- Thanksgiving 2016 at Lake Keowee, SC
We gathered at Steve and Melinda's lake house for Thanksgiving. We were joined by Melinda's parents, her brother, Michael, an aunt, Betty Williford. Ryan Clarke who is engaged to Sarah Jenkins was there. All our family made if for the occasion as Stan, and Cheryl and their children, Joe and Marilyn made if for dessert. Great day of family, friends, food, and fellowship. We are very blessed.
- Callaway 2016
Here are a few shots from our trip to Callaway Gardens to see the Fantasy in Lights Show. Last year we rode on a bus and it took forever for 40 people with cameras and tripods to get on and off the bus. I suggested we use the Trams this year and we did. The ability to get on and off the Tram was much superior to the bus, but most of us had not come prepared for the open air Tram and several in the group were really cold. I will admit that while the Tram was in motion, the wind was cold but it was 48 degrees and not all that cold when stopped to take pictures. The group was not too kind about my insistence to use the Tram. What difference does it make, I will be too old to go back next year. If you take the Tram as a normal visitor, you can't stop and take photos. If you have never seen the lights, they are a sight to behold, plan a trip before they are taken down this year. You have plenty of time to plan a trip. Dress warmly!!!!
- Pretty Place - Symmes Chapel - Greenville YMCA
When traveling on Highway 11, you take Highway 276 west towards North Carolina. Along the way, you will pass a location known as Bald Rock. It offers a lovely view but the rock has been covered with graffiti and detracts from the beauty of the location.
When you reach the NC/SC border you will see a sign indicating the location of the Greenville YMCA Camp. Take that road. You travel a few miles to the camp and then on around to the chapel. Check to see if it is open to the public before going. A number of services and weddings are held there.
- Greenville, SC Downtown
This is the area of Downtown Greenville that has drawn raves for the improvements that have led to a vibrant, active center of town. The improvements are not new, but if you have not visited the area, you should put it on your itinerary. You will be impressed. These photos were taken the 30th of October, 2016.
- Furman University Today
A few scenes from Furman University today. Like all areas of the southeast, the campus is reeling from a severe lack of water and the reflection pond is impacted by the drought. I just ran by Furman University today after a brief visit to Greenville, SC. The first two slides indicate the location of the campus in town when I attended as a Freshman in 1953.
- Cherokee Scenic Highway - South Carolina Highway 11
These are scenes along Highway 11 and locations adjacent to Highway 11 leading to other venues.
- Sassafras Mountain - Highest peak in SC
- Back roads of upstate SC-on and adjacent to Highway 11
- Devils Fork State Park Lake Jocassee in SC
- Jones Gap State Park
Jones Gap State Park is part of the wilderness trail in the upper reaches of the state from Oconee County to Table Rock State Park.
- Campbell's Covered Bridge - Gowensville, SC - Greenville County
Take Highway 14 east at the intersection of 11 and 14 and go just a short distance and you will see the entrance on your right to Campbell's Covered Bridge. There is a nice picnic area there and the park is maintained by Greenville County
- North Greenville University at Tigerville
North Greenville University is located about seven miles east of Highway 11. You can get there by taking Highway 101 or Hwy 25 and follow the signs. This was my first visit to the university and I was very impressed. There must be a number of commuting students because all the parking lots were overflowing.
- Cowpens National Battlefield
- Gaffney Peachoid - I-85 at Highway 11
Located along Interstate I-85 at the Highway 11 intersection, you will find the famous Peachoid. To access the property, take Highway 11 and as you pass the car dealership on your left, turn left onto the frontage road and locate the Fatz Restaurant on your right. Park in the restaurant parking lot and walk next door to the famous landmark.
- Kings Mountain National Military Park
The facility at Kings Mountain National Military Park is a location that should be on your bucket list. I am ashamed to say that this was my first visit to the park but it won't be my last. On my visit workmen were renovating the headquarters so I did not get a shot of the building. I intend to rectify that soon with another visit. Hope to see you there then.
The park has a paved (ground rubber particles) that makes for easy walking. I must warn you that the terrain is very hilly and not for faint hearted hikers. Take your time, plenty of benches along the way, you will want to rest and reflect as you traverse these hallowed grounds.
To access the park, you take exit 2 in North Carolina, which will become Highway 216 and then Battleground Drive and that becomes Park Road.
- Limestone College-Gaffney, SC
- Gaffney, SC The start or end point for Highway 11, depending on your direction of travel
- Chattooga Belle Farm 454 Damascus Church Road
This farm is part of a 2,000 acre farm once owned by Groucho Marx (Julius Henry). At the time he owned the orchard, it was the biggest apple producing orchard east of the Mississippi River.
The Chattooga Belle Farm is a working farm of 138 acres in a lovely setting. It is the scene of a number of weddings.
- Chau Ram County Park ("Best Kept Secret")
Chau Ram County Park (pronounced "chaw-ram") ("Best Kept Secret") is a local park that accommodates campers as well as day visitors.
- Long Creek Community Highway 76 from Westminister to SC-GA state line
These are a few scenes from Long Creek area of Oconee County. Essentially it is the area from Westminister, SC to the SC-GA state line. Many of the locations are roads that connect with Highway 76.
While all the shots posted here are from the Long Creek area, I did divide the shots into three groups, to give some definiton to the area.
- Greenwood, SC Train Museum
- Rockton-Rion Train Museum
- Fairfield County Scenes
- Newberry County Scenes
- Double Celebration: Steve, 52nd Birthday - Sarah, Graduation from UGA
The celebration for Steve's 52nd birthday and Sarah's graduation was held at their home on Lake Keowee. Several friends dropped by in the course of the day and we had a wonderful meal and great fellowship. What a great day for our family.
- Scenes from Hwy 178 from Greenwood to Saluda, SC
I took these photos while heading for a funeral at Irmo, SC. I passed a couple of the scenes and I remembered the adage, take it when you see it because it might be gone the next time you are by here. So the photos are in the order taken but not in the order that I saw the scenes.
