Sunday, October 22, 2017

Scenes from the Backroads of South Carolina

I never travel the Interstates unless I am in a big hurry to get somewhere, and of course that happens quite a bit, but the roads less traveled are so much more interesting.  Here are a couple of stops I made this weekend, one is Gilreath's Mill in Greer, and the other is a field of cotton ready for the harvest in Wells, South Carolina.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Connestee's Waterfalls and Cascades

I'm up in North Carolina getting my annual "Fall Fix".  This time, instead of staying at a motel, I rented a cabin in the woods at Connestee Falls, a longstanding favorite haunt.  It's large, 3,900 acres, but it doesn't look over-developed at all.  Most homes are hidden in the woods and rather than do fancy, they seem to have focused on nature; lakes, hiking trails, etc.  Not that much color around this year - it's been too warm, say the locals.  Anyway I walked a lot today, mostly along the stream trails, and feel like I've hardly scratched the surface. Here are a couple of their waterfalls.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

High Fashion & Style on a Shoestring

Enterprising young ladies and friends of mine have started a venture that advises women how to dress like a million dollars using clothing treasures picked up at thrift stores.  They always look awesome, and pretty much all of their clothing is sourced this way, so they decided to share their ideas and fashion sense.  It was fun to photograph them in their launch outfits the other day.  They also make wonderful jewelry.  Follow Ellie and Lau on Instagram at  @linogsisters

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Fairest Cape in all the World

Thus pronounced Sir Francis Drake, the famous English explorer upon rounding the Cape in July of 1580.  "This cape is a most stately thing", he wrote, "and the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth."  Of course I am somewhat biased, having been born in South Africa, but seriously, I have traveled quite a bit, and I challenge anyone to deny that this is indeed a most beautiful part of the world.  These are images of the "Mother City", Cape Town, and Hermanus, whale-watching capital of the world and a popular spot for vacationing and enjoying a laid back life.  When I retire, I would like to be able to spend a couple months every year in this town.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Iconic Shem Creek

Only a week ago we were being punished by Irma and lashed by torrential downpours.  It was all hard to imagine this evening as we watched the sun set over flooded but calm marsh grass; people fishing, walking their dogs, spending family time and generally enjoying the board walks at Shem Creek Park. There is something so "lowcountry" about throwing a net, and I took the opportunity to capture the scene. Yes, there are more hurricanes forming in the Atlantic, Maria for example could be a threat, but for now all is well in Charleston.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Irma's Visit

Well I know that some folks had it far worse than me, so I'm not complaining, rather I'm grateful because nothing bad happened that can't be fixed, but really that was some storm.  I took Gideon (my grandson) out to Folly Beach the day before to admire the wild seas and wind, (not to mention crazy surfers) but today was not a day to be outdoors.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Go Sarah Beth

My young friend just graduated from Dental School at the Medical University of South Carolina.  To commemorate this event, we went down to the campus early Saturday morning to take some photos.  Here are a few.  As you can see, we had fun.  That's how it should be :)