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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Italy in Charleston?

Cypress and Palmettos, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

An old, narrow alleyway passes by
Charleston houses with backyards
where Italian cypresses grow alongside palmettos.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Renoir Redux

Mural near Poogan's Porch Restaurant, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

David Boatwright's mural, painted on the side of Mira Winery,
 is a contemporary version of Renoir's
 Luncheon of the Boating Party
depicting local chefs and restraunteurs.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Well Preserved

French Quarter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Johnson Row is a colorful group of tenement houses
 built in 1803 along Queen Street in Charleston's
 French Quarter. Like so many of the city's historic properties,
 renovation efforts by preservation groups
 have kept them well cared for.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mills House

Mills House, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Ornate details abound on the Mills House,
one of Charleston's beautiful hotels in the Historic District.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sunrise at the Park

Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

One of Charleston's most scenic public green spaces
 is Waterfront Park, which overlooks Charleston Harbor.
It's an ideal place to watch the sunrise.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Ivy Gate

Gate Detail, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

The skill of a metalsmith brings wrought iron foliage
 to life on an entry gate in the Historic District.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Midnight in a Garden in Charleston

Pimeapple Fountain, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok

Today's photo is brought to you by one of Doug's blue moods.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Verdantly Framed

Garden Door, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Lush growing vines surround a garden door
 that leads to a narrow courtyard in the Historic District.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Doin' the Charleston

Antique Ford, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A Roaring 20's Ford looks right at home
 amid the surroundings of Charleston's Historic District.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Broad Street Sunrise

Broad Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

This view down Broad Street early in the morning
 shows the colonial era Saint Michael's Church
 framed by serveral of South Carolina's state trees, the Palmetto.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rough Ride

Cobblestone Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

One of Charleston's cobblestone streets
 seems at odds with modern transportation,
though such a rocky byway kept the carriage wheels
of yesteryear out of the mud.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Holy Twilight, Batman!

French Quarter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Looking down Church Street at twilight,
 Saint Philip's Church glows prominently
 as a symbol of Chaleston's French Quarter.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Doors of Charleston

Old Church Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok
Tradd Street, Charleston, SC   © Doug Hickok
Church Door, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A selection of doorways shows the diversity
 of Charleston's historic architectural styles.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Viney Gateway

Alleyway Gateway, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

This gateway through a wall of vines
 allows access to Philadelphia Alley,
one of Charleston's off-the-beaten pathways.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Shapes and Shadows

Table and Chairs, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

In the courtyard of the Dock Street Theatre,
 a set of table and chairs makes an interesting composition
 of shapes and shadows ideal for black and white format.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Carriage Ride

French Quarter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A carriage tour takes visitors through the French Quarter
 and past Saint Philip's Church,
one of the iconic sights of Charleston.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Off The Beaten Path

St John's Reformed Episcopal Churchyard, Charleston, SC  
© Doug Hickok

This is one of many hidden gardens you'll discover
 by strolling through Charleston's Historic District.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Slanting Light

Tradd Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

This time of year, the morning sun slants down Tradd Street
 at such a keen angle that textures and colors
 are highlighted by its warm light.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

French Quarter Evening

French Quarter, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Saint Philip's Church overlooks a row of ornate brackets
 on the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston's historic French Quarter.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Heron Gate

Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

A wrought iron heron greets those who visit Waterfront Park,
 a popular Charleston green space which overlooks
 tidal marshes and the harbor.

Friday, April 7, 2017

East Bay Dawn

East Bay Street, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Lanterns glow at dawn along East Bay Street
 near Charleston's Rainbow Row.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Gateway Twilight

College of Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Mixed lighting at twilight creates color contrast
 on a Porter's Lodge gateway
 on the College of Charleston campus.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spider Fountain

Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

The Spider Fountain appears to shoot its silky webs
 toward the dawn sky at Charleston's Waterfront Park.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Art Deco Down South

Riviera Theater, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok

Art Deco details abound! Charleston's Riviera Theater,
 listed on the National Registry of Historic Places,
is regarded as one of the country's cinema treasures.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Puzzlement of Locks

Door Locks, Rome, Italy  © Doug Hickok

This ancient door and its conundrum of locks
 offers a puzzle to the uninitiated as to how it all works.

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