I decided a while ago to try and combine photo shoots with doctor's appointments to take the edge off the nasty stuff. When I went to UNC in September for my routine surgical oncology check up, I was able to go to the NC Botanical garden's art in the garden show. I went to the NC art museum art walk after a pain specialist appointment in October. There have been photo shoots after other appointments along the way and it helps. In January when I had the consult with an oral surgeon at Duke, I took a few pictures. However, it was barely above freezing and pouring rain, so I didn't get very far with it. Today (Monday), I went back to Duke, to have the abscessed tooth pulled (not too bad all things considered) and again it was rainy. However, I took my camera in case I arrived early and it stopped raining. I lucked out.
It stopped raining and I had a good 15 minutes to kill before my scheduled extraction. The first shot is of Baker House where the oral surgeon's office is and I was able to get more detail than when I shot it before. In the second shot you can see the Duke Chapel Steeples in the background. The chapel isn't as close to the out patient clinics as it appears in the photograph, but the steeples are easy to spot from the parking lot. After I parked, I took a few shots from the fourth floor of the deck, so I could get the steeples in a picture. Most of the photographs were shot after I left the parking deck.I like the details on the clinic building's windows and doors. I'm not going to say that having an interesting building, that is aesthetically pleasing, to go into for a tooth extraction actually makes it a pleasant experience to get a tooth pulled. Hell no. That would be absurd.However, if you have to get a tooth pulled anyway, it might as well be in a building which lends its self to photography. The weather was even better when I left but I didn't feel like taking photographs afterwards so I'm glad I got some half way decent ones beforehand.
Duke hospital is a modern building and has some unpleasant memories for me in terms of the end of my father's life. Therefore, I was glad the oral surgery clinic at Duke was in Baker House. When I go to UNC hospital for my melanoma follow-up, I am not in the older part of the campus where the beautiful old stone buildings are. I did get some pretty good shots last time I saw my surgical oncologist at UNC of the clouds reflected in the nuclear science hospital. Perhaps, next time I go to UNC, I'll make a point of going to the older part of campus for a photo shoot. I know I enjoyed my photography session at Duke today, in spite of being there to get a tooth pulled.
Last but not least I want to end this post with a thank you to Starnitesky who blogs at From My View for mentioning me for the E for Excellent award in this post. Starnitesky is studying photography in college and specializes in landscape and floral photography. I am so glad to have discovered From my View as I enjoy the photographs and posts at From My View.