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Garden Peeks

Gardens are tucked into the sides and rear of many homes on the Charleston Peninsula where space is at a premium. Most are separated from the sidewalk in this residential area by fences and gates but peeking through on a casual walk around these neighborhoods reveals many delights.

Large Succulent Through the Fence
Large Succulent Through the Fence

Some of the fences or walls are covered with plants and include some reptilian occupants peeking back out.

Lizard Peaking Out
Lizard Peaking Out

These Iris were swaying in the breeze behind a fence with wide slats.

Iris Through the Fence
Iris Through the Fence

The well-tended garden below was a colorful oasis backed by a green hedge.

Annuals through the fence
Annuals through the fence

This home has a below ground entry that is guarded by a gate, a lion and a pot of geraniums.

Lion Guarding Red Geraniums
Lion Guarding Red Geraniums

Many of the house lots are so narrow that there is just the house and the paved area to one side. Pots are the only way to make a garden here.

Flower Pots inside the gate
Flower Pots inside the gate

Dressed For Spring

We wandered the Charleston, SC peninsula along Church, Water and King Streets yesterday morning and I thoroughly enjoyed the amazing presentation of flower boxes.

Window Box
Window Box set in the window

Houses and businesses of all architectural styles have decorated with flowers.

Window Box
Window Box hanging over the side walk

Some of the containers match the building and others are a cascade of flowers and you can’t really tell.

Window Box
Window Box – pink petunias

Most of these are private homes and plantation shutters for privacy on the inside are common.

Window Box
Window Box with Hydrangeas

Most of these buildings also have functional exterior shutters that can be closed for hurricanes.

Window Box
Window Boxes on brick exterior

Many of the boxes stuck to a monochromatic theme.

Window Box
Window Box with pink flowers

This little garden seems overloaded with color and style.

Window Box
Window Box

Aiken-Rhett House: The Outside

Elizabeth Street is the main entrance of the Aiken-Rhett House , making it appear more modest than it is. Many Charleston streets have the houses arranged this way, with the narrow part of the house facing the street. This was done to maximize space, not reduce taxes as the myth is often told.

This house is a little unusual as it sits at an intersection so there is no house immediately to the right and that it encompasses a “townhouse complex” that includes several outbuildings which indicate the original owner’s wealth. The orange color is also not the norm.

Aiken-Rhett House
Aiken-Rhett House

Wide piazzas on the first two main levels of the house run the length of the building. Below is the first level, with one of the enormous windows open, which serves as a door from the drawing room onto the piazza. Manipulating the breeze was essential to comfort during Charleston’s humid summers.

Aiken-Rhett House
Aiken-Rhett House first floor piazza

Large windows with shutters were used throughout the buildings, including this one that housed the kitchen, laundry, and slave quarters.

Aiken-Rhett House
Aiken-Rhett House Property, domestic services building with slave quarters

The property, encompassing just over one half acre per Charleston County records, runs all the way from Judith Street on the piazza side of the house to Ann Street.

A  privy stood in each back corner of the property. The photo below was taken from inside one of these little buildings.

Aiken-Rhett House
Aiken-Rhett House property from rear privy

At one time the entrance from Ann Street was lined with a row of Live Oaks, making a stately entrance through a gate for the horse drawn carriages. Horses were stabled along with their carriages in the building on the right below. Additional slave quarters were overhead.

Aiken-Rhett House
Aiken-Rhett House, domestic building on left, rear of the main house, stable and carriages on the right

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Aiken-Rhett House: Looking Up

The Aiken-Rhett House is a historic museum in downtown Charleston, SC. Last renovated in the 1850s the house is full of well crafted details, many you have to crane your neck to see. The back stairwell is crowned by a ceiling medallion three flours up.

Aiken-Rhett House
Aiken-Rhett House

Most of the rooms are big, with high ceilings. This drawing room sported one of many large chandeliers in the house.  The gigantic mirror and its gilding would help reflect the light into the room.

Aiken-Rhett House
Aiken-Rhett House

This metal chandelier had a simpler ceiling medallion. but the room was well decorated with crown molding and carved woodwork.

Aiken-Rhett House
Aiken-Rhett House

Ringed by these serious faces, this light fixture was never upgraded from gas fuel, even though the house was occupied by Aiken descendants into the 1970s.

Aiken-Rhett House
Aiken-Rhett House

Light was enhanced in the home’s art gallery with a skylight that had its own ceiling decorations.

Aiken-Rhett House
Aiken-Rhett House

The four sides of the skylight have windows to capture light indirectly, protecting the art work. This image taken out a window on the second floor shows the skylight from the outside.

Aiken-Rhett House Skylight
Aiken-Rhett House Skylight

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Shem Creek Board Walk

The shrimp boats and a few sail boats were docked for the day along Shem Creek, a long time fishing center turned tourist attraction when the board walk was added. The smaller inlet off the creek winds around the marsh and frequently hosts egrets, herons and other water birds.

Shem Creek

Shem Creek – click image for larger viewTaken with my new 20mm lens, 3/24/2018.

Sony Alpha 6500, Sony 20mm F2.8

Do Dogs Like Sunsets?

Do Dogs Like Sunsets?

Maybe they don’t care, but they sure like walks on the beach!

Man and Dogs Watching Sunset
Man and Dogs Watching Sunset, second dog is directly behind the man

It was a beautiful end to the day, the tide was out and there was very little breeze. The temperature around 60 degrees F (15 C) belied that it is still winter in South Carolina.

Man and Dogs Watching Sunset
Man and Dogs Watching Sunset

Sun setting behind Folly River from Folly Beach County Park, 2/6/2018.