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Friday, March 07, 2008

Photohunt: different

The photohunt theme this week is different. New York City has its famous ball which is lowered in Times Square on New Year's Eve. For 16 years my hometown, Raleigh, NC, U.S., has had a different custom. We have a 1,250 pound copper acorn which is lowered by a crane on New Year's Eve. Go ahead and laugh, it is somewhat comical. After you stop laughing, I'll explain the reason for this nutty and different tradition.
Raleigh has had the nickname City of Oaks since the 18th century because of its commitment to preserving parks, forests, and trees. There are over 300 public parks, mini parks and green space areas which are maintained by Raleigh and the city has been nationally recognized for its commitment to environmental preservation within the city (paraphrased from the NCSU site). So although it's a little different to have a 1,250 pound acorn created in honor of the bicentennial celebration of this town in 1992 , the tradition of preserving trees is a good one.

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72 comments:

jams o donnell said...

I love it Carver! Great idea and in keeping with the area. Happpy weekend

Yolanda said...

I love that acorn. It is so funny.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

I had an acorn or two falling on my head, but this one...

Great shot and thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend!

jmb said...

This is great Carver. At least it means something to you all. I've not posted yet. But saw this on bloglines so came over Later. Have a great weekend.

SabineM said...

I LOVE the acorn!! I love your take on Different!

ellen b said...

Different and an education for me!
and yes I'm laughing...

starnitesky said...

Very different and very unusual!

littlepolaris said...

The acorn is so huge! But the squirrel is MIA. =D

Sue said...

That's a nice shot Carver :) Have a great weekend, and happy photo hunting!

Joy said...

My immediate thought was Chicken Little! Blame it on being with kids too much! LOL!

This week's theme is interesting - so many "different" takes on the theme! Thanks for dropping by mine!

Sarge Charlie said...

A giant Acorn, I love it.

julie said...

Oh, what a very different tradition. That big acorn looks well, big and I wouldn't want that to fall on my head, lol!

Have a great weekend, Carver :)

napaboaniya said...

1,250 pound acorns is your definitely different from seeing 1 or 2 acorns!
Bet that couldn't be as light as having 1 - 2 drop on your head :P

Rach said...

I admit I laughed! That's certainly different. happy weekend :-)

Heather said...

I think it is wonderful.

leslie said...

This IS different and a fantastic entry for "different" this week. I really think this is a very unique way for your city to celebrate the new year. :D Mine's up now!

eastcoastlife said...

That is a great idea! I have to admit I laugh a little at first. :)

I have never seen a real acorn though.

Heart of Rachel said...

I admire your hometown's dedication to help in the conservation of nature through this unique symbol.

Katney said...

Mines not up yet, but I signed Mr. Linky since I'm here. That is a very different tradition and very much the same as well, don't you think? I have seen where other cities drop something for New Year's--can't remember where or what. Stop by later.

Smalltown RN said...

That is perfect....I didn't know that...see I learn't something new....

Sweeta said...

That is huge acorn. Great shor Carver!!

Natalie said...

That's different, but kind of cool!

Lynn said...

It is very commendable to preserve green spaces and parks for the people to enjoy throughout generations.

Corey~living and loving said...

how fun. I love your take on the theme. I think it is pretty. :0
happy Weekend.

Mar said...

This is great and I love your picture of the acorn!!
Have a great weekend
Mar

danielctw said...

Kinda different ... and the acorn XD

gizelle said...

The movie, Chicken little must have been inspired by that big acorn! I got confused signing up to this and the weekend post...sorry!

nyway, great post! definitely a different size for an acorn! lol.

Bing said...

This is great. A great way to preserve the trees. Great take on the theme and Happy weekend!

Dragonstar said...

That's one huge acorn! It's a great reason for a relatively new tradition - well done Raleigh!

Jen said...

This is a great idea!! I've never seen anything like it! Have a great weekend!

LibertyBelle said...

Wow that is one big nut! LOL
Love that photo!
Have a great weekend
L

Sean said...

Wao~ It is an informative post about your city~! Thanks for sharing.

My PH post is up at http://www.lifelongsharing.com/index.php/2008/03/08/photo-hunter-different/

Happy hunting!

pat said...

