Welcome to Further Adventures in Blogging. It’s my first photo journal-ly post! (And I can’t quite figure out how to do the captions!)
So I arrived in Charleston, South Carolina yesterday. Usually when I travel, I am pretty cranky the first day. There is often some disappointment in my emotional mix on the first day of a trip. (High expectations, investments in the outcomes, fears about “wrong decisions” made, all that Judgmental Stuff I do so automatically.). Plus, on that first day, I’m dealing some residual stress from an Airplane-Trip-Which-Could-Have-Killed-Me. And, it always takes me a little while to feel acclimated (and safe) in a new place.
However, even during this Potentially Cranky First Day, I was having a great time as I wandered around Charleston. I walked around, between 3:30 and 5:30 PM, with no real plan or purpose, very quickly falling in love with the place.
I took the photos shown here — with my recently purchased, first iPhone — really haphazardly. I didn’t take too many photos, because I was so focused on looking where I was going and getting a sense of where I was. But I had to take some quick snapshots, because I saw so much beauty around me.
So I’m going to show most of those snapshots from yesterday in today’s post. (“Snapshots” is a great word for these, all taken in a snap.) And my captions won’t be particularly illuminating, for those of you who want data and facts about what-the-heck, where-the-heck, why-the-heck, and other basic journalistic-type questions.
However, you will know When-The-Heck: My first day, ever, in Charleston, SC. I know it will not be my last — not by a long shot.
King Street, near where I was staying (I think!).
Some random street, where I was wandering. Look at the colors! I love the architecture in Charleston.
- This was near a gallery, where an artist was sitting by the window, painting. She waved and invited me in to talk to her. Her art was beautiful and so was she. (I didn’t take a picture of her or her art! Rats!) (Oops! Letting go of judgment about that ….) (Also letting go of judgment about the fact that I have no idea why THIS caption is the only one in bold print and that I can’t seem to fix that.)
Waterfront Park, later in the day.
The friendly desk clerk at the hotel (who grew up near my home town!) mentioned the fountain that looked like a giant pineapple as a Must See. I happened upon it (in Waterfront Park). I recognized it immediately.
A closer view of the giant pineapple, at Waterfront Park.
That’s it! Thanks for reading and looking, everybody.
P.S. I love you, Charleston.