Friday, October 11, 2019

Folly Beach- Fun on the Edge of America

Nicknamed “The Edge of America,” Folly Beach is friendly, fun and a little funky. The Charleston area has so many special places and this is certainly one of them.

And to be able to catch some rays in early October was pretty special too.

We parked near what is still often called the old Coast Guard station off the main road where parking is still free.

Temperatures were in the low 80s with winds light to heavy at times.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Coming Street Cemetery Comings and Goings

Thank you Hurricane Dorian! Your brush with South Carolina in early September caused a week of school closings along the coast. This lead to the College of Charleston having weekend makeup classes. This lead to me setting up a Saturday visit to the nearby Coming Street Cemetery.
For late September it was unseasonably hot this day

For my College of Charleston “Beyond the Grave” students, a Saturday night cemetery tour would not be high on their weekend fun list. But I tried to make it more palatable by not meeting in our classroom. Instead we met in front of the Addlestone Library and then walked several blocks to the cemetery.

All but a few of my 20 students participated on Sept. 28, though several left before this group photo was taken by my wife Alesia.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Going "Beyond the Grave" with Charleston Historian and Author Ruth Miller

"Touring the Tombstones" with Ruth Miller
Have you heard the one about the busload of morticians?

No joke, it was this twist of fate that began to turn tour guide Ruth Miller into a taphophile- a person with a grave interest in graveyards.

Years ago, Miller took a group of visiting undertakers on a Charleston tour when they asked her to stop at a church graveyard. She complied and ended up learning so many interesting things from the morticians that she was driven to dig more into Charleston’s many churchyards.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Hurricane Dorian: Good Riddance!

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 was D Day- Dorian Day. This was the day Hurricane Dorian finally closed in on the Charleston area after several days of anticipation. In the wee hours Category 3 wind gusts commenced an assault that would last more than 12 hours.

Our power went off at 5:40 a.m. and returned 20 minutes later. Maybe this won’t be so bad, I thought at that time. But at 8 a.m. the electricity went off again. And off it would remain for 26 hours until 10 yesterday morning.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

All Aces in the ACE Basin

One of the many great things about the ACE Basin is that its state and federal nature refuges are almost always open to the intrepid visitor willing to travel to what some may consider the middle of nowhere.
Taken when I arrived (before getting all hot and sweaty)

It had been several months since I trekked to one of the basin’s Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs ). I found some free time one day recently and with the prospect of soon having to deal with another hurricane (Dorian), I grabbed my camera and bug spray and headed south on Highway 17 to the Hollings National Wildlife Refuge. It’s about an hour drive from my house. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

New York Landing

I had a window to the world- the New York world- during our approach to LaGuardia Airport a few weeks ago.

With some enhancements these two shots became stunners, one showing the Hudson River and Manhattan. The Freedom Tower is visible in the top right corner.

The second image prominently shows Central Park.

See more of my NYC photographs a few posts ago or click here.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Prince and Princess of the Pines

I have regularly been spotting and hearing Mississippi Kites the past several weeks. They do have a distinctive call and silhouette in the sky.
I had to go no farther than my backyard to take these photos. I’ve been hearing the high pitched kite call so grabbed my binoculars and quickly spotted a Mississippi Kite at the top of a pine tree across the fairway. This raptor has the prettiest face! And such a stately presence too, right? 

Monday, August 5, 2019

Cool Clouds and an Army Ship?

The clouds were the stars at the beach yesterday. They were big, white and puffy. The shapes were interesting too. These were taken from Sullivan's Island (where else!).

This formation looks like an anvil.

Friday, August 2, 2019

New York, New York!

We tried to take a big bite out of the Big Apple during our recent Saturday-Tuesday visit to see our son who lives there now. We covered a lot of ground, mostly on Manhattan in the Financial District. We stayed at a Marriott property, the AC Downtown New York Hotel. It’s on Maiden Lane, just a short walk from the East River.

Since returning home, I’ve been organizing my photographs by theme, sharing some on Facebook and Instagram.

One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower)- I really wanted to see it and fortunately, at 1776 feet tall, it is visible  from all directions 

Friday, July 26, 2019

Robert E. Lee III Piece

For several years I have subscribed to the magazine Civil War Times. I have been a Civil War buff since I was a kid. The new issue of the magazine came to my house the other day and I was thrilled to see my letter to the editor in it. I had submitted it months ago and had forgotten about it.

The story I share in the letter is from my “In the Arms of Angels” Magnolia Cemetery book that I published in 2014. I’ll always remember stopping in my tracks upon seeing the name Robert E. Lee III inscribed at the base of this very lovely gravesite. The writing on the monument says how he was the grandson of the great Confederate “chieftain.”