Charles Towne Sepia Scenes

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Paid a visit to Charles Town Landing State Historic Site the last time we had days off. I was very impressed with their elegantly modern and informative visitor center. The exhibits took you through life as one who arrived and subsequently settled Charles Towne for brevity that they were there; they moved to the present-day location of Charleston a few years later.

I was especially taken by the fancy wood panelling–you don’t often see that in interpretive exhibits–and it beautifully contrasted the very modern lobby from which you enter.

Directly outside the entrance were some intriguing hibiscus. As you entered the visitor center and to the left was a panel with the flower featured–apparently it’s the subject of many questions! While they labeled it the Star Hibiscus, it also goes by the common name of Scarlet Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus).

There were not many animals visible in the zoo, the majority were probably hiding from the heat, but there was an aviary full of rehabilitated but unreleasable birds. There is a boardwalk within the enclosure that allows you to get a bit closer.

We also found a little bit of wildlife, although, these fellows were extremely habituated. When you walk to the edge of the pond on the property [do be aware that there are alligators!], a dozen turtles will greet you and beg…hopefully they are being fed something ‘turtle-healthy’ and not cheetos!

Sullivan’s Island Sepia Scenes

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We all like to congregate at boundary conditions. Where land meets water.
Where earth meets air. Where bodies meet mind. Where space meets time.
We like to be on one side, and look at the other.
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Charleston’s Sepia’d History Scenes

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Going to start off with flowers and end with ghosts! Any idea what these flowers are?

Here’s a beautiful Charleston doorway. Seems charming and innocent, right? And of course, it looks lovely in sepia, but…

…but to me, it looks haunting!!!

There is a Lowcountry myth entailing ghostly entities called ‘hags’ or ‘boo hags’ that torment people, especially the elderly, by stealing their skin and breath at night.  When they ‘ride’ you, you wake up in the morning tired and worn out. To keep these beings at bay, they say to place a broom by your bed because the hags get caught up in counting the bristles so much so they forget to ride you.  They also are offended by birds and shy away from the color blue. They enter your house threw windows, doors, and cracks, so line any opening with the color blue, as the doorway is above.  Which color of blue to use? Haint blue!

More Reading:

NPR: Why So Blue? Color Graces Many a Porch Ceiling

Wikipedia – Boo Hag

What’s so spooky about this street, you ask.  I’ll tell you: I had no idea. I walked down it just fine, but I might have had haint blue on…Found a lovely blossoming tree in the middle of this alley, took some photos, and walked out the other end where we were greeted by a horse head! As a carriage passed and the driver said: “This is the most haunted street in Charleston, 186 people died in this street”.  Well, he was a little more eloquent with it, but apparently, if you had an argument with your neighbor and had a gun, you’d come down here to count ten paces, turn and shoot…and hopefully live. 

I’m glad I didn’t know all this while in that alley!

Philadephia Alley was made a street in 1811 after the city of Philadephia donated funds to rebuild that area of fire-ravaged Charleston.

As we walked towards some churches, we started to chuckle about the tour. We were a little surprised to be caught in the indirect spotlight. I was wishing we were dressed in goth clothing [ha, as if we could pull off that look] and my companion, who shall go unnamed [like you can’t guess], talked about violating rule #5 of Ghost Tour Guide Etiquette 101. Rule #5 pertains to locals and their unfunny remarks.

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Sepia Charleston

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We galvanted in down town Charleston a few days ago.  It’s amazing to see the contrast between old and new, cutting edge and antique, popular culture and historic all packed into this one city.  You see fashionistas parading around the newest styles, older generations trying to solve the mystery of iPhones [“It’s one of those new wireless phones”] and all those sweetgrass baskets reflecting slavery’s past that are bought up to adorn someone’s house in another state.  A beautiful city full of contrasts.

I am fond of architecture that gives the eye a lot to look at.

My husband came down the stairs and proclaimed “I think it’s plastic!”.  Crystal or plastic, I’m still sure it weighs a lot.  Click to enlarge the photo if you like!

Finally got to go down this path.  It winds for a while and even offers a place to rest:

At the end, there’s the final resting place.  There are certainly a lot of graveyards around here!

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Sepia Scenes Impermanence

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Having been in South Carolina for nearly a month now, we’ve managed to walk Sullivan’s Island from top to bottom on the beach side.  The south end is fun because you can watch the container ships come in to port with their dolphin escorts and Fort Moultrie with all its history is down there. 

The north end, from whence these pictures were taken, is difficult to walk because of the jetties that try in vain to hold the beach in place.  Even with a pile of rocks every 50 yards, the ocean is still winning [never build on the north end of a barrier island–or just DON’T build on a barrier island period.  They are THE definition of change and impermanence]. 

The house below is still occupied.  There were a couple new-looking SUVs parked in the drive, music playing from a radio while someone worked or cleaned their car.  This scene struck me.  Mass consumer owned SUVs that consume excessive amounts of gas and over expensive houses that will be consumed by the sea regardless of the occupant’s wealth.  Such short lives we live, but we can make a great impact on the environment.  It’s our choice whether it’s sustainable or detrimental.

I’m not certain that this is a relic of the wars, but I think it might be.  Maybe WWI or II, but it looks like a base for a large gun where it could pivot and protect the channel.  I’m sure anyone in any war or hard time feels like it’s going to last forever, that the sun won’t ever shine the same, and they’ll never be the same.  Impermanence works both ways luckily. 

Such a small barrier island, but yet there’s so much that goes on there, human activity or otherwise!  In 200 years, will it still be there to tell any tales?