Sunday, April 17, 2011

Pineapple Sunday

Pineapple Gate, Saint Philip's Church, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok


This elaborate ironwork motif over the entrance gate to Saint Philip's church is actually a stylized representation of a pineapple. For Charleston, the pineapple is significant because it symbolizes hospitality. Stories from 150 years ago tell of sailors returning to port with tropical fruits from the West Indies. They would often hang pineapples above their doors as a sign of welcome. These days Charleston is often voted best mannered city in the USA, and pineapple symbols can be seen throughout the town.


30 comments:

  1. Wonderful warm colors!
    Well done!

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  2. An excellent image again!
    Beautiful ironwork, however it doesn't reminds me a pinapple :)

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  3. Very nice! I like pics like this for havin´ a break:-)

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  4. Very nice colours and details.

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  5. magnifique, j'aime ces couleurs !

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  6. Excellent composition on the amazing background.
    And interesting description.

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  7. Nice form and structure, good image!

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  8. Fantastic silhouetted shot!

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  9. a much "nicer" symbol than yesterday's, doug! ;-)) not only do i love pineapples, but their symbolic value is most welcome and interesting news, too! nice color of the background! and as to charleston's reputation for good manners, i can second that, though i was there only a very short time (too short, in fact)!

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  10. I love the shot and the colours are beautiful, thank you for explaining about the pineapple.
    BTW, the picture of the steel wires is fabulous too.
    Love the way you capture things!

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  11. Wonderful! So great story and photo. Like the bacground color against the iron. Lovely!

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  12. What a nice feature of Charleston to have a symbol of hospitality. I'd like to visit there one day. The ironwork makes a fine pattern shot. Very well cone.

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  13. Awesome photo Doug, looks a bit like a great painting too.

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  14. Very interesting, a sweet symbol of hospitality, I love pineapple!

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  15. Great composition, colour, DOF and silhouettes Doug.....very appropriate for Sunday....peter:)

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  16. · Your last two photos are wonderful. I like how you play with color and shapes.

    · Regards

    ToreCrystal & TheAbsentGaze
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  17. You have some great pictures, like the rebar tangle. The pineapple holds my attention. Somehow I see one of those cheeky lemurs from Madagascar instead of a pineapple. Nevertheless a great picture in pineapple yellow.
    PS. a nice relationship that Charlestonians have with pineapples.

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  18. What a beautiful shot Doug!It looks as if the iron stands before the fire again..I love the sculptured shapes,really beautiful!

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  19. That's very interesting!
    People used to do that in the old days here in England.
    But people used the pineapples as a symbol of wealth.
    Back then, only rich people could afford to travel afar to buy such exotic fruit.

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  20. Really cool shot and a great bit of history. Awesome Doug!

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  21. I like the intricate ironwork against the bright background.

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  22. What a great story and motif, Doug. I just got my education. Your presentation is luscious.

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  23. great composition! nice shot and interestind story behind.

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  24. Splendid color on this magnificent sculpture, superb shot. Good day.

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  25. Interesting tidbit of history, Doug, and a fitting photo with color to illustrate it.

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  26. I wouldn't have an idea that this is pineapple, very good picture!

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  27. What a fantastic artwork. My first impression wasn't a pineapple... I thought I was looking at a person wearing a crown. I love the vibrant yellows and oranges in the background too.

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  28. excellent. wonderful patterns and colors

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  29. excellent colors and frame
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  30. Gorgeous color and texture and wonderful patterns forged parts
    Wonderful picture and great mood

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