First Snowfall of the Year!

How exciting! This year’s first snowfall was on the evening of January 3, 2018 here in Durham, North Carolina. Of course, being obsessed with nature photography, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to take a bunch of photographs to document this event as well as a short video too! Durham, NC got around 1.5 inches of snow overall. Though unfortunately, most of it will not melt by the weekend as its going to be super cold and with below freezing temperatures as a high.

I did hear that the storm strengthened last night as it went up the coast towards the northeast states. That and the meteorologists (or some weather folks at least) are calling this storm a “bomb cyclone” I believe too.

This photo above here I took while walking my apartments’ parking lot. It was coming down pretty good.

Snow covered bushes closeup

This was a random closeup shot of snow covered bushes nearby. It was so beautiful I couldn’t resist!

Gazebo with snow

This is one of the Gazebos near my apartment complex. With the way the light was and the snow, I was having too much fun running around taking photographs of everything. It was just beautiful out despite the freezing temperatures.

Then of course, below is a short video I took of just watching the snow come down. It was a lot of fun and everything was pretty quiet overall too.

If your being affected by this storm, how much snow do you have so far? Were you able to get prepared before the storm hit? Or have any photographs you want to share to document this event, feel free to leave it in the comments below too!

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Frankies Fun Park in Raleigh

If you’ve never been to a “fun park” per se, this place would be a good experience. One could think Frankies in Raleigh is a mix of county fair meets Dave and Busters arcade. Lots of flashing lights inside and a bit noisy but thats to be expected in an arcade. But rest assured, this place isn’t just an arcade with lots of lights. Nope. They have a lot more they offer. Some of the attractions are:

  • Laser tag 
  • Bumper cars
  • A couple racetracks
  • Bumper boats
  • Mini golf
  • And more.

Granted I just enjoyed the arcade part while my friends/coworkers enjoyed going on one of the racetracks and the arcade. Outside, they have multiple rides as mentioned in the list above that seems like a county fair in a way but a lot of fun and a decent open space so it doesn’t feel too crowded. Of course I was there when not too many people were there so was a good time overall as I figure come summer and when schools are out, it must get crowded at least.

Inside the building where the arcade is located, they have card machines that can be used just about anywhere, a food court type of area (which I didn’t venture to but was tempted to see about an iced tea or coffee), of course the laser tag, and also a 3d type of game. They also have skee-ball, an air hockey pac man game, some basketball hoop games, bowling, and more. They do have quite a few prize machines, a fruit ninja game (which sadly froze on me after the third game or so oops.), a walking dead and jurassic park games, and a couple photo booths too.

They do have ample parking though they could use a few more handicapped parking spots. The building is also pretty colorful with reds, blues, and yellow/orange colors. It certainly grabs one’s attention. The only downer (besides being a bit expensive) is that when driving up, you have to pass it and make a u-turn at the next opportunity to get on the correct side if your coming from Route 40 east/Rt 147 onto Alexander Drive. Other than that, its pretty easy to get to the park.

I would definetly go back again and enjoy more of the games! I’ve included a link below for anyone who might be planning a trip to the area or who, like me before today really, has never heard of this arcade fun park.

Frankies Fun Park in Raleigh