Friday, April 4, 2014

The Arrival....



I arrived in Charleston, SC on a cool, misty, partly cloudy day, but that certainly didn't stop me from exploring immediately after checking into my hotel.  Since it was already getting late I didn't want to wander too far from my new home for a week. The hotel desk ladies said that I really should go see the "Angel Oak Tree" which apparently wasn't too far from the hotel.  Along with the car rental, I made sure I also rented a GPS because I knew I would be traveling to places unknown and I certainly did not want to get lost. So with my GPS and the printed directions from the hotel I headed off.

I found myself in the front of an old Anglican church with an attached graveyard, but saw no tree that I thought would have been 1500 years old...altho there were plenty of trees, all with that wonderful Spanish Moss hanging from each limb, none looked to be that old.  Another car pulled into the parking spot next to mine with a woman (Mom) and 2 young ladies (daughters) in tow.  I asked them if they knew where the Angel Oak was...."Oh, just down that road, but don't go now, there are huge buses with hoards of people."  OK, that gives me time to wander around the old graveyard and drool over the flowers that were coming into bloom.





 I even found red berries entangled in the moss....


Standing under the old live oaks there were hundreds of acorns and fallen leaves at my feet....and yes, I wore my Sketcher's Go Walks practically everyday.  They sure were comfortable with all the walking I did in a week's time...


 OK, the buses were gone so I headed off down the road to see this 1500 year old tree....


Yep, it was big and it was old.  See that little tiny person, that just gives you an idea as to just how big this historical and amazing tree is.


There are times I feel as old and saggy as this....


All kinds of growth happening on these branches....


And ofcourse there was a gift shop but the porch looks like it could use a little sprucing up for Spring....


I have many more adventures to share in the coming days....but if you want a preview, hop on over to my collaborative blog Focusing On Life where I have shared many of my Charleston images.

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."
Until next time.....















25 comments:

  1. That tree is awesome. I also like the photos you took in the cemetery.

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  2. I've photographed both those places. You're lucky there were no people climbing all over the tree so you could focus on its beauty. Must be a lovely time to visit Charleston; I usually go in the heat of summer when you can't breathe and can cut the humidity with a sword!

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  3. that tree is so amazing. i hope it lasts for eons to come.

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  4. Wow- that tree...I would love to see it! I hope you are having a grand time!

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  5. what a wonderful start to your stay, love that tree, just gorgeous.

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  6. Looks like you were off to a grand adventure. What an incredible tree.

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  7. That's an incredible tree! You are a true adventurer and you find the best scenes!

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  8. WOW! Such beautiful photos! Looks so amazing my friend! And that tree is awesome!

    Hugs~

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  9. Hi Deanna what a wonderful place to spend a week. The light in that first shot is wonderful.. Wow! That tree is amazing, well worth finding. Have a great weekend.

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  10. Love those rockers! Looks like a treasure load of photo opportunities in Charleston.

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  11. So glad you found Spring in Charleston, I also hopped over to FOL and enjoyed all the beautiful things you've captured.

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  12. What a wonderful place with such a magical light , looks like your week has been a really great one! !

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  13. bet it's great to be back home again Deanna - and with your two little precious companions again. They will have missed you. Look forward to upcoming posts; loved this one. I especially like the branches resting on the ground - where gravity has taken over ...

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  14. Great post Deanna and love your shots , especially since I missed the tree. Bet your fur friends are happy to have you home again. Really enjoyed our trip!

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  15. Absolutely beautiful post Deanna. I love the South. Such charm and history and deep rooted love of state.

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  16. Great tree, and a visit to a churchyard is always wonderful.

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  17. I am so in love with that old rocker!
    Charleston is really such a charming place, and I look so forward to seeing more photographs from your trip.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Deanna.

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  18. That tree is amazing! I love walking through old cemeteries ... so much history!

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  19. Fantastic looking forward to more photos.

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  20. You have no idea how you've made my heart yearn for Charleston ... and I have to wait until July this year. Beautiful photos and they really do stir my heart. You know, it took a while but now I believe I love the marsh areas as much as the ocean areas. Yes, the Low Country has a way of getting in your blood.

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  21. i love the old rocking chair. what great character. ( :

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  22. My gracious these are just spectacular. Love Spanish Moss - oh my.

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  23. These are wonderful shots. That first shot is awesome. Sounds like a grand trip.

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  24. I'm never disappointed when I see you wonderful photography. So many great photos but may I just say those shots of that tree are just amazing, it is stunning.

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  25. So gorgeous, Deanna! I was happy to join you from where I sit.

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