- Angel Oak Tree, St. John's Island, Charleston, SC
Copied from the Angel Oak Website.
Angel Oak Tree
The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be in excess of 400-500 years old, stands 66.5 ft (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2). From tip to tip Its longest branch distance is 187 ft. There is considerable debate about the age of the Angel Oak. Some contend that it is 1,500 years old. Most believe that the more conservative estimates are more accurate.
It is an absolute must see for anyone visiting Charleston South Carolina. It is on everyone’s top ten list of things to do in Charleston. Despite being located on John’s Island, the Angel Oak has come to symbolize Charleston South Carolina. A large number of people search for “Angel Oak Charleston South Carolina” even thought this tree is on John’s Island. It is a southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park, on Johns Island SC.
- Capers Island Family Shots
- Barrier Island Eco Tour
- Isle of Palms, Charleston, SC-MacLellan-Harvill-Jenkins Vacation
- Oconee County, SC - Golden Corner
- Lake Keowee-Father's Day-2016
The weather was lovely, temperatures in the 80's and while the wind was strong, it contributed to the many sailboats on the lake. The lake is divided by two highways. Highway 130 divides the upper and lower of the two lakes and Highway 11 further divides the upper lake into the two sections. Over the course of the weekend, we traveled the full length of Lake Keowee.
- Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
The Act authorizing the Wildlife Refuge was passed in 1935 but it was 1939 before the land for this location began to be assembled. There is 45,348 acres in this unit. There about 30 ponds in the area and the primary focus of the refuge is wildlife and restoring the Long Leaf Pine forest. The tree farms require frequent burning to maintain the health of the mature trees and provide habitat for the wildlife in the area.
- White County Georgia
I made a short trip to White County to attend the retirement party for a deaf friend and took my camera and recorded a few shots. Hope you enjoy the brief visit.
- A vist to Auburn University
- Sarah's UGA Graduation 5-13-2016
The University of Georgia, disregarding all suspicions, held their graduation on Friday the 13th of May, 2016. Over 5,000 students received diplomas in the ceremony which was held at Sanford Stadium on the campus of the University of Georgia. Proud parents, grandparents, family and friends filled the stadium for the program. The evening ended with a delightful fireworks display.
- Chesterfield-Ruby Area Churches
These are the most established churches in the Chesterfield-Ruby area with which I am familiar.
- Greek Tragedy-Westwood High School
This was the last Drame Performance of the Class of 2016. They presented Antigone, a Greek Tragedy
- Hull-Winterville-Watkinsville-Botanical Garden
All these photos were taken on a Sony 7a camera. Full frame, but very light weight. Excellent color rendition.
- Westwood High in Blythewood, SC Presents: Little Shop of Horrors
- Chesterfield County February 2016
- A trip to Starr, SC in Anderson County
- Hagood Mill Pickens County, South Carolina
Hagood Mill Historical Site and Folklife Center is operated by the County and City of Pickens. You can view the webpage at:
It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. They have special programs the third Saturday where many colonial skills are demonstrated.
I used two cameras on this visit and you may see some of the same scenes taken by different cameras. There may be subtle changes in the way the different cameras capture the scene. If you are not able to visit in person, I hope this album will give you some sense of what you might enjoy.
The waterwheel on the old mill which began operation around 1845 will be replaced this year. March is the scheduled date depending on weather conditions. The new waterwheel is being constructed in Lexington, KY and will be assembled, checked for tolerances, dis-assembled, shipped to Hagood Mill and re-assembled and installed. The old waterwheel had been exposed to so many years of wet to dry status that the wood had begun to deteriorate beyond repair status.
- Waterloo, SC
- Lake Greenwood and Rock Presbyterian Church
I made a quick trip to see a friend at Martha Franks Retirement Center in Laurens. These scenes were taken on the trip. The lake shots were taken on the way to Laurens and the church shots were taken on the way back.
- Christmas at Lake Keowee-2015
Our family gathers at Steve and Melinda's Lake House on Lake Keowee, near Salem, SC. We are joined by Melinda's parents, Mike and Martha Hunter and by Melinda's aunt, Betty Williford.
- Barnwell, SC
- Olar, SC
- Colleton County: Walterboro, SC
- A few scenes from Myrtle Beach, SC
- Murrelle's Inlet, SC
- Scenes from Conway, SC
- Twin Falls in Pickens County South Carolina
Twin Falls is known by more than one name, but all refer to the same water source. You can learn more about the falls at this location: http://hikingthecarolinas.com/twin_falls.php
Other names are: Reedy Cove Falls, Rock Falls, or Eastatoe Falls. The falls are about 75 feet in height and they both cascade over granite boulders to the catch pond below.
- Jumping-Off Rock Overlook Jocassee Gorge
This album is a result of a day spent wondering through the wilderness of Jocassee Gorge
- John C. Campbell Folk School
- Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens - Pine Mountain, GA
These shots are pretty well self explanatory. These are only a few of the shots we were able to stop and take during our tour of the lights. They start erecting the lights in September and take them down in February. It is a large drain on the manpower of the staff but the display is outstanding. If you have never visited the gardens during the display of the lights you should put that on your list of things to do. You won't be disappointed. We were traveling on a bus with about 25 people and so to stop and dismount and then load again after shooting took considerable time.
The normal visit allows you to ride in open trolleys but they don't stop to allow you to take pictures. Many of the shots took several seconds so you can see there were logistic problems with the number involved. Hope this brief album gives you some idea of what you might see.
- F. D. Roosevelt State Park-Warm Spring GA
- Callaway Garden Lights - Lynn
We attended a photo shoot at Callaway Gardens and saw the Fantasy In Lights at the garden. We were in a large group and it was difficult to find the perfect location to shoot so many shots have been cropped to remove the forms of people who were ahead of the camera. This was Lynn's first night shoot and she was using an unfamiliar camera. Here results were quite nice.
