Saturday, December 31, 2016

Up the Creek

Shem Creek, Mt. Pleasant, SC   © Doug Hickok

A boater returns to safe harbor on Shem Creek at days end.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Mission Evening

Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona   © Doug Hickok

Dusk envelopes crosses at an old Spanish Mission
 on a Native American reservation in Arizona.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Slow Walking

Finial Ironwork, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Walking slowly through Charleston's historic district
 encourages me to look closely at the city's 18th and 19th
 century architecture, and to find ornate gems,
 such as this finial detail and wrought iron fencing.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Arching Palm

Huguenot Church, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Sego palm fronds arch over a pathway in the cemetery
 of Charleston's French Huguenot Church.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Blooming Stone

Pathway, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Stones with floral designs surrounded by seashells
create a garden path in Charleston's historic district.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Gas Light

Large Lantern, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

This large ornate lantern sits atop the Sword Gate,
one of Charleston's antebellum wrought iron masterworks.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

State Emblem

State Flag Emblems, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

While strolling down an alleyway in the historic district,
 I came across this metal cutout in a courtyard garden
 that displays a palmetto tree with crescent moon,
the same symbols that are on our state flag.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Your Morning Exercise

East Battery, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

A walk along the Battery promenade
 is a healthy way to start the day in Charleston.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Harbor

Maritime Center, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Charleston has one of the east coast's busiest ports...
pictured here is a container ship leaving the harbor
 framed by the bowsprit of a tall ship
 docked at the Maritime Center.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Mansion Entry

Courtyard Entry, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A small garden courtyard precedes the entry
 into an old mansion in Charleston's historic district.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Golden Gate

Entry Gate, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A carpet of ginkgo leaves serves as a golden
 backdrop for this entry gate on Broad Street.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Strange Behavior

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas   © Doug Hickok

Prolonged desert heat can bring out strange behavior in humans,
inspiring them to arrange buried cadillacs in a neat row.

Monday, December 12, 2016

December Rose

Yellow Rose, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A rose bush is in full bloom along an alleyway in Charleston's
 historic district, just waiting for passersby to stop
 and smell it's lovely fragrance.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Muddy Sunset

Shem Creek, Mt. Pleasant, SC  © Doug Hickok

At the end of a work week, patrons gather at Shem Creek
 to unwind and enjoy a Lowcoutry sunset over the marshland.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Peaceful Presence

Live Oaks, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A pair of large live oaks provides plenty of shade
 and a peaceful presence in Charleston's Meditation Garden.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Rose Wreath

Wreath, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A wreath made of dried magnolia leaves and rose blossoms
 adorns a reddish door in the Historic District.
 Note the horse shoe above the entry,
a symbol of good luck and protection.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Gaillard Center

Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

The newly renovated performing arts center in Charleston
 features neo-classical architecture which echoes
 styles of the city's many historic buildings.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ceramic Courtyard

Autumn Courtyard, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Ceramics decorate an outdoor dining area
 in a Charleston courtyard garden.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Folly Cross

Folly Beach, SC   © Doug Hickok

A solitary cross stands amid the grassy dunes
 of the Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve on Folly Beach.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

French Quarter Ride

French Quarter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A horse drawn carriage follows quiet streets
 that take visitors through Charleston's French Quarter.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Garden Finial

Large Finial, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

The centerpiece of a South of Broad garden
 is this large finial with a bucolic classical motif.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ablaze with Color

Gate Scroll, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

An entry gate on an East Battery mansion
is set against a colorful doorway lit by morning sun.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Not Shy, This Guy

Great Egret, Mt. Pleasant, SC  © Doug Hickok

A friendly egret perches
 along the Shem Creek Park
 boardwalk at sundown.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Roses at Sundown

Roses, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  

A rose garden is silhouetted by the setting sun
 in Charleston's serene Meditation Garden.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Skeleton Forest

Boneyard Beach, Folly Beach, SC  © Doug Hickok

At the north end of Folly Beach the maritime forest
 is slowly eroding away, leaving skeleton trees
 to populate the shoreline.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Peace Among the Trees

Meditation Garden, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

This statue stands amid a lush natural setting
 in Charleston's Meditation Garden,
a tranquil place for a quiet stroll.

