Friday, May 26, 2017

Spring Scroll

Wrought Iron Fence, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

The scroll of a wrought iron fence
 is a focal point for a garden blooming with azaleas.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Old Fire Station, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Twin green doors complement the bright red
 of fire trucks at this old fire station in the Historic District.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

French Quarter Morning

Chalmers Street, French Quarter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Early morning light slants across one of Charleston's
 cobblestone streets, this one being in an old section
 of the French Quarter near Washington Square.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mini House

Doll House, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

Beneath a canopy of tangled vines,
a doll house waits patiently for playtime
 in a Charleston garden South of Broad.

Friday, May 19, 2017


Window Grille, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Along Broad Street is an old bank
 with wrought iron window grilles.
This one shows bits of rust seeping through,
adding interest to its ornate design.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Box Office Hit

Ironwork, Dock Streat Theatre, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Shadows and light create an intriguing combination
 of shapes and textures at Dock Street Theatre
 in Charleston's French Quarter.

Biding Time

Clock on King Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Ben Silver's mannequin bides his time,
early on a Sunday morning,
waiting for the store to open

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Italy in Charleston?

Cypress and Palmettos, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

An old, narrow alleyway passes by
Charleston houses with backyards
where Italian cypresses grow alongside palmettos.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Renoir Redux

Mural near Poogan's Porch Restaurant, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

David Boatwright's mural, painted on the side of Mira Winery,
 is a contemporary version of Renoir's
 Luncheon of the Boating Party
depicting local chefs and restraunteurs.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Well Preserved

French Quarter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Johnson Row is a colorful group of tenement houses
 built in 1803 along Queen Street in Charleston's
 French Quarter. Like so many of the city's historic properties,
 renovation efforts by preservation groups
 have kept them well cared for.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mills House

Mills House, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Ornate details abound on the Mills House,
one of Charleston's beautiful hotels in the Historic District.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sunrise at the Park

Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

One of Charleston's most scenic public green spaces
 is Waterfront Park, which overlooks Charleston Harbor.
It's an ideal place to watch the sunrise.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Ivy Gate

Gate Detail, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

The skill of a metalsmith brings wrought iron foliage
 to life on an entry gate in the Historic District.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Midnight in a Garden in Charleston

Pimeapple Fountain, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

Today's photo is brought to you by one of Doug's blue moods.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Verdantly Framed

Garden Door, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Lush growing vines surround a garden door
 that leads to a narrow courtyard in the Historic District.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Doin' the Charleston

Antique Ford, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A Roaring 20's Ford looks right at home
 amid the surroundings of Charleston's Historic District.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Broad Street Sunrise

Broad Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

This view down Broad Street early in the morning
 shows the colonial era Saint Michael's Church
 framed by serveral of South Carolina's state trees, the Palmetto.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rough Ride

Cobblestone Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

One of Charleston's cobblestone streets
 seems at odds with modern transportation,
though such a rocky byway kept the carriage wheels
of yesteryear out of the mud.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Holy Twilight, Batman!

French Quarter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Looking down Church Street at twilight,
 Saint Philip's Church glows prominently
 as a symbol of Chaleston's French Quarter.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Doors of Charleston

Old Church Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok
Tradd Street, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok
Church Door, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A selection of doorways shows the diversity
 of Charleston's historic architectural styles.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Viney Gateway

Alleyway Gateway, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

This gateway through a wall of vines
 allows access to Philadelphia Alley,
one of Charleston's off-the-beaten pathways.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Shapes and Shadows

Table and Chairs, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

In the courtyard of the Dock Street Theatre,
 a set of table and chairs makes an interesting composition
 of shapes and shadows ideal for black and white format.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Carriage Ride

French Quarter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A carriage tour takes visitors through the French Quarter
 and past Saint Philip's Church,
one of the iconic sights of Charleston.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Off The Beaten Path

St John's Reformed Episcopal Churchyard, Charleston, SC  
© Doug Hickok

This is one of many hidden gardens you'll discover
 by strolling through Charleston's Historic District.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Slanting Light

Tradd Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

This time of year, the morning sun slants down Tradd Street
 at such a keen angle that textures and colors
 are highlighted by its warm light.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

French Quarter Evening

French Quarter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Saint Philip's Church overlooks a row of ornate brackets
 on the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston's historic French Quarter.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Heron Gate

Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A wrought iron heron greets those who visit Waterfront Park,
 a popular Charleston green space which overlooks
 tidal marshes and the harbor.