- NC Day Trip 11-11-15
Jump Off Rock at Laurel Park, NC. It is a twisting route to the top of Jump Off Rock but the view is lovely there. On November the 11th when I visited it was a blue sky and colorful leaves in the brisk breeze at the montain top. People from several states were there, picnic families and couples, bicycle riders (that must have been a grueling climb) and a few photographer were gathered at the top.
I spent an hour reflecting on my military service (18 months in Korea from 56-57), my education career and my life in general. I feel blessed in so many ways. Wish I could photography the area in all seasons.
- SC Day Trip 11-11-15
- N C Towns visited
We visited three towns on our photo shoot, Southern Pines, Cameron, and Vass, NC. Here are a few scenes from each of the towns.
- Malcolm Blue Farms at Aberdeen, NC
The Malcolm Blue Farm was a functioning farm at one time and it has been preserved as an example of an early farming operation. For years it was operated by volunteers but the available volunteers has declined to the point where the town of Aberdeen, NC now maintains the facility. The day we were there, the last volunteer was there and he told us about the operation of the farm. He moved to Aberdeen several years ago and has been a volunteer here for 17 years.
- Carvers Creek State Park at Spring Lake, NC
Carvers Creek State Park was originally the home of James Stillman Rockefeller. He left the park to the state and additional land has been purchased and it is a relatively new state park.
Check out the website at:
- Weymouth Woods Nature Preserve Southern Pines, NC
Weymouth Woods Nature Preserve is a managed forest of longleaf pines. It is located in the sandhills of North Carolina, adjacent to Southern Pines, NC.
- Painted Barns of Cameron, NC
Cameron, NC is a small community with most businesses converted from their original purpose to antiques today. It is a friendly town with attractive homes and churches. It has a wonderful restaurant in the basement of an old Hardware store that is an antique shop today.
Around the 1990, a local citizen convinced several farmers to let him paint the primarily old tobacco barns but other structures and even some houses to attract publicity to the community. He then engaged a group of "Hippies" or travelers to paint anything that struck their fancy on the barns. The scenes you will see are the results of that painting episode and how they have weathered over the years. This is not necessarily great photography but an effort to show how one man's idea generated publicity for his community and today many photographer still visit to capture the scenes. Hope you enjoy this representation.
- Lake City, SC
While on the way to a photo shoot in NC, I took a brief detour by The Scranton Cafe for lunch and a few shots from favorite locations in Lake City, SC. We lived in Lake City from 1983-1985, and loved the town. It was friendly, with an emphasis on fitness and the Arts. We made many friends there and keep in contact with them still today.
- Blue Ridge Parkway-South End - Cherokee to Waynesville, NC
On October the 15th I rode up to the Blue Ridge Parkway to see the leaf display. I really was disappointed about the color until I stopped at the Water Rock Knob and Visitor's Center and the ranger there told me I was there at the peak time and they had the most color they had seen in about 4 years. I got so excited I decided to climb to the overlook and see all the color. Since I only covered about 20 miles (from milepost 468 to milepost 440), I may not be giving you an accurate description of the 2015 leaf display.
It was about 10 AM before the fog cleared enough to even begin the trek but once I got on the parkway, the trip was fine. There was a great deal of traffic and a lot of motorcycles. It was a lovely day, blue skies everywhere. Not always the best for photography and considering I was there in the middle of the day, again not a great time for photography, I just wanted to give those who did not get up that way a taste of what it looked like in the area I visited. I stopped at every overlook along the way and was most impressed with Jenkins Ridge overlook, milepost 460. I couldn't see anything there but just to be recognized was enough for me.
- Columbia, SC Scenes I
Here are a few scenes from a visit to Columbia, SC to see a community theater production. I had some time before the show and I took some photos, primarily in the downtown/uptown (which ever you prefer) area of mostly churches. I have visited Columbia at least 10,000 times and I had not paid any special notice to many of these scenes.
You might ask, why did you take so many shots of some of these places? My response is; most of my friends are advancing in age and many of them may not have an opportunity to visit some of these sites so I made numerous shots hoping that at least some of them will strike a chord with someone viewing them.
I would love to have your feedback, or you can leave a comment on the pages if you would care to do that.
- Williamsburg, VA (People, period costumes, and transportation)
- Williamsburg, VA
These are typical tourist scenes of Williamsburg buildings and the surrounding homes and interesting structures. Occasionally I will comment about a particular photo.
- Williamsburg, VA (Garden scenes)
In close proximity to many homes, people tended gardens, both flower gardens and vegetable gardens
- Williamsburg, VA (Detail scenes, often overlooked )
- Hunting Island State Park May 2015
Lynn and I went on a Photo Walk with David Price and his wife, also named Lynn. The walk was Saturday, May 30th. We used different cameras but frequently took the same or similar shots. The better shots are credited to Lynn.
- Port Royal
Port Royal is a small peninsula in Port Royal Sound between St. Helena and Parris Island
- Chapel of Ease
The Chapel of Ease is located on St. Helena Island, across from the Penn School
- Sheldon Church Ruins
- James Graduation Party
We met at Chops and Hops in Watkinsville, GA for brunch with family and friends as we celebrated James graduation from Oconee High School
- James W. Jenkins II Graduation from North Oconee High School May 22, 2015
James Graduation: this is the order in which I captured the event. I captured more than you would ever want to see, but it is my grandson and you get the full dose.
- McBee, SC: McLeod Farms Museum
If you have ever traveled from the Charlotte, NC area to Myrtle Beach, you probably passed through a small community in Chesterfield County called McBee. McBee is the home of the McLeod farm operation and they operate one of the largest farm markets in the state. Beside the Farm Market is a smaller building called McLeod's Farm Museum. I was traveling through McBee on Saturday and I decided to take time to visit the museum. I took a few photos to whet your appetite and invite you to stop the next time you are through that area. There is a lot of development taking place along Highway 151 about 5 miles east of McBee. All these photos were taken with a point and shoot camera and so they don't show the quality of the restoration of the vehicles and farm equipment at the museum. I think you will enjoy your stop there.
