One Observing

A Curious Person's Photographic Notebook

Long after leaving

“Long after leaving, the remembered light of these places
still warms the traveler.”
-Taylor Bruce

One day I headed south. An elusive spring here sent me in search of warmth, greenery, and blooms. I found Charleston, South Carolina. A warm and welcoming stop. Rich in history and architecture, it has endured fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, wars, and a tragic mass shooting. The city’s unbreakable spirit and famed southern hospitality imbue the very air, casting a spell on visitors.

The images capture “the remembered light” of Charleston that will linger and warm this traveler “long after leaving.”

Steetscape Blooms

Broad Street

Church door

Waterfront Park

Rainbow Row

A charming home




A tulip is a tulip

Summoning Spring

“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower.” -Marianne Williamson

Still winter here

Still Winter Here

The sightings of spring daffodils, crocuses, cherry blossoms reported in other places, I envy. Here, winter still reigns. The trees, too, beseech the bright sun for their flowering. But no comfort comes.

Winter begone. We acknowledge your power, your spare beauty. But our hearts now require sweet warmth and lush blooms.

A Greeting of Light

The astonishing light of you (1)

This morning, sunlight entering a front window. A magical greeting.

Losses and Gains

New Year 2018

“Well something’s lost, but something’s gained in living every day.”
– Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now

Fearlessly accept the daily losses and gains of your 2018.
Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas Wishes

Merry Christmas 2017


Season’s Greetings

Door too

Wishing everyone a Happy December! May you always open the doors of warmth, welcome, and wonder of the season.