Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cobblestone and Brick

Cobblestone Lane, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



A cobblestone and brick lane appears to arrive at the doorstep
 of a single house decorated for the season.




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Opportunist

Egret in a Shrimp Boat, Shem Creek, Mt. Pleasant, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view.)




An egret standing inconspicuously in the stern of a shrimp boat
 seems out of place from its usual haunt in the marshlands.
 No doubt it has learned there are delicious tidbits from the sea
 to be found in the hull of this shrimper.




Monday, December 15, 2014

Misty Monday - Winter Fog

Shrimp Boat, Shem Creek, Mt. Pleasant, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



On a winter morning, when heavy fog settled over the Lowcountry,
a shrimp boat found shelter amid the stillness of Shem Creek.




Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ginkgo Hues

Ginkgo Tree, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



A ginkgo tree spreads its autumn hues over a vine-covered
 house in Charleston's historic district.




Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sea Island Glow

Rural Road, Edisto Island, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view. Velvia slide film.)




A dirt road leads through a lush sea island woodland
of live oaks and spanish moss.




Friday, December 12, 2014

Dreamscape

Vine Covered Doorways, Meditation Garden, Charleston, SC
 © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




In a landscape out of dreams,
 doorways standing in the mist invite entry.
But where do they lead?
Only the curious will learn.




Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pirate Scrolls

Pirate House Gate, French Quarter, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




Scroll work patterns adorn the gate of the Pirate House.
 The facade is covered in fine-grained stucco,
 a construction material used on Charleston's historic buildings.




Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Venetian Bustle

Grand Canal, Venice, Italy  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Velvia slide film.)




A busy afternoon on the Grand Canal finds an assortment of water transports passing the domes of Santa Maria della Salute.



 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Hues for the Eyes

Azalea Hill and Reflections, Middleton Place Gardens, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view.)




As in yesterday's post, red and green hues complement each other
 and captivate the eye, but this time in the spring
 on a hillside blooming with azaleas.




Monday, December 8, 2014

Rainbow Red

Autumn Dogwood, Near Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



Fall arrives late to Charleston. Typically we see autumn hues
 well into December. This dogwood tree, which adds white
 blooms to Rainbow Row in the springtime, also makes a
 crimson splash in the fall.




Sunday, December 7, 2014

Framing the Government

View of Parliament, Budapest, Hungary  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view. Film photography.)




From atop Fisherman's Bastion on Castle Hill
 a trio of arched windows frames
 the Parliament Building of Budapest.



Saturday, December 6, 2014

Feast for the Eyes

Gate and Finial, South Battery, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view. Velvia slide film.)




The light along Charleston's Battery is marvelous at sunset.
Add an ornate gate and a bit of bokeh,
 and you have the ingredients for an image evoking the city's lovely charm.
Speaking of ingredients, where's the nearest restaurant?
... it's time for dinner!




Friday, December 5, 2014

Swamplands

Cypress Swamp, Middleton Place Gardens, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




Reflections in the mirky waters of a bald cypress swamp
 mirror the trees that flourish in perpetual inundation.




Thursday, December 4, 2014

Lowcountry Meteorology

Virga, Charleston Harbor, Mt. Pleasant, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Velvia slide film.)




Virga falls over Charleston Harbor on a humid summer day
 indicative of our warm coastal climate. Interestingly, the rain
 in this image evaporates before reaching the surface,
which is not typical of our weather.




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Battery at Dawn

Sunrise of the Battery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view. Velvia slide film.)




Fiery hues light a dawn sky at the Battery.
Standing sentinel is a statue of General William Moultre,
who led a state militia in defense of Charleston
during the Revolutionary War.




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Lowcountry Vista

Tidal Marsh and Clouds, James Island, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Velvia slide film.)




A cloud rack drifts across the sky
 above tidelands on James Island.




Monday, December 1, 2014

Magnificent

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




A magnificent specimen of live oak
 spreads its ancient limbs over a park on John's Island.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

At Peace

Old Ironwork, Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




Fading light on wrought iron in old Magnolia Cemetery

accentuates the calm at day's end.



Saturday, November 29, 2014

Walk This Way

Japanese Maples, South Battery, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Velvia slide film.)




Autumn maples are aflame over this sidewalk on the Battery.
Take a walk this way for a glimpse 

of Charleston at its peak in the fall.



Friday, November 28, 2014

Geometry and Color

Wagon Detail, The Old Depot, Village of Lewisburg, Ohio
 © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view.)




Color comes in different sizes and shapes,
 depending on your point of view.
Have a fun Friday!




Thursday, November 27, 2014

Beauty of the World

Live Oaks and Rice Mill Pond, Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view.)




I am thankful for the beauty of the world in which we live.


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