Charleston in Shadow

Charleston in Shadow

“Our imagination flies — we are its shadow on the earth.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

During my winter break, I had the opportunity to explore with my camera.  I received a wonderful book, Seeing in Sixes, for Christmas.  Seeing in Sixes is a collection of six image projects edited by Brooks Jensen and Maureen Gallagher.  I think I had this book in my mind as I spent a day walking through the streets of downtown Charleston.

I have spent many trips photographing in Charleston.  This time I was looking for something different to photograph.  When I saw the shadow of ironwork cast upon a tree, my series for the day 

Battery Park and White Point Gardens

Battery Park and White Point Gardens

“Except for memory, time would have no meaning at all.”
― Pat Conroy

I have so many memories tied to Battery Park and White Point Gardens, located in Charleston, SC.

My first memory of this wonderful area began in Jr. High School when I encountered the park for the first time.  I was accompanying a family so that I could watch their young children throughout the trip.  Since that first visit,

Photographing in Downtown Charleston

Photographing in Downtown Charleston

“There is no city on Earth quite like Charleston. From the time I first came there in 1961, it’s held me in its enchanter’s power, the wordless articulation of its singularity, its withheld and magical beauty. Wandering through its streets can be dreamlike and otherworldly, its alleyways and shortcuts both fragrant and mysterious, yet as haunted as time turned in on itself.”
― Pat Conroy

Each time I go to photograph in Charleston, SC, I always make sure to save time to photograph 

Magnolia is Calling:  Part One

Magnolia is Calling: Part One

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

-John Muir

I have always loved this quote from John Muir.  There is a place that seems to call to me, especially in the springtime.  That place is not the mountains.  The place that calls to me time and time again is

Fascinated by Feathers

Fascinated by Feathers

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
― Emily Dickinson

 

Since I first started photographing, I have had a fascination with feathers.  Some of my all-time favorite images are those of birds or of close up images of their feathers.

Rooster’s Rainbow, an image I

Unexpected Beauty

Unexpected Beauty

“I rather think the world is like sand. The fundamental nature of sand is very difficult to grasp when you think of it in its stationary state. Sand not only flows, but this very flow is the sand.”
― Kōbō Abe, The Woman in the Dunes

I have made four trips to Charleston, South Carolina, in the past month and a half to photograph.  Due to the unusually early spring-like weather in February, followed by the freezing temperatures, I have found that what I went to photograph was often not what I was able to photograph.  Frequently, my best images are created when 

Charleston On My Mind

Charleston On My Mind

“In reality, you don’t ever change the hurricane. You just learn how to stay out of its path.”
― Jodi Picoult

If you follow my blog, you know that Charleston, SC is a very special place for me.  My first teaching position took me to Charleston, SC.  I had the pleasure of calling Charleston my home for five years.  Although I left Charleston, Charleston never left me.

One of the harshest lessons I learned while living in Charleston was

Back to Botany Bay

Back to Botany Bay

Each time I visit Charleston, South Carolina, I feel compelled to go to Botany Bay.  When my husband and I spent Labor Day weekend in Mt. Pleasant, I made sure we set aside one morning to go to Botany Bay for sunrise.

We have been to Botany Bay for sunrise many times.  In order to get there in time