Friday, September 30, 2011

Down East

Rocky Cove, Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park, Maine  © Doug Hickok

Ancient granite rocks dominate the coastline of Acadia National Park, the result of volcanic activity hundreds of millions of years ago. Here at the secluded Schoodic Peninsula section, these outcrops are "painted" in stripes of
 colors by the rise and fall of tides. Within the inter-tidal zone marine life flourishes. Shown here are hardy barnacles and rock weed clinging to the edges of the rocks, a reminder of the persistence of life in nature despite the harsh year-round conditions.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Line, Shape and Pattern I

Piazza, Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Italy  © Doug Hickok

Although at first glance this may remind you of Las Vegas, it is actually not. A Gothic piazza along the side of the Palace of the Doge, in Venice, Italy, presents a nice example of line, shape and pattern, complements of the 14th century architect, Filippo Calendario. These 3 elements, along with light, color and texture (see September 22nd's post), are a photographer's best friend. Where ever you see them, there is potentially a wonderful photograph to be made, eh?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Creatures Among Us - Primary Scary

Lights on a Truck, Folly Beach, South Carolina  © Doug Hickok

A unibrow can be so very scary.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

She and Him

Riverfront Park, Old Navy Base, North Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

"I thought I saw your face today..."
Wait... we don't have faces! Hey, we don't have necks either!
Call back the portrait painter, we're not finished!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Shem Creek

Shrimp Boats, Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant, SC  © Doug Hickok

Order and chaos.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Profound Symmetry

Ornate Gate and Red Door, Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

"The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect."

-Paul Valery, French poet and philosopher.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Blue Mood

Rocky Jetty, Breech's Inlet, Sullivan's Island, SC  © Doug Hickok

This week has been dreary & rainy. The kind of weather that makes you want to stay home... in your pajamas... drinking mocha...

Not going to work, or even out to photograph. I know there are plenty of people in TX and OK who want this rain. I wish I could send it to them!
(I really do Cathy, Greg, Collin, Gretchen & Dan!)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Scarlett in Charleston?

Porter's Lodge, College of Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

The scene shown here is a view through Porter's Lodge toward Randolph Hall, on the campus of the College of Charleston, the oldest municipal college in the U.S. (est. 1770). The setting for an early part of the movie The Patriot was filmed at this location. Parts or entire movies have been filmed in Charleston over the years. Here is a short list... Cold MountainWhite SquallThe Prince of TidesThe NotebookThe Lords of DisciplineThe Legend of Bagger VanceThe Great SantiniThe Dangerous Lives of Alter BoysRich in LoveDie Hard with a Vengeance, and Dear John, as well as the TV mini series North and South, Love and War, and yes, you guessed it, no surprise here, Scarlett, the sequel to Gone with the Wind.

Hope this post puts you in the mood to watch a good movie this weekend.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Light, Color, Texture I

Sunrise Reflected in Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Sometimes focusing on the less obvious is preferable to focusing on the obvious. In this instance, I passed on making a cliche picture of the sun rising over Charleston Harbor. Instead I wanted to extract a more abstract version of the early morning, aiming my lens towards the gentle waves, and the way they reflected the warm glowing light.

The combination of light, color and texture is often a photographer's best friend. No matter what language we speak, this trio of image elements often speaks for itself... you might call it the Lingua Franca of photography.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Red VW and Restaurant Window, Folly Beach, SC  © Doug Hickok

A little red Volkswagen is reflected in a porthole window at Folly Beach.
Red is a fun color,
and a VW Beetle is a fun car.
Together they make... Fine Fahrvergnügen.

