Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Finials

Tourists on Legare Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Finals in the shape of stylized pineapples decorate this 19th century mansion on Legare Street. Pineapples are symbolic of hospitality, a tradition that dates back to the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean. Eventually the tradition spread to Europe and then to colonial America, where pineapples became a common architectural motif, from door knockers to finials to fountains. 

As one of the images featured in the Spoleto Festival USA ticket brochure, this picture gives a sense of Charleston's historic setting and the old world feel that the city can sometimes convey. 

I've listed a few photography links to click on if you have some extra time this weekend.

Here is a collection of stunning images by the renown photographer Peter Turnley.

A police officer with camera makes poignant images.

Finally, consider how different everything looks in the light of night.

Have a good weekend.

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