Archive for ‘South Carolina’

November 8, 2018

Pristine beaches of SC

Nature has its way of taking care of things, all we need to do is not interrupt :)

Bulls Island, is an undeveloped barrier island within the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Its one of the most pristine spans of coastline on the eastern seaboard. Its seven miles of beaches include the famed Boneyard Beach, where the remains of surf-battered trees are littered across the sand. To add to that, after each high tide, every corner of the beach is restored to its immaculate state :)

To preserve the wildlife and its habitat, Cape Romain is closed from dawn to dusk, and no camping is allowed on the refuge islands. Hence not many get to witness sunrise on the pristine Boneyard Beach.

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 10 mm : f3.5 : 1/125 sec

  Boneyard Beach
Bulls Island, South Carolina, USA
September 30, 2018

Twin Falls on a Rainy Day

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover
And never judge a day by it’s weather

This particular Saturday started with showers all around. It was a tough choice to decide between lazing the afternoon with family in the couch vs driving couple of hours and taking a hike. With the rain, it was tempting to decide to stay at home, especially since it involved a hike. ClearOutside showed a small break in weather for the late afternoon. Am glad I gambled to take the risk, at the end it really paid off :) Though I did get wet, the rain added to the volume of the cascade and the rolling fog made the day !

Generally, worse the weather & lower the probability of getting a shot, the better it turns out to be :)

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 10 mm : f22 : 10.0 sec

  Twin Falls
Sunset, South Carolina, USA
March 15, 2018

Be Curious

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the Universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up. – Stephen Hawking

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 2500 : 10 mm : f3.5 : 20 sec

  Caesars Head
Cleveland, South Carolina, USA
February 11, 2018

Just in time by Jones Gap

Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter – Ansel Adams

Jones Gap is one of a kind, so wild, yet not very far from Greenville. The main highlight of Jones Gap is the Middle Saluda River – the states first designated scenic river. The hike & terrain is somewhat challenging in a couple of places, but the views are amazing.

The late afternoon sun and the clouds were just right. The fall colors and the diffused light caused the entire place to be flooded with the golden glow. Was there just in time to enjoy this lovely scene :)

 

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 13 mm : f22 : 15.0 sec

   Jones Gap Wilderness
Marietta, South Carolina, USA
January 26, 2018

Hiking by Paris Mountain

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. – John Muir

One of the easiest ways to unload, unwind and de-stress is to get out and connect with nature. Natural environments are rich in the characteristics necessary for the brain to replenish itself :)

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 10-270 mm : ISO 400 : 39 mm : f4.5 : 0.3 sec

   Paris Mountain State Park
Greenville, South Carolina, USA
January 17, 2018

Snowflake Snowflake

Snowflake, snowflake, little snowflake.
Little snowflake falling from the sky.
Snowflake, snowflake, little snowflake.
Falling, falling, falling, falling, falling,
falling, falling, falling, falling…falling on my glove :)

– To be read as if you were a kid !!!

 

After couple of years, got to shoot the little little snowflakes again. It was fun. Snow out here in South Carolina is rare and that made it even more exciting :)

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 10-270 mm : ISO 320 : 270 mm : f5.6 : 1/90 sec

   Snow Flake
Greenville, South Carolina, USA
December 12, 2017

Sunset by Clock Tower

The beauty you see in me, is a reflection of you. – Rumi

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 1000 : 10 mm : f3.5 : 1/15 sec

Buy Print    Furman Bell Tower
Greenville, South Carolina, USA
November 6, 2017

Magic of Fall

The raging winds of Irma, Jose & Nate (2017 hurricane) took down most of the leaves this season, especially in higher elevation. The sporadic temperature swings did not help much with the colors either.

But this hidden treasure by the corner of Blue Ridge Parkway, had protected the beauty of the season. With a slight drizzle, rolling fog along the sparkling creek – the colors of the fall were just a magic to be witnessed.

Magic & Magical places do exist. You just need to believe !

