15 April 2014

Reflections of the flowers you used to be

Reflections, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, S.C.
I've been on a reflection kick lately. While all the photographers were aiming at the birds in the rookery at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, the tourists spotted me studying the water and assumed I was aiming my lens at a gator. This time I was waiting for flower petals to flow into an appealing pattern in the swamp.

14 April 2014

Boo, boo, birdie!

Lake Marion, S.C.
First kayak ride of the season yesterday and I picked the perfect day for it. The water level is high on lake Marion and seemed like I was paddling through the woods. I skirt the waterfront and say hello to all the startled birds who aren't expecting someone to sneak right up on their nest. They thought they had built safely high in the branches and along I come sneaking a look in the nest to see what's cookin'. Boo! These aren't attack birds I hope. I apologized and pushed off.

I bought a rowing machine last fall and I can say this was a lot more fun than rowing across my living room.

13 April 2014

A riot of color

Magnolia Plantation & Garden, Charleston, S.C.
I finally made it out to Magnolia Plantation & Gardens yesterday so I will be sharing a few more blossoms pictures. I felt like I was walking in heaven. It is still glorious and well worth a visit. I renewed my annual pass.
Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens.

12 April 2014

Like a bird on a boy with a bird

Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, S.C.
Yay! I finally made it out to Magnolia Plantation gardens to renew my annual pass. So many of my photo talented friends have been displaying glorious blossom pictures that I've been in pain being cooped up in my office. I've been to Magnolia so many times I am always looking for new scenes to capture and this cardinal granted my wish.

Thanks to Charleston Grit for giving me some sugar!

Beautiful weather, kids! Get out and play.

10 April 2014

I heard a neigh

Elloree, S.C.
I had a few more pictures from a recent trip to Elloree in my album to share. I didn't really spend much time there but I did take a lot of pictures to use as blog fodder on busy days like this.

I have Butter Pecan Turtle Cookies in the oven by request for a party tomorrow evening. I haven't made them for years. Once again, you can't really hurt brown sugar and butter unless you burn it. Yum. So hard to type and lick the pot at the same time.

09 April 2014

Shades of blue

Smith St., Charleston, S.C.

This is the out building behind the old McCallister's Funeral Home at Wentworth and Smith St. Stables maybe? Or perhaps it was for the hearse. I love the faded blue and the azaleas really perked up the abandoned property.

08 April 2014

Long, lean and tall

502 King St., Charleston, S.C.

This is a long tall Sally of a building. Isn't it great? The first floor is currently the Rebekah Jacob Gallery which always has something interesting going on. It particularly stands out since there is a parking lot on the right.

Photographic Firepower of the Cuban Revolution | by Rebekah Jacob

Armed with their camera bags, a small group of revolutionaries had photographic firepower, documenting Cuba’s most dramatic period.  These photojournalists—Alberta Korda, Raúl Corralles, Osvaldo Salas and, his son, Roberto Salas—were Fidel Castro’s chosen ones, who not only photographed social changes, but who themselves inspired change.  In positions of trust, they were beside Castro and Che in the most ignited times, and with a click, created one second exposures that became iconic references to Cuba’s identity.

07 April 2014

Charleston Symphony Designer House

67 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, S.C.
One of my favorite houses on Rutledge Ave. is the Annual Designer Showhouse for the Charleston Symphony League this year. Hmmm.....should I break down and buy a ticket to see inside? Each room is decorated by a different designer.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League’s 37th Annual Designer Showhouse at 67 Rutledge Avenue is an antebellum treasure located in Harleston Village. Built in 1852, this elegant home is known for its broad porch with a gray and white marble floor and Moorish arches framed in latticework. 
The house features heart pine floors, etched glass windows, 10 fireplaces, a copper bathtub, and some of the first indoor plumbing in Charleston.  It includes a dependency that once housed a stable and carriage house, wash house, school room and kitchen. Now, this property has been transformed into a showcase by some of the Lowcountry’s most talented interior designers. 
From March 20 through April 19, the public will be invited to view their work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. Along with an exclusive boutique, and sales from designers’ rooms, guests can enjoy alfresco dining in the “Secret Garden” from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 
Now in its 37th year, the League’s Designer Showhouse has been a major fundraising event for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and for student scholarships that total more than $30,000 annually.
Showhouse tickets are $20 at the door. For further information, please call (843) 723-0020 or write marilyn315@aol.com.