Oh I love it - great tradition! :-)

Happy Weekend.

ipanema said...

great custom. no accident so far? :)

happy weekend!:)

Sabine said...

That's an interesting story behind your different photo! By the sound of it, Raleigh is a place I'd love to see. It's certainly different from our island - we have very few trees here. :(

Have a great weekend Carver!

Carin said...

Nice to read this little history. Great entry for the theme.

Have a good weekend.

Carver said...

Thanks to everyone for visiting. Hope you all have a great weekend.

crazy working mom said...

Very interesting and different photo. Thanks for the explanation. I find tradition to be awesome. :)

dawn said...

It's going to make the squirrels nuts trying to get to the acorn! Thanks for the historical info, i like that.

Have a great weekend.

Tammie said...

Never heard of an acorn drop before. Pretty cool.

Cindy said...

What a neat tradition! Around here we have some rather different festivals throughout the year- Portageville has a Potato Fest every fall, N. Java has a Pumpkin Launch Contest each fall,Eden has a Corn Fest...but no falling acorns.
My take on "Different is
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Gattina said...

OMG ! that's a big one ! must be very heavy !!

Rebecca said...

Hey, in Atlanta, we have the Peach Drop. I enjoy the acorn. :)

JC said...

Neat shot! Three cheers for your town!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

For the sake of preserving trees, I think this is awesome!!! What a wonderful post!!

Pato & Pearl said...

Wow, I never seen such a huge acorn and the tradition behind it is simply interesting!.

We're planning to tour new york sometime in April actually. How's the weather going to be then?

Pearl - happy hunting

marcia said...

I love that and it is pretty. It is a fun, crazy, tradition that shows they are committed to something-- rather than need to be committed :>. and trees are for us all to enjoy

Patricia said...

What a wonderful post, Carver. I think I prefer the acorn to the ball, anyway.

YTSL said...

So is Raleigh's other nickname the Big Acorn? ;b

secret agent mama said...

I love this "different" type of information. :D

Karen said...

Hi Carver!

What a great tradition! And yes, it might be different, but it's unique and charming at the same time.

Write From Karen

Expat Traveler said...

i'd agree that acorn makes me laugh too!

bingskee said...

interesting info.. bet every place has its own story. they can be as comical, or as intriguing, or as different. but they all do have stories to tell.

Carver said...

Thanks again to everyone for visiting. Someone asked about the weather in NYC in April when they will be visiting. I don't live there but one of my sisters does and I've visited her in March. I think it varies a lot but hopefully will be pretty when you're there. It may be chilly or warm. I know that's not too helpful but it varies a lot in the spring. Same where I live although NYC is north of me and cooler in general.

Tokenhippygirl said...

I love that!! Excellent!

jenny said...

I love it! It seems really different, but not too nutty.

Have a great weekend!

Jenty said...

That is different... and very novel! Great post for the theme!

Liz said...

That's a great reason for having an acorn!

gaj38 said...

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Carver said...

Thanks to everyone for visiting my photohunt post. Blogger hasn't been very cooperative this weekend and I appreciate your visits.

PowersTwinB said...

Oh my gosh, what a great take on different!!! I always like coming to see what you post...my hunt is up, please come and visit

Queen of My Domain said...

Certainly is different, but it's pretty also. Raleigh is a beautiful part of the country.

gab said...

I didnt think it was funny, I thought it was cute!

Inland Empire Girl said...

What a great tradition. I don't even know if I have ever seen a real acorn. What a great picture.

arlene said...

an acorn! hahaha! that was indeed funny - and different!

Carver said...

Thanks so much for visiting my photohunt theme. It's been fun seeing all the different posts this week.

MmeHaydee said...

oh that made me say WOW!
I hope you don't have a giant squirrel out there.

KISSEDALOTATOADS said...

Well,... THAT IS different! Cute acorn,.. have a good week.

diXymiss said...

Neat piX! I'm a tardy straggler for this week's hunt, but still wanted to play. ThanX for the Mr. Linky.

pelfy said...

Wow! That's something different. It looks funny to me. Haha. (=

Carver said...

Thanks again to everyone for visiting.

KISSEDALOTATOADS said...

Hi,.... thanks for the birthday wishes,..... it was just my birthday,... becci-powerstwinb is just a sister,.... I am not her twin,..lol. Seems everyone thinks that. Have a great week.