Couple more images from the mountains …

Before moving on to other things, here are just a couple more memories from last weekend in the hills of Western North Carolina, one of my favorite “Happy Places”.

Cascade on Carson Creek
Forest Ferns Abstract (a happy accident!)
Dupont State Forest, Cedar Mountain
Sunrise at Fred Symmes Chapel, YMCA Greenville county (Pretty Place)

Transylvania County, NC

View of Gwynn Valley from Connestee Falls

For me this area has become a magnet. Over the years I have visited the Brevard area many times through different seasons and have been seduced by its many beautiful attributes. This time, some friends and I rented a cabin in the woods of Connestee Falls. You don’t have to wander much beyond the borders to immerse yourself in scenic streams, cascades, lakes, forests, and mountains. Also, it is a sure refuge when the heat and humidity of Charleston become unbearable!

Lake Atagahi, stars and fireflies, Connestee Falls
Cascade on Carson Creek, Connestee Falls
Raymond working Slick Rock Falls
Chickens at Gwynn Valley Farm

The Canadian Geese at JICP

Every year the resident Canadian Geese at James Island County Park produce a batch of goslings, and every time I walk my exercise route around the lake, I count them to make sure none are missing. The parents are unbelievably vigilant and work as a team in teaching and tending their young. I have learned that these geese mate for life, and that they live around 10-25 years on average.

Starry Skies over South Carolina

I spent last night out at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island, in search of darker skies, trying to avoid the pervasive light pollution that blankets the entire east coast. The few exceptions are wild life preserves and state parks where suburbia has been curtailed, at least for now. It was disappointing to see that Seabrook skies are not much darker than James Island’s, but nevertheless I was able to capture some images of the Milky Way and Jupiter, among other fascinating deep sky objects.

Camp St. Christopher, Seabrook Island, Barrier Island, SC, South Carolina, stars, Milky Way, Jupiter, planets, galaxies, night, astrophotography,

Bagged some new Aerials yesterday afternoon

It had been awhile since I had been up in the chopper shooting aerials. Somehow Winter is not very inspiring. The marsh grass is brown, and more importantly, it gets cold up there without doors and heating. That all changed yesterday afternoon. It was sunny and mild (if a little breezy), but that just adds to the challenge of trying to keep your horizons level! Here are a couple from our route from Signature Airport in North Charleston, downtown Charleston, across Shem Creek and up to Isle of Palms, across to Boone Hall Plantation and back again. Thanks as always to my skilled pilot, Kyle – you’re the bomb.

Historic Downtown Charleston
Wando River Bridge (I-526)
The Old Pitt Street Bridge, Mount Pleasant
Boone Hall Plantation, Mount Pleasant
Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant

2nd Sunday on King Street

Continuing my current Spring theme of playing tourist in my town, I joined the happy throng of pedestrians on King Street this afternoon. It was a beautiful day, and you could tell folks were thrilled to be outdoors in this gorgeous weather. It was almost a celebratory atmosphere. I know we complain about the flooding, about the bugs, about the heat, but seriously, there are worse places to live than Charleston. I for one feel fortunate to live here.

A Tourist in my own Town

The weather has been dull and blah for awhile, the way it often behaves when the seasons change, so when the sun peeked out for a day recently, I spent some time wandering the streets of beautiful historic Charleston, and remembering again why so many people visit.  Here are some cameos of the classic Holy City tourist experiences.

Indulging my Fog Fetish … again

I know not why I find fog so irresistibly seductive, but there it is – I do.  I didn’t have to detour far out of my ho-hum daily errand route to discover these quintessential southern scenes.  It’s almost noon, and it’s still foggy out there!

The Eclipsed Wolf Moon Over Charleston

So along with several other crazy photographers all over the US (and the world for that matter), I struggled with equipment in the dark and the cold for over 4 hours, while at the same time being completely awestruck by the progression of the earth’s shadow as it glided silently across the face of the moon.  This is a composite image of an almost fully eclipsed Wolf Moon suspended over the Charleston skyline.  Magical!

More from Wandering through Western North Carolina

Just love a road trip and there are not many prettier places to wander than Transylvania County.  Here are a few more gems.  Some of the locations, such as Hooker Falls in the DuPont State Forest, and the cascades at Eastatoe Falls I knew about and sought out, but others I serendipitously stumbled upon along the way.

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