Since I'm in South Carolina, and not in Pennsylvania, I picked for my theme: historical Charleston.
So here's a preview of the photos I've been taking. Of course, I'll be taking more, and culling trough them to choose the best, but this is my first effort. Any feedback you can give me -- photos you especially like, or ones you think are boring or cliches -- would be much appreciated and help me put this all together.
We'll start out with a picture of East Bay Street, showing the elegant houses along Charleston harbor.
And then a view across the harbor, out to Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.
This is a view of the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston . . . with three doors, perhaps symbolizing the holy trinity?
And here's a view down Broad St., a main thoroughfare in Charleston, taken from the Old Exchange Building, once a slave market and prison. Notice the British flag (Charleston was named after King Charles) and the American flag with 13 stars.
So the theme is Charleston history. Two signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried in this churchyard: South Carolina governor John Rutledge (1739 - 1800), who was rejected as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and tried to commit suicide by jumping off a wharf into Charleston harbor, and another South Carolina governor Charles Pickney (1746 - 1825) who went on to become a U. S. Senator. But I was more interested in this grave, of Margaret Charlotte Elford, 1817 - 1860. The inscription says . . .
Leaving a husband with seven young children to lament their irreparable loss
In childhood obedient
In wedlock virtuous
In prosperity humble
In adversity resigned
In sickness patient
In death happy
And here's another photo from the graveyard which I thought was interesting simply because there's a daffodil blooming, in early February!
This rather abstract photo shows the buried-and-recovered city wall from the 1700s, visible along the top of the picture.
And this abstract photo is a close-up of a sweetgrass basket, traditional work from the local Gullah culture, still handmade and then sold on Charleston's city streets.
And finally, two photos showing typical, traditional Charleston features. A gated private garden . . .
And the side porch of a house, with the front door leading not into the house, but onto the porch -- all designed to let the sea breezes through to cool off the home.