- Westwood High Production of A Midsummer Night's Dream
Westwood High School presents a Shakespeare Classic: A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Hambidge Creative Center: Rabun Gap, GA
This was a day trip to the Hambidge Creative Center, Barker's Mill, and a couple of barns in the Otto, NC Township.
Here is a link to the Hambidge Center:
- Family Gathering April 26, 2015
Our family consist of Jim, Marilyn Boyce, and Kathryn Nichols and their families. We had a family gathering to celebrate the anticipated birth of the next member of our extended family. Kathryn Boyce Hamilton and her husband Jonathon are expecting a boy this summer. Kathryn Hamilton, is Marilyn Boyce's youngest daughter. We gathered at Carl (Nick) and Kathryn Nichols' farm and had a wonderful time. The weather was beautiful, the food was delicious and plentiful, the house was lovely, and it was just a great family gathering. Of course not everyone was able to make it, Matt and Susan Puckett (Marilyn's oldest daughter and her family) who live in Conn. but are moving to Switzerland soon were not in attendance. Stan Guy, Cheryl's husband was in a golf tournament, which he won, and their son, Joe, was not able to make it. Joe is a Senior at Clemson. I will try to identify some of the folks in the album so you can make family connections. As you will notice, I played around with some of the shots, zoomed in or out, changed some to black and white, I was just having a good time, and it shows.
Photos by Ed Nichols and Jim Jenkins
- Hollins University Roanoke, VA
Hollins University is a Women's University located at:
7916 Williamson Road
Roanoke, VA 24019
It is a lovely campus with an outstanding reputation. Our time was limited, and the rain and fog contributed to an abbreviated number of scenes. If you are ever in the area, you should visit the campus for a better understanding of what the university has to offer.
- Roanoke, VA April 2015
- Blue Ridge Parlway: Virginia-2015-April
Here are a few scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway through portions of the state of Virginia.
- Newberry College: Spring 2015
I had an opportunity to visit Newberry College yesterday and found the campus ablaze in color. If you have not had an opportunity to visit the campus recently maybe a few of these scenes will encourage you to do so. Unfortunately my skill level does not do justice to the beauty that I witnessed during my visit. Newberry College is alive and well this spring. Hope you enjoy the album.
- 2015-Bethune, SC-Kershaw County
Bethune, SC is a lovely little town in Kershaw County. Bethune is a community that honors tradition and progress. There are many fine people in the community. It is located on Highway #1 North in Kershaw County.
- Outer Banks Lighthouses
These shots are duplicates from the individual locations where the lighthouses reside, with the exception of Bodie Lighthouse which is located below the business area near the southern tip of what we call the Outer Banks and just north of the Oregon Inlet. Each Lighthouse has distinct markings to assist in their location.
The order from north to south:
Currituck Sound (brick)
Bodie Island Light Station (black and white bands)
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (black and white diagonal stripes)
Ocracoke Island Lighthouse (white)
Manteo Lighthouse Replica (serving the sound area atop a small building in the sound)
The third lighthouse was modeled after the second structure, and was built 100 yards to the south-southeast. The lighthouse was a square structure and supported by seven screwpiles. It stood in nine feet of water. The light was activated in 1877. It first displayed a fixed red light, but later changed to a fixed white light with a rd sector from within its lantern room. A fog bell was later added to the station. It struck one blow every twelve seconds by machinery. A compressed air siren eventually replaced the fog bell, but was kept in case the siren was disabled.
The third lighthouse was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1955. It was suggested that the town of Manteo purchase the lighthouse and relocate it to their waterfront. Before the town acted, a private citizen named Elijah Tate purchased the lighthouse along with two other screwpile lighthouses in the area. The structure was cut from its foundation and placed on a barge to be transported to its new location. Not far from the original site, rough seas caused the lighthouse to fall off the barge and sink into the water. The effort to retrieve the submerged lighthouse was deemed too great, so the structure was abandoned.
The town of Manteo decided to build a replica of the lighthouse as a “bricks and mortar” component of their 1999 centennial celebration. The completion date was pushed back considerably due to funding delays, objections by the US Army Corps of engineers, and Hurricane Isabel. On September 25, 2004, the replica was dedicated, along with George Washington Creef Boathouse, and opened to the public. The replica lighthouse stands where the town’s wastewater treatment place formerly stood. The Coast Guard has loaned an historic fourth-order Fresnel lens for display in the lantern room. The North Carolina Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island operates the lighthouse.
- Outer Banks Piers
The piers located in the populated section of the Outer Banks are located by Mile Post markers found on Highway 158 and on Highway 12. They begin at Mile Post 1, Kitty Hawk Fishing Pier
M P 1 Kitty Hawk Fishing Pier
M P 6 Kill Devil Hills Pier
M P 12 Nags Head Pier
M P 16.5 Jennette's Fishing Pier
M P 18.5 Outer Banks Fishing Pier.
- Manteo, NC
Roanoke Island is home to Manteo and Wanchese. These two Indians were invited to England and on their return home they give differing versions of their view of London. Manteo said, great possibilities, we can sell land to English to build condos and Indians get rich. It is a win-win for everyone. Today Manteo is filled with condos. Don't know how rich the Indians became.
Wanchese said, big city, pollution, crime, disease; we no sell land to English and today Wanchese remains in an undeveloped state. Recently a boat building industry has sprung up on the island and fishing has always been a difficult way to earn a living.
I stopped at the Post Office and asked the lady there what was the most photographed area of the community and she couldn't offer a suggestion.
- Jockey's Ridge State Park
Jockey's Ridge State Park is 420 acres and is the tallest natural sand-dune system in the eastern United States. Dunes top out around 80 feet. The area accommodates the Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding Training Center. www.kittyhawk.com
The Park has a wind turbine that produces enough electricity to operate their operation.
