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Charleston, South Carolina has a historic district that offers the quintessence of Southern charm. Charleston’s compact size make it easy to see the numerous magnificent mansions, lush gardens, secret alleys, and waterfront promenades.

The steeple you see in the photograph belongs to St. Michael's Episcopal Church, the oldest church in Charleston. The church also sits on southeast corner of Broad and Meeting Streets. That intersection is commonly known as “The Four Corners of the Law,” because on the other corners are Charleston City Hall, Charleston County Courthouse and the U.S. Post Office. The term "Four Corners of the Law" represents the presence of institutions representing federal, state, local and ecclesiastical law on each corner of the intersection (thank you Wikipedia).

Charleston is such a walkable city that you don’t need a vehicle to get around, the only problem is parking is just as bad as if you were in Manhattan if you decide to take your car into the city. Fortunately, I was there in the off season so it wasn’t a problem this time around.

Charleston, South Carolina with its warm hospitality, photogenic homes and relaxing Southern charm almost makes me want to dance the Charleston -- almost!

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"...That gently mannered city by the sea." -Margaret Mitchell on Savannah, GA

"If you go to Atlanta, the first question people ask you is, "What's your business?' In Macon they ask, "Where do you go to church?' In Augusta they ask your grandmother's maiden name. But in Savannah the first question people ask you is 'What would you like to drink?'" -Author John Berendt's "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

Savannah, Georgia is a traveler's delight and more importantly a place I could easily call home. With its leisurely quality of life, tranquil squares, and decadent history it is no wonder the city has been named "The Jewel of the South."

Locals like to call their Southern city "Slowvannah" and one visit to this antebellum city will show you why. Popular movies like "Forrest Gump (shot in Savannah) to New York Times best-selling books like John Berendt's "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (known as "the book" by locals) to nefarious Union invaders has not changed this most Southern city.

This is a shot of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge that spans the Savannah River between downtown Savannah, Georgia, and the neighboring state of South Carolina.

Enjoy my travelogue and please feel free to leave your comments, gripes, complaints and faves! And remember on your first visit to Savannah don't be surprised if a Savannahian asks you your choice of drink.

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Beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina! No words can fully encapsulate such a beautiful city. Located between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, Wilmington entices you with its distinctive architecture, friendly locals and historic downtown.

In the early 1980’s this sleepy little town was thrust into a new thriving industry - filmmaking. With such popular television hits like Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill and movies such as Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Forrest Gump, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Sleeping with the Enemy, Blue Velvet filmed here, Wilmington has garnered the name “Hollywood East.”

Restaurants, cafes, bars, historic buildings, stores and art galleries line the pedestrian friendly downtown riverfront district. Strolling the area one afternoon, I noticed these trees were strung with lights and I knew instantaneously that this would make for a great “blue hour” photograph.

Looking at this photograph brings back some great memories and a constant question - Why did I ever leave Wilmington?

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Eighteen miles separates the historic downtown district of Savannah from the quaint beach community of Tybee Island on the Atlantic. As someone who grew up along the Pacific Ocean, I tend to forget how enchanting the Atlantic Ocean can be.

This could be because I now live in a state where they consider lake water a “beach.” I miss the ocean and just hearing the waves crash is like a symphony in my head.

Another early morning along the Georgia coast and I found myself facing the Atlantic for the last time (at least for this trip).

There was nothing spectacular about this sunrise on that particular morning but the sight, smell and sound of the ocean soothed my soul and kept my shutter finger busy.

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The Pineapple Fountain in Charleston, South Carolina is popular with both locals and visitors. Located in Waterfront Park overlooking the Cooper River, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley has named the park, “this generation’s gift to the future.”

I came to Charleston looking to photograph its beautiful antebellum mansions and to dig deeper with my camera into its rich history. The first day I got into town I captured my “trophy” blue hour shot and now I had to concern myself where I was going to photograph for a sunrise shot.

I spent the first morning along the Battery, Charleston’s most iconic spot, with views of the Charleston Harbor and gorgeous mansions. I didn’t get the sunrise shot I was looking for so I spent the rest of the day pounding the pavement seeking inspiration.

At noon time I was exhausted so I headed for the Blind Tiger Pub (a favorite of mine - sit out in the patio area and order one of their wonderful burgers). After I ordered I pulled out my Moon travel guide for Charleston & Savannah and lo and behold right on the front cover was a photo of the Pineapple Fountain! After lunch I strolled over to nearby Waterfront Park and upon seeing the fountain I immediately envisioned an exceptional sunrise shot.

This isn’t an HDR shot. It is one exposure refined with “Mr. Photoshop,” and with the kind assistance of Mr. EOS “king of the low-light cameras” Canon 5DMKII!

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