 

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 20 mm : f16 : 30 sec

Buy Print  Jones Gap State Park
Marietta, South Carolina, USA
October 21, 2017

Orionids on a Chilly Night

A Sip of a hot chai
Gentle breeze of the cold night
Shimmering of the twinkling stars
A blazing streak of a meteor
– few experiences are worth skipping the cozy sleep :)

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 2500 : 10 mm : f3.5 : 20 sec

   Orionid Meteor Shower (10.21.2017)
Whitmire, South Carolina, USA
August 23, 2017

The Sun, Moon & Regulus

Watching the Solar Eclipse was quiet an experience. Witnessing the totality was even more personal.

In the peak of the afternoon – the scorching summer sun became so pleasant ; the temperature dropped ; the crickets became exuberant ; there was sunset all around and quiet an excitement permeated in the air. It was a surreal experience to witness a 360° sunset and right in the middle of the afternoon.

High above, as the moon obscured the Sun, it was a sight to behold ! Totality is the only time during solar eclipse that can be enjoyed with out any additional protection to the eyes. The Sun’s corona extends millions of miles into space and is most prominently visible during a total solar eclipse. Regulus, a bright star in the constellation Leo and among the brightest in Earth’s night sky. Due to its extreme brightness, Regulus can be spotted next to the sun’s corona, though its 79 Light years away.

The photos / videos do no justice to the experience, but here is an attempt to freeze that moment – for my friends who were not able to experience this in person. Do check out full screen at higher resolution – definitely worth it :)

 

Moon 1,079 Mile Radius 238,900 Miles Away
Sun 432,288 Mile Radius 92,960,000 Miles Away
Regulus 1,296,864 Mile Radius 458,500,000,000,000 Miles Away

Canon 7D : Sigma 150-600 mm : ISO 320 : 600 mm : f5.6 : 1/6 sec

   Solar Eclipse Totality
Whitmire, South Carolina, USA
May 2, 2017

Yellow Branch Falls

Google Maps, you need to step up. Occasionally navigating me to the back side of Walmart is manageable, but putting me on a spot (Rich Mountain Road : F744), back side of the water falls, where there is no potential trail and telling me to walk the reminder of the way, not cool :) Luckily, I was able to assess and get to the Hwy 28S and located the trail head.

I generally love waterfalls, but some are just really enchanting. This is one of them – Yellow Branch Falls ! The hike to Yellow Branch Falls is a backtrack hike over moderate terrain that ends at a beautiful waterfall with many individual cascades. Give enough time to get to the falls with regular breaks and u can call this an easy & fun hike.

On the route you pass through groves of dignified hardwood and meander across a number of streams. But the highlight of the hike is the 50 foot multi tier cascade, that awaits you at the end :)

 

When​ you are treated with views like this, all the huffs & puffs from the strenuous hike magically disappears :)

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 22 mm : f4.0 : 8 sec

   Yellow Branch Falls
Walhalla, South Carolina, USA
April 21, 2017

Pineapple Fountain with Sun Cherry topping

When I heard about the pineapple fountain, I was pretty exited. As per the name, it was quiet a fountain. Arrived before sunrise to shoot. Unfortunately the fountain was not turned on. It was surprising that the near by spider fountain was operational.

As I  was walking by the gardens and enjoying the twilight, found a building opposite to the fountain. The high vintage from the steps gave a nice perspective. As I set the camera for the first rays, the fountain sprung to life !

Here is a Pineapple fountain, with sun cherry topping, for you :)

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 100 : 85 mm : f27 : 1/125 sec

   Pineapple Fountain
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
April 6, 2017

The Long White Bridge

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy — Guillaume Apollinaire

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 100 : 18 mm : f3.5 : 1/10 sec

Buy Print    Magnolia Plantation
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
March 8, 2017

Be Still

Once, while driving to Atlanta, the evening sky was so dramatic, that it would have been a sin not to stop. Luckily, Maps showed a blue patch near by, indicating a water body. But only in a crunch, you realize how much time it takes to drive up, even a few miles, when it is not the highway :) Shot this literally scrambling to find a spot, from where I had parked …

The light was fading down quickly and there was not enough time, but was real glad I had pulled over !!!

 

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. – Deepak Chopra

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 160: 10 mm : f3.5 : 1/60 sec

   Lake Hartwell State Park
Fair Play, South Carolina, USA
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