! I must say your best work yet. You really are amazing man. You have a great eye and creativity! Hopefully after the eoncomy rebounds there will be more growth in downtown and build a new arena in downtown. That will be key. Again, great work!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    April 8th, 2010 at 11:12 pm (#)

    The views from Chavis Park and Dix are awesome. It looks like something out of a mini-central park or boston common

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