Friday, May 29, 2015

Outdoor Draperies

Live Oak with Spanish Moss, Middleton Place, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




Spanish moss hanging from a live oak
 makes a natural decorative accent.




Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Wave of Blooms

Park Bench and Azaleas, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view.)




Barely visible among the blooms is a park bench
 engulfed by azaleas at White Point Gardens near the Battery.



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Vibrant Touch

Front Porch, Asheville, North Carolina
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




A colorful front porch in the mountains of North Carolina
 displays the touch of both a designer and a gardener.




Monday, May 25, 2015

2015 Spoleto Festival USA

Medallion, Trinity Church, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



This photograph is the original image chosen for the cover of this year's Spoleto Festival USA ticket brochure. The subject is a beautifully symmetrical medallion on the portico ceiling of Trinity United Methodist Church located on Meeting Street.

Spoleto Festival USA is one of the largest international arts festivals in the world, and is held each year in Charleston. You can see a digital version of the ticket brochure here, which is a wonderfully designed piece by Stitch Design Co.




Sunday, May 24, 2015

Lead the Way

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



Cobblestones and pavers entice
 the imagination to enter this Charleston garden.




Saturday, May 23, 2015

Spring Pastels

Early Spring on a Mountain Side, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




A panoply of early spring hues caught my eye
 on a mountain side seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway.




Friday, May 22, 2015

Potential

Ornamental Tree, Al Ain Palace, Al Ain, UAE
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




In a desert palace garden, I see potential in a young tree
 that someday will 
majestically fill this courtyard.




Thursday, May 21, 2015

Border Line

Fence Line, near Burnsville, North Carolina
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




A rough fence runs along the edge of Appalachian pastureland,
setting limits for grazing horses and curious people alike.




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Charleston Spectrum

Flowering Dogwood Tree, near Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




A spot near Rainbow Row shows many of the hues
 that are in the natural spectrum of light seen in the sky...
but, in this case, much more down to earth.




Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Nooks and Crannies

Gate and Vines, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



Nature seeks its way into every nook and cranny,
as this creeping fig is starting to do around a gate.
If the vines were not regularly trimmed back,
Charleston would eventually be engulfed by them.




Monday, May 18, 2015

Appalachian Spring

An Appalachian Valley, near the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




Spring slowly moves up a mountain valley
 in the Southern Appalachians.




Sunday, May 17, 2015

Snug

Jasmine Vine, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



A Charleston doorway is bundled up in jasmine flowers,
which are sweetly fragrant to passersby.




Friday, May 15, 2015

Transition

Mountain Pasture, near Burnsville, North Carolina
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




A mountain pasture retains grasses leftover from winter,
but hints of new life along the edges herald the arrival of spring.




Thursday, May 14, 2015

Fanning Out

Palmetto Fronds, Middleton Place Gardens, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




Palmetto fronds that resemble the shape of natural fans branch out
over the dark waters of a swamp at Middleton Place Gardens.




Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Blue Ridges

Tree and Fence, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




High above a mountain valley,
 where clouds hover over ridges,
 a view along the Blue Ridge Parkway
 shows a tree still holding onto winter.
But not for long, spring is around the bend.




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Antithesis

Gate Shadow on Steps, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




The permanence of stone contrasts markedly with the
 evanescence of a shadow on steps in the French Quarter.




Monday, May 11, 2015

Wanderlust

Mt. Sneffels Wilderness, San Juan Mountains, Colorado
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




Clouds wander over the rocky tops of the San Juan Mountains
in search of something they can't quite explain.




Sunday, May 10, 2015

New Life

View from the Cabin, near Burnsville, North Carolina
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




Early May in the Appalachians brings spring greens
 to a fading winter landscape, along with a bounty of
fresh mountain air... all so revitalizing and invigorating!




Saturday, May 9, 2015

Heart and Soul

Bike Ride, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



Taking it slow and easy while exercising the heart,
at the same time sampling the soul of a charming Southern city...
these are both good reasons to ride a bike in Charleston.




Friday, May 8, 2015

Battery Pyrotechnics

Azaleas in the Springtime, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved



A burst of fiery color enlivens the Battery in springtime.
The park here, called White Point Gardens,
is a wonderful green space
and is a favorite for locals and visitors alike.




Thursday, May 7, 2015

Have a Heart

Red Heart, Blue Door, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved




This door wears its heart for all to see.




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