- Wright Brothers National Museum
The Wright Brothers National Memorial encompasses more than 400 acres. The site encompasses an exhibition hall, visitor's center, and markers as well as a replica of their living quarters.
- Erosion Control
These photo are intended to show you the efforts people go to for erosion control. There is no solution to this issue; the sand does what it has always done, move.
- Corolla, NC
Corolla, or Corva as the locals call it is home to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, the Heritage Park, Whalehead Club, and a restored village. www.currituckbeachlingt.com
- Along the way to the Outer Banks
You can approach the Outer Banks from two directions; you can take the ferry from Cedar Island (about 2.5 hour ferry ride) or you can take Highway 64 east. I tried both routes and found the same place both times, so you can't get lost. On the Outer Banks there are two roads (Highway 12 runs north and south from Corolla (also called Carova, by the local folks) to Ocracoke Island. Highway 158 also runs north and south from Carolla to Highway 64. The speed limit on this highway gets as high as 50 mph but on Highway12 in the populated areas it seldom exceeds 35 mph. If you add a couple of million cars to the mix in the summer time, you can see where it might take you all day just to buy groceries, or get to a popular tourist site. I went in March and had no problems with traffic, but found the speed limit to be restrictive. All the hotels and motels are located along Highway 12 which is the coastal drive. Most businesses are located on Highway 158 and you will find everything from Outlet Malls to beach trinkets. Be prepared for the wind, it never ceases and sometimes it is very strong, too strong for photography. I literally had to hold my tripod to keep the camera from blowing over.
- Silver Lake Ferry
I arrived at the ferry at 4:00 AM and there was no sign of life. Eventually three men appeared out of the dark and a few more vehicles arrived and the ferry was loaded in darkness except for the lights on the dock and the ferry. We only had a partial load but we struck out for the 2.5 hour trip from Cedar Island to Ocracoke Island. Fortunately the trip was without incident and the water was very smooth and we made it in about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
- Chesterfield County Sandhill Scenes
Here are scenes from four different rural areas of Chesterfield County: Sugar Loaf Mountain, Old Chesterfield Winery, Black Creek, and Teal's Mill.
The entrance to Sugar Loaf Mountain. This is a dirt road, but well maintained. The scenes include Mountain Lake, Picnic Shelters, The climb up the mountain, the view at the top, Geological Marker, and Back down the mountain. Now you don't have to climb it know what it looks like.
- 2015: Ice Storm: Millbrook Circle
Here are a few shots of the ice storm in our neighborhood
- Day Chapel at Georgia Botanical Gardens in Athens, GA
The Day Memorial Chapel at the Botanical Garden in Athens on Feb 15, 2015.
- 2014-Christmas at Lake Keowee
Each Christmas eve afternoon, the Guy family visits and we have a meal together as a complete family group. The Guys go home for Church services and to be at home on Christmas morning. Here are some scenes from their visit and the opening of presents at the lake on Christmas morning. What a wonderful family, we are so blessed to have such a loving family. This year represents 10 years since the Lake house was completed. My, how time flies.
- Joe and Faye Guy 60th Anniversary 2014-12-6
This album shows the home of Gary and Jody Gaulin where the Drop-In was held. It was a wonderful party, with good food, lovely setting, and an excellent turn out of family and friends. If you didn't get a chance to attend, you can see some of those who were in attendance. What a beautiful Anniversary for Joe and Faye.
- Table Rock State Park - Thanksgiving 2014
- A portion of the SC National Heritage Corridor
The SC National Heritage Corridor is a collection of seventeen counties covering 320 miles. It primarily consist of the counties along the southern border of the state. Some of the photos included here are not historically significant but this was the region where I was shooting on this photo trip. Many of the scenes came from McCormick County which has an excellent history:
- Fall and Halloween Scenes
Fall and Halloween Scenes along the highway
- Vines Garden - Loganville, GA
Vines Garden has undergone a number of transformations over the years, from private garden to part of the Gwinnett County Park System. You can find more information at this link:
You may have to copy and paste the link in your URL
- 2014-8-22-Friday Day Trip
I had a little time on my hands yesterday and so I took a trip up to Brevard, NC and of course I carried my camera. Here are a few scenes I captured along the way.
- Columbia, SC Water Works
These photos were taken at the Columbia Water Works along the Columbia Canal and Congaree River. Here is a link to the site:
- Family Gathering 8-9-2014
My oldest sister, Marilyn Jenkins Boyce, from Swansboro, NC, visited my younger sister, Kathryn and her family and my family as well.
Marilyn and I took a day trip to Madison, GA on Friday and visited the Cultural Center there. It is located in an old school and they have restored a classroom that anyone over 65 will recognize.
On Saturday, we gathered at Carl and Kathryn Nichol's farm for lunch.
Those present included:
Carl and Kathryn Nichols
Ed and Sloane Nichols and Monroe, Parker, and Cooper
Lynn and Jim Jenkins and their children
Cheryl and Stan Guy and Marilyn Faye Guy and Joe Guy
Steve and Melinda Jenkins and their son, James II
(Daughter Sarah is studying at Oxford in England this summer)
Michelle Laird daughter who lives in Athens, GA.
Leigh Jenkins, daughter who lives in Atlanta, GA.
I don't know about your family, but when we get together, everyone tries to talk at the same time. No wonder I can't understand anything, it has been like this all my life.
- Traveler's Rest Historic Site (Devereaux Jarrett Plantation))
Copied from the Historic Site Web Page:
This stagecoach inn and plantation home was built around 1815 by James R. Wyly. He strategically located it along the newly constructed Unicoi Turnpike, a busy highway over the Appalachian Mountains. Wyly operated the inn until 1833 when he sold it to his neighbor Devereaux Jarrett, the "richest man in the Tugaloo Valley." Jarrett continued to operate the inn, but doubled its size to make it the homeplace of his 14,400-acre plantation along the Tugaloo River. Three generations of Jarretts inhabited the site until the state of Georgia purchased the remaining few acres of the once-vast plantation for $8,000 in 1955. Thanks to both its architectural significance and its role in the early history of the area, Traveler's Rest was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. Today, visitors can tour the house and see many original artifacts and furnishings, some of which were crafted by Caleb Shaw, a renowned cabinetmaker from Massachusetts.
