Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Partial Eclipse

Partial Solar Eclipse, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A crescent sun peeks through a patch of blue,
 to the delight of all who observed with patience.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Day to Night

Horse Fountain, Belmond Charleston Place, Charleston, SC
© Doug Hickok

We witnessed a rare event in Charleston yesterday,
 a total solar eclipse. I did a photo shoot for Belmond
 with the purpose of photographing their iconic fountain and the total eclipse. Unfortunately, we had cloud cover all day,
which was heavy at times. But the sun was bright enough
 to shine through the veil of clouds as day turned into night.
It was amazing to experience!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ornate Door

Wooden Door, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

A fleur-de-lis adorns a wooden door in Charleston's
 historic district, one of many small attractions
 visitors can see while taking the time to stroll around town.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Shrines of Rome

Mary Shrines, Rome, Italy   © Doug Hickok

When walking around Rome's historic center
the stylistic variety of its many Mary Shrines
can be seen on many corners.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Battery Mirror

Reflection in a Rain Puddle, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

One of Charleston's East Battery mansions is mirrored
 in a rain puddle on a bright sunny Lowcountry morning.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Summer Hues

Red Hibiscus, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Tropical blooms accentuate the colors
 near Charleston's Rainbow Row.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


West Ashely Park, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

Coastal clouds over the Lowcountry are typical
 during our humid summer months.
But the last few weeks have been unusually wet and rainy.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Impressionistic Sunrise

Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Warm light shimmers on the surface of Charleston Harbor
 in this impressionistic rendering of a Lowcountry sunrise.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Park Bench

Shem Creek Park, Mt. Pleasant, SC  © Doug Hickok

Benches along the boardwalk at Shem Creek
 are perfectly placed to watch a sunset
 over our Lowcountry tidelands.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Fine Twine

Blue Plumbago, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

This blue flowering vine twines and arches over
 the ornate ironwork at one of Charleston's famous historic inns,
 the John Rutledge House bed and breakfast.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tree Cemetery

Boneyard, Folly Beach, SC   © Doug Hickok

Bleached by the rigors of time and the elements,
 this old boneyard beach can be found at the
 Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve on Folly Beach.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Narrow Road in the Smokies

Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
© Doug Hickok

A narrow country road stretches across a pastoral
 mountain cove in the Southern Appalachians of East Tennessee.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Courtyard Shadows

Entry Courtyard, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Morning light casts shadows of an entry gate
into a courtyard along East Bay Street.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Old Man's Beard

Rural Road, near Savannah, Georgia  © Doug Hickok

A curve in the road takes travelers past oak trees
 covered in Spanish moss, which grows thickly
 in this part of the Old South.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pyramids of the Prairie

Monument Rocks, Western Kansas   © Doug Hickok

Most people think of Kansas as flat farmland or prairieland.
But jutting out of the soil is the protected area
 called Monument Rocks, or Chalk Pyramids.
These ancient formations were once part
of a vast shallow sea that spaned across the continent.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Odd Bird

Sunset, near Harrison, Ohio   © Doug Hickok

After an evening rain storm passed,
the sun set the sky ablaze with color.
This oddly shaped cloud "flew" above the tree line
like a strange meterological bird.

Friday, July 21, 2017

French Quarter Delight

Window Box, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

This lush window box in Charleston's French Quarter
 is delightful to see, year after year.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mirror, Mirror

Marshland, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Calm wetland waters reflect oak trees
 at the edge of a marsh like a polished mirror.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Letterbox, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Fig vines on a garden wall
  punctuate an ornate letter box
near the garden entrance.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ghost Mines

Old Silver Mine, Colorado   © Doug Hickok

The relic of an abandoned silver mine frames Red Mountain,
which gets its color from iron ore. The Red Mountain
Mining District of Colorado was once one of the richiest
 in American history, lasting about a decade in the late 1800's.

Friday, July 14, 2017


White Crepe Myrtle, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Summertime means crepe myrtle time...
all throughout the Lowcountry,
these colorful ornamentals
add their blooms to the landscape.

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