Photo Essay: The Lowcountry of South Carolina

Before I get into today’s post, I want to thank you for spending a small portion of your time reading my work. We have had a boatload of new readers join our ranks in the last few weeks. (Our community is almost 20,000 members strong!) Whether you’re an excited new reader or a loyal veteran, I couldn’t be happier to have you here.

As you know, every Monday and Thursday I write a new article about mastering your habits, improving your physical and mental performance, and living a healthy life. And I like to take a broad view of health and happiness, talking not just about exercise and nutrition, but also about having a sense of purpose, building better habits, and contributing to the world around you.

As you should expect, I try to live out these principles myself (although I often fail to do so). And that brings me to today’s post. The images below are from a recent road trip through South Carolina.

Taking photos, creating art, and exploring the world around me is an important part of my broad view of living a healthy and happy life. Of course, photography doesn’t excite everyone, but I hope that this photo essay inspires you to find your own way to create something you can share and inject a sense of adventure into your life.

As always, all photos are my own.

South Carolina Pictures

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Known as the Angel Oak, this massive oak tree measures 28 feet (8.5 meters) in circumference and is estimated to be over 500 years old. (Johns Island, South Carolina)


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A horse takes a break from pulling it’s carriage around the city of Charleston. (Charleston, South Carolina)


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This clock stands at the corner of College Way and Green Way on the College of Charleston campus. (Charleston, South Carolina)


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Flower gardens surround the main home on Boone Hall plantation. (Mount Pleasant, South Carolina)


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Along the historic “Avenue of Oaks” dozens of live oak trees line the one-mile drive to Boone Hall plantation. (Mount Pleasant, South Carolina)


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Early evening light settles on a small cemetery near the South Carolina coast. (Hilton Head, South Carolina)


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A private drive winds beneath the pine trees and Spanish moss. (Hilton Head, South Carolina)


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The sun begins to set on ships in the harbor. (Hilton Head, South Carolina)


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A late summer sunrise breaks through the clouds and starts a new day along the coast. (Hilton Head, South Carolina)


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The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge spans the horizon at dusk. (Charleston, South Carolina)


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Cadets from The Citadel enjoy a weekend stroll along the streets of Charleston. (Charleston, South Carolina)


    • Ah Charlotte I LOVE Savannah, though I have only had the pleasure of going there once. I wanted to stay, or at least move there soon.

      James, I really appreciate that you make time to do these photo-essays. It seems like it always calms me from wanting to be productive at every second, and I realize that I am actually being productive in simply enjoying your art and creativity by letting myself take a break! Thanks!

    • Thanks Charlotte. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.

      As luck would have it, I ended up making it to Savannah a few days later. I’m gone now, but I absolutely loved it while I was there. You have a great city.

    • Thanks Joel. I really enjoy sharing them. I’ll have more photo essays coming your way soon.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

    • Thanks Ken. I still have plenty of work to do when it comes to composition, but I get lucky every now and then. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.

  1. Thanks James! Your commitment to helping your readers and yourself live well is very apparent in all of your articles and posts. I look forward each week to what you send out. Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks Murl. It’s wonderful to hear that you feel that way. I really do want to deliver useful ideas every week. I don’t always hit the mark, but I put a lot of effort into my work here.

      Thanks for reading.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful photos James – you’ve a real eye for detail, and for drawing interesting things out of your pictures. Keep up the good work!

  3. I enjoy your posts especially because your perspective isn’t narrowed with only nutrition and exercise and that plays out when you post some of your other passions such as these beautiful pictures. Thanks.

    • Thanks Vanessa. I try to live a balanced life and hopefully that comes through in my photos as well as my articles. I love weightlifting, but there is a lot more to health and happiness than being in the gym.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. It’s great to have you in our little community.

  4. Thanks for the lovely photos. I love especially the huge oak trees. I intend to use, thanks to your permission, for my geography classes. I teach in a country town in rural Australia and I think my students will love these photos. Many thanks.

    • Yes, feel free to share with your students, Sheryl. I hope they will enjoy the images.

      Thanks for all that you do as a teacher. I try my best to teach through my articles each week.

  5. Hi James,

    Oh my, the tree is absolutely magnificent. The lady is the picture is doing exactly what I would do if I was there…. touch it, be in tune with the vibration of 500 yrs of life! You have a gift of catching the light and feel in the frames you choose to share. Thank you!

    In wonder and appreciation,

    Joan Belle

  6. Beautiful photographs, James! You have a great eye for the composition and capturing the light and subject matter. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos with us all, and thanks for your positive spirit!

