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The Architecture Of Charleston (Color, Monochrome)

I do try to fit each article into a logical category(s). This one was tough. Besides using both color and Monochrome, the building styles are all different. But this is the norm in Charleston.

The pre-Civil War buildings are from every century and corner of Europe. The designers and builders here studied all over the world.

The Architecture Of Charleston
The Architecture Of Charleston

Above you can see a small ‘sign or plaque’ on the bottom right of the first floor. This is a short history of building. Almost every building, on every street has one. It would take a lifetime to remember them all, I don’t try. I just enjoy.

The Architecture Of Charleston
The Architecture Of Charleston

The image above is from the older French Quarter and here you will find many row houses. The river banks have changed, but at one point many of these homes were owned by the French traders, their warehouses directly across the street, on the river. The river is now several blocks further away.

The Architecture Of Charleston
The Architecture Of Charleston

This early church is on Meeting Street. The street still remains one of the main avenues in town.

The Architecture Of Charleston
The Architecture Of Charleston

Just up a side street, Tradd street, another row of early ‘Grand Houses’ sits. Again, there are plaques on the buildings.  These scenes are most everywhere.

A relaxing day can be to walk in town and pohotograph a particular street. These is always something there. When finished…

Charleston is also famous for it’s southern restaurants.

Wood Storks In The Shallow End

And as always the water level is changing in the marshes again. We have had some serious rain lately so you would think the water is deep, just the opposite.

Wood Storks In The Shallow End
Wood Storks In The Shallow End

A series of dikes and water trunks (gates) keep the wet lands flowing. These were taken a few days ago, and the trunks must have been closed.

Wood Storks In The Shallow End
Wood Storks In The Shallow End

A few hours ago (7/15/2019) some gates were open and water was moving with the tide.

Wood Storks In The Shallow End
Wood Storks In The Shallow End

These Storks can fly to tremendous heights, they find shallow water and land to take advantage of the opportunity to fish.

Bank Of The United States (Charleston)

This town is an ongoing history lesson.

The Bank of the United States was established in 1791 to serve as a repository for federal funds and as the government’s fiscal agent. The first building was in Philadelphia, still the capital of the US.

The Charleston building was one of eight used to conduct government business. Of course other banks had opened, felt there were too many British share holders, unfair competition, and the charter was not renewed in 1811. The War of 1812 came along, the bank still had British share holders, things went down hill from there even though it still operated for many years.

Bank Of The United States (Charleston)
Bank Of The United States (Charleston)

Now the building is the Charleston City Hall. As much a museum as a place of town government. Absolutely everything is about history here.

If you visit Charleston take note; public restrooms on the first floor.

Bank Of The United States (Charleston)
Bank Of The United States (Charleston)

Much of the first floor, and lobby here is kept like the original Bank.

There are no signs to let passing tourists know what is inside, and how they are welcome, encouraged, to come in and look around.

 

 

Red-winged Black Bird, Male

This time of year the Red-wing’s are all over the marshes. The males flaunting their vivid epilate’s.

Red-winged Black Bird, Male
Red-winged Black Bird, Male

Getting a photograph, no matter how many are around, is tricky. Besides being a black bird (no color to catch…at all) the tall grasses block them.

Red-winged Black Bird, Male
Red-winged Black Bird, Male

Half the time I can’t even tell if a thin reed is blowing around between the bird and me.

Red-winged Black Bird, Male
Red-winged Black Bird, Male

Back to basics, just take the shot.

Red-winged Black Bird, Male
Red-winged Black Bird, Male

Here, no blowing grass to ruin the view. How lucky is that.