Friday, November 18, 2016

French Quarter Scene

Churchyard Gate, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Behind this decorative churchyard gate a horse
 pulls a carriage through Charleston's French Quarter.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

French Quarter Gallery

Art Gallery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A courtyard displayed with paintings entices visitors
 to enter and explore an art gallery in the French Quarter.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Local Family

Balconies, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok 

A row of balconies displays decorative ironwork
 on a trio of houses called the Three Sisters,
noted for their similarity of style.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Blending In

Meditation Garden, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A vine-covered archway blends with the natural surroundings
 at the Meditation Garden in Charleston.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Lantern Light

Lantern and Blue Door, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A house by the Battery is lit by lanterns
 as a cool evening falls in Charleston.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Carriage on Meeting Street

Horse Carriage, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A horse pulling a carriage passes by a large
Southern Magnolia along Meeting Street.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Lanterns at Twilight

Broad Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A row of gas lanterns burns steadily
 at the dawn of a new day in old Charleston.


Friday, November 11, 2016

Sword Gate

Sword Gate, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Charleston's most recognizable wrought iron gate
 was made in 1849 by Christopher Werner. A matching gate
 was also installed at Charleston's military college, The Citadel.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Promenade Stroll

Sunrise, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A couple takes a morning stroll along the Promenade
 on the Battery, enjoying a cool breeze off the harbor
 and a sunrise.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Colonial Landmark

Saint Michael's Church, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A landmark of the Holy City, Saint Michael's Church
is Charleston's oldest surviving house of worship,
dating from the 1750's.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Battery Mansions

East Battery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A row of antebellum mansions and palmetto trees
 greets the morning sun along Charleston's High Battery.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Common Resident

Saint Phillip's Church, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Residents and tourists are a common sight in Charleston,
as are mockingbirds. They take advantage of stylish perches
to serenade and survey their territory.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Battery Fence

Ironwork, South Battery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A wrought iron fence line on South Battery
is aglow with the reflection of morning sun.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Strong Foundation

Lantern on the Battery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A large lantern hangs over a gate to the Edmonston-Alston House
 on Charleston's East Battery. The stylish antebellum mansion
 was built on top of the foundation of an old 18th century fort
 know as Fort Mechanic.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Southern Time Capsule

Saint Phillip's Church, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Strolling through Charleston's French Quarter
 offers beautiful views of the historic district,
 ones similar to those seen in previous eras.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Flowering Green Space

Washington Square, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Bright hues fill the camera frame with a scene
 from one of Charleston's inviting green spaces.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Forest at the Edge

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona   © Doug Hickok

At the edge of the South Rim, junipers and pines
 frame a view of the layered vastness of the Grand Canyon.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Autumn Hues

An Entry on East Battery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

An antebellum mansion facing the rising sun
 is aglow with the hues of autumn.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Skeleton Couple, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

You never know what you'll find
 walking around Charleston's historic district...
especially on Halloween.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Bloomin' Foxgloves

Foxgloves, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Unfolding foxglove blossoms are a focal point
 of this Charleston garden in the historic district.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Natural Draperies

Rural Road, Savannah NWR, South Carolina  © Doug Hickok

Trees festooned with spanish moss
 line a dirt road in southern South Carolina.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Shadows and Curves

Arched Entry, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok 

Linear shadows from an overhead balcony
 contrast with the ornate curves of an entry near Rainbow Row.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Water and Stone

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona  © Doug Hickok

The Colorado River cuts through an early section
 of the Grand Canyon in this vista from Desert View.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Last Light in Savannah

Sunset, Savannah, GA  © Doug Hickok

Clouds hold the glowing colors of sunset fleetingly,
 before fading to darkness near Savannah, Georgia.

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