November 5, 2013

One Last Look...

We started the day downtown looking for Rainbow Row.  We'd heard about it and actually walked passed it yesterday without realizing it.  Rainbow Row is the name for a series of 13 colorful historic houses on East Bay Street.  According to some tales, the houses were painted in the various colors such that drunken sailors coming in from port could remember which houses there were to bunk in.
 

There are many shrimp boats in Shem Creek - just outside Charleston.  We found a large number of plein air painters there getting ready for an exhibit which opens on Friday - too bad we'll be gone by then.  It was really interesting seeing the different perspectives these artists had for the same scene.


Topaz filter added to original photo of these shrimp boats

This is the Angel Oak tree.  It is magnificent!  65 feet high; 25.5 feet circumference; 17,000 sq. feet of shade; largest limb has a circumference of 11.25 feet and length of 89 feet.  It is estimated to be between 300 and 400 years old.

Richard is so lucky.  He can eat sweets every day and not gain an ounce  I wish I could say the same for moi!!!!


"Finale" texture courtesy of Kim Klassen - very appropriate since this our last day in Charleston.  Tomorrow we head for home.

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21 comments:

Jeanne said...

Great post, and looks like quite a lovely place to visit. I have never been there before. That is quite an amazing tree isn't it? Reminds me almost of a huge tree in Lahaina Maui. safe travels to you!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

What a beautiful place. I haven't been there but when my mother visited years ago she said it was splendid...i wish i was a bit like your Richard also.

Barbara said...

You have given me a real itch to get there in March, thank you. Love the images.

Sharon said...

What a city! I've never been to Charleston but now would love to visit. Rainbow Row would be my first stop, followed by wherever your husband got that luscious cup of ice cream :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh my gosh that Angel Oak tree is amazing!! And to think it's been here longer than any human on earth.

ashok said...

nice!

Kia said...

It looks like a lovely place to visit. :)

bailey-road.com said...

I love those colorful houses and the Angel Oak is awesome.

Jeanie said...

What a wonderful holiday you have had! I do love Rainbow Row. I hadn't heard that story but I hope it is true! And the painters are terrific. Oh, I'd love to be at that show! I guess what I have to do is get ready for my own and buy from my fellow vendors! That'll help my shopping urge. But outdoors where it is warm would be ever so much better!

Happy travels!

mail4rosey said...

I love seeing people paint outside, and that tree is fantabulous!

another jennifer said...

Such pretty photos. Our leaves have mostly all fallen and the flowers are gone for the year. Nice to see these colorful photos!

Nancy said...

I am so glad you enjoyed your time in Charleston. I don't think I have ever heard anyone say they didn't like that town...I sure wish I was going to be there Friday for the art show....I bet that's lots of fun...

TaMara Sloan said...

I absolutely LOVE Charleston! I was lucky enough during high school to take a class in Charleston Architecture, and we toured Rainbow Row. Beautiful! Thanks for joining the party at Tales of a Pee Dee Mama.

Adventures as a Small Town Mom said...

Wow! The Angel Oak tree looks awesome - 65 feet tall is HUGE!

Sarah Carletti said...

It looks like a wonderful place to visit! Thanks for sharing!

Brandi said...

What beautiful colors! And what a cool tree!

Kim Cunningham said...

I just love that whole southern coastline. The Live Oaks are amazing!

Tamar SB said...

What a fun city! Love the pictures of the paintings.

Annie said...

Rainbow Row reminds me of the beach houses in Capitola, CA. If you are ever out this way, you should see them. Pretty.

Katherines Corner said...

a lovely place to spend some time. Great photos. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. You help to make it so much fun.♥

meleah rebeccah said...

Oh wow! What an awesome place to visit. How wonderful!