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Catching The Blue Hour

‘The blue hour arrives shortly before sunrise and after sunset, when the sun’s position just below the horizon produces those cooler tones.’

Catching The Blue Hour
Catching The Blue Hour

The goal was to position ourselves for dawn to capture the Brown Pelicans riding the wind along the shore. Early light on the Atlantic is a bonus.

Litchfield Beach, South Carolina.

The Huguenot Church, Gothic Revival Style

A few weeks ago we stopped by The Huguenot Church in Charleston. The door was open for visitors, of course it sucked us in like a magnet.

This is the third building here and was completed in 1845. The first church was opened around 1687 but burned in the late 1790’s, a second replaced it in 1800. In 1845 the current building opened in the same foot print.

The Huguenot Church, Gothic Revival Style
The Huguenot Church, Gothic Revival Style
The Huguenot Church, Gothic Revival Style
The Huguenot Church, Gothic Revival Style

The 1800’s were an ‘interesting’ time is Charleston. Repairs and rebuilds have been needed. During the US civil war the church was damaged during the bombardment by the Federal blockade. In 1886 Charleston had a major earthquake, a 7.3 magnitude making it still one of the strongest in US history. The area is on an active fault. In 2022 an area 20 miles outside town had a small quake every day for a month. (That was not in the brochure when we were moving down here)

The Huguenot Church, Gothic Revival Style
The Huguenot Church, Gothic Revival Style
The Huguenot Church, Gothic Revival Style
The Huguenot Church, Gothic Revival Style

Services are now in English though there are still a few in French during the year.

Huguenot Church, Church Street, Charleston, South Carolina.

Great Blue

This Heron was doing his best to blend into the reeds. I’m sure he was aware of me the entire time I was nearby. Me, oblivious.

A Great Egret was making a racket and bouncing around in the marsh. That was my interest until just by chance I lowered my camera to check settings. In front of me, much too close to get any focus, was this Great Blue Heron.

Great Blue
Great Blue

The usual rule of don’t make eye contact worked here. I turned and walked a few steps back giving both of us space.

Great Blue Heron, Ashley River, Charleston.