Thursday, October 2, 2014

Smoking Ridges

Misty Ridges, Black Mountains, North Carolina
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view.)




The Great Smoky Mountains are not the only mountains that emit rising mists. Here it is the Black Mountains, which are part of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. They are the highest ridges in the Eastern U.S. and include Mount Mitchell, the tallest of them all.




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Eastward Facing

Morning Light, East Bay Street, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




Rainbow Row is on display
when its eastward facing facades
 catch the early sunlight.




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Refreshed

Antebellum Mansion, South Battery, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




A newly renovated antebellum mansion stands proudly,
 
after many years of disrepair, on Charleston's South Battery.




Monday, September 29, 2014

Misty Monday - Mystery on the Ashley

Boats Docked in the Mist, Ashley River, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Velvia slide film.)




Low laying mists on the Ashley River add a sense of mystery
 to boats harbored at a Charleston marina.



Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Oldest Museum

Cannon Park Ruins, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved


All that remains of Charleston's original city museum 
(founded in 1773) are its columns and brick steps after
a fire laid it in ruins during the late 1800's. 

Considered the nation's oldest museum,
it's contents were later moved to a new museum
on Meeting Street. 




Saturday, September 27, 2014

Explore

Crabtree Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




A small stream flowing from Crabtree Falls
 tumbles over rocks and past fallen trees,
inviting one to mentally step into the picture and
explore this cool Appalachian habitat.




Friday, September 26, 2014

A Favorite Destination

Dock at Shem Creek, Mt. Pleasant, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view.)




A favorite place of mine to catch the light of sunset
 is Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, where a combination of boats,
 docks, and waterside restaurants creates a scenic destination.




Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hidden in a Secret Garden


Statue, French Quarter, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Velvia slide film.)




A vine-shouldered statue stands hidden in a secret garden,
 one of the many pleasant tableaux awaiting discovery
 when strolling through Charleston's historic district.




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mirror to the Sky

Dawn on the Kiawah River, Kiawah Island, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
 (Velvia slide film.)




At dawn, when the tide is high and the waters still,
Lowcountry rivers reflect and hold the hues of the expansive sky...
to one's eye, it is a timeless scene, and a perfectly peaceful way
 to begin the day.




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Scoot and Park

Green Scooter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



A quick way to scoot around the narrow confines of Charleston
 is on a Vespa... and best of all it's easy to park.




Monday, September 22, 2014

Light for an Evening Stroll

Lantern and Steeple, French Quarter, Charleston, SC
 © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
 (Velvia slide film.)




An overhead lantern shines light into the twilight
 to assist with your stroll in the French Quarter.




Sunday, September 21, 2014

Beach Geology

Sea Stacks, Cannon Beach, Oregon
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view. Film photography)




A view of Cannon Beach's iconic Haystack Rock (middle left)
 shows several other sea stacks as well. These geological
 formations provide perfect nesting habitat for sea birds
 and are protected as wilderness areas.




Saturday, September 20, 2014

Art Galley Window

Art Galley Window, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Film photography)





I found this art gallery window while wandering around
Charleston's French Quarter. I was attracted by the flowers,
 and also by the painting framed in the window and the colorful
 house reflected in the glass. In all, there was a wide range of hues
contained in this little scene.




Friday, September 19, 2014

Piazza Moon

Moon Setting, South Battery Piazza, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Film photography)




A setting moon is framed by a South Battery piazza
 as evening fades to night.



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Undulation

Curving Sand Dunes, Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park, Oregon
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Velvia slide film.)




Various natural forces coincide to shape sand dunes
 into undulating forms, creating S's that wiggle down this Oregon beach.




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Out to Sea

Surfer, Folly Beach, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Film photography)




A surfer paddles out to sea through
early morning waves at Folly Beach.




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cat in a Courtyard

Courtyard Cat, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Film photography)




A cat poses for a portrait amid its courtyard surroundings.




Monday, September 15, 2014

Design Connection

James Island Connector, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Velvia slide film.)




An S-curve in the James Island Connector
 makes an eye-catching design,
 highlighted here by the colors of the setting sun.







Sunday, September 14, 2014

Now and Then

Saint Michael's Church, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Velvia slide film.)




The steeple of Saint Michael's Church
 glows against the dawn sky,
as it must have done when it first
opened its doors in 1761.




Saturday, September 13, 2014

Distances

View From Atop Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



A view from atop the tallest peak in the Eastern U.S.
 takes in the ridges of the Southern Appalachians,
and a distant valley where a small lake shimmers softly in the haze.




Friday, September 12, 2014

Grand Design

Moorish Arches, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, UAE  
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



A walk past rows of Moorish arches
 offers a sense of the rhythm, symmetry and scale
 in the design of Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.




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