I just returned from a wonderful extended Thanksgiving weekend with my daughter, Jackie. Jackie lives in North Augusta, South Carolina. When I tell people this, I quickly discover that not many folks know anything about North Augusta. They know about Augusta, Georgia, which sits directly across the Savannah River from North Augusta. Here is a brief history of North Augusta, SC, along with a few images I took both there and from Aiken, SC.
In 1902, James U. Jackson, who as a boy envisioned a new town in the bluff areas above the flood plains, developed the plans for 600 acres that would make up the new town. He hired the best designers from New York to design this new town–North Augusta. Critics in Augusta told him that, since the Fifth Street bridge would be the only access to the town and people would have to travel through the slums of what remained of Hamburg to get to the new town, nobody would be interested in going there. James Jackson was a visionary and continued to pursue the vision he had for the town. He traveled to New York to get financial backing and built a new bridge to North Augusta–the Thirteenth Street/Georgia Avenue bridge. The town of North Augusta became a reality and was incorporated in 1906.
The original land area was approximately 722 acres. In 1951, the City held a referendum and extended its boundaries to an area of 5,139 acres. Since 1951, the City has annexed over 6,000 acres, bringing the total land area to approximately 19.5 square miles. North Augusta is located in Aiken County in the southwestern portion of South Carolina and 67 miles west of Columbia, the State capitol. The Savannah River forms the State line between South Carolina and Georgia. The City’s nearest neighbor is Augusta, Georgia, located just across the Savannah River.
The best part of the past remains in North Augusta today, blended with a modern outlook to create a unique community that has pride in its commitment to be independent and self reliant with a deep sense of togetherness and achievement.
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One of the things Liz and I love about our travels is the opportunity to visit new places and try new things. Although the phrase “new things” can encompass a lot, quite often it means gastronomical culinary delights. Recently we were in St Thomas, USVI, and after a morning of sightseeing and an hour or so walking from one local business to another, we decided to find look for a local watering hole/eatery. Turning down Hibiscus Alley and heading toward the waterfront we discovered Greengo’s Caribbean Cantina. We “discovered” Greengo’s just like Columbus “discovered” the New World, there were already people there! But that’s another story.
This is a very quaint restaurant with indoor seating and small outside seating as well. The establishment was clean and the help was superb. The atmosphere and decor were very rustic and authentic. Food was delicious and the drinks were tasty. Prices were reasonable. Painted on the walls were some designs that I found interesting. Of course I had my camera with me and you can see these paintings below.
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Do you remember playing with a kaleidoscope as a kid? You know, that cylinder with mirrors and loose colored objects like beads or pebbles or bits of glass. You would turn the cylinder and watch with amazement as wonderous shapes took form and then changed before your eyes.
Most kaleidoscopes are mass-produced from inexpensive materials, and intended as children’s toys. At the other extreme are handmade pieces that display fine craftsmanship. Craft galleries often carry a few kaleidoscopes, while other enterprises specialize in them, carrying dozens of different types from different artists and craftspeople. Most handmade kaleidoscopes are now made in Russia and Italy, following a long tradition of glass craftmanship in those countries.
I like to create my own kaleidoscope images – images that look like what you might see when looking into a kaleidoscope. Below are some I created today. Let me know if you enjoy them!
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Murrells Inlet is my home! Everybody likes to brag about their home, and guess what — Murrells Inlet is legendary! It’s the place where hushpuppies were invented, where Blackbeard and other pirates of the high seas stashed their ill-gotten booty. It’s the place where local and visitor alike have reported the chance meeting with one of the Inlet’s local ghosts. History in our community began writing itself long before this area was officially named Murrells Inlet by the post office in 1913. The origin of this name remains a mystery with theories resting in passed-down legends of pirates and fishermen and incomplete records of landowners, plats and maps.
By the 1700s, scores of pirates had taken to the high seas to intercept cargo vessels and make off with the goods. The South Carolina coastal waters were especially productive for pirates and the coves and inlets along Murrells Inlet provided great hiding places for those marauders.
Pirates who became local legends include Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard because of his coal-black beard, and Drunken Jack, who was left behind on an island with a huge stash of stolen rum (and died with a smile on his face).
Our history includes Native American tribes, 16th century Spanish explorers and English colonists. By the 1800s successful rice plantations were producing almost 47 million pounds of rice and were more successful than the tobacco and cotton plantations of the Southeast.
