“The Holy City”

 (Kathryn Wagner)

“Charleston is known as The Holy City due to the prominence of churches on the low-rise cityscape, particularly the numerous steeples which dot the city’s skyline…”

As a travel photographer part of my job is to get to the heart of a place and show viewers what it is like to eat, sleep and visit in a location. Religious centers often provide a direct link into these aspects of life and also aids in gauging the history of a place. The stunning St. Phillips steeple pictured above is a landmark within Historic Charleston, and it’s steeple bells are a fixture of the downtown soundscape. Part of the original walled city, “St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, a National Historic Landmark, houses the oldest congregation in South Carolina and was the first Anglican church established south of Virginia.” Charleston’s churches are a wonderful touchstone into the vast history of the city and a valuable link to it’s present and future . Read More

Colonial Lake

 (Kathryn Wagner)

Colonial lake is a wonderful part of Charleston’s city park system. A favorite of runners and fishermen alike, the area has long been a fixture in the Holy City:

“For many years the lake was known as the Rutledge Street Pond. It acquired the name, Colonial Lake, in 1881, in honor of the “Colonial Commons” established in 1768. Some residents still call it “The Pond.”The park around the lake was developed in 1882-87. Fountains were placed in the lake in 1973, not for decorative purposes, but to aerate the water and prevent fish kills on hot summer days.”Gala Week” used to be held in the fall of the year, with a fireworks display on the west side of the Pond, which was then an undeveloped area. Spectators filled to park and crowded onto boats in the lake.” – Charleston County Public Library site Read More

Image of the week: Sailing the Charleston Harbor

 (Kathryn Wagner)

Charleston Harbor has a long and storied history playing a key role in the start of the Civil War. The first shots of the Civil War were fired at a Federal ship entering Charleston Harbor. Home to the now recovered Confederate submarine the H.L Hunley as well as many other shipwrecks, much is concealed beneath the surface of this body of water. Today the harbor acts as a major passenger cruise and shipping port. Part of the Intercoastal Waterway, the Charleston Harbor is a gateway to the Atlantic Ocean.