Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ancient Basilica

Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Rome, Italy   © Doug Hickok



This 4th century basilica sits atop the Caelian Hill in Rome,
 overlooking the Roman Forum and Colosseum.
  It was built over a complex of Roman era rooms decorated
 with well preserved frescos that can still be seen today.



Saturday, January 21, 2017

Echoes of the Ancients

Gate Ring, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok



An entry gate to a garden courtyard features a golden ring
that echoes the classical era of Greeks or Romans.



Friday, January 20, 2017

College Icon

Randolph Hall, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



The iconic portico of historic Randolph Hall
 is the College of Charleston's longtime symbol.



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Gate Motif

East Battery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



A decorative motif adds interest to an old entry gate
 belonging to an antebellum mansion on the Battery.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Misty Light

Morning Light, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee



Crepuscular rays shine light on misty ridges
 in the wild western section of the Great Smoky Mountains.



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Scroll Pattern

Gate Detail, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok



A pattern of repeating scrolls decorates
 a heart shaped gate in Charleston.



Monday, January 16, 2017

Mist of Winter

Saint Michael's Church, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



A winter morning along Charleston's Braod Street
 envelopes Saint Michael's steeple in a veil of mist.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Summer Hues

East Bay Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



In the heart of summertime, Rainbow Row
 is alive with vibrant hues for all eyes to see.



Friday, January 13, 2017

Vintage Charleston

East Battery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



Piazzas, wrought iron balconies, pastel colors,
fresh blooms, and Palmetto trees adorn Charleston's
High Battery in the summertime.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Battery Walk

East Battery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



A stone paved sidewalk runs past antebellum mansions
 along Charleston's East Battery, catching
 the morning light on a summer morning.



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Stonework

Stonework, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok



Ornately carved stonework decorates the inside of a mausoleum
 in Charleston's historic Magnolia Cemetery.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Summer Light

Tradd Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



Sunlight on a summer morning
 paints row houses along Tradd Street
 in one of the older sections of the historic district.



 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Medieval Monastery

Columns, Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Rome, Italy
© Doug Hickok




Twisting columns decorated with mosaics comprise
 the 13th century monastic cloister of a
Roman Catholic basilica outside of Rome, Italy.



 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Port City

Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



Charleston's port is one of the busiest on the East Coast.
Here the Ravenel Bridge provides a backdrop
for a container ship and a cruise ship in Charleston Harbor.



Thursday, January 5, 2017

French Quarter Tour

Saint Philip's Churchyard, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



A wrought iron gate provides an ornate contrast
 to a sauntering carriage in Charleston's French Quarter.



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Enduring Stone

Colosseum, Rome, Italy  © Doug Hickok



The Colosseum still stands in the Roman Forum
 after enduring nearly 2000 years of history.
I wonder what architectural wonders of today
 will last into the distant future.



Monday, January 2, 2017

Vintage Charleston

Vintage Artwork, Blossoms Restaurant, Charleston, SC  
© Doug Hickok



At a restaurant near Charleston's waterfront,
a vintage photo from the 19th century
 shows bails of cotton ready to ship at the port.



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hope for a Better Year

Avenue of Oaks, Boone Hall Plantation, Mt. Pleasant, SC  © Doug Hickok



Entering a New Year is like taking a road
 not traveled before. Let's hope the unforeseen path
that lies ahead is full of joy and adventure.



Saturday, December 31, 2016

Up the Creek

Shem Creek, Mt. Pleasant, SC   © Doug Hickok



A boater returns to safe harbor on Shem Creek at days end.



Friday, December 30, 2016

Mission Evening

Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona   © Doug Hickok



Dusk envelopes crosses at an old Spanish Mission
 on a Native American reservation in Arizona.



  

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Slow Walking

Finial Ironwork, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



Walking slowly through Charleston's historic district
 encourages me to look closely at the city's 18th and 19th
 century architecture, and to find ornate gems,
 such as this finial detail and wrought iron fencing.



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