Thursday, September 21, 2017

City's Historic Heart

Gate and Saint Michael's Chucrch Steeple, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok




An ornate entry gate to Hibernian Hall frames a scene
 in the center of Charleston's Historic District,
 where an old gas lantern, and the city's oldest church
 provide a charming backdrop.


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Alpine Light

Blue Lake, San Juan Mountains, Colorado  © Doug Hickok 



Afternoon sun illuminates an alpine lake
 high in the Mt. Sneffels Wilderness of Colorado.


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Iron, Stone & Wood



Scroll Patterns, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



Take a stroll through Charleston's Historic District
 and pay attention to its details. You will be rewarded
with the beauty of the city's design, whether it appears in
 wrought iron, stone or wood.


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Local Refuge


Scenes from West Ashley Park, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



Our neighborhood park is an ideal place
 to get a soul full of some Lowcountry nature.



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Thursday, September 14, 2017

For History Buffs

Murray's Mill, Catawba, North Carolina  © Doug Hickok



Murray's Mill Historic District in Catawba, North Carolina
 features this century-old mill. Original one-ton grind stones
 and milling equipment can be seen inside.
There are also 
the John Murray House
and a 
nearby general store.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mysterious

Old Maple, near Fancy Gap, Virginia   © Doug Hickok



Fog envelopes old trees near
the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Campmeeting





Balls Creek Campground, Catawba, North Carolina  © Doug Hickok



At Bandy's Crossroads, North Carolina, there is a colorful
 community of "tents" which forms a National Historic Site known
 as Balls Creek Campground. Dating back to 1853, this Methodist
 meeting camp is one of the largest church camps in the Southeast.

 For two weeks every year in August, these "tents" are rented
to members attending the camp, which is quite a contrast from
 the original members who gathered here in covered wagons.



Friday, September 8, 2017

Shop Till You Drop

King Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



A row of 19th century commercial storefronts forms part of the King Street Shopping District in downtown Charleston.
 Attractions include antique shops, art galleries, restaurants,
 cafes, wine bars and hotels.



Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mystery Road

Rural Road, near Fancy Gap, Virginia   © Doug Hickok



Mountain mist shrouds a narrow road
 not far from the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.







Monday, September 4, 2017

Rim Rock Drive

Colorado River Valley, Grand Junction, Colorado   © Doug Hickok



Clouds tower above the Colorado River Valley
 as seen from Colorado National Mounument's
Rim Rock Drive.



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Line Performance

Atlanta, Georgia   © Doug Hickok



A convergence of lines puts on a show
 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Iron Ivy

Gate Detail, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok




Ivy wrought in iron climbs a garden gate
 in Charleston's Historic District.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Battery Landmark

Antebellum Mansion, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



This neo-classical mansion stands tall
 while facing morning light along Charleston's East Battery.



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Feeder Art

Bird Feeder, Asheville, North Carolina   © Doug Hickok



An ordinary bird feeder is transformed into a surrealistic
 work of art at the Botanical Gardens at 
Asheville
in North Carolina.



Saturday, August 26, 2017

Battery Sunrise

Sunrise, High Battery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



A new day begins on the promenade
 along Charleston's East Battery, a favorite spot for visitors
 and locals alike to watch a sunrise.



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Partial Eclipse

Partial Solar Eclipse, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



A crescent sun peeks through a patch of blue,
 to the delight of all who observed with patience.



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Day to Night

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



We witnessed a rare event in Charleston yesterday,
 a total solar eclipse. I did a photo shoot for Belmond
 with the purpose of photographing their iconic fountain and the total eclipse. Unfortunately, we had cloud cover all day,
which was heavy at times. But the sun was bright enough
 to shine through the veil of clouds as day turned into night.
It was amazing to experience!



