Monday, April 30, 2012

Mother Nature...

The Needles, Cannon Beach, Oregon  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Velvia slide film)

Without the use of apps
She packs
Sea stacks
Down by the sea shore.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

River City

Mural Triptych, Union Terminal, Cincinnati, Ohio  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on images for larger view)

Union Terminal is a classic art deco train station featuring large colorful murals in the rotunda. The mosaic murals depict the history of Cincinnati particularly as it relates to the importance of the city's ties to the Ohio River, and the development of its commerce and industry.

Cincinnati has a strong German influence, going back to the beginning of its settlement, so it is not surprising that the murals were created by a German-American artist, Winold Reiss. The main mural, seen in part here, and other murals in the station took him two years to complete, the project being finalized in 1933.

I wanted to try something different with today's post so I cropped a single vertical photograph into three images, each capable of standing alone as an individual composition.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bad Car Day

Old Truck, Danny's Classic Cars, Elko, South Carolina  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view)

Have you ever had one of those days
 when you are driving along the highway
in your shiny new sports car,
 and for no apparent reason
you have a strange urge
 to swerve off the road into an abandoned field,
where your car suddenly ages 80 years
into a rusty old jalopy with a flat tire?

Hey, me too!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Wonsqueak Weekends

Lobster Shack, Wonsqueak Harbor, Schoodic Peninsula, Maine
  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved

For hardy Maine lobstermen,
the favorite indoor thing to do,
on dark and dreary weekends,
is to bake chocolate chip cookies,
and sip sleepytime tea...
 at least that's what I heard.

After you bake your own cookies this weekend,
take a moment to check out this superstar of street photography.
this fun collection of classic road trip pics.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Stairwell, Parking Garage, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved

Oops... bumble, stumble, tumble,
Down the stairs I go,
Head over heels.
Hello 3rd floor.
Hello 2nd floor.
Hello Ground floor.

Head spinning...
Stars swirling...
Seeing my world
Purple and bruised.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Less is More

Outdoor Art Installation, Waterfront Park, North Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Unless you prefer more...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Leap of Faith?

Shop Window Reflection, King Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved

Have you ever made a life changing decision based not on reason or logic, but on intuition or gut feeling... one where you threw caution to the wind, disregarded all your fears and reservations, and leapt into the unknown?

Was one of those life altering events ever one where you imagined yourself transparent and leaping into the side of a building while sporting fasionable swim wear?

Hey, me too!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Mysterious Monday - Seance

Dusk, Antebellum Mansion, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved

A few years ago, I attended a seance with the purpose of trying to contact a long deceased relative of mine... my great, great, great, great uncle Wild Bill Hickok. Many legends surrounded this supposed lawman of the Wild West, including the wrestling of bears. So I wanted to ask him if it was really true he wrestled grizzly bears.

While calling upon his spirit, the seance table began to lift off the ground and slowly turn. The lights in the room dimmed, and mist began swirling around me. When I heard strange thumping sounds, my eyes grew wide with astonishment 

and my hair stood on end.

Suddenly the spirit of Wild Bill manifested itself. In a bone chilling voice, he neither confirmed nor denied the bear wrestling stories. He did however advise me against playing poker, especially sitting at a table with my back facing the door... especially in a saloon... and especially while holding a hand of aces and eights, 

the dreaded dead man's hand.

Since that night, I gave up saloons, hard liquor and gambling. Now I only drink sarsaparilla and play an occasional game of tiddlywinks. But I decided to continue the family tradition of wrestling grizzly bears, which by the way, is much more dangerous than I thought it would be.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Red Azaleas

Red Azaleas, South Battery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Velvia slide film)

The cover shot for this year's Festival of Houses and Gardens was made at White Point Gardens on a sunny Spring morning. The light was just right... the flowers and mansion were in shade (soft light), while the live oak branches were illuminated (backlight) by the early morning sun.

The tours began the third week of March and ended this weekend. We had a very early Spring this year (as did many parts of the US), so the usual time of full blooming was several weeks ahead of schedule.

Historic Charleston Foundation
 Ticket Brochure

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spring Evenings

Garden Gate, Two Meeting Street Inn, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved

One charming aspect of Charleston is evenings in Spring. They are an ideal time to stroll the historic district and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of sweet smelling gardens.

Tomorrow I will conclude my series of Springtime in Charleston with this year's cover shot for the Historic Charleston Foundation's Festival of Houses and Gardens.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Rustic Relief

Rustic Bench, Nathaniel Russell House Garden, Charleston, SC
(Click on image for larger view)

This old iron bench may look uncomfortable to sit in, but after walking around the historic district on a warm Spring day,
you would be amazed at the relief it offers... Ahhhhh!

And now, for your weekend enjoyment,
 take a quick look at these photography links...

See an eclectic collection of images from here and there.

These photographs look like Chinese ink wash paintings.

