Suspended

Black And White Photography, Laurie, Mobile Photography, Photography

This is truly “mobile” photography as I took the shot with my phone while driving under the tower of this suspension bridge.

The Arthur Ravenel Bridge is a 2.5 mile long cable-stayed suspension bridge with two diamond-shaped towers, each 575 feet high. The bridge, which connects Charleston and Mount Pleasant, is named after Charleston politician Arthur Ravenel who led the campaign for the bridge to be constructed over the Cooper River. Construction took less than four years and the bridge opened to traffic on July 16, 2005, at a cost of $632 million. Almost 80,000 cars travel on the bridge daily. The bridge’s structure is designed to withstand shipping accidents and natural disasters that have plagued Charleston’s history including hurricanes with wind gusts of 300mph and earthquaktes of 7.4 on the Richter scale. To protect the bridge from drifting ships, the towers are flanked by one-acre rock islands. Ships will run aground on the islands before colliding with the towers. To see a bird’s eye view of the bridge, click here.

Looking for Alligators

Photography, Black And White Photography, Laurie

The signs kept saying to watch out for alligators. Well, I watched and watched, and I saw nary a one (to quote Andy Griffith)

The Yorktown

Black And White Photography, Laurie, Photography

The USS YORKTOWN (CV-10) was the tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the United States Navy. Under construction as BON HOMME RICHARD, this new Essex-class carrier was renamed in honor of YORKTOWN (CV-5) sunk at the epic Battle of Midway (June 1942).

The Yorktown was commissioned on April 15, 1943. Known as World War II’s famous “Fighting Lady”, the Yorktown would participate significantly in the Pacific offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. The ship received the Presidential Unit Citation and earned 11 battle stars for service in World War II. Decommissioned in 1970, the historic ship was towed from Bayonne, NJ to Charleston, SC in 1975 to become the centerpiece of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Swan House at Atlanta History Center

Black And White Photography, Laurie, Photography

Built in 1928, the Swan House was purchased by the Atlanta Historical Society in 1966. Most of its original furnishings, ranging from 18th-century antiques to 20th-century objects opened to the public in 1967 as a house museum and headquarters of the Atlanta Historical Society.

Hotel Cleveland

Black And White Photography, Laurie, Photography

There has been a hotel on the site of what is now known as The Renaissance Cleveland since 1812! The current building was rebuilt in the 1920s and is a gorgeous testament to architectural glory.

Public Square – Cleveland

Black And White Photography, Laurie, Mobile Photography, Photography

Public Square is the central plaza of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Based on an 18th-century New England model, it was part of the original 1796 town plat overseen by Moses Cleaveland, and remains an integral part of the city’s center. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.