Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Very Charleston

This scene is so "Charleston". Brick walkway and steps, black grillwork, pink house, lots of green and bright flowers.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Shem Creek

When we were cruising the Intracoastal Waterway on our boat, back before we even dreamed of ever living in South Carolina, we thought that the longest docks/piers in the world were in South Carolina.  I think this pier at Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant proves were were right!  This is a new park in Mount Pleasant where you can walk all over the marsh and watch wonderful wildlife.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Details

I love the detail of this architecture in this downtown home.  I wonder how many man hours it took to create it. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Last of the Leaves

This tree is almost bare.  We do have quite a few that still are colorful yet and the oak in our front yard still has green leaves....they will go soon.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Winter View

I always miss the green of summer but the winter views, with no leaves, can be wonderful!

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Berries

No, it is not really holly berries but it looks so pretty and festive doesn't it.  It actually is Pyracantha and was just loaded.  Must be the season for them as I had never seen so such a display of berries.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bamboo

Why do some people feel this compelling need to deface things.  Just look at this bamboo at Magnolia Gardens.  People have completely destroyed it.  I just don't understand.  What did the bamboo ever do to them to deserve this?  (enlarge picture by clicking on it to see the "artwork" up close)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cupola

According to Wikipedia this is a CUPOLA.  Charleston architecture is so interesting!  (I wonder if a person can stand up there and view the ships coming in.)


In architecture, a cupola (pronounced /ˈkjuːpələ/) is a small, most-often dome-like, structure on top of a building.Often used to provide a lookout or to admit light and air, it usually crowns a larger roof or dome.


The word derives, via Italian, from the lower Latin cupula (classical Latin cupella from the Greek κύπελλον kupellon) small cup (Latin cupa) indicating a vault resembling an upside down cup.



Cupolas often appear as small buildings in their own right. They often serve as a lantern, belfry, or belvedere above a main roof. In other cases they may crown a tower, spire, or turret.The chhatri, seen in Indian architecture, fits the definition of a cupola when it is used atop a larger structure.

The cupola is a development during the Renaissance of the oculus, an ancient device found in Roman architecture, but being weatherproof was superior for the wetter climates of northern Europe.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Pretty Colors

The cold and the wind are taking all the leaves away.  I have really enjoyed the colors this year.  Not New England but lovely just the same.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Yellow

I think it is a really great idea to get a car to match your house.  Or do you paint your house to match your car?  Either way, I loved this scene!

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Charm of Charleston

I love this city and never tire of walking the streets and snapping photos.  The colors are so wonderful and the attention to detail is unparalled.  Don't you want to stand out on that little balcony and wave to the people passing in the tour carriage?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fall Beach Scene

I almost titled this "Winter Beach Scene" because December always seems like winter to me but our weather up until today has been in the 70's so it really must be fall, not winter.  This morning it is 38 degrees with a cold front running through.  Hopefully that warm weather will come back for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Green Zebra Stripes

The swamps at Magnolia Plantation are beautiful no matter what time of year!  I just love those long shadows!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Little Bridge

I have always loved this walking bridge at Magnolia Plantation.  It is painted red and is always so inviting - even at the beginning of winter.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Last of the Color

These azalea petals really aren't the last of the color as the camellias are on their way.  There seems to always be something blooming in the plantation gardens.