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Now playing on the porch: Long Way by Antje Duvekot

Thank you Pandora for letting me discover this AMAZING musician. I had the opportunity to see Antje live in Oak Ridge, TN a few years ago and she blew me away. Like most singer/songwriters, she is a brilliant storyteller. It is evident in each song she has written and produced. And it doesn’t hurt that she can play just about any instrument she picks up.

Long Way, in particular, paints brilliant images of a cross-country adventure. It is an inspiring, thoughtful and somber description of culture, of people and of the natural beauty she experiences on a road trip.

We can all relate. And that makes me all the more beautiful. Listen to her album here.

And Antje – if you are reading, please head South again…to CHARLESTON! We walked into the bathroom in Oak Ridge, TN at the same time and I was star struck so I apologize for not responding when you asked me how far Knoxville was from Oak Ridge. If you come to Charleston, not only will I tell you that it is about 40 minutes away, but I will find you a porch where your tunes will be admired and loved!

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Week 7 (and eight) of the 365 Project has been posted!

Go to the three65 tab to view this week’s photos!

Charleston AlleyIsle of Palms, SChomemade soup

Make sure to click on each image to see all my photos of Charleston in high res!

Project 365 is a world-wide adventure for photography enthusiasts. The goal? Take 1 photo per day, for 365 days to create a photo journal of a “year-in-the-life”. Follow me as I create a daily photo tour of Charleston, South Carolina.

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monday’s tune

Now playing on the porch: American Honey by Lady Antebellum

I heard this on my way to work this morning and knew this had to be the song for Monday’s tune today. A warm, sticky, perfect mid-summer song for a warm, sticky, perfect Low country day on the porch.

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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!

Flying a kite over the marsh

It took off pretty fast.

Rainbow kite over the marshAnd flew high.

Kite flying in Charleston Really high!!

Lets go fly a kite

Then we played some wiffle ball.

Woofer Ball in Charleston

This sport bears its name for good reason.

Wiffing the woofer ball

And then, when our batter connected, he hit it out of the park.

So we searched for the ball.

Woofer ball searching

But gave up.

Charleston friends on 4th of July

We tromped around the creek at low tide.

Charleston saltwater marshes

And laughed on the dock.

Laughing at lowtide

4th of July relaxation in Charleston

The dogs hijacked the boat.

Boat dogs

And then we flew the kite…this time at twilight.

Flying a kite at night

Waited for the night with some guitar strumming.

Olivia Conner strums on guitarAnd finally….

The sparks flew!

Fireworks on 4th of July

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Now playing on The Porch: Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson

I could have played an “I love America” song…or a song about reflection on what it means to be an independent country. But instead, lets keep it light and listen to a tune about something we all love….LOVE!

And on this perfect summer day, I think loving the people around you, and being thankful for the gifts – big or small – in our life is just as important.

So here’s to all the people and animals and places that I love!

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Week 6 of the 365 Project has been posted!

Go to the three65 tab to view this week’s photos!  And make sure to actually go to the tab on the webpage, rather than just clicking on the thumbnails below, because this week there is a little game you can play on the very last photo of the project, thus far!

Make sure to click on each image to see all my photos of Charleston in high res!

Project 365 is a world-wide adventure for photography enthusiasts. The goal? Take 1 photo per day, for 365 days to create a photo journal of a “year-in-the-life”. Follow me as I create a daily photo tour of Charleston, South Carolina.

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