But Herbie The Love Bug is the most fun of all.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Statue of Mercury, Old Town, Krakow, Poland  © Doug Hickok

the mythological messenger of the Gods, is the epitome of swiftness. He was said to have run "on the wings of the wind". He is represented here in bronze wearing his iconic cap, winged petasus, which in itself is a symbol of speed. But as fast as Mercury was, he would have been no match for my favorite speedster, the fleet footed cartoon character Roadrunner... beep, beep!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Light... as a Feather

Pampas Grass, Patriot's Point, Mt. Pleasant, SC  © Doug Hickok

A cluster of pampas grass is highlighted by morning sun.
This tall ornamental grass from Argentina reminds me of ostrich feathers ready to be made into old fashioned ladies' hats.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Basilica of Saint Anthony, Padua, Italy  © Doug Hickok

Saint Anthony of Padua was a contemporary of Saint Francis of Assisi, and renown for his spiritual teachings. This church was built in 1232 to honor him after his death and canonization. Although he is the patron saint of lost things, both physical and spiritual, he is particularly sought after by the elderly for spiritual healing. Thousands visit here annually on pilgrimage.

The power of spiritual healing is quite strong. The capacity of the human body and mind to heal itself has been underrated in Western medicine, though it is gaining more recognition in recent times. Self-healing is at the core of many Eastern philosophies. My son practices a Hindu method of self-healing, focusing his energies on the chakras, the seven spiritual centers of the body.

Tapping into the body's ability to heal itself is an Eastern method that reaches back thousands of years. I have successfully undergone Chinese acupuncture to heal my injured back when conventional medical treatments failed. Acupuncture is said to help release 
chi, the body's self-healing energy.

Yet thousands of lives are saved by the accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment of lethal diseases by medical physicians, who practice a thorough scientific method established by the great ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, as was the case 
earlier this year with my wife.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

1/20 of a Second

Parking Lot Detail, Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, OH  © Doug Hickok

A moment in the life of a parking lot.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Pock Marked Wall from the Hungarian Revolution of 1956,
Castle Hill, Budapest, Hungary  © Doug Hickok

Modern civilization is built on revolution...
American, French, Bolshevik, Chinese, Iranian, Arab, Agricultural, Scientific, Industrial, Technological... just to name a few.
Where would we be today without mankind's will to revolt against oppression, 

or conventional wisdom?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Throwback Thursday - Taking Chances

Window and Stop Sign, Old Barn, near Chillicothe, Ohio  © Doug Hickok

Sometimes in life you have to take chances. You have to ignore caution, overcome fears, break out of your self-imposed comfort zone.
Sometimes you have to put away your "stop sign",
and charge full speed ahead.

(This "CHARGE!!!" is for you, Adam.)

Photo Note: This image was made on Kodachrome 64 slide film about 25 years ago, during what seems now the ancient times of photographic technology.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Rocky Shore and Clouds at Dusk, Seawall, Acadia National Park, SC  © Doug Hickok

Grace of Simplicity

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Three from the Old Town of Krakow

Corner, Near Florian Gate, Old Town, Krakow, Poland  © Doug Hickok

Old Door, Near St. Mary's Basilica, Old Town, Krakow, Poland  © Doug Hickok

Stone Face, Courtyard of Collegium Maius (where Copernicus studied in the 1490's),
Old Town, Krakow, Poland  © Doug Hickok

Monday, September 12, 2011

Misty Monday - Business

Diamond Tower, Ravenel Bridge, Mount Pleasant, SC  © Doug Hickok

Town of Mount Pleasant Business Plan

The upscale Town of Mount Pleasant, across the harbor from Charleston,
used one of my stock images
 recently for the cover of their Business Plan booklet.
The goal is to attract more corporate business to their city,
and therefore more revenue for the local economy.

Speaking of business, because Becky and I were out of town so much during the summer, I am several weeks behind in photography work. Plus, the busy fall shooting season is under way.

To all my blogger friends, I apologize for not being able to visit you as regularly as I would like. Please know 
I have not forgotten about you! I will catch-up with everyone as soon as I can. Thank you very much for all your comments. 
I appreciate the time you take to stop by. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A 9/11 Remembrance

Saint Michael's Church and Federal Building, Broad Street,Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

In memory of the innocent and the brave who lost their lives 10 years ago today.

