Monthly Archives: September 2012

Red River Beach Bridge

Sometimes on a dreary, cloudy, rainy day it is interesting to re-visit older images and reworking some with newer post-processing techniques. This little bridge is (or was) on the soundside of the Red River Beach on Cape Cod. Hope you enjoy it!


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Market Common at Night

The Market Common is a collection of shopping and eating establishments nestled together with living quarters on part of the old Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.  Within the shopping area is this fountain which i thought would make a good image at night when it is lighted. Hope you enjoy it!


Posted in outdoor, photography, South Carolina

Murrells Inlet Infrared

In infrared photography, the film or image sensor used is sensitive to infrared light. The part of the spectrum used is referred to as near-infrared to distinguish it from far-infrared, which is the domain of thermal imaging.


Posted in art and entertainment, Black and White, infrared, murrells inlet, photography, South Carolina

Angel Trumpet Flower

From the name itself, you can visualize what this flower looks like. It is large (about 20-50 cm long and 10-35 cm across) and trumpet shape. Very often, angel trumpet flower is used to relegate blooms of the closely related genus Datura. The main difference between the genera brugmansia and datura is their growth habit, in which the former exhibits a woody, shrubbery or tree habitat; whereas the latter is a herbaceous bush. Another distinguishing character is flower, which is pendulous in brugmansia and erect (non-pendulous) in datura. Also, the fruits of brugmansia are non-spiny, while that of datura are covered with spines. The same genus comprises seven flowering plant species, all of which are known by the common name, angel’s trumpet. Native to tropical regions, these plants are garden delights, bearing showy blooms in large numbers. The only concern about angel trumpet flower is its poisonous nature, which requires you to take extra care while growing it indoors or outdoors.


Posted in flowers, murrells inlet, outdoor, photography, South Carolina

Cabbage Palmetto

Cabbage palmetto (Sabal palmetto) is the most northerly and abundant of the native tree palms. Other names sometimes used are Carolina palmetto, common palmetto, palmetto, and cabbage-palm. This medium-sized unbranched evergreen palm commonly grows on sandy shores, along brackish marshes, in seacoast woodlands of Southeastern United States and throughout peninsular Florida. It can tolerate a broad range of soil conditions and is often planted as a street tree. Abundant fruit crops provide a good supply of food to many kinds of wildlife.

Cabbage palmetto is the most widely distributed of our native palm trees. Its range extends northward from the Florida Keys through its epicenter in south-central Florida to Cape Fear, NC. A disjunct population has been reported at Cape Hatteras, NC. From North Carolina south to the Florida line it hugs the coastline, usually occurring within 20 km (12 mi) of the ocean. In Florida, its northern boundary turns west through Gainesville and follows an ancient shoreline across the peninsula to the Gulf Coast. It then follows the shoreline westward to St. Andrews Bay where its range is slowly extending. Outside the United States, it is found in the Bahama Islands.

Cabbage palmetto is so called because of its edible terminal bud which tastes somewhat like that vegetable. The bud, also called swamp cabbage, is good both raw and cooked and is commercially canned and sold. Removal of the bud kills the tree, however. Cabbage palmetto was an important tree to the Seminole Indians, who often made their homes on cabbage-palm hammocks. They made bread meal from the fruit, which has a sweet, prunelike flavor, and they used the palm fronds to thatch their chickees (huts) and to make baskets. Many other uses of this tree are documented: pilings for wharfs because they resist attacks by seaworms, stems, hollowed out to form pipes for carrying water, ornamental table tops from polished stem cross-sections, canes, scrub brushes from the bark fibers and leaf sheaths, and logs for cribbing in early fortifications because they did not produce lethal splinters when struck by cannonballs.

Currently, young cabbage palmetto fronds are collected and shipped worldwide each spring for use on Palm Sunday. This tree is in flower when many other plants are not and is a significant source of a strong but delicious dark-amber honey.

Perhaps the most important uses are as an ornamental and as wildlife food. The sheer magnitude of its annual fruit crop is such that it provides a substantial part of the diet of many animals such as deer, bear, raccoon, squirrel, bobwhite, and wild turkey.


This image of a Sabal Palmetto, or Cabbage Palmetto, was taken in Murrells Inlet at Morse Park behind the Hot Fish Club and was shot in infrared.


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Morris Island Lighthouse

Morris Island lighthouse stands all alone about 300 yards off shore from the island of Folly Beach. It can be viewed from the northeast end of Folly Island and from the bridge coming on to Folly Beach.

The Morris Island lighthouse is now completely surrounded by water but was once sitting on a good sized island with numerous buildings around it. The lighthouse was completed in 1876 and was the second lighthouse to be built on the island.

