Thistle’s and Things

Here are a few pictures I took, while in Charleston, South Carolina, that just didn’t fit anywhere.

I decided to make a collage of pictures. And share them with you.

These mushrooms grow wild in the dogwalking field. I stuck my foot in there so you could see the size of the mushroom.

This owl is lit up everynight at the campground entrance. It’s about 50′ tall.

Look! It’s winking at you.

Fountain in a pond at James Island County Park Campgroud.

From where I mailed postcards to friends and family.

A tin man hanging from an awning.

A thistle, ready to set its seeds where ever the wind blows them.

Puppy tracks in the sand.

A crepe myrtle in full bloom.

Not exactly sure what this is supposed to be. Maybe you do?

Compare the size of this propeller to the street sign beside it.

I hope you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

 If you would like to read my other posts about our trip to Charleston, SC…click here.

Ferry Ride to Fort Sumter

While in Charleston, SC, we took the ferry ride to Fort Sumter National Monument.

To board, we went into downtown Charleston. To the Charleston Harbor Area.

Below, is where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers merge, forming the Charleston Harbor, and enter the Atlantic Ocean.

Notice the ship, waiting to enter the Charleston Harbor.

The ferry is double decker. The top is an open air ride and the bottom is air conditioned. It has restrooms and a snackbar, just in case you feel a hunger pang before you get back. The tour lasts about 2 and a half hours. The trips by ferry to and from last about 45 minutes each, with an hour to explore Fort Sumter.

During the ride, there is a recorded narration about Fort Sumter and the things you see during the ferry ride to and from the fort.

A park guide will tell you interesting facts about Fort Sumter and answer any questions you may have.

There is a gift shop and a museum to browse through at the fort.

Below are pictures I took while exploring the fort. I hope you enjoy them.

These pictures above and below are the living quarters of the men stationed at the fort. From ground level and from above.

When originally built, it was three stories high. The damage from the Civil War has reduced it to what’s left of ground level.

Below, is the view from a look-out tower.

I wonder when this pier (or what’s left of it) was originally built?

A view of Charleston, from the fort.

From this view, I imagined the soldiers, scared and hiding from the, seemingly, never ending cannon ball explosions.

I hope you enjoyed the trip to Fort Sumter National Monument.

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South Carolina Aquarium

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Barefoot and Stranded in Charleston, SC

Charleston Critters

A Walk Downtown, Charleston, SC

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Charleston 2008, Days Two and Three

Charleston 2008, Day One, cont.

Charleston 2008, Day One

Folly Beauty

I think I’ve made it clear how much I like visiting historical Charleston, SC.

And, you must know by now, how relaxing it is to me, to meander along Folly Beach, with my feet in the surf, in search of the perfect seashell.

I take notice of all I see, hear and feel around me. Nature at its finest.

Freezing a moment in time in a picture…priceless! And brings warm memories during those cold, dreary winter months.

As you scroll through the interesting things I found along the shores of South Carolina…

Imagine…

The warm southern breeze blowing your hair, the trees, the swishing sound of the wild sea oats, the dry leaves of the downfall lying along the shore…

The mocking call of a laughing gull as it hunts for its next meal.

The roar of the ocean surf as it rolls and tumbles toward the sandy shore.

The warm, soft sand under your feet and between your toes. The cool surf as it envelopes your feet and legs.

The smell of the salty air.

Imagine these things as you gaze upon these frozen moments…

Wild sea oats.

The pier at Folly.

A two-story crab house.

A serene, majestic Palmetto tree.

A message to my family and friends.

Laughing gulls, searching for supper.

I found this seashell and thought it looked interesting, sitting there all by itself.

I wondered how it would look, if I took a picture through the hole in the shell.

I wondered if the camera would focus on distant objects through the shell.

The more I took, the more I wanted to take.

But it was late and the sun was setting. Putting an end to my experimentation.

Except for the pier, these pictures were taken at a part of Folly Beach that’s not crowded or busy.

It’s a quarter mile walk, or bike ride to this part of Folly Beach.

It’s well worth the time it takes to get there.

 Has your imagination taken you on a trip to Folly Beach?

You can come back any time you like.

Love ya,

TFP

If you would like to read my other posts about Charleston, SC…click here.