The world as we knew it changed forever.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

New Beginnings

West Prong, Little Pigeon River,
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee  © Doug Hickok

Most of this soggy summer has been a rush of family events. We have made three road trips to Ohio in the last 60 days. Once for the Schulte family reunion.. a jaunt into the past and getting in touch with the present. Next for our niece's wedding... a wonderful new beginning for Sarah and Mike. Last weekend we made our third road trip. This time we helped move our son in with his cousin... another new beginning, especially when he experiences his first midwestern winter! 

Since our daughter moved out of the house last year (and is now applying to grad schools),
 we are officially "empty nesters". We are experiencing a flood of mixed emotions. It is exciting to watch our talented children growing into adulthood, flourishing as amazing individuals. As for us, we are traveling on a new tributary, enjoying a strangely quiet home, filled with distant echos of tiny babbling voices and bubbling laughter.

As we returned to South Carolina, we drove through the deluge of Tropical Storm Lee. We stopped briefly in the Great Smoky Mountains where streams and rivulets 
buoyantly cascaded... each drop of water on its newest journey... like the new beginnings of each member of our family.

Friday, September 9, 2011


Sycamore Trees, Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

The day Irene passed by Charleston, my plan was to photograph a scene of inclement weather. Fortunately, for the lowcountry, there was less of that than expected (though Mother Nature continues to aim hurricanes our way). Instead, I improvised and switched my focus to these rows of sycamores in early autumn color.

Sycamores are the first to alert us that "danger" is on the way.

They begin to turn yellow at the first signs of drought and are the first to change color when the temperatures begin to drop.

Like sentinels on the first line of defense, these trees stand in a column with their camouflage trunks, alerting us to what lies ahead.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Relic of the Depression Era

Old Ford, Danny's Classic Cars, Elko, South Carolina  © Doug Hickok

Miss Daisy's Sunday driving car or
Bonnie and Clyde's getaway?

Imagine what modern autos will look like in 80 years.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Green Light

Green Light Bulb Cage, Loan Shop, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A light complement to the red.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


SCAD Building, Savannah, Georgia  © Doug Hickok

This is one of the colorful buildings of the Savannah College of Art and Design. The university offers fine art degrees in 11 majors. Fields of study include historic preservation, sequential art, furniture design, menswear, printmaking, game development, museum studies, and film & television, to name just a few. The school has branches in Hong Kong and Lacoste, France.

My daughter studied here her first year of college.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Mysterious Monday - Folly Beach Walker

Reflections of a Hotel on Wet Sand, Folly Beach, SC  © Doug Hickok
Beach Walker, Folly Beach, SC  © Doug Hickok

Reflections of a Hotel on Wet Sand, Folly Beach, SC  © Doug Hickok

Where did the man go?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Saint Philip's Sunday - Entry Gate

Entry Gate, Saint Philip's Church, French Quarter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

This weathered iron gate adorns the entry to one of Charleston's most beautiful historic churches.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Impression of a Sunrise VI

Sunrise Waters, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

The warm colors of sunrise reflect in the calm waters of Charleston Harbor in this short time exposure.

Friday, September 2, 2011


Faceless Figures, Green Acres Canoe and Kayak, Harrison, OH  © Doug Hickok

I post this unusual image today because I have not done a Favorite Photographer Friday post in a long time. This kind of picture reminds me of the old master photographer of humor, strangeness and odd juxtapositions, Elliott Erwitt. In case you need a smile (or a cringe) today, below are two links to some of his better known photographs,
 here and here.

Hope you have a fun weekend.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Farewell to Summer

Green Acres Canoe and Kayak, near Whitewater River, Harrison, Ohio  © Doug Hickok

As August ends and September begins, we start saying our farewells to Summer. In the U.S. this is especially so after Labor Day weekend. We say farewell to family vacations, long weekend getaways, and lingering evenings of ease & relaxation. Farewell to sun & fun, and cooling off in the refreshing waters of rivers, lakes and seas. Farewell to you, lazy, idyllic Summer.

Though perhaps I glorify you too much. Mostly, you have been too hot, too dry and too stormy. Call me fickle, but I'm ready for a taste of sweet Autumn.

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