Friday, April 29, 2016

Spanish America

Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona
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This old mission, nicknamed "The White Dove of the Desert",
 dates from 1783 and is considered America's
 leading example of Spanish Colonial architecture.
 It stands on the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation
 near Tucson, Arizona.



 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Desert Music

Organ Pipe Cactus, Sonoran Desert, Arizona
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A cluster of colorful cacti stand tall
 in the clear blue sky of the Sonoran Desert.



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Desert Shaman

Saguaro Skeleton, Sonoran Desert, Tucson, Arizona
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The remains of an old saguaro takes the shape of an imagined
 Native American shaman conducting a long forgotten ceremony.



Monday, April 25, 2016

GRAND Canyon!

Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
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The overlook at Desert View makes it easy to see the Colorado River,
 the great carver of the Earth's grandest canyon.



Sunday, April 24, 2016

From Beyond this World

Raven, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
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(Click on image for larger view.)




A raven surveys the otherworldly expanse of the Grand Canyon
 from a cliff's edge. In Native American lore,
the raven is venerated as shapeshifter, trickster,
 magician, and above all, messenger from beyond.







Saturday, April 23, 2016

Not the Old West Anymore

Traffic Lights, Sedona, Arizona  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view.)




Red rocks provide a colorful backdrop
 for traffic lights in Sedona.



Friday, April 22, 2016

Reach for the Sky, Partner

Saguaro, Superstition Mountains, Sonoran Desert, Arizona
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Arms of a saguaro cactus stretch into the desert sky
 in the Superstition Wilderness of Arizona.




Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Veiled Mountains

Small Bridge, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
 © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




Rain veils the mountains that enclose Cades Cove.




Sunday, April 17, 2016

Painterly Light

Bridge Tower, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



A fading sunset adds soft warmth to clouds
 and the bridge over the Cooper River.






Friday, April 15, 2016

Passing Fancy

Garden Gate, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



This garden gate features an elegant scroll motif

 that catches the eye of the passerby.





Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sea Island Tunnel

River Road, John's Island, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view.)




A car hurries toward a misty light
 beneath an oak tree tunnel on John's Island.


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Siesta Time

Sleeping Cat, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



Sometimes it is hard work being a lazy cat,
 which is why frequent naps are an essential daily routine.



Saturday, April 9, 2016

Ashley Overlook

Patio Along the Ashley River, Charleston, SC
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This view from a restaurant patio overlooks
 the Ashley River and the James Island Connector
on a soft misty morning.



Thursday, April 7, 2016

Spring Hug

Street Lamp, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



A street lamp finds itself embraced by spring blooms
 in the heart of Charleston.



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Two for One

Garden Door, Charleston, SC
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The angle of light creates two windows from one.



Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Walk in the Park

Washington Park, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



Hues brighten your spirits when strolling
 through Washington Park in the spring.



Monday, April 4, 2016

Draped with Springtime

Front Door with Wisteria, Charleston, SC
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Wisteria blooms festoon the entry
 to an old mansion in the Historic District.



Sunday, April 3, 2016

Light on the Mountains

Crepuscular Rays, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view.)



Columns of light break through heavy clouds
 during an afternoon thunderstorm in Cades Cove.



Saturday, April 2, 2016

Spring Courtyard

Bicycles, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



This brick courtyard with 
blooming cherry trees
 makes a lovely spot to park your bike.



Friday, April 1, 2016

Local Wildlife

Gate Detail with Carolina Anole, Charleston, SC
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One of the wild denizens of Charleston keeps watch
 on this decorative entry gate 
for a possible meal.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Mists of Fenwick

Fenwick Hall Gate, John's Island, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




Behind this old gate an avenue of oaks
 fades into the mist at this colonial era plantation.



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