Monday, October 3, 2011

The Old Charleston Light

Morris Island Lighthouse, near Folly Beach, SC  © Doug Hickok


When the Morris Island Lighthouse, also called the Old Charleston Light, was built in 1876, it stood on solid ground surrounded by a large sandy island. Before the lighthouse was built, a significant Civil War battle was fought on Morris Island at Fort Wagner, later featured in the film Glory. This movie followed the course of the 
54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first major all black American military units.

Although time and erosion have vanquished the fort, and the sands that surrounded the lighthouse buildings, the lighthouse itself still stands, albeit with a slight tilt. It was decommissioned in 1962, but efforts have been underway to preserve and restore it, as is the case with many historic structures in and around Charleston.

22 comments:

  1. fascinating photo, i love this soft light and tonality, exelent work

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  2. again, perfectly framed, with striking colors and tones! what an interesting story behind the building, and what a good idea to restore and keep the "old" buildings!

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  3. wowo, this is an amazing photo! I love the framing by the branches and the lighthouse is a dear theme for me.

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  4. Very creative way to frame that lighthouse. Magnificent shot!

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  5. The lighthouse is beautiful and I like so much the way you framed it, very artistic!
    Léia

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  6. Wonderful shot and great composition Doug!

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  7. Это очень красиво! Великолепная фотография!

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  8. Excellent frame within the frame, I really love the tones, very warm.

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  9. Wow, beautiful tones and really superb framing Doug. Thanks too for the cool history behind this old lighthouse.

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  10. Wauu, very nice, I like a lot.

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  11. The gentle evening light creates a beautiful ambience on this old piece of Charleston history and its surrounding timber driftwood...incredible to realise that it was once inland!

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  12. again, excellent framing here.. great timing to shoot this at this hour too.. well done..

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