In the 1700s there were three islands that stretched for four miles between Folly Island and Sullivan’s Island. They were named Middle Bay Island, Morrison Island, and Cummings Point. The first Charleston lighthouse was built on Middle Bay Island in 1767. The lighthouse was designed by Samuel Cardy and built by Adam Miller and Thomas Young. The tower was cylindrical and stood 102 feet tall. The lantern room had a revolving lamp that had a range of about 12 miles. In 1858 a Fresnel lens was installed.

In the early 1800s the channel leading to Charleston began to shift causing a change in the tidal currents. Sand began to build up between the islands and this resulted in the three islands merging into a single island. Since Morrison Island was the central of the three earlier islands, the now single island was called Morrison Island. Later the name was shortened to Morris Island.

The first Charleston lighthouse continued to provide service up to the Civil War. In 1861 the fleeing Confederate soldiers blew up the lighthouse so northern troops could not use it.

Following the civil war, in 1873, Congress appropriated money for the rebuilding of the Morris Island Lighthouse (then referred to as the Charleston Main Light). The lighthouse was completed in 1876 approximately 400 yards from the earlier tower. It stood 161 feet tall and was patterned after the Bodie Light of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. It even used the same paint scheme as a day mark – black and white horizontal stripes. There were a total of 15 buildings on the island besides the lighthouse tower. Included in these were the keeper’s quarters, various outbuildings, and a one-room schoolhouse (the school teacher came over from the mainland on Monday, taught the children during the week and returned to the mainland on Friday).

Toward the end of the 1800s the channel had again shifted, but this time the change threatened the Charleston Harbor. In order to keep the channel open several jetties had to be built. These were completed in 1889. Although the channel into Charleston was saved, the changing tidal currents resulting from the jetties caused severe erosion on Morris Island. The island began to shrink. By 1938 many of the buildings were destroyed and others moved. The light was automated in 1938 and the Fresnel lens was removed.

Since 1938 over 1600 feet of land surrounding the tower has been lost. Today it stands alone, completely surrounded by water. In 1962 the Sullivan’s Island lighthouse was built to replace the Morris Island Light, which was decommissioned. The U.S. Coast Guard had plans to demolish the tower but petitions from local residents saved the structure. The Coast Guard built an underground steel wall around the tower to protect it from further erosion damage. The lighthouse is now privately owned and efforts are underway to preserve the Morris Island Light.

The Morris Island Coalition – – is working hard to protect Morris Island. The Morris Island Lighthouse Project – – is working to preserve and restore the lighthouse. Please visit their sites and learn much more about the rich history of Morris Island.

Directions: The Morris Island Lighthouse can best be seen from the northeast end of Folly Beach. Take East Ashley Street until it ends. There is a parking lot there and then it is about a 1/4 mile walk to the beach.

Posted in Folly Beach, lighthouse, Morris Island Lighthouse, outdoor, photography, South Carolina

Another Textured Image

In the previous post, I mentioned that you would probably see more images with textures applied. After playing with this one today, I finally got it to where I liked it. I certainly hope you enjoy it too!

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Using Textures With Images

If you’ve spent anytime at all exploring photo sites, I’m sure you’ve notice a good many photographs that have a certain “vintage” look to them, a patina if you will. There are many variations to this theme, ranging from simple toning to full blown distressing of the photograph complete with film like grain or scratches and surface variation resembling an old or imperfect photo. Up till now you might have thought that achieving this look was difficult and time consuming, but in fact it is remarkably easy, and it is done using textures.

What exactly is a texture? The term texture when used in photoshop refers to an image that is used  on top of your own image that when adjusted via blend modes or opacity imparts a “texture” on your image. The “texture” doesn’t have to be of a physical texture, in fact it could be nearly anything, including another photo. Generally however textures will be photographs or scans of old pieces of paper, fabric, a hand written letter, etc. But it could be a image of clouds, rain drops on a windshield, a bokeh pattern, bubbles, water reflections, and on and on. That’s the beauty of using textures, they could be anything and combined infinitely to create a wide range of different looks.

Now I am a real rookie when it comes to using textures. However, after having seen some wonderful images created with textures by some photographer friends of mine, I just had to give it a try. What you see below is one of my first attempts. It’s easy to overdo textures, and I prefer to not stray to far from my original material, but you could take this is as far as you want with as many textures as you want.

I have a feeling that you will be seeing some more of these on this blog soon!

I hope you enjoy this one!


Posted in outdoor, photography, South Carolina, textures

Conway Train Station – Part two

The other day I posted an image from the Conway Train Station. Here is another shot from the same day at the station. Hope you enjoy it!


Posted in art and entertainment, Conway, outdoor, photography

Kaleidoscope Effect

Kaleidoscopes can be both fun and addictive to make. Here is an example that I made this evening. This kaleidoscope began life as a Bi-Color Rose. How did i do it? Look at the menu bar above and go to “Tutorials” and then “Make Kaleidoscope”. There you will find both a video and written instructions on how to do it!  Have Fun!


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