• Lowndes Grove: Then and Now….

    “John Gibbes built a house and garden with greenhouses on The Grove before the Revolutionary War.[2] The house was probably located near Indian Hill on the Citadel campus. It was likely burned by British troops in 1779,[7] but the gardens remained. Around 1786, heirs of the Gibbes family divided the land into smaller tracts, and three of the […]

    Lowndes Grove: Then and Now….
  • The swamps of the Francis Beidler Forest

    “The Francis Beidler Forest is an Audubon wildlife sanctuary in Four Holes Swamp, a blackwater creek system in South Carolina. It consists of over 16,000 acres (65 km²) of mainly bald cypress/tupelo gum swamp with approximately 1,800 acres (7 km2) of old-growth forest. It has an environmental education center and a 1.75-mile (2.82 km) boardwalk trail through the old-growth portion of the swamp. A free iPhone/iPod Touch […]

  • Charleston’s Gateway Walk: the Unitarian Churchyard

    A brick path winds between beds of wildflowers in Charleston’s Unitarian Universalist Churchyard, a part of the historic Gateway Walk. As a professional travel photographer discovering hidden gems such as the Garden Club of Charleston’s Gateway Walk are a favorite part of the job. This peaceful, gorgeous meander takes one through several churchyards, and several […]

  • Pirates in the park?

    “In the course of five weeks, [in the Autumn of 1718] forty-nine pirates had swung from the gallows at White Point. Within a couple months, pirate Richard Worley and nineteen of his men met the same fate. While the leaves of White Point Gardens’ oaks calmly sway in the ocean breeze, their roots are feeding […]

  • Knock, Knock – Charleston’s ornate front doors

    A historic home in Charleston, South Carolina displays an ornate door knocker on it’s front door. These functional ornaments are an interesting addition to the historic district streetscape. “During the superstitious Middle Ages, door knockers took on gruesome faces, such as gargoyles, dogs and lions, to ward off evil spirits from entering the home.””Door knockers […]

  • Homes of the Charleston Battery

    Palmetto trees flank two antebellum homes on a sunny fall day near Battery Park in Charleston South Carolina.

  • Rambling along Virginia’s Route 6

    The sun filters through an overgrown field along Virginia’s Route 6. If there ever were a highway that held a special place in my visual heart it would be Virginia’s Route 6. Stretching along the James River from the Blue Ridge to Richmond, it was the scenic route most often taken to and fro, from […]

  • Dusk on the Ashley River

    Dusk provides a vivid palette of colors over the scenic Ashley River, named for Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury. “The Ashley River is perhaps unparalleled in its unique combination of historical significance and natural resource value as a relatively undisturbed tidal ecosystem. The Ashley River area contains 26 separate sites listed in the National Register […]

  • Sunset over the Ravenel bridge

    The sun sets over the Cooper river and the Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge in Charleston, South Carolina. “The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, also known as the New Cooper River Bridge, is a cable-stayed bridge over theCooper River in South Carolina, connecting downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. The eight lane bridge satisfied the capacity of U.S. Route 17 when it opened in 2005 […]

  • In full swing

    A lowcountry backyard sports a tire swing and prime view of the Ashley River in the Wagener Terrace neighborhood of Charleston, South Carolina.