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Charleston, SC

Sep 082015
 

I wonder who lived here.  I’m always wondering about the subjects I find myself shooting.  There’s such an abundance of remnants of things that were once used in a very different way than they are now.  I suppose it can simply be idle chatter of the mind; wistful fantasies played out amidst present day realities.  But, I like my fantasies.  There aren’t many who would venture building a house like this these days.  No vineyards.  No crops of any kind near any more.  This sits in the middle of Magnolia Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina.  I wonder what they planted.  I wonder who lived here.

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Jan 132015
 

Being a fairly flat city, Charleston is easy to get around in.  But, there are plenty of alternative modes of transportation available for hire.  Horse drawn buggies are popular, but these modern rickshaws take the prize for ease and speed.  For romance, take the horses.  For practical transportation, take the rickshaw.

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Jul 032014
 

These two church steeples in Charleston, South Carolina are just a short walk from downtown.  Filled with different flavors of churches, Charleston is an easy town to walk around in; even if you’re not into architecture or churches.  Personally, I’m almost always drawn to the architecture.  Especially the older ones.  In a city, I could ramble aimlessly and be quite content to run into a few old churches.  They always present something grand, something that usually isn’t attempted in todays world.  Here, I was walking across a park when I spied the two steeples, sticking out of the trees.  Perfect.  I stopped, plopped down my tripod and fired away.

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Apr 122014
 

It’s spring and love is in the air.  Those interested in coupling come out of their winter hiding, lock eyes, and the pheromones take over.  I guess it doesn’t matter what specie you are, human with our own version of shell or reptile with theirs.

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Feb 132014
 

I love a good swamp.  Maybe because I didn’t grow up with them.  I just love the growth in them; creepy, slimy, often stagnant, algae invested still water.  And the trees, so often covered with Spanish moss, crawling and extending its life down, down, down, seemingly reaching out toward the water.  Magnolia Plantation here, is quite close to Charleston, South Carolina and a fun place to hike around and explore, if you like a good swamp.

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Aug 192013
 

This is the highest pulpit I’ve ever seen.  I don’t remember what denomination of church it is, but obviously one I’m not personally familiar with.  Is it so that the minister can hear the word of God more clearly?  Maybe he can hear something said more softly that others can’t hear.  Maybe it just helps to keep the flock in line.  They’ll know more clearly who’s boss and who it is who’s really connected to the “man above”.  For me, I just like structure and architecture.  Maybe it throws the image off balance a bit, but I think He’ll understand.

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May 032013
 

Even though I don’t really like to, I got up before dawn, left my 2 sisters asleep, and went out to wander around in the charm of Charleston.  Naturally, I gravitated toward the water and the east where I knew the sun would eventually rise.  I made it down to Waterfront park along the Cooper River when it was getting pretty light as the pink rays of the rising sun seemed to be trying to turn off the still lit street lights.  When I’m wandering and exploring I really don’t mind getting up before dawn at all.

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Jan 122013
 

One of the features I like best about the South are the swamps; wet, moist, mossy, thick, green, sometimes a bit eerie.  It’s probably due to the fact that they’re not found in the west and thus they’re different, unique.  Whatever the reason, the ones we went to in South Carolina and Georgia were great; perfect for walking and finding photo ops.  This one is at Magnolia Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina.

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Nov 242012
 

Who are the daughters of confederacy?  And should it be capitalized?  Whoever they are, they maintain a prominant place in the heart of Charleston.  For me, it’s just a cool looking building in a great city to walk around in.

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May 272012
 

I woke early this morning as I heard some loud commotion on the water.  It’s 1812 and British ships were attempting to find there way up the Ashly River in Charleston, SC.  I could tell the troops were determined not to let that happen, sending round after round of cannon fire toward the defenseless schooners.  It didn’t take long for the British to turn around, realizing their mistake.  Hmmm… I wonder what really happened.

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