Category Archives: What I Saw

Spotted By A Parking Lot, Armadillo

Ellen wanted to photograph small birds for a while. She knew a trail by the admin office and salt marshes. She was driving…

As we pulled into the parking area a small ‘tank’ was off to the side tearing up a manicured lawn. It’s what makes them so endearing to home owners in the south.

I had a dilemma. Small birds with Ellen or an armored mammal causing havoc.

Spotted By A Parking Lot, Armadillo
Spotted By A Parking Lot, Armadillo
Spotted By A Parking Lot, Armadillo
Spotted By A Parking Lot, Armadillo

The Armadillo is related, but not closely, to Anteaters and Sloths. They are actually the last remaining species of their family.

Spotted By A Parking Lot, Armadillo

Charleston, Joseph Manigault

Built in 1803 Joseph Manigault’s home had a theme common to all the Charleston manor houses. It simply said ‘I have money’. Charleston was the wealthiest city in the country, the planters and traders  couldn’t spend fast enough.

The big houses made sure the entrance was bigger and better than their neighbors. Spiral designed stairs, free standing, were the center piece. Here we also had a crystal chandelier to add some sparkle.

Charleston, Joseph Manigault
Charleston, Joseph Manigault
Charleston, Joseph Manigault
Charleston, Joseph Manigault

This old home is one of my favorites so we visit here yearly. Each time there is something else that catches my eye. The houses were designed with huge windows for light. Each season during the year things are captured a little different.

Charleston, Joseph Manigault
Charleston, Joseph Manigault
Charleston, Joseph Manigault
Charleston, Joseph Manigault
Charleston, Joseph Manigault
Charleston, Joseph Manigault

The month of January there are less visitors and special passes are available to many of the historical buildings. We have photographed a few lately and may get one more day in this month.

Joseph Manigault house, Meeting Street, South Carolina.

‘Pile O Pelican’

This is the shot I was hoping to get. I know when they cluster together the photograph can be very interesting, and fun.

'Pile O Pelican'
‘Pile O Pelican’

‘The White Pelican has an overall length of about 50–70 in (130–180 cm), courtesy of the huge beak which measures 11.3–15.2 in (290–390 mm) in males and 10.3–14.2 in (260–360 mm) in females. It has a wingspan of about 95–120 in (240–300 cm). The species also has the second largest average wingspan of any North American bird, after the California condor.’ (Wikipedia)

Grave Yard, Second Presbyterian

The church is one of the oldest in Charleston. Like several others in town the congregation was formed when the original church could no longer support the growth. The First (Scotts) church is close to the harbor, this building is on what was considered the far end of Charleston.

Grave Yard, Second Presbyterian
Grave Yard, Second Presbyterian
Grave Yard, Second Presbyterian
Grave Yard, Second Presbyterian

I had never been in the grave yard before. maybe the gates are usually locked. Compared to the local churches the burial area is small.

Many of the headstones were dated just a few years before the start of the US civil war. During the war minimal damaged occurred this far up the peninsular. Ships canon could not reach up here. However, during the federal troop occupation later on nothing was completely spared.

Grave Yard, Second Presbyterian
Grave Yard, Second Presbyterian
Grave Yard, Second Presbyterian
Grave Yard, Second Presbyterian

The black and white photographs were done a little different than my usual method. Here I used DxO Filmpack with a 35mm Delta film filter as the base conversion and modified to be a bit softer. I had forgotten how ‘rough’ Delta film actually was.

Grave Yard, Second Presbyterian
Grave Yard, Second Presbyterian

Second Presbyterian Church, Meeting Street, Charleston.