Monday, August 11, 2014

Arthur Ravenel Bridge, Charlston, SC

If you ever visit Charleston, SC you will surely travel over the Arthur Ravenel Bridge.  This structure is a stunning cable-stayed suspensions bridge that spans the Cooper River.  I love the beautiful lines of the cables and had so much fun walking and photographing it.  If I lived in Charleston I would want to photograph it in a million different lighting conditions.  I was lucky enough to walk to the middle of it one evening when the lighting conditions were beautiful.

We also took a boat tour from Patriot's Point to Ft. Sumter (where the Civil War began) and I was able to get a different perspective on the bridge (above).  On our ride out to the fort we passed close by the USS Yorktown which was an aircraft carrier during WWII.  I am not normally into US history but the tour was interesting and the ship was an impressive structure.

The day we walked around Charleston it was so hot I hardly took any photos.  I couldn't resist, however, taking a photo of this pineapple fountain.  Apparently the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality in Charleston and they used to be hung over the door to signal the man of the house was home and the family could accept visitors. It was also a symbol to warn any "temporary companions" to stay away until the man of the house was gone (those saucy southerners!).