Author Archives: Bill Barber

Photo Contest

I am asking for your help and support.  One of my photos is in the Grand Strand Magazines photo contest. Please go to and cast your vote for “Crazy Sister Sunset”!  Please share this with all your friends! Thank you!  

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Solarized Crotons

Crotons, Codiaeum variegatum, are evergreen, tropical shrubs that have been commonly grown in Florida landscapes for decades. They belong to the Euphorbiaceae Family. In southeastern Asia they have been cultivated for centuries and many hundreds of cultivars have been bred with a range of different leaf shapes, sizes and colors. Crotons are originally native to […]

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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Thomas Drayton and his wife Ann arrived from Barbados to the new English colony of Charles Towne and established Magnolia Plantation along the Ashley River in 1679. Thomas and Ann were the first in a direct line of Magnolia family ownership that has lasted more than 300 years and continues to this day. Magnolia Plantation […]

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Great Blue Heron

Yesterday I visited Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, SC. While there I had to visit their Audubon Swamp Garden. The Audubon Swamp Garden is a unique world where trees grow from the water, islands float, and everywhere wild creatures go about their secret lives. It boasts a diversity of living things almost unequaled anywhere […]

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Digital Camera World has posted in interesting article on creativity! Here is a link to 52 different photography projects that can keep you busy in 2015! Most can be done regardless of the weather. Click here to start getting creative.  

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Swizzle Inn

In May of 2014, my wife and I took a Celebrity cruise to Bermuda. It was an absolutely wonderful trip. Visited a gorgeous island and made many new friends. Our first day there was taken up with a tour. Our tour guide was fantastic. On our way back to the ship, we (there were 8 […]

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Sabattier Effect Revisited

Last night I pulled up an image I had taken of a Blue and Gold Macaw (see below). I then applied a Sabattier Effect to the Macaw (also see below). Using this effect can create some strange images. It is fun to play with! I have a written and video tutorial if you would like […]

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A Gift For You

As a gift to you I have created 2015 monthly calendars for you to use! The link below will take you to a page where you can download any or all months of 2015. Each download is a 8 1/2 x 11 printable PDF. Download all or a month at a time as you desire. […]

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Yellow-throated Warbler

The yellow-throated warbler (Dendroica dominica) is the most common member of the genus Dendroica in the southern United States, where it is known for being a harbinger of spring. It is aptly named for its brilliant plumage, with the bright yellow throat and breast, along with the white patch on the side of the neck, […]

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Tumba del Caracol

Tumba del Caracol The Celarain lighthouse (Faro de Celarain) sits on the Punta Sur promontory (Punta Celarain) and is part of a nautical museum. Just northeast of it is the Caracol (Tumba del Caracol), a Mayan site dedicated to Ixchel that was built during the post classic period and was built with a dome that […]

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