Azaleas in bloom and ironwork = spring in Charleston.
When the trees starting sending out their blossoms in Charleston, even if the groundhog has seen its shadow, you know spring is right around the corner.
The cannons and mortars at White Point Garden are always prepared to defend Charleston against a coming severe storm.
St. Michael’s Church steeple is one of the most recognizable in Charleston. At night, it glows… and is easy to spot from miles around.
Being in the Lowcountry and barely above sea-level sometimes has its disadvantages. When it really rains in Charleston it can flood. While there are big efforts underway to create a tunnel system that will deal with the excess water, a good soaking can give Charleston a bit of a look of Venice.
The Ravenel Bridge, also known as the Cooper River Bridge — particularly to longer time residents of Charleston — creates a signature image for the Lowcountry. Opened in 2005, it replaced two older cantilevered truss spans. The first opened in 1929, and became know as the John P. Grace Memorial Bridge. The second span, the Silas N. Pearman Bridge, opened in 1966 alongside the Grace. Crossing over the older bridges was a bit like driving on roller coasters without all the safety measures.
The new bridge is one of the long cable-stayed bridges in the world and is tall enough to let the largest container ships pass below. It’s eight lanes wide and also includes a pedestrian/biking lane, which serves as one of the most popular exercise destinations in Charleston.
Did you ever drive on the old spans?
One of the cool things to watch in Charleston Harbor are the pilot’s high speed boats zipping out to the large container ships which are waiting to deliver or pick up their goods. The boats bring out a pilot who will to assist them in maneuvering through the waters. Located right next to Waterfront Park, at the end of S. Adger’s Wharf, the pilot’s pier gives them quick access to all part of the Harbor. Nice view too.