Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back in Time

Saint Michael's Alley, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



A walk down Saint Michael's Alley
 is like stepping back in time.



Monday, September 1, 2014

A Farewell to Summer

Maples, Fernbank Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



A cluster of summer maples shades a spot at Fernbank Park, near the Ohio River in Cincinnati. As September arrives, I bid a farewell to the long summer months... months I remember fondly now, when I was a kid playing in the grassy parks of Ohio, so very long ago. Those were such blissful, innocent days.




Sunday, August 31, 2014

Victim of Progress

Walls, The Old Plex, North Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view. Velvia slide film.)




Bold color set against a blue sky makes a graphic image. 

This former landmark no longer stands, 
being a victim of growth and progress in the area.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

One Million!

Garden Gate and Cherry Trees, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



This past week, Doug's Photo Blog surpassed one million page views.
So thank you all for your visits! I hope you continue to enjoy the beauty
I so love to share with you.




Friday, August 29, 2014

Porch View


Porch and Chairs, Magnolia Gardens, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view. Film photography.)




Time to relax, sit a spell, and enjoy the view.
Have a stress free weekend.




Thursday, August 28, 2014

Echos From the Past

Entry to Pirate's Courtyard, French Quarter, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(iPad photography)




It has been nearly 300 years since pirates were last seen in Charleston.
But the entry to Pirate's Courtyard may invite your imagination to wonder if,
at the end of this narrow passageway, you might hear the echos
of a "yo ho ho", or a "shiver me timbers".




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Date Palm Oasis

Date Palms, Al Ain Oasis, UAE  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view.)




When is a desert not a desert?...
when there is a subterranean water source beneath the sand,
and date palms grow thick as weeds.




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Color, Texture, Order, Chaos

Colorful Rope, Tall Ships, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Velvia slide film.)




Interest abounds in this detailed image of nautical rope
 found on a Tall Ship anchored at the Port of Charleston.



Monday, August 25, 2014

Flag Tree

Flag Tree, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



In Rocky Mountain National Park, the fringe between the subalpine 
and alpine life zones is the kruppelholz or krummholz 
(German for crooked or bent wood). 
This area is where spruce and fir trees are stunted and shaped 
by fierce winds, creating elfin trees or in this case, a flag tree.
You can tell the predominant direction of the winds by the pointing limbs.



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Old Bridge

The Old Foot Bridge, Magnolia Gardens, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view.)




Spanning a colorfully landscaped cypress swamp is
an old 19th century foot bridge, which has become an
iconic landmark at Magnolia Gardens 
over the years.




Saturday, August 23, 2014

Night Hues

Night Gate, near Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



By day Charleston has its unique charms...
by night it takes on an entirely different hue.




Friday, August 22, 2014

Anticipation

View From Blue Ridge Parkway, near Waterrock Knob, North Carolina
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view. Velvia slide film.)




My wife and I have noticed the slightest hint of autumn recently.
Although our afternoons are dreadfully hot, early mornings have
the look and feel of an approaching fall season... a lower angle
of sunlight and the quality of air are getting our attention,
and inspiring our anticipation.




Thursday, August 21, 2014

Retro

Basilica of Saint Mark, Venice, Italy  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view. Film photography)




A photograph of Saint Mark's Basilica made 150 years ago might
 have resembled this image, which features the sepia tone of old film.
But thanks to a little post-processing of one of my Fuji Velvia slides,
a vintage rendition of modern photography is possible.




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Theatrics

Entry, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(iPad photography)




A bit of architectural theatrics introduces visitors to the
Dock Street Theatre as they enter the front doors...
the ornamentation overhead is quite dramatic!




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer Peaks

View From Million Dollar Highway, Molas Pass, San Juan Mountains, Colorado
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




In the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, near the Million Dollar Highway,
rocky peaks hold snow fields in spite of the warm summer sun.




Monday, August 18, 2014

Misty Monday - Last Roll


Palmetto Trees and Pond, Kiawah Island, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view. Velvia slide film.)




Soft light from morning sea fog adds a mysterious mood to this row of palmetto trees reflected in a pond on Kiawah Island. This image is from the last roll of film that I ever shot, back in 2009. I was a late comer to digital photography, but since then it has been all digital. I even shoot occasionally with a tablet nowadays... never saw that coming 5 years ago.



 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sanctuary

Cherub Statue, Magnolia Gardens, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




I love walking through gardens. They feel like sanctuaries
of quiet and beauty amid a world of chaos and woe.
Magnolia Gardens, near Charleston, 
is the perfect place to find such sanctuary.
It 
features miles of meandering paths surrounded by a mix
of old world informality and deep south lushness.
..
an ideal little Eden for one's peace of mind.




 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Clearing Ridges

Misty Ridges, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view.)



Fog begins to clear along the high ridges of Great Smoky Mountains
National Park. But soon they'll be veiled again by mist
as it creeps up from thickly forested valleys.




Friday, August 15, 2014

Narrow Spaces

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



A narrow alleyway leads to a courtyard gate in the Historic District. 

Charleston homes are set close together on the small peninsula. 
Minimal space has been maximized for greatest use. 
Tight alleyways and narrow streets are common, 
and often graced with lush gardens and decorative ironwork.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sheltered

Early Morning, Saint Philip's Churchyard, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




A walk through Charleston's French Quarter may lead you to
 Saint Philip's churchyard, which has many historic gravestones
 sheltered by the arms of ancient oaks.




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Caribbean in Charleston


Tropical Garden, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(iPad photography)




Charleston yards often have the look of
 tropical gardens found in the Caribbean.




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