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.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Campus Beauty

Sago Palm, College of Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A sago palm lends a tropical feel to the Sottile House garden
 at the College of Charleston. The college was
recently voted America's most beautiful campus
 by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Blue Plumbago

John Rutledge House, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Flowering blue plumbago follows the curve of entry steps
 to an historic Bed and Breakfast in Charleston.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lush Window Box

Window Box, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

A window box bursts with lush growth and a multitude of color
 at a mansion overlooking Meeting Street.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Crescent Domes

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE   © Doug Hickok

Mid day sunlight forms crescent shapes
 atop the domes of Abu Dhabi's Grand Mosque.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Misty Ridges

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina  
© Doug Hickok

Clouds move across misty ridges
 in the heavily forested mountains
 of the Southern Appalachians.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Iron and Wood

Door Grille, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A wrought iron grille fits in the recess of a wooden door,
 making an interesting contrast of organic and inorganic materials.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pink and Blue

Hydranges, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok 

Hydrangeas frame an entry to a house
 in the Ansonbourgh area of downtown Charleston.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Window Grille

Garden Door, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

At the end of a brick walkway,
a door's wrought iron window grille
 is backlit by morning light.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Verdant Walls

Alleyway Path, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

Vines, ubiqutious throughout Charleston,
cover garden walls and building facades
with patinas of lush greens.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Sunset, Savannah, Georgia   © Doug Hickok

A towering cloud catches the warm light of sunset
 over a palmetto tree near Savannah, Georgia.
In a matter of minutes both the cloud and the sunlight
 dissipated into the night.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Saint Michael's Alley

Saint Michael's Alley, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

A sunny morning illuminates a South of Broad
in one of Charleston's oldest neighborhoods.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Balancing Finials

Finials, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Two large finials balance on a brick entry gate
 at one of Charleston's 
early 19th century mansions.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Narrow Lane

Narrow Lane, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
© Doug Hickok

Evening envelopes Cades Cove where a narrow lane
 cuts across pastureland that dates
 from 19th century settlements.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Park View

Saint Michael's Church, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Across the street in Washington Square,
Saint Michael's Church, one of Charleston's iconic landmarks,
 can be seen through a wrought iron gateway.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Three Gardens

3 Backyard Gardens, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Here is a sampler of backyard gardens
 in Charleston's Historic District,
showing an assortment of horticultural styles.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Light and Iron

Lantern and Balcony, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Mid morning sun backlights a lantern
 and a wrought iron balcony
 along an alleyway South of Broad.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Classic Storefront

Facade on Meeting Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Decorative details abound on the facades
 of historic commercial storefronts along Meeting Street.
This area features restaurants, shops and hotels.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Port City

Tall Ship, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

Every few years Tall Ships sail into Charleston Harbor
 to spend a weekend for tours. This one docked at the Maritime
 Center and stayed a bit longer. My photo recalls
 a past era when Charleston was a thriving port
 in the 1800's.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Spring Scroll

Wrought Iron Fence, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

The scroll of a wrought iron fence
 is a focal point for a garden blooming with azaleas.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Old Fire Station, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Twin green doors complement the bright red
 of fire trucks at this old fire station in the Historic District.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

French Quarter Morning

Chalmers Street, French Quarter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Early morning light slants across one of Charleston's
 cobblestone streets, this one being in an old section
 of the French Quarter near Washington Square.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mini House

Doll House, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

Beneath a canopy of tangled vines,
a doll house waits patiently for playtime
 in a Charleston garden South of Broad.

Friday, May 19, 2017


Window Grille, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Along Broad Street is an old bank
 with wrought iron window grilles.
This one shows bits of rust seeping through,
adding interest to its ornate design.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Box Office Hit

Ironwork, Dock Streat Theatre, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Shadows and light create an intriguing combination
 of shapes and textures at Dock Street Theatre
 in Charleston's French Quarter.

Biding Time

Clock on King Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Ben Silver's mannequin bides his time,
early on a Sunday morning,
waiting for the store to open

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