Lake of Dreams

The trees were covered in Spanish moss, the water was so still. It was a tranquil place...very peaceful. 1,634 Acre lake with 7 miles of water trails weaving in and out of the cypress trees. We paddled for almost 4 hours and never saw the same thing twice. It was amazing and calming to the soul...a beautiful work of art. We were the only paddlers there...!

I never knew about this place! It is only a few minutes away from where I went to school for 4 years in south GA...it's called George L. Smith State Park.
If you've never been...you must go!

George L. Smith State Park=
A photographers dream
A romantic getaway
a paddlers paradise
See for yourself.
The water was like glass creating a perfectly clear reflection until we paddled through creating a rippled wave effect over the water...it was tricky to the eye.

As the sun began to set, the pictures became more dramatic, contrasted...the sun beams seemed to burst through the silhouettes of the trees.

Charleston, SC

Charleston is fun :)

West Ashley, Charleston Bike Tour
We hopped on our bikes and took a greenway that lead directly to the shoreline on the other side of the water...overlooking Charleston, The Citadel and all its glory. We parked the bikes, hiked down an embankment and hopped on an old pipe that lead right to the waters edge keeping our feet nice and dry. It was such a nice surprise.


Good golly miss Folly

With a Rove full of gear, boats on the roof, our undercover ninja shades, and a humor high, we took to the road, eastbound to Charleston for what would become our week-long best adventure ever.
When we arrived around dusk, we dropped stuff off at his big brothers condo (Thanks Jon) and made our way to the coast, Folly Beach to be exact. Folly beach is located on Folly Island, just outside of Charleston. It is the quintessential beach town...with extra charm.
This is how the Atlantic welcomed us...and my camera. Thank you Folly. Thank you.

This is how we reacted when we got there for sunset!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!! Flying Squirrel (Classic Adam move)

MORNING!! AAH...Back to the beach!

Homemade bran muffins (packed by the lovely Mrs. Fillman).. a huge cup of orange mango juice and two hot brews in tow, we ate breakfast ocean-side. We were attempting to paddle the intracoastal waterways that weave in and out of the tall grass just a little inland. It was a bit too windy. But we mapped it out. A great adventure lies ahead for spring...

Check out that PALM baby!

Sand formations...What is more impressive than natural art?!
Over time these gorgeous patterns form. They present themselves with no hesitation along coastlines...I love this natural gallery.

We played on the beach all morning.

Stay tuned: Up next is a recap of the West Ashley bike tour, Charleston stomp, and a paddling adventure through a cypress filled lake that blew our minds. ...Still blowing our minds. Not to mention the Pike County wind-down.


A Roving Adventure

Adam and I are taking a spontaneous adventure with tents and sleeping bags, kayaks, bikes, frisbees and dancing shoes. We are looping to Charleston for two nights, then down to George L. Smith State Park, possibly stopping in my old college town for a few hours and then heading up to big ole Pike County before we head home. It will be a week of fun and adventure! A much needed vacation...we are leaving all our worries behind.



Italy: where the photos come easy

Some nice photos from my trip to Italy. Landscapes, Ancient Monuments, Pure Italia. This one was taken outside of Sorrento.

Bikini Beach!

This was taken inside the Coliseum. There were so many people, moving, wandering through the huge crowd, kids crying, people taking pictures, and at the first glimpse inside, standing there so solid, strong, overlooking the venue, was the huge cross.

Here again is the Coliseum. Somehow there was a bird in flight captured in the picture. It doesn't look real.



While browsing the internet, I found some amazing quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Many that I'd heard before, and some that were new to me and possibly to you as well.

AND While browsing Portugal, I found this picture. Currently my desktop.
Photo of the Day

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

"People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character."

"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting."

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children..to leave the world a better place...to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. That is to have succeeded.

Thanks Ralph. Words to live by.


Cosmically Sanctioned IX

Woah Big Ben! Take it easy... It's just the cosmos baby!

Just freshening up a brick wall

Natalie in Aruba, all mixed up and cosmically sanctioned...

FYI to see a compilation of more photos, less wordage check out my flickr site: