Category Archives: This and That

Tea Set Bling

Another room of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum that is a show off, including this gold decorated tea set.

White - Gold Tea Set
White – Gold Tea Set

The Nathaniel Russell House Museum embodies the flaunt-it lifestyle of the mercantile elite of late 1700s – early 1800s Charleston, SC. The house has been restored to its 1808 appearance and is part of the Historic Charleston Foundation collection.

Photos taken October 13, 2021

Oval Drawing Room, 3 Details

Showing some more detail of the sensory overload in the Oval Drawing Room, this is a close up of the Georgian Gothic crown molding. The museum tour indicates this is made of plaster with 22 Carat gold leaf.

Oval Drawing Room Cornice Detail
Oval Drawing Room Cornice Detail

A wider view shows the rounding of the corner and the top corner framing of the panel mirrors.

Oval Drawing Room Cornice Detail
Oval Drawing Room Cornice Detail

From the hallway the Oval Drawing Room glows with natural light when the sun is shining, as it was this day.  The room to the left is the Withdrawing Room, which runs across the entire front of the house.

Oval Drawing Room From Hallway
Oval Drawing Room From Hallway

This home has been restored to its 1808 appearance and is part of the Historic Charleston Foundation collection.

Photos taken October 13, 2021

Additional posts of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum

Oval Drawing Room, 2

The Oval Drawing Room on the second floor of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum is something of a sensory overload.

Panel Mirrors in Oval Drawing Room
Panel Mirrors in Oval Drawing Room

Every type of architectural detail is decorated–the gilded cornice, the door frames, the frames around the window.

Panel Mirrors in Oval Drawing Room
Panel Mirrors in Oval Drawing Room

In addition to helping reflect the candlelight of the era, the panel mirrors were another statement of wealth.

View to the Staircase From Oval Drawing Room
View to the Staircase From Oval Drawing Room, Door Flanked By Paneled Mirrors

I suspect they were also disorienting to late night party attendees.

Oval Drawing Room
Oval Drawing Room

This home has been restored to its 1808 appearance and is part of the Historic Charleston Foundation collection.

Photos taken October 13, 2021

Additional posts of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum

Oval Drawing Room

The Oval Drawing Room on the second floor of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum embodies the flaunt-it lifestyle of the mercantile elite of the late 1700s – early 1800s Charleston.

Set for Tea in the Oval Drawing Room
Set for Tea in the Oval Drawing Room

The tea set has plenty of its own bling, with opulent decoration.

Tea Table
Tea Table

Panel mirrors and cornice gilding helped brighten the room for after dinner parties, reflecting candle light.

Tea Table Reflected in Mirror Wall
Tea Table Reflected in Mirror Wall

This home has been restored to its 1808 appearance and is part of the Historic Charleston Foundation collection.

Photos taken October 13, 2021

Pants Grabbers Are Thriving

These vines grow along many of the rice field berms and overgrown fields I frequent in the wildlife management areas. Most of the year they are rather non-descript and innocent looking, until you find one has latched onto your pants with multiple thorns.

Vines With Thorns
Vines With Thorns

This is the first time I remember noticing their blooms, which are tiny, but there were a small million of them, all looking very healthy.

The thorns are tiny, too. This next image is a severe crop and way over-sharpened, and even then the thorns are hard to see on the stem leading to that center flower.

Thorns
Thorns

These two patches were close together, but had different color schemes in the leaves.

Vines With Thorns
Vines With Thorns

The individual flowers aren’t much to look at after they opened, but the water drops made this one special.

Vines With Thorns
Vines With Thorns

If you think you can step over it without an interaction you’re advised to raise your foot another couple inches, just to be sure!

Vines With Thorns
Vines With Thorns

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, Green Pond, SC
March 21, 2021

 

A Leaf, A Nest? What Is It?

When I took these photographs I thought these were dried leaves in an arty configuration. On closer inspection at home, I think there may be more to it as they are too precisely shaped.

Twig against the sky, two dangling unknowns
Twig against the sky, two dangling unknowns

Here’s a slightly closer view. It was quite breezy that day which may be why I didn’t get a closeup shot

Twig against the sky, a dangling unknown
Twig against the sky, a dangling unknown

I’m hoping to return to this spot soon, and to remember to look. If I do and they are there I’ll follow up.

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 3, 2012