People who summered in Murrells Inlet in the 1800s generally traveled by steamboat docking at the Wachesaw River Landing. The river steamboats were known for excellent food and many of the steamboats’ cooks settled in Murrells Inlet, giving the area a reputation for savory cuisine long ago.
Yep – Murrells Inlet is where I call home! If you have not ever been here, you owe it to yourself to visit at least once. Put us on your “bucket list”!
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Todays Featured Photographer is my friend Janine Briggs. Here’s Janine telling you a little bit about herself –
I am an amateur photographer and a Massachusetts native, since 2005 my husband Fred and I live in Surfside Beach South Carolina with our golden retriever Ginger. In 2010 we vacationed in Yellow Stone National Park and my passion for wildlife and landscape photography blossomed. I am a member of Carolina Natures Photographers Association of which I have been actively attending meetings, outings and workshops. Through the coaxing of my friends I am now a member of the Seacoast Artist Guild. I am always looking forward to when I can get out and shoot. There are many places of interest in this country, of which, I have only visited a few. My bucket list for places to visit continues to grow as I learn more in the world of photography.
I hope that you all enjoy what I have accomplished.
Thanks, Janine! You can see more of Janine’s work on her Flickr page, at the Charleston Art Shop, at Fine Art America, and on Facebook!
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Today’s Featured Photographer is Jason Bennett. Jason and his wife, Erica, own a small video and photography company called Docent Prodigy in Charleston, SC. The historic surroundings and southern charm of the area provide an easy and inviting canvas on which to paint a photographer’s vision. Jason has worked in the TV industry for 15 years and branched out into fine art photography as well as portraiture as a way to expand his skills and express himself in new and exciting ways.
To see more about Jason, you can catch him at these links:
Here are some images that Jason has shared with us. Click on image for larger view:
Charleston area photographer Kate Silvia is my “Featured Photographer” today. Like other you have seen so far, Kate is an active member of the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association Here is what Kate has to say for herself –
The fact of the matter is, I’ve always loved taking pictures…even when I didn’t really know how. I’ve also always loved teaching others. I was the person who loved to train the new people at whatever job I had. (There’ve been a few…an environmental regulator, an aquarium curator…yes I swam with sharks and got bit by a moray eel, a juggler at the games at Six Flags in my younger years) But I digress…
I really love seeing an aspiring photographer take a shot that they didn’t know they could and just grin ear to ear. I’m tickled by Photoshop newbies when they see how much they can improve what the camera spits out and make the images reflect their emotions when they captured them.
My photographic goals are simple, to Inspire People! In my nature work, I want to inspire people to better appreciate the natural world and hopefully take simple steps to improve the environment. For my portraiture, I want to capture precious moments for families that will bring them joy for years to come.
Thanks, Kate – I know that there are many you have inspired with your work. If you would like to see more of Kates work, visit her website or her blog her FaceBook page and her YouTube page.
Here are some images that Kate has shared with us: Click on image for larger view
WOW! It’s October already! Where has this year gone? Our Featured Photographer today is Maria Delaney! Here’s what Maria has to say about herself –
Sharing my images and some of my once in a lifetime shots with everyone has become one of my passions. I enjoy capturing the intense colors just before the sun peeks out and brightens the beach and marshes as well as the beautiful sunrises.
I am a published and an award winning photographer who calls Pawleys Island, SC home. My photographs depict glorious nature scenes, beach residents, wildlife, and city scenes that are viewed around the world. My husband and I are S.C.U.T.E. volunteers dedicated to sea turtle conservation. A portion of the sale proceeds from turtle images are used to educate people about these endangered species and to support the adoption of an injured sea turtle.
Four of my photos, Breach, Frolicking, Lunch Time, and Volcano were selected and are being immortalized on the cruise ship, The Royal Princess.
I am a member of the Carolina’s Nature Photographers Association and am on the Board of Directors for Seacoast Artist Guild and the Seacoast Mall Gallery Director at Murrells Inlet.
Here are a few images Maria has chosen to share with us:
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Our “Featured Photographer” today is Linda Blumer! Linda resides in Kentucky but is still an active member of the Carolinas’ Nature Photography Association.
After working in the film world, Linda has evolved into the digital realm of photography. A digital SLR camera and a digital darkroom give Linda a new outlook on photography. Creating unique images is the artistic force that drives Linda to continue her photographic journey.
In addition to digital photography, Linda uses alternative Photographic processes such a Polaroid and Fuji lifts and transfers, hand coloring of black and white photos, gum and cyanotypes. You can view more of Linda’s work on her FaceBook page and on her Website.
Here are some images Linda has shared with us. Click on image for larger view.