Saturday, June 10, 2017

Another Moon, Another Month ...

As the years go by, I become more conscious of their swift passing, more aware that I am on a timeline and that the weeks that go by are irrecoverable.  In many ways, that makes everything more important, the seasons, the tides, the moon phases, relationships, meaning in every sense.  Anyway, that's a very short overview of my musings of late. This was the moon last night from the Charleston City Marina, with a few fireworks from the River Dogs game thrown in for good measure.



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Tale of Three Steeples

The steeples of Mother Emmanuel Church, St. Matthews Lutheran Church, and the Citadel Square Baptist Church, one image taken this afternoon, one at sunset, and the other during the "blue hour" at around 8.30pm.




Thursday, May 25, 2017

Space Station Flyby

If you go on to the NASA website, you can sign up for email alerts that will let you know when the space station will be visible in your area. Sometimes it's just not convenient, like at 3am, or when you have to be doing something somewhere else, but this evening was perfect. My "spot the station" alert informed me that it would be visible for six minutes, appearing 10 degrees above Southwest at 9:09pm and disappearing 10 degrees above Northeast.  You would think that with such specific information it would be possible to document its entire path across the sky, but I only managed to pick it up about half way through its transit. OK, next time I'll do better.  In any event, it was a beautiful evening to be out in the James Island County Park, one of my very happy places.



Monday, May 22, 2017

A Few more Tall Ships in Charleston Harbor

Before I move on to other things, here are a few more images of some of the activity i Charleston Harbor on the day of the Parade of Sail, Thursday May 18th at the start of the Tall Ship Charleston Festival 2017.  The enormous container ship gave our Captain a few anxious moments as we had to wait for another ship to pass before we could come about and tack out of the way.  The wake it created was also pretty exciting.





Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Tall Ships are back in Charleston

I am always seduced by the romance of tall ships, so today I stole away and joined the Lynx, a square-topsail schooner from Nantucket, MA in the Parade of Sail. The weather was perfect, just enough cloud cover to mitigate a really punishing day under a hot Carolina sun, and a sweet onshore breeze.  The ships are docked in North Charleston and the festival runs through the weekend, so go take a look and support this wonderful event.





Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rooftop Moonset - Good Morning Charleston!

I'm always scouting for new vantage points for shooting a full moon.  I love Charleston rooftops, but there are few elevated views available to the general public without having to shoot through glass, or without freedom to move and compose shots according to the position of the moon, etc.  This one is not too bad, and so this morning found me on top of a public garage watching the moon set behind St. Philips Church steeple.  It was warm, there was a light breeze, and I had my morning cup of tea along with me so all was well with my world :)


 

Monday, April 24, 2017

The St. Augustine Lighthouse

The last location I checked off my list before I headed back to Charleston was the St. Augustine Lighthouse.   A beauty for sure.  I climbed to the top, but cheated sort of, because I was photographing all the way, so I didn't get in the least bit winded.  While I was working there, I watched many locals who climb up and down the stairs multiple times as a daily exercise regime. That's more interesting than the stairmaster at the local gym!



St. Augustine's Alligator Farm

No visit to St. Augustine would be complete without spending some time at the amazing Alligator Farm, a misnomer really, since this zoo is so much more than alligators.  To be sure, they have a LOT of alligators, more per square inch than most southern swamps.  I was there to photograph their rookeries.  What a chaotic cancophony of  discordant squawking and activity.  Birds of every description are nesting and raising their chicks in every nook and cranny they can find.  Just when you think it impossible to fit another nest in a tree, some resourceful bird has bagged a spot.  All of this is going on above the alligator infested swamp. Here are a few of the birds that I photographed.



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunrise at Marineland Beach, Florida

I have been wanting to visit this beach for years, made plans in the past but they never materialized for one reason or another.  Finally made it.  What attracted me are the unique outcroppings of coquina rock found along this particular stretch of beach.  Love the textures, and the way the water swirls around them, creating wonderful motion patterns.  This was sunrise, and I went back for sunset later on. Those images will be posted later.



Friday, April 21, 2017

Afternoon in Darien, Georgia

I stopped here for awhile on my way from Charleston down to St. Augustine.  I wanted to see if there was still a good sized shrimp fleet in the Darien River, but as I wandered, I discovered other gems in this sleepy little southern town.  It has quite a history, and I spent some time at the Fort King George State Historic Site, which is very well reconstructed and beautifully maintained.  Wandering through the neighborhoods, I stumbled into Vernon Square, a beautiful park with a fountain and graceful old oaks, surrounded by historic churches and quaint bed and breakfasts.  I need to go back and photograph in softer light to do justice to the town of Darien.





Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Grandchildren are just the Bomb!

Ah ... seasons in life.  So many roles; child, daughter, sister, mother, and finally grandparent.  Funny how the tide just rolls along and carries you, like it or not.  I still feel the same inside even though of course I know I look very different.  Hopefully I have acquired a little wisdom along the way.  Enough of philosophy.  Suffice it to say that much of my time these days is taken up with these four adorable children.  It's not often that you catch them all looking clean and preppy at the same time, but Easter affords such an opportunity, so I took it and updated their photos, Gideon, Euphrates, Torah and Raven.


 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Last Few of Hunting Island, with a different take!

I have been playing with some painting and texture effects since these kinds of seascapes lend themselves very nicely to some artistic license.  New subject matter coming up (some will be saying, thank goodness for that!)


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

More from Hunting Island, Beaufort, SC

I have been sifting through literally hundreds of images, and deleting many of them, mostly because they were redundant, but some because they were just no good :)
Here are a couple more from last weekend's excursion.  Here's a shout out to Eric Horan, a great naturalist, photographer, and guide through the creeks and shorelines around Beaufort. If this is something you would enjoy, get in touch with Eric Horan Photography. He knows the area like the back of his hand and does regular shorebird, dolphin and shrimp boat tours.




Sunday, April 9, 2017

Water in Motion

Hunting Island called me back.  It is so badly damaged from the storm, and honestly I don't know how the state of South Carolina is ever going to find the funds to re-open it to the public.  Rows of camping sites enjoyed by families for generations have apparently just disappeared.  Trails are impassable.  I didn't break the law and go places that are off limits, but the public has legal access to the beaches below the mean high tide line and that's where I was. Over the next few days I will post a few images of the boneyard debris scattered all over the place, but I also had fun capturing the motion of swirling tides as you can see here.