17 April 2014

Charleston's son does us proud

Charleston, S.C.
I record the Stephen Colbert show each night and it is one of my evening treats to watch the next day. I am going to miss it but can't help be proud that he will be taking over the Late Show after David Letterman retires. Go Colbert! I like him so much and am happy to see him so successful. I believe this is the house he grew up in right here in Charleston right across from the harbor wall. 

16 April 2014

The Tin Man salute

Holly Hill, S.C.
Once a year the Tin Man in Holly Hill, S.C. is framed by wisteria. Howdy there pardner! I took this particular shot a couple of years ago but he is still there at the side of the road and I saluted back last weekend.

I had a blackened portobello mushroom burger for dinner at the Green Goat with my son. It might be my Green Goat dish. I always find a favorite and stick with it. I go to interesting places but I am boring about what I do there.

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.