    Teri Leigh Teed

  7. Beautiful Pics. I am not a professional photographer but I have always enjoyed taking pictures. Before digital photography I took a course in developing pictures the old fashion way. I had never thought taking photos as a way achieving balance, healthy life. I have to admit that photography is relaxing and the results are art suitable for framing. With my blog I want to inspire and motivate people to fulfill their GOD given purpose. Being part of your community helps me tremendously. Thanks again.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Stephen. Much appreciated.

      And taking an old-school film developing class sounds very interesting. I’m sure it’s a skill that many people don’t have nowadays.

      Good luck with your own blog. It sounds like you have a wonderful goal. And hopefully my articles can deliver useful ideas for your own work.

  8. Hi James! I follow your blog and live in Charleston. I love your photos. But, I have too let you know its the Lowcountry (yes, spell check won’t accept it, but Southerners aren’t too worried about ol’ spell check), not the Lowlands. Big difference. Trust me. Come back and find out why. You hit some of the gorgeous spots in town, but I’ve lived here for 10 years and there is always more to be discovered here, trust me. Plus the food ain’t so bad either.

    • Thanks for the tip, Sarah! I updated the title to “Lowcountry” — better make sure I get it right if I want to be welcomed back!

      And yes, the food in Charleston was excellent. I was only there for two days, but hopefully I can make it back sometime soon.

      Thanks for reading!

    • Have a great time, Sandy. Charleston is a wonderful city with excellent food. And South Carolina in general is beautiful.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. It’s great to have you in our little community.

    • Thanks Roberta. I can tell you that Charleston is just as beautiful now as when you were there. It was a great trip.

      Thanks for reading.

    • Thanks Adriana. It’s great to have you reading and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. I’ll do my best to keep sharing useful ideas each week.

    • Thanks Christie. Living by your values is a wonderful thing and I’m glad that my work can play a small role in that. I’ll do my best to keep good ideas coming your way.

  9. Beautiful photos! This inspires me to take my camera to Rhode Island next week and try some creative photography while I’m there. Also just want to say your 2 weekly emails are my favorite weekly postings! After reading your ideas this week on transforming your habits, I have linked my exercise with a shower. No exercise…no shower…will make going out in public difficult:)

    • I’m happy to hear that you’re finding my work useful, Carla. Good luck with your new exercise habit. And enjoy the trip to Rhode Island!

  10. James, love your writing style and words of wisdom, but this photography that you share is the icing on the “harmonius” cake – breathtaking and peaceful – soothing to this weary internet entrepreneur’s eyes . . . thank you!

    I adore the 500 yr old tree, I also write fantasy fiction, so can see pixies in the branches . te he…. But I love love LOVE the georgous soft sunset, it would make a glorious ebook cover, particularly for those ebooks on self help etc.. If you don’t already perhaps you should offer them up for licensed use. Earn some money from them.

    In fact you have inspired me to travel to America ( when the internet riches begin to roll – lol), I am from Brisbane Queensland in Australia, originally born in Melbourne and travelled to Europe a lot when young, and to New Zealand several times.

    My hubby and I watch the Pickers program, and now your pics as well have convinced us to go to the USA oneday we are baby boomers , so retirement looming…

    • Jade – whenever you make it here, I’m sure you’ll find America beautiful. There is an incredible amount to see and experience.

      In the meantime, hopefully my photos will do. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. It’s great to have you in our little community.

  11. Stunning, wonderful photos. LOVED the 500-year-old oak, with branches grazing the ground. What a treasure!! The Oak-lined road! And the coach-and-horse, the clock, and private drives, the beach and the bridge. Breath-taking!

    Thank you for sharing!!!

    And continuing to appreciate your posts — positive, inspiring, engaging, and wise.

    • Thank you, Janice! I’m glad you enjoyed the images so much. I’m looking forward to sharing more photo essays soon.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

  12. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos James. Until six months ago I lived with my family at Charleston, South Australia – (named after my great, great grandfather who first settled there),and the township of Mount Pleasant was a 20 minute drive away!

    • Wow — that is a crazy geographical coincidence. And it’s pretty awesome to live in a town named after your ancestor.

      Thanks for reading, Jenny. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.

      p.s. I’ll have to make it down to Australia for a photo essay sometime!

  13. Your blog reminds me of the fifth of Jim Rohn’s five major pieces of the life puzzle… the art of exceptional living. I enjoyed the photographs. Thanks!

    • Thanks for the compliment, Althea. I don’t know if I have mastered the art of exceptional living, but it sounds like a good goal!

      Thanks for reading.

  14. Breathtakingly beautiful images – marvelous colors and very evocative sense of place is evident.

    But here’s a clue – when you see a carriage pulled by a horse with really long ears – it’s a mule!!!

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