Charleston SC – Botany Bay

Botany Bay is a favorite spot for photographers to take sunrise shots. It is known for these dead trees or boneyard, that are often in the surf. There used to be three trees, but a winter storm this year took one out to sea or added it to the many trees littering the beach. I … [Read more…]

Charleston SC – Audubon Swamp

One of my favorite places at Magnolia Plantation is the Audubon Swamp. The name comes from John Audubon, who visited there to find bird specimens for his drawings. Audubon came to shoot birds, so that he could paint them. Most wildlife artists, pre civil war, would draw or paint stuffed birds. Audubon used fine shot to … [Read more…]

Charleston SC – Magnolia Plantation

Spring in Charleston is usually several weeks ahead of the NC mountains where I live. We try to go there every year to get a head start on photographing flowers outdoors. Magnolia Plantation the oldest public garden in the USA, first opening in 1870. The plantation itself has been around since 1676. Many photography … [Read more…]

Wild Turkeys

Wild turkeys wander regularly through our neighborhood. Their families have probably lived here longer than we have. They are not the most attractive birds, but they are integrated with humans. This winter there were several groups that would occasionally join together into a rafter (according to James Lipton In his book on bird groupings, An Exaltation of … [Read more…]

Scouting for Photos

  When we first moved here 11 years ago, we joined the Carolina Mountain Club (CMC). We were new to hiking in mountains and wilderness areas and wanted to know the best places to go and how to do it safely. CMC has been around for over 90 years. Members helped build and now help … [Read more…]

Schoolhouse Falls

Schoolhouse Falls is a lovely little falls with a tight series of small cascades falling 20 feet at the end into a large pool at the bottom. It is located in Nantahala National Forest in an area called Panthertown Valley, about a 45 minute drive from Eastatoe Falls. It was being logged in the 1920s … [Read more…]

Eastatoe Falls in Winter

After several cold spells, the weather last weekend was supposed to be warmish for winter in the mountains. Some friends from Charlotte suggested that we meet-up and photograph waterfalls. Waterfalls seemed like a good idea because we could focus on the water and try to avoid the dead looking vegetation. The weather was overcast making … [Read more…]

Great Generosity

On Saturday, we went with friends to photograph Eastatoe Falls near Rosman NC. This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area and it is on private land which would normally make it very difficult to visit. However, The owners of Eastatoe, not only allow visitors, but provide a nice driveway, parking, a maintained … [Read more…]