“Here I got an excellent breakfast of coffee, ham, chicken, good bread, butter, honey, and plenty of good new milk for a quarter of a dollar . . . What a charming country this would be to travel in, if one was sure of meeting with such nice clean quarters once a-day!”
- A few scenes from Lexington County, SC
As I passed through Lexington County I took a few photos, see if you can recognize any of these locations.
- Lynn and Leigh vist San Fransisco 8
The shots we took and the people we visited
- Lynn and Leigh vist San Fransisco 7
A tour around Alcatraz
- Lynn and Leigh visit San Fransisco 6
A boat trip under the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Golden Gate Bridge is actually red.
I sailed under it in August of 1957 and Lynn and Leigh sailed under it in June of 2014.
- Lynn and Leigh vist San Fransisco 5
- Lynn and Leigh visit San Fransisco 4
A visit to Napa Valley
- Lynn and Leigh visit San Fransisco 3
Visit to Muir Redwoods Park
- Lynn and Leigh visit San Fransisco 2
San Fransisco street scenes
- Lynn and Leigh visit San Fransisco
Where we stayed: Argonaut Hotel
- 2014-06--9-Greenwood Topiaries
Greenwood, SC. Each year during June, Greenwood celebrates their Festival of Flowers. They start by displaying a number of topiaries that are housed in the City Greenhouse during much of the year. Not all topiaries were on display by the 6th when I was there but several of them were. The City Crews were busy trimming the topiaries for the festival. They do a wonderful job and I hope you appreciate their efforts. The light was pretty harsh by the time I began my shoot and the camera cannot adapt to the varying levels of light as our eyes can so some photos lacked the clarity that I would have preferred. Smaller topiaries can be difficult to distinguish in harsh light. Hope you enjoy the tour of the Greenwood Topiaries.
I would love for you to leave comments about the images, it will help me improve future shots.
- Cokesbury College-Greenwood, SC
Cokesbury College was founded in 1854. It has served as a school for girls, for boys, co-educational, and as a public school. It is under the jurisdiction of the Methodist Church.
The property is locked and should be respected if you visit there. Across the street is an old brick store and a church that I assume was once a part of the operation of the Institution.
The link to the Historical Designation is found here:
- 2014-05-26-Memorial Day Weekend
While enjoying the weekend with our family, I took time to shoot a couple of well known venues in and around Clemson. They include, The Old Stone Church, Clemson University, The John C. Calhoun/Thomas Clemson House, and Whitewater Falls.
- Seagraves Farm and Millpond
Although it is known today as The Seagraves Farm and Millpond; the property has gone through several ownership changes. A Vandifer is the first known owner of the property, then the Strickland Family owned the property. In 1882 R. L. Pittman purchased the property and at that time the community was given the name of Monitor, GA. Mr. Pittman sold the property to J. M. Seagraves and in 1914 A. F. Seagraves purchased the property. The property was then sold to Dennis Burroughs. The mill was destroyed in 1954 by fire and a block building replaced the original mill. The operation of the grist mill ceased operation in 1966 when the dam broke and washed the mill away. The grinding stones and mill operational features are being installed at the local B & G Seed and Feed store and will once again produce corn mill and grits in the near future.
The millpond is still used for recreational fishing and the farm has been sold off in sections.
The Seagraves barn, which you see in the this album is posted for safety purposes. At one time the barn was an active part of the farm. It was three stories, a wagon could drive onto the second level to unload hay and feed, the upper level was used for storage and the bottom level housed the farm animals used in the operation of the farm.
The barn had a cupola on the roof that allowed light and air to circulate through out the building.
- Hog Bear Hollow (Originally called "Steen Millpond"
In 1975, two North Carolina natives, Hugh and Jane Neisler, purchased the old "Steen Millpond" and set about restoring it. A neighbor visiting told the Neisler's about a small bear about the size of a hog had roamed the area, and thus the name "Hogbear Hollow" took roots.
The restoration process has been amazing and it is now a hidden treasure on a dirt road, well off the beaten path, offering a glimpse of the past and a demonstration of what hard work can accomplish.
While the Neisler's frequently grind corn, they do not sell anything, they share it freely with friends and neighbors. They enjoy demonstrating the operation of the mill and share their extensive background on milling just as freely as the meal and grits that come from the grinding process.
Today "Hogbear Hollow" is a treasure awaiting your discovery.
While the site is a visual treat, you will enjoy the Neisler's company even more.
- Gibbs Garden at Ball Ground, GA 2014
Gibbs Garden started as a private garden for the Gibbs family. In 2012 the gardens were opened to the public. It is safe to say that you can find something interesting at any season of the year. If you have not visited the gardens, you should put it on your list of things to do. I hope the photos shown in this album will enable you to get a feel for the gardens and what they have to offer. No photography can do justice to the beauty of the gardens. No professional photography is allowed in the gardens without permission. I assure you that you won't find any professional photos in my album, but please respect the wishes of the garden and do not download or sell any images from this album.
- Hamilton Gardens Hiawassee, GA 2014-04-25-
Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge is called the Botanical Jewel of the North Georgia Mountains.
Open 7 days Sunrise to Sunset. Peak season is early April through late May. There is a $3.00 admission fee.
- 2014-04-19-Piedmont Garden Tour-Athens, GA
The Piedmont Gardeners' 21st Annual Garden Tour:
Five homes on the east side of Athens made up this years tour. Although the rain was heavy at times, the turnout still strong. Those who braved the rain were treated to some lovely gardens and a successful tour. In case you missed it, here are a few scenes from today's tour.
