Fall Trip to Charleston, SC

We decided to run down to Charleston, SC, camp for a couple of days to try out our new Aspen Classic motorcycle camper. Left early Friday Nov. 17, and after a couple hours drive (we used the truck this time) we arrived.

Friday:

Decided to run over to Angel Oak park on John’s Island, and try taking a few pictures of The Angel Oak, a huge live oak that is about 400 years old.

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From there, we decided to take a look at Harris Island Lighthouse.The 161-foot lighthouse tower was completed in 1876 for $149, 993. A Fresnel lens powered by lard oil shone light out over the water to guide ships safely to shore. Although the sole function of the lighthouse was to provide safer navigation for ships and vessels, the lighthouse itself was frequently at risk.
During its run as a working lighthouse, it was partially destroyed by a cyclone in 1885. In 1886, an earthquake shook the lens of the main light out of position and cracked the tower. Though these incidents provided blows to the lighthouse, nothing threatened the structure as much as the rapidly encroaching water.

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Saturday;

Spent the entire day in Charleston. Sights and sounds, beautiful architecture, nice places to eat.

Waterfront Park

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Downtown Historical District

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Popular Carriage Ride

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We had to go on one. Up front was “Mr. Trump” an 18 hand huge Belgian draft horse hauling us all over Charleston. Very nice and peaceful ride.

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ST. Phillip’s Church on Church Street

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Historical District. Filled flower boxes, even in late November.

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Some people are selling their art right on the street corner. This lady was making some beautiful baskets.

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Architectural beauty.

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City Market. A lot of different stuff for sale. The market stretches for several blocks on Market Street 

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All in all a very nice trip, long overdue.

The camper worked perfect during the trial run.

 

Total Solar Eclipse 8/21/17

Good Day yesterday. Lois and I had the opportunity to witness and photograph the Total Solar Eclipse on 8/21/17. We drove south until we
were within a few miles of the center of Totality for the eclipse.

All the gear loaded up. Lois and me drove down to Summerton, SC, close to the center of the Totality line for the eclipse. Not too busy. We tried I95 first. Nope!! Stuffed with 3 mph cars. Turned around and went 15 all the way down with moderate traffic.

Started shooting at about 1:30pm, when the moon had just started to eclipse the sun. The whole session took about 3 hours.

This shot is a composite of several shots spaced apart about 15 or so minutes. The top shot is what is called “The Diamond Ring”, where the sun is just coming out of totality on the opposite side. The time limit to get this captured is about 3-4 seconds, so pay attention, and have the camera on a good tripod ready to go.

I wouldn’t miss this experience for anything. Totally amazing.

Sun’s Corona is bleeding off the edges of the moon. A few places on the right side the solar prominence is visible in pink / red.

“Diamond Ring” effect. The eclipse is just going out of totality, and the sun is peeking out on right side. This phenomenon is visible only a few seconds before the sun overpowers the camera sensor.