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The Setting: 100 acres of pluff mud and marsh grass about 30 minutes outside of downtown Charleston.
The Plot: 5 friends plan to go camping with two mutts and a German Short Haired Pointer. At the last minute, one of the friends decides to dog sit and bring a Golden Retriever, and another friend brings his father’s Chocolate Lab and junkyard dog, along with his sister’s Labra Doodle (did I spell that right? Is that even a real dog? Yes, yes it is.) All are in for a fun filled night of incessant barking. Who knew a dog pack 7 strong would stay up ALL night on constant alert for raccoons and abominable marshmen?
Here are some of my favorite action shots from the trip
Something magical happens when daylight savings time ends in Charleston. The sky can shift from baby blue to grapefruit pink to blood orange in a matter of seconds. I’ve never seen such a diverse and ever changing skyscape. On this evening, I was lucky enough to capture some of the beauty.
So the next time I complain about shorter days, I need to remember to look up. And give thanks.
Charleston was voted the Top City in the United States by the 2011 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards! Congrats Charleston!
Posted in Animals, Photography, Play Alfresco, Reflections, tagged Border Collie, Dog Park in Charleston, Dogs, Dogs on Beach, Golden Retriever, Maltese, Nancy Sisk Photography, Photography, Photos of Charleston, Photos of Dogs, Sullivans Island, Yellow Lab on October 10, 2011 | 12 Comments »
Sullivans Island is a special place…especially for dogs.
Before noon, the beach belongs to dogs. Allowed off leash, the shoreline morphs into a puppy paradise…the mother of all bark parks…an endless tract of territory unmarked. They are free to run, and swim, and dig. All shapes, colors and sizes are welcome…at sunrise, it’s a dog’s beach. It is Saturday mornings on Sullivans Island when my soul is at ease, and Biscuits’ too. There is something intangibly good about a dog at play. The happiness a dog feels at the beach is contagious. I know this because it is on these mornings when I have met some of the nicest people in the city. And I am convinced it is because our dogs bring out the goodness in our hearts.
So next Saturday, change it up a little. Go for a jog or sip your morning coffee on Sullivans. You and your dog will be equally grateful. (Just make sure to read up on Sullivans Island beach rules before you go…yes, you will get a hefty ticket if you break them.)
Below are photos I took this weekend at the beach with Biscuit. Prepare for utter cuteness.
But she is beginning to tire.
Until next time…
Posted in Photography, Play Alfresco, tagged Midnight in Paris, Photography, Photos of Charleston, The Terrace Theater, Things to do in Charleston, Vintage, Vintage Theater, Waiting For Superman on August 4, 2011 | 1 Comment »
I have always been attracted to restaurants, shops and attractions that celebrate American past times and days gone by. When I am worried about letting the children I babysit for play in the front yard by themselves, I envy the environment our parents grew up in. And I romanticize it. I am filled with jealousy when I hear stories of my mom and dad being able to walk to a movie theater with their friends, spend the pennies and dimes they have saved from chores on a soda and watch a summer film to escape the seasonal heat.
Today, we still go to the movies. The difference is, we drive our children to the theater and they wait in the car with us until they get a “we’re here” text from their friends…then they swipe their check cards for a 15 dollar 3D movie, and swipe again for a 12 dollar popcorn that could feed a family and a soda big enough to swim in.
But this past Friday, I got to relish in my romantic ideas of the past at the Terrace Theater, a truly unique experience that offers children of Generation Y to morph into Baby Boomers for a night. The Terrace Theater features independent and foreign films, along with local and national documentaries. My discovery of this special place occurred when they offered free admission to a documentary called Waiting For Superman, a heart-wrenching, brutally honest look into our public school system. A must-see. Not for the light-hearted.
I knew I needed to go back to experience the theater in a more free-spirited light. And on Friday, they were running Midnight in Paris for its final night. And without knowing anything about this Woody Allen film, I purchased my ticket.
Without spilling a spoiler, (because this film is also a MUST SEE) I could not have chosen a better movie for the theater atmosphere I wanted to experience. That is all I will say.
Okay. No more gushing about the 1960′s and wish I had been born in a simpler time. Now I will gush about the Terrace Theater.
5 Things you all must do:
1. Watch Waiting For Superman
2. Stop waiting, and find Superman
3. Go see a movie at the Terrace Theater
4. Redbox Midnight In Paris
5. And then, enjoy the present
Just spreading some much needed color amid the gray days we’ve been experiencing in Charleston this week!
I am calmer on rainy days, the plants feel more alive and color pops out at me everywhere I turn. I take for granted how vibrant my world is – gray days point out the color that surrounds me. I am thankful.
Posted in Photography, Play Alfresco, tagged Charleston Paddle Company, Charleston Waterfront, Nancy Sisk Photography, Photography, Photos of Charleston, Things to do in Charleston on July 18, 2011 | 3 Comments »
You don’t have to own a yacht to enjoy the Charleston City Marina. And on a breezy day full of sunshine (after a bout of some extreme weather this past week), a morning on the harbor doesn’t get more picture-perfect. I watched the launch of Charleston’s first and only Outrigger Canoe for 6 paddlers (known as an OC-6 in paddler speak) nestle into its new home on the Charleston Harbor. Get excited ladies and gents because this baby will soon be offering adventure tours, workout sessions, lessons and leisure paddles all over Charleston. More on this great Low country opportunity later.
On this day, my Nikon overslept and I left him at home.
The camera phone sufficed.
So take a stroll through the Harbor. The boats are beautiful. The people are friendly. And the views are to die for.
Posted in Photography, Play Alfresco, tagged 4th of July, 4th of July Photos, Charleston 4th of July, Charleston Waterfront, Nancy Sisk Photography, Olivia Conner musician, Photos of Charleston, Play Outside, Southern Charm on July 5, 2011 | 1 Comment »
This is my 3rd 4th of July spent in the beautiful Low country.
In 2009 I experienced the infamous Folly Beach 4th of July – fueling up at Berts Market for our booze, a long day in the sun, a pit stop at Taco Boy and a downtown firework finale. It is no coincidence that this was my final 4th of July as a college student. In short, it was a fun, exhausting, “one-and-done” experience.
In 2010, I ventured out on a Cobalt Bowrider for a 4th of July at sea with friends. We ordered boatside takeout at California Dreaming and watched the fireworks show from the middle of the harbor. But getting back to land was stressful, to say the least. Thank you to the DNR and the Coast Guard for keeping us safe from our fellow, less responsible, boaters.
BUT THIS YEAR, on July 4th, 2011, I experienced the ultimate celebration of America, of family and friends – and yes – of a Charleston porch filled with love and laughter. I threw on my swimsuit and joined my boyfriend’s wonderful family for a Lowcountry cookout on their AMAZING marsh front porch.
We flew a kite!
It took off pretty fast.
Then we played some wiffle ball.
This sport bears its name for good reason.
And then, when our batter connected, he hit it out of the park.
So we searched for the ball.
But gave up.
We tromped around the creek at low tide.
And laughed on the dock.
The dogs hijacked the boat.
And then we flew the kite…this time at twilight.
Waited for the night with some guitar strumming.
The sparks flew!