The Homes included:
1. Jerrold Manning and Donald Schmidt
129 Sandstone Drive
2. Pat and Robert Brussack
180 Tamarack Drive
3. Sandra and Kelly Bussell
235 Great Oak Drive
4. Hilda and Alex Clark
245 Hancock Lane
5. Brenda and Bob Bailey
190 Green Hills Road
- Car Show
There was a car show going on the weekend we were at Unicoi State Park so I went out a lunchtime under very harsh light and using a point and shoot camera, took these images for you because I knew you would want them.
Most of the cars featured were from the period around the mid 50's when I didn't have a car. I can remember drooling over similar cars back then, still can't afford one of the 50's cars.
- Unicoi State Park - Helen, GA
A few scenes from Unicoi State Park and Lodge. A lovely lake is on the property and trails lead to downtown Helen. Anna Ruby Falls is located above the lake. It requires an additional fee to go to the falls. I did not go on this trip since I have been before.
- Stovall Covered Bridge
This was the site of a famous movie several years ago. You can find out by reading the marker.
- Smithgall Woods State Recreation Area
The Smithgall Woods area is located near Helen and Cleveland, GA. It has two parts separated by GA Hwy 75. On the public side it has the Park Registration Building and trails and roads that can be accessed with proper permission. On the lower side they have Cabins that only available by rent and that part of the Park is not normally open to the public. We were fortunate that one of the women renting a cabin for the summer was a member of our group and she secured access to the private area.
Dukes Creek is formed where two tributaries high up in the hills form a dual water fall. Davis Creek on the left and Dobb Creek on the right empty into a basin from which flows Dukes Creek and it flows across the highway. I took several photos as I walked along Dukes Creek after visiting the water falls.
- Sautee Community
The Sautee Community has many interesting locations for camera buffs. In this album you will see the Old Sautee Store.
This is the first time I have found the store without a vehicle in front of it. Of course I was there at 6:45 to be sure of that. I watched the store come alive from the night's activities. By lunchtime you could not find parking near the store. Churches, barns, home are also seen in this album.
- Rural North Georgia
Somewhere in Habersham County. I saw this old barn and while looking for another location, I spotted this pony and his dad.
- 2014-04-05-Edisto Memorial Gardens-Orangeburg, SC
Here are some scenes from a photo shoot at Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg, SC. It was too early for the roses to be in full bloom. Azaleas and Dogwoods, as well as Cherry trees and some early roses were beginning to open. They have an unusual waterwheel at the garden that was used at one time to water the gardens. The waterwheel was damaged recently by a tree that fell on it. It has been repaired and put back in the river.
The pontoons that support the waterwheel are not balanced and some of the photos might look as though they are not level. I hope I have enough shots of the waterwheel to give you a feel for how it works.
- Old Car City-Odds and Ends
Here are some Old Car City photos that deserved their own label. They didn't fit anywhere else. Thus Odds and Ends.
- Old Car City-Nameplates
Through out the history of mankind, symbols, badges, name plates, crest, flags, and numerous other designs and colors have been used to distinguish one group from another, and to give groups some public distinction. This is no less true in the automobile industry; see if you can recall many of these name plates, motor designations, and colors and shapes that helped to identify the cars of our generation. I could not distinguish all of them even though I took the photos. Use the comments section to enhance our understanding of what is shown here, or to relate a memory for a particular vehicle that stands out in your mind.
- Old Car City, 3098 Highway 411 NE, White, GA 30184 (770) 382-6141
This album contains shots from a recent visit to Old Car City located in White, GA 30 They have 34 acres of cars from the 30's and 40's to the 80's. There are over 6 miles of trails. It is a photographer's paradise. There were several professional photographer there Thursday when I visited. They are open 9 till 4 from Wednesday through Saturday. They no longer sell parts, they have enough photographers to enjoy a comfortable living. They have visitors from all over the world on a constant basis.
If you have a favorite shade of rust, you will find it somewhere in this album. The texture, color, and design are so prominent in the shots of these old vehicles.
Some of the vehicles are covered with vines and hardly visible, but that adds to the mystic of the place. I am glad that I was able to go before the pollen season was in full force.
Most of the vehicles are American models. I guess this album will appeal more to the men in the audience but there might be some country girls who learned to drive a truck and work on their own cars. I hope everyone enjoys the album. I have other albums from the trip that will be posted later.
- 2014-04-02-a morning drive
I needed to renew my annual State Park Pass so I went to Watson Mill Bridge State Park (about 15 miles) to get a new pass. While on the trip, I took a few shots that I am sharing with you. Hope you enjoy them.
- Westwood Drama Presentation
This presentation was the story of when Elvis Pressley was drafted in the Army. It has been presented many times: Conrad Birdie was Elvis in the play.
Bye Bye Birdie. March 20, 2014.
- 2014-03-22-Haywood County 4-Yellow Barn (Trustee: Vivian James)
The Yellow Barn: (Trustee ̶ Vivian James)
This barn is a great example of why you should not have preconceived expectations of what a barn should look like.
I expect to see red barns, green barns, and weathered wood barns and wood siding barns, but I did not expect to see a yellow barn. In fact the color created a negative impression from the beginning and as you will see, I looked at a lot of the surrounding scenes as much as I did this "ugly" (my description) barn.
- 2014-03-23-Haywood County 3 David Nolan Barn
- 2014-03-23-Haywood County 2 Lucy Nolan Barn
- 2014-03-Haywood County NC Barn1 Meadows Barn
- 2014-03-Madison County NC Barn 5 Th Oscar Young Farm
The Oscar Young Farm: This barn was built around 1915 and it is situated at the entrance to a large cove that included a dairy operation. The barn was built as a livestock barn but was adapted to burley tobacco. The gambrel roof is original is is likely one of the earliest such types roofs in the county. The barn has settled on both ends causing the roof to have a pronounced bulge in the center when viewed from the side. You will notice the wood exterior is applied in numerous directions on this barn and the addition.
