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.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Castle of the Popes

Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome, Italy   © Doug Hickok

This ancient Roman mausoleum built in the 2nd century
 was eventually converted into a fortress for the Popes
 duting the 14th century, and for the longest time
 was Rome's tallest building.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Rainbow Row

Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Row houses along East Bay Street display
 some of the approved paint colors
 used in Charleston's Historic District.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Winter Trees

Trees in the Snow, Harrison, Ohio  © Doug Hickok

A row of winter trees are etched
in fresh snowfall near Harrison, Ohio.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Soaring Cliffs

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona  © Doug Hickok

Desert cliffs overlook the vast geologic layering
 of Earth's deepest canyon.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Glowing Lion

Door Knocker, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

Seen through an entry gate, a golden door knocker
 glows in the afternoon light in Charleston's Historic District.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ancient Basilica

Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Rome, Italy   © Doug Hickok

This 4th century basilica sits atop the Caelian Hill in Rome,
 overlooking the Roman Forum and Colosseum.
  It was built over a complex of Roman era rooms decorated
 with well preserved frescos that can still be seen today.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Echoes of the Ancients

Gate Ring, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

An entry gate to a garden courtyard features a golden ring
that echoes the classical era of Greeks or Romans.

Friday, January 20, 2017

College Icon

Randolph Hall, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

The iconic portico of historic Randolph Hall
 is the College of Charleston's longtime symbol.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Gate Motif

East Battery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A decorative motif adds interest to an old entry gate
 belonging to an antebellum mansion on the Battery.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Misty Light

Morning Light, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Crepuscular rays shine light on misty ridges
 in the wild western section of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Scroll Pattern

Gate Detail, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

A pattern of repeating scrolls decorates
 a heart shaped gate in Charleston.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Mist of Winter

Saint Michael's Church, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A winter morning along Charleston's Braod Street
 envelopes Saint Michael's steeple in a veil of mist.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Summer Hues

East Bay Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

In the heart of summertime, Rainbow Row
 is alive with vibrant hues for all eyes to see.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Vintage Charleston

East Battery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Piazzas, wrought iron balconies, pastel colors,
fresh blooms, and Palmetto trees adorn Charleston's
High Battery in the summertime.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Battery Walk

East Battery, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A stone paved sidewalk runs past antebellum mansions
 along Charleston's East Battery, catching
 the morning light on a summer morning.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Stonework, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

Ornately carved stonework decorates the inside of a mausoleum
 in Charleston's historic Magnolia Cemetery.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Summer Light

Tradd Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Sunlight on a summer morning
 paints row houses along Tradd Street
 in one of the older sections of the historic district.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Medieval Monastery

Columns, Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Rome, Italy
© Doug Hickok

Twisting columns decorated with mosaics comprise
 the 13th century monastic cloister of a
Roman Catholic basilica outside of Rome, Italy.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Port City

Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Charleston's port is one of the busiest on the East Coast.
Here the Ravenel Bridge provides a backdrop
for a container ship and a cruise ship in Charleston Harbor.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

French Quarter Tour

Saint Philip's Churchyard, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A wrought iron gate provides an ornate contrast
 to a sauntering carriage in Charleston's French Quarter.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Enduring Stone

Colosseum, Rome, Italy  © Doug Hickok

The Colosseum still stands in the Roman Forum
 after enduring nearly 2000 years of history.
I wonder what architectural wonders of today
 will last into the distant future.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Vintage Charleston

Vintage Artwork, Blossoms Restaurant, Charleston, SC  
© Doug Hickok

At a restaurant near Charleston's waterfront,
a vintage photo from the 19th century
 shows bails of cotton ready to ship at the port.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hope for a Better Year

Avenue of Oaks, Boone Hall Plantation, Mt. Pleasant, SC  © Doug Hickok

Entering a New Year is like taking a road
 not traveled before. Let's hope the unforeseen path
that lies ahead is full of joy and adventure.

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