Home Sweet Garden Home in the City of Charleston

 

 (Kathryn Wagner)A cottage overlooks a grassy courtyard in the heart of the Downtown Charleston Peninsula.

Every city has it’s strengths and gardening is definitely one of Charleston’s. The Lowcountry weather is conducive to cultivation year round and winter provides enough moisture to enliven a lawn to a lush shade of green. It is impressive how much of the city is given over to nature lending one to feel as though they are towing the line between old world and new. Options for natural surroundings in the “Holy City”range from parks that have great water features to viewing a garden from a sailboat. As you the walk lush streets south of Calhoun or meander through historic Hampton Park it is easy to have a reverence for those that vigorously work to preserve the streetscapes which have seen hundreds of years of history.

 

Knock, Knock – Charleston’s ornate front doors

 (Kathryn Wagner)

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 are pervasive throughout history in every culture. The doors of the Cizre-Great Mosque in Anatolia, Turkey, built in 1160, hold two dragon bronze knockers. Ancient Italians hung Medusa heads. English doors sported snarling lions.” -Ehow.

Island home: Steele Point, Tortola British Virgin Islands

 (Kathryn Wagner)

This beautiful rental villa on Steele Point takes advantage of the location and the fact that Tortola has incredible views of the water and great boat access. As a photographer I really enjoy making images of island homes, I feel that collaborating with the builder and the client is a rewarding experience.