Please consider joining the Appalachian Barn Alliance. You can reach them at this link:
- Luck Country Store: Luck, NC Madison County
This old country located in Luck, NC has been closed for several years but still retains much of the charm that made it a local gathering place from 1900's till it closed around 1985. I had a second opportunity to take photographs in March of 2014. I tried to give our viewers several looks at the various parts of the store. A small four letter sign indicates the community name. A swift stream flows behind the store.
While this store is not a part of the barn alliance in Madison County, it does offer a unique opportunity to capture a slice of Madison County's past history.
Please consider joining the Appalachian Barn Alliance. you can find them at this link:
- 2014-03-Madison County NC Barn 4 The Jim Carter Farm
This farm was purchased during the Civil War with Confederate money, causing a feud once the war was over. The barn was added later. Travelers would stop at the barn and were allowed to spend the night in the barn. The original steep oak shingle roof slope was altered to the existing slope to accommodate a greater volume of burley tobacco. The new roof is an example of a slight gambrel profile. The gambrel roof has no actual structural benefit, so it was likely a popular style decision.
Please consider joining the Appalachian Barn Alliance. you can find them at this link:
- 2014-03-Madison County NC Barn 3 The D. Nelson Anderson Farm
The D. Nelson Anderson Farm Home Place: They experimented with Bull Face tobacco in 1900's which was raised for chewing tobacco, and for raising burley tobacco in the 1920's. Tobacco was grown on the farm as late as 2004. The barns on the farm underwent changes over the years with the most noticeable difference being the roof, where they changed from split oak shingles to the metal roofing. The current roofing is the uncommon 3-U metal with three U-shaped channels rather than the standard V-channels. The second difference was the removal of the second floor, where hay was stored, and the placement of poles for hanging the tobacco for curing.
Please consider joining the Appalachian Barn Alliance. you can find them at this link:
- 2014-03-Madison County NC Barn 2 Big John Metcalf Barn
Please consider joining the Appalachian Barn Alliance. you can find them at this link:
- 2014-03-Madison County NC Barn 1 Dolph Robinson Farm
This was the Dolph Robinson Farm and this barn was built around the late 1800's. This farm was in a narrow valley with little tillable soil so the barn represents a crude level of construction that emphasizes the difference in incomes which determined the quality of barns being built.
Please consider joining the Appalachian Barn Alliance. you can find them at this link:
- 2014-03-12-Mill Creek Nature Center
Mill Creek Nature Center is an 88 acre wetland project.
- Chesterfield County Scenes March 2014
With free time and a camera in your hands, it is amazing what catches your attention. Some old stomping grounds and some old farms withering away. Sometimes I feel like these old barns, just standing by the grace of God.
- Raku Ceramics by Sasha Federer
This series of photos shows the Raku style of firing ceramics as demonstrated by my friend Sasha Federer.
- Francis Marion University Florence, SC
Francis Marion University is located near Florence, SC. It is rated as one of the best bargains in Public Colleges and universities and it is rated as one of the best places to work in colleges and universities. Many SC residents have passed by Francis Marion University on the way to the beach and yet have never visited the campus. I hope these photos will encourage people to visit the campus and see what the University has to offer.
- Callaway Gardens: March 2014
I attended a workshop at Callaway Gardens the first weekend in March and while I was there I took a few shots to share with you.
- Feb Snow Day 2 (Feb 13-14)
Overnight snow left a blanket of white through out all of Hull, GA.
- Feb Snow in Hull
We got a cover of sleet early this morning and then a little snow fell to give us a pretty cover.
- Lake Mattamuskeet: Hyde County, NC
Here are a few shots from Lake Mattamuskeet. Taken Feb 1st weekend in 2014.
- Englehard, NC
These scenes are designed to show how difficult it is to make a living as a fisherman. This is difficult, dangerous work and when you add governmental regulations and safety requirements, many families are struggling to continue what their family has done for several generations.
- Westwood High School
These are scenes from Westwood High School Campus. The school is located just off I-77 in the Blythewood community. Blythewood is a suburb of Columbia, SC.
The architect who designed the school accompanied his wife to Duke University Hospital where she was receiving treatment at the time. Perhaps the inspiration for the design of this facility originated at the Duke University campus.
Several of the shots were cropped as panoramas to focus on the buildings rather than including the parking areas adjacent to the buildings.
Westwood High School opened with the 2012-2013 School year.
My daughter, Dr. Cheryl Jenkins Guy, is the Assistant Principal and our granddaughter, Marilyn Faye Guy is a Sophomore this year.
You can view the album one slide at the time, or you can watch it as a slideshow. If you choose the slideshow, you might like to view it in full screen. You can un-check the show captions and you can adjust the time each slide stays on the screen to personalize your view of the slides.
- Old Stores
Here are scenes from old stores I have visited in the past few years. Some have closed since my visit. It is always interesting to visit these locations and see the things that were popular in the days gone by.
- Perkins, GA
It was a foggy morning in Perkins, GA when I visited. A hush fell over the land and the only creatures stirring was a photographer and his friend. This is what we found.
The train no longer stops, but it still comes by each day. The depot is used locally, and the store is closed and no farm goods are sold. Not even penny candy. For many years a Mr. Perkins operated the country store but the sign reflects a Hawe's operated it prior to its closing. I am guessing that the small building at the back of the store was used to store seed. It connects to the main building but was set apart for some reason.
- Chesterfield, SC
Chesterfield, SC is my home town and although I have not lived there for many years, I will always consider it home and go back as often as I can. Here are a few scenes that might remind you of home.
- Cheraw State Park Scenes
Chesterfield County is a large county geographically speaking but it does not have any large towns. Chesterfield, Cheraw, and Pageland are the larger communities but McBee, Mt. Croghan, Jefferson, and Ruby all have a concentration of residents as well. As time permits, I will add photos from around the county. Cheraw State Park is a part of the State Park System and it has a beautiful lake and surrounding amenities.