A New Year, New Hikes and New Art

Hello Again! 

It's nice to be back! I had to take a break for a little bit but now I'm back and this blog has a new rejuvenated purpose. 

I love hiking around North Carolina and through this blog I am going to start chronicling my adventures in Raleigh and beyond! So I hope you're ready to follow me on this journey. 

I'm going to showcase new and exciting places around the Raleigh area. So if you are new to the area, visiting or you're a local trying to find someplace outdoors to explore, you're in the right place!

Also, I will still be including many wildlife shots when the post calls for it. Not deviating that far from the original plan ;)

Okay, with that intro out of the way, let's start the first Look Around Blog post of 2017!

The North Carolina Museum of Art is a visual thrill ride. Offering up a cornucopia of visual delights. This was my first time experiencing their outdoor attractions and it did not disappoint. This was a light hike and the outdoor sculptures were truly something to marvel at.

 The sun was out but there was a chill in the air and it stung a bit. Because of this the park was mostly empty except for the sculptures that seemed to look almost as cold as I was. 

The emptiness in the park that day could be felt and their was something incredibly relaxing about it. Just me, my husband and the sculptures. 

It felt like walking in a different world. One that you could completely escape in. I could lay by this exhibit for hours and pretend that I was in a garden in Rome. 

The change in landscape from this beautiful water garden with sculptures and bamboo to the rolling hills with behemoth pieces of art jutting out from the expansiveness.   

Even just the park itself was a work of art and the sun seemed to glint through every tree we walked under. 

This building is called the Cloud Chamber and it is officially one of my favorite places in Raleigh. When you go inside let your eyes adjust to the darkness and you are surrounded by the treetops. It's magical and I'm not going to try to explain it more. Just go and experience it for yourself. 

There are also a few hidden pieces of art along the nature path. They are so detailed and depict different portraits of nature etched into metal. It would be a fun game to try and find them all. 

We had such a great time and I was happy that the chill in the air didn't stop us from getting outside. It was such a wonderful experience. Take someone you love and take it all in. 

Thanks for reading! See you next week! - LF