Tag Archives: Urban

Red-tailed Hawk Downtown

We often walk through the cemetery at Charleston’s Circular Congregational Church when we are in the neighborhood. Filled with trees, it is welcoming to many birds which may be why a Red-tailed Hawk buzzed the area, cruising over my head. He never slowed and I watched his beautiful tail disappear over a wall headed towards Queen Street.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

We headed that way too, wondering if he might be perched in a nearby tree. Even better, he was in clear view on the tile roof of one of the old French Quarter homes.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk against a harsh sky

I switched to my long lens and he stayed put while I angled around the front of the building, getting a few views of this temporary king of Queen Street.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk — finally a view with the tail

Daily life went on below him: post-Irma trash pick up, street repairs, tourists bent on seeing every street but missing the details, a suited business man conducting his business on the phone in the street…nothing seemed to faze him.

A Pastel Street

The historic residential areas of Beaufort, SC have many jewels of architectural delight. The sizes range from mansions to what are now called “tiny homes.”

On some streets, the neighboring houses complement each other like this row of pastel pink, blue and yellow homes, all exquisitely decorated including the color of the porch ceilings.

A pastel street in Beaufort
A pastel street in Beaufort

The white trim and the stained glass in the front door are perfect accents adding to this home’s charm.

A pastel street in Beaufort
Front porrch in Beaufort


Green Heron Sit-In

This fellow was a stand out on a small island in a city park with twenty or more juvenile and adult Green Herons.

Green Heron
Green Heron – click on photo for larger view

He wanted some Attention!

Green Heron
Green Heron  – click on photo for larger view

When there was no response he took a break and perched in the water, something I’ve never seen a heron of any kind do before.

Green Heron
Green Heron and Reflection  – click on photo for larger view

WPC: Names

Store window on King Street, Downtown Charleston, SC.

Photo Challenge: Names, Store Window

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The Daily Post Photo Challenges:

“This week, share a photo that includes a name. When you stop and look around, you realize that we’re surrounded by names: street signs, name tags, vanity license plates, boat names, brand names, the spines of the books on your shelf… there are possibilities everywhere.”

Urban Rookery

White Point Garden, a public park at the tip of Charleston Peninsula, is home to a Night Heron Rookery.


In mid-August the young were on their own, investigating the ground and the limbs of the massive Live Oaks that provide a dappled shade throughout the park.


The parents were less visible and appeared to be sleeping while the young were out exploring, oblivious to the tourists strolling underneath.



Class of 2020!

I was taken aback when I saw this sign. 2020, how could that be?

That the sign itself looks like a 1920s Art Deco leftover adds to my nostalgic feeling of time passing by. This is compounded by the Riviera box office and the preserved entrance to Silver’s Five and Dime on the same block of King Street.



This class of students will see changes in all facets of their lives over the next four years. Locally, one aspect of this is pointed out by the construction cranes that dot the Charleston peninsula, like this one just a block away from the Welcome sign.


Four years will fly by; we should check back in May of 2020 and tally what we all hope will be a net gain towards progress.


In the mean-time, the C of C’s Sottile Theater is ready to get this year started.

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