Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Holy Twilight, Batman!

French Quarter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Looking down Church Street at twilight,
 Saint Philip's Church glows prominently
 as a symbol of Chaleston's French Quarter.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Doors of Charleston

Old Church Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok
Tradd Street, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok
Church Door, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A selection of doorways shows the diversity
 of Charleston's historic architectural styles.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Viney Gateway

Alleyway Gateway, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

This gateway through a wall of vines
 allows access to Philadelphia Alley,
one of Charleston's off-the-beaten pathways.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Shapes and Shadows

Table and Chairs, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

In the courtyard of the Dock Street Theatre,
 a set of table and chairs makes an interesting composition
 of shapes and shadows ideal for black and white format.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Carriage Ride

French Quarter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A carriage tour takes visitors through the French Quarter
 and past Saint Philip's Church,
one of the iconic sights of Charleston.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Off The Beaten Path

St John's Reformed Episcopal Churchyard, Charleston, SC  
© Doug Hickok

This is one of many hidden gardens you'll discover
 by strolling through Charleston's Historic District.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Slanting Light

Tradd Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

This time of year, the morning sun slants down Tradd Street
 at such a keen angle that textures and colors
 are highlighted by its warm light.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

French Quarter Evening

French Quarter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Saint Philip's Church overlooks a row of ornate brackets
 on the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston's historic French Quarter.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Heron Gate

Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A wrought iron heron greets those who visit Waterfront Park,
 a popular Charleston green space which overlooks
 tidal marshes and the harbor.

Friday, April 7, 2017

East Bay Dawn

East Bay Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Lanterns glow at dawn along East Bay Street
 near Charleston's Rainbow Row.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Gateway Twilight

College of Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Mixed lighting at twilight creates color contrast
 on a Porter's Lodge gateway
 on the College of Charleston campus.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spider Fountain

Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

The Spider Fountain appears to shoot its silky webs
 toward the dawn sky at Charleston's Waterfront Park.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Art Deco Down South

Riviera Theater, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Art Deco details abound! Charleston's Riviera Theater,
 listed on the National Registry of Historic Places,
is regarded as one of the country's cinema treasures.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Puzzlement of Locks

Door Locks, Rome, Italy  © Doug Hickok

This ancient door and its conundrum of locks
 offers a puzzle to the uninitiated as to how it all works.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Venue

Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok 

Freshly minted lamp posts line an entry to Charleston's
 newly updated Gaillard Center, where many events are held
 throughout the year, including Spoleto Festival USA performances.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Desert Mission

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

Layers of flora and stone merge together in this image
 of an old Spanish Mission in Arizona's Sonoran Desert.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Doorway in Stone

Monument Rocks, Western Kansas  © Doug Hickok

A naturally sculpted doorway in this ancient stone
 offers a view toward rock formations known as
 the Chalk Pyramids, located on the high plains of Kansas.

Monday, March 27, 2017


Rome, Italy  © Doug Hickok

Wooden chairs are stacked after closing time
 at a streetside restaurant in Rome.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

It's Easy Being Green

SC Aquarium, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Mr. Frog relaxes at the South Carolina Aquarium,
enjoying one of Charleston's warm spring days.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lion's Gaze

Door Knocker, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Half in sunlight, half in shadow,
this classic door knocker
 in Charleston's French Quarter
greets visitors with a stately gaze.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dappled Shadows

Tree Shadows, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Tucked down an alleyway in the French Quarter, 

a freshley painted stucco wall
 is dappled with the shadow of an overhanging tree.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Market Hall

Market Hall, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

The entrance to Charleston's old market was built to resemble
 a neo-classical temple and stands out noticably
 among modern buildings that surround it.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sculpted by Sunlight

Headstone Detail, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A gravestone is highlighted by the slanting mid day sun
which illuminates sculpted edges of the artwork.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ancient Tentacles

Live Oak, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

The sprawling arms of this ancient live oak
 occupy a large plot in Charleston's Hampton Park.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Quaint B & B