Friday, April 7, 2017

East Bay Dawn

East Bay Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Lanterns glow at dawn along East Bay Street
 near Charleston's Rainbow Row.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Gateway Twilight

College of Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Mixed lighting at twilight creates color contrast
 on a Porter's Lodge gateway
 on the College of Charleston campus.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spider Fountain

Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

The Spider Fountain appears to shoot its silky webs
 toward the dawn sky at Charleston's Waterfront Park.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Art Deco Down South

Riviera Theater, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Art Deco details abound! Charleston's Riviera Theater,
 listed on the National Registry of Historic Places,
is regarded as one of the country's cinema treasures.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Puzzlement of Locks

Door Locks, Rome, Italy  © Doug Hickok

This ancient door and its conundrum of locks
 offers a puzzle to the uninitiated as to how it all works.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Venue

Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok 

Freshly minted lamp posts line an entry to Charleston's
 newly updated Gaillard Center, where many events are held
 throughout the year, including Spoleto Festival USA performances.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Desert Mission

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

Layers of flora and stone merge together in this image
 of an old Spanish Mission in Arizona's Sonoran Desert.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Doorway in Stone

Monument Rocks, Western Kansas  © Doug Hickok

A naturally sculpted doorway in this ancient stone
 offers a view toward rock formations known as
 the Chalk Pyramids, located on the high plains of Kansas.

Monday, March 27, 2017


Rome, Italy  © Doug Hickok

Wooden chairs are stacked after closing time
 at a streetside restaurant in Rome.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

It's Easy Being Green

SC Aquarium, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Mr. Frog relaxes at the South Carolina Aquarium,
enjoying one of Charleston's warm spring days.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lion's Gaze

Door Knocker, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Half in sunlight, half in shadow,
this classic door knocker
 in Charleston's French Quarter
greets visitors with a stately gaze.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dappled Shadows

Tree Shadows, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Tucked down an alleyway in the French Quarter, 

a freshley painted stucco wall
 is dappled with the shadow of an overhanging tree.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Market Hall

Market Hall, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

The entrance to Charleston's old market was built to resemble
 a neo-classical temple and stands out noticably
 among modern buildings that surround it.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sculpted by Sunlight

Headstone Detail, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A gravestone is highlighted by the slanting mid day sun
which illuminates sculpted edges of the artwork.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ancient Tentacles

Live Oak, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

The sprawling arms of this ancient live oak
 occupy a large plot in Charleston's Hampton Park.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Quaint B & B

27 State Street B & B, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A quaint indoor courtyard greets visitors
 to this historic Bed and Breakfast,
located a short stroll from neighborhood
 art galleries and fine restauraunts
in Charleston's French Quarter.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Early Redbud

Redbud, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Early spring blooms brighten Charleston's French Quarter,
 located in the heart of the city's Historic District.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Dual Purpose

Window Grille, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A bank on Broad Street features decorative ironwork
 on each of its first floor windows. They act
 both as a safeguard and as ornamentation.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Ancient Oaks

Middleton Place Gardens, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Ancient live oaks are common place
 in America's oldest landscaped gardens
 at Middleton Place Plantation.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Carriage Door

French Quarter, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

A carriage door is incorporated
 into the design of a French Quarter house
 in Charleston's Historic District.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Charleston's Blooming Churchyards

Spring Blooms, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Early spring blooms bring new life
to Charleston's old historic cemeteries.

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