Doors of Charleston

Charleston

A favorite subject of photographers of Charleston, South Carolina, is various doorways. The doors seem to be colorful and somewhat rustic or nicely decorated. Some of the buildings are very well maintained and in a few cases you get these interesting worn walls. Recently I enjoyed walking around the old section of Charleston defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the French Quarter and Battery districts. This is where you will find the elegant homes that take you back a few centuries.

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Path Along the Ashley River

Middleton Place

This is a Southern Live Oak on a path along the Ashley River. Middleton Place in South Carolina is covered with these mossy trees. You can stroll the grounds and enjoy the vista of lakes and and the Ashley River intermingled with interesting trees.

Also there are gardens which Henry Middleton envisioned and began to create in 1741, reflect the grand classic style that remained in vogue in Europe and England into the early part of the 18th century. The principles of André Le Nôtre, the master of classical garden design who laid out the gardens at Vaux-le-Vicomte and the Palace of Versailles were followed. Rational order, geometry and balance; vistas, focal points and surprises were all part of the garden design.

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Footbridge

Middleton Place

I always like photographing old footbridges like this.  Their unique designs and scenic settings make interesting photos.  This particular bridge connects The Inn at Middleton Place with the restaurant and main grounds. The walk takes you around the lake with a view of the Rice Mill, manicured lawns and mossy trees. Also, there could be an alligator encounter or two but, while you want to steer clear of them, they don’t like people and will move away from you!

Middleton Place is a plantation in Dorchester County, directly across the Ashley River from North Charleston and about 15 miles northwest of Charleston, in the U.S. state of South Carolina.

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Old Mill

Middleton Place

About 15 miles northwest of Charleston South Carolina, along the Ashley River, is a plantation called Middleton Place. This is a National Historic Landmark, home to the oldest landscaped gardens in America, scenic lakes, old buildings and wildlife.

This is an old rice mill on one of the lakes. The lake is surrounded by manicured lawns and trees covered with moss. Walking around the lake you will encounter herons, swans and watch out for the alligators!

This is a very scenic place with an attached inn and restaurants on the grounds.

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Rustic Door

Charleston

Doorway in Charleston, South Carolina, historic district. These old doors in Charleston seem to be a popular thing to photograph with their rustic look and interesting colors. The district is full these well worn buildings and doorways.

The area is home to over 1,400 historic structures, with an unparalleled collection of 18th and 19th-century architecture. Built of brick, stucco, or clapboard, many of these structures are Charleston “single houses,” one room wide, with a gable end to the street and tiered piazzas. Others are plantation style houses.

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Japanese Garden Lake

Missouri Botanical Garden

A walk through the Missouri Botanical Garden is interesting just about any time of the year. The daylilies in the Japanese Garden down by the lake are a perfect example. The well trimmed Japanese Garden is probably the most popular part of the Botanical Garden with a lake bridges, and exotic plants.

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Garden of Harmony and Peace

Missouri Botanical Garden

Zig Zag Bridge at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Japanese Garden

Dedicated in 1977, our 14-acre Japanese Garden, one of the largest in North America, represents an evolution of centuries of tradition and a multiplicity of distinctly Japanese cultural influences.

Incorporating carefully designed plantings, waterfalls, beaches and islands, the Japanese Garden invites visitors to experience the thrill of personal interpretation and discovery in a serene landscape that’s uniquely beautiful in every season.

Linnean House

Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located at 4344 Shaw Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri. It is also known informally as Shaw’s Garden for founder and philanthropist Henry Shaw.

Built in 1882, the Linnean House (also “Linnæan House” in some historical references) is the oldest continuously operated public greenhouse west of the Mississippi River. It is the only remaining greenhouse at the Garden that was built during Henry Shaw’s day. It was designed by noted architect George I. Barnett, as were its two “sister” greenhouses in Tower Grove Park, the palm house and the plant house.

Observation Deck

Sunflower Fields

4,256-acre Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is a  preserve located on the south side of the Missouri River at its confluence with the Mississippi River. Annually they plant Sunflower fields for residents to explore and photograph. In the photo is an observation deck that makes an interesting addition to the photo.

Columbia Bottom is for those who love wide, open spaces. It’s located in a floodplain at the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the two largest in North America. The area features a paved, level hiking and biking trail that partially traverses the area with an out-and-back path. The trail, and much of the Columbia Bottom Area itself, has been reshaped by the dynamic forces of nature through recurring flooding. A boat ramp enables boaters and anglers to put in to the Missouri River, and a separate access gets paddlers onto the Mississippi.

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Daylilies at The Cascades

Daylilies in front of another Forest Park icon. In the background is a waterfall which may be the parks most prominent feature. Some of my earliest memories are of climbing up to the top to see where it was coming from. Now every photographer in the world is here doing wedding shots for their clients.  Also known as “The Cascades,” they are 85 years old this year.

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