Finally, Noel has a highly unusual approach to landscape photography.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Long Limbed Oak

Live Oak, White Point Gardens, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok
(Click on image for larger view)

White Point Gardens is home to rows of long limbed live oaks and blooming azaleas. It also frames picturesque antebellum mansions which overlook the peaceful greenspace. The gardens are one of the best spots in town to enjoy a sunny Spring afternoon.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

China Rose

Yellow Lady Banksia Rose, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Spilling between balusters and over a garden wall, 
a Lady Banksia Rose graces this view of an antebellum mansion in historic Charleston. Considered a favorite of Southern gardens, especially the yellow variety, the ornamental vine is actually native to China. The rose was named after the wife of the English botanist
 Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820).

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Colors of the Rainbow

Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok
(Click on image for larger view)

Rainbow Row in Spring is an iconic setting in Charleston. 

Many of these row houses date to the 1700s and have witnessed many ups and downs in the city's fascinating history...
 from bustling colonial port to
 the devastation of the Civil War to
 a present day world class tourist destination.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Explore Charleston

Red Crabapple Tree, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Vertical, horizontal & radial repetition of lines...
Complementary colors...

This shot of Charleston in the spring has much to keep your eyes exploring!

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Wisteria and First Scots Church, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

The nascent blossoms of a wisteria vine dangle in front of First Scots Church, one of numerous historic places of worship in Charleston.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Lights Out

Light Switch, Doug's House, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok
(Click on image for larger view.)

After six weeks of exploring the hues of the spectrum, we are ready to turn the lights out on this colorful series and move on. Starting tomorrow I will spend a week showing you Springtime in Charleston.

Friday, April 13, 2012


Saint Philip's Church at Sunset, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok
(Click on image for larger view)

The setting sun appears to be cradled by the Charleston skyline as it dips below the horizon.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Boneyard Beach at Sunrise, Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve,
 Edisto Island, SC  © Doug Hickok
(Velvia slide film)

Sunrise silhouettes submerged trees, remnants of an ancient coastal forest, at Botany Bay's boneyard beach.

I am proud to announce that this weblog has recently been accepted as a
 Cool Photoblog. Yippee! 

Here is my profile page. 
I would like to thank everyone who voted me in!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cascading Color

Wisteria and Lantern, Edmondston-Alston House, East Battery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok
(Velvia slide film.)

A waterfall of wisteria adorns a Spring day in Charleston.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Detail of a Craft Booth, Folly Beach, SC  © Doug Hickok
(Click on image for larger view.)

Even in the early morning, when the craft booths are empty,
there is evidence of the crafty.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Invitation at Twilight

Carriage Courtyard, Battery Carriage House Inn, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok
(Click on image for larger view.)

The way the owners have landscaped and lighted the entry to their inn sure makes it look inviting, especially in the romantic, 
evening atmosphere.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Colors

Entry Garden, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Happy Easter from Charleston!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Blue Moods

Egyptian Door Knocker and Blue Door, Rome, Italy  © Doug Hickok
(Velvia slide film)

Today is the last bluesy post of the series. After two weeks of feeling the blues, I am moving on to the final hue in the color spectrum, violet. In the mean time, say hello to the Egyptian keeper of the gate...
Do you know the pass word?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Blue Shadows

Palm Frond Shadows, Freshfields, John's Island, SC  © Doug Hickok
(Click on image for larger view.)

On a bright sunny day, these indigo fingers of palm shadows reflect the blue sky onto pavement made of seashells.

For your weekend entertainment I have selected a few photography links for you to enjoy...

See a collection of fantastic street photography by a man in New York studying for his Ph.D in psychology.

Check-out this ironic take on some of the most famous photographers of our time.

Lastly, what do people do when they are bored? They invent wacky sports.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Room for Copy

Blue Shutter and Shadow, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Often times, a good stock image allows plenty of room for copywriting. For example, in this photo I left enough space in the upper right third of the frame for whatever a copywriter might want to say about Charleston and its unique charms.

But, I would probably write something silly and random,
 in the mode of a Shakespearian quote, such as...
"There is either liquor in his pate
or money in his purse when he looks so merrily."

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Indigo Bench

Detail of a Blue Wood Bench, Folly Beach, SC  © Doug Hickok

Sometimes when I look at something for a long time, I begin to imagine things. When I look at the patterns in this weathered bench, I see towels hanging on a towel rack, a clown, an astronaut floating in space, and the UCLA marching band.
What do you see?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Inn at Night

Rounded Windows, Two Meeting Street Inn, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Staying in one of Charleston's old inns is a wonderful way to lodge in the historic district. Two Meeting Street Inn is one of the most sought after Bed and Breakfasts in town. Located in a prime spot overlooking White Point Gardens on the High Battery, it offers all the charm and romance one would expect to find in our enchanting city. Anyone in the mood for some tea and pastries... or a cocktail while reposing on the porch?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Curving Stairway

Curving Stairway, City Hall, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

This inviting stairway leads up to the entry of Charleston's City Hall. In 1801 the architect Gabriel Manigault introduced the Adamesque style to the city with this handsomely designed building on the corner of Meeting and Broad.

The inauguration of the Spoleto Festival USA is held in front of these steps each year in late May.

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