Friday, August 18, 2017

Ornate Door

Wooden Door, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok



A fleur-de-lis adorns a wooden door in Charleston's
 historic district, one of many small attractions
 visitors can see while taking the time to stroll around town.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Shrines of Rome







Mary Shrines, Rome, Italy   © Doug Hickok



When walking around Rome's historic center
the stylistic variety of its many Mary Shrines
can be seen on many corners.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Battery Mirror

Reflection in a Rain Puddle, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



One of Charleston's East Battery mansions is mirrored
 in a rain puddle on a bright sunny Lowcountry morning.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Summer Hues

Red Hibiscus, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



Tropical blooms accentuate the colors
 near Charleston's Rainbow Row.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cloudland

West Ashely Park, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok



Coastal clouds over the Lowcountry are typical
 during our humid summer months.
But the last few weeks have been unusually wet and rainy.



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Impressionistic Sunrise

Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



Warm light shimmers on the surface of Charleston Harbor
 in this impressionistic rendering of a Lowcountry sunrise.



Friday, August 4, 2017

Park Bench

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



Benches along the boardwalk at Shem Creek
 are perfectly placed to watch a sunset
 over our Lowcountry tidelands.



Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Fine Twine

Blue Plumbago, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



This blue flowering vine twines and arches over
 the ornate ironwork at one of Charleston's famous historic inns,
 the John Rutledge House bed and breakfast.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tree Cemetery

Boneyard, Folly Beach, SC   © Doug Hickok


Bleached by the rigors of time and the elements,
 this old boneyard beach can be found at the
 Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve on Folly Beach.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Narrow Road in the Smokies

Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
© Doug Hickok




A narrow country road stretches across a pastoral
 mountain cove in the Southern Appalachians of East Tennessee.



Friday, July 28, 2017

Courtyard Shadows

Entry Courtyard, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



Morning light casts shadows of an entry gate
into a courtyard along East Bay Street.



Thursday, July 27, 2017

Old Man's Beard

Rural Road, near Savannah, Georgia  © Doug Hickok



A curve in the road takes travelers past oak trees
 covered in Spanish moss, which grows thickly
 in this part of the Old South.



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pyramids of the Prairie

Monument Rocks, Western Kansas   © Doug Hickok



Most people think of Kansas as flat farmland or prairieland.
But jutting out of the soil is the protected area
 called Monument Rocks, or Chalk Pyramids.
These ancient formations were once part
of a vast shallow sea that spaned across the continent.



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Odd Bird

Sunset, near Harrison, Ohio   © Doug Hickok



After an evening rain storm passed,
the sun set the sky ablaze with color.
This oddly shaped cloud "flew" above the tree line
like a strange meterological bird.







Friday, July 21, 2017

French Quarter Delight

Window Box, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



This lush window box in Charleston's French Quarter
 is delightful to see, year after year.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mirror, Mirror

Marshland, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



Calm wetland waters reflect oak trees
 at the edge of a marsh like a polished mirror.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Letterbox

Letterbox, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



Fig vines on a garden wall
  punctuate an ornate letter box
near the garden entrance.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ghost Mines

Old Silver Mine, Colorado   © Doug Hickok



The relic of an abandoned silver mine frames Red Mountain,
which gets its color from iron ore. The Red Mountain
Mining District of Colorado was once one of the richiest
 in American history, lasting about a decade in the late 1800's.



Friday, July 14, 2017

Summertime

White Crepe Myrtle, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



Summertime means crepe myrtle time...
all throughout the Lowcountry,
these colorful ornamentals
add their blooms to the landscape.




Thursday, July 13, 2017

Campus Beauty

Sago Palm, College of Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



A sago palm lends a tropical feel to the Sottile House garden
 at the College of Charleston. The college was
recently voted America's most beautiful campus
 by Travel + Leisure Magazine.



Thursday, June 29, 2017

Blue Plumbago

John Rutledge House, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok



Flowering blue plumbago follows the curve of entry steps
 to an historic Bed and Breakfast in Charleston.



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lush Window Box

Window Box, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok



A window box bursts with lush growth and a multitude of color
 at a mansion overlooking Meeting Street.



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