27 State Street B & B, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A quaint indoor courtyard greets visitors
 to this historic Bed and Breakfast,
located a short stroll from neighborhood
 art galleries and fine restauraunts
in Charleston's French Quarter.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Early Redbud

Redbud, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Early spring blooms brighten Charleston's French Quarter,
 located in the heart of the city's Historic District.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Dual Purpose

Window Grille, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A bank on Broad Street features decorative ironwork
 on each of its first floor windows. They act
 both as a safeguard and as ornamentation.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Ancient Oaks

Middleton Place Gardens, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Ancient live oaks are common place
 in America's oldest landscaped gardens
 at Middleton Place Plantation.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Carriage Door

French Quarter, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

A carriage door is incorporated
 into the design of a French Quarter house
 in Charleston's Historic District.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Charleston's Blooming Churchyards

Spring Blooms, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Early spring blooms bring new life
to Charleston's old historic cemeteries.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Western Vista

Colorado National Monument, near Grand Junction, Colorado  © Doug Hickok

A long view from Rim Rock Drive overlooks sandstone
formations toward the verdant Colorado River Valley,
and the arid Book Cliffs on the far horizon.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Hocking Hills

Hocking Hills State Park, near Logan, Ohio  © Doug Hickok

When many people think of Ohio, they think of large cities
 surrounded by flat farmlands stretching for miles and miles.
But the eastern region of the state is part of Appalachia
 with a geography of steep wooded hills and narrow rocky
 hollows. Such places have been preserved by Hocking Hills
 State Park. Here's an image I made back in 1978 when
I first began taking landscape photographs.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Horse Fountain, Charleston Place, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

The Quadriga is a Neo-Classical sculpture
 erected in front of Charleston Place Hotel.
It depicts a group of bronze horses that symbolize
 the role which horses have played in the city's long history,
including the carriage rides that tour
 the old districts of Charleston today.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill, Everglades National Park, Florida  © Doug Hickok

I made this image of a Roseate Spoonbill on film
 nearly 40 years ago when I first caught the photo bug
 and was learning photography. I have always loved
birdwatching, so on one of my trips to the Everglades
 I brought a camera along to try capturing
 the interesting bird life there.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Moving Day

Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Within the Historic District, old delapitated buildings
 are saved for future renovation. This single house
 is being moved to make room for yet another new hotel,
 constructed to accommodate the increase in tourists visiting Charleston.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Missing Piece

East Battery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

The antebellum mansion in the center once featured
 a large portico. The giant columns tumbled to the ground
 during the destructive earthquake of 1886,
which took a great toll on the city.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Coke Ovens

Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction, Colorado  © Doug Hickok

The Coke Ovens are one of many ancient sandstone
 rock formations seen when driving Rim Rock Drive,
 which winds through Colorado National Monument.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Alleyway Lantern

Garden Lantern, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A gas lantern perches atop a garden wall
 along Philadelphia Alley in Charleston's French Quarter.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Desert Mood

Dunes, Arabian Desert, UAE  © Doug Hickok

A stark monochrome of land and sky
 emphasises the minimalistic beauty
 of the Arabian Desert.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Echoes of Sermons Past

Sheldon Church Ruins, Yemassee, SC  © Doug Hickok

Through the ruins of an archway,
the interior of Old Sheldon Church can be seen,
 including the dias where sermons were preached in the 1800's.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Saltmarsh Boardwalk

Boardwalk, Mt. Pleasant, SC  © Doug Hickok

The best way to traverse tidal marshes
 along the Lowcountry coast is to walk the planks...
planks of a boardwalk that is.

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Great Egret, Shem Creek Park, Mt. Pleasant, SC  © Doug Hickok

A Great Egret strikes a statuesque pose along the boardwalk
 at Shem Creek Park. This one is tame enough to allow
approach, probably in anticipation of a tasty morsal.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Rocky Mountain Vista

Overlook, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

The winding road that leads up into the Rocky Mountain's
 alpine ecosystem offers overlooks such as this one,
where melting ice reflects clouds moving across ridge tops.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Beyond the Gate

Garden Gate, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Spring blooms fill a garden
 behind this entry gate in the Historic District.

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