Belated Photos from Down South

I remembered I said I would post some pictures from our trip to the sunny South and I never did! Sorry about that... though I dare say nobody even remembers I said that. :-)

This is the harbor within walking distance of our timeshare.

We spent a week in Hilton Head, SC back in the beginning of November. It was chillier than we were hoping - only one day got up into the 70's - but we still had a great time enjoying the sunshine, the beach, and the pool (yes, we went swimming while all the southerners bundled up in coats and scarves :-).

The first day we walked around historic Beaufort. The visitor's center is inside this neat old military base of some sort (now I can't even remember what this was exactly). 

Loooove Spanish moss!

Beach time!

I took this picture, and then decided to wade in the water a bit. Then we decided to walk... and walked a mile or two down the beach and I realized I left my flip flops! Thankfully they were still there when we walked back, though the tide was rising. :-)

All of these photos were edited with my new Lightroom program! I love it so far!!

Pine Crest

 I promised you additional posts on our visit to the stone mansion, which goes by the elegant name of Pine Crest. The house was built by the first conductor of the Chicago Symphony!
Here are some pictures of the beautiful house and some of its contents. I still have another post or two of portraits of my sis, but you'll have to wait a bit until I can grab some more time to get those ready.

What did I tell you? Doesn't it look like you have stepped back in time, into a Jane Austen novel perhaps?

But nope, we're still in 2011 in the good ol' USA! Let me tell you, though... if I can't have England, this is a prettyyyy good substitute.

Round the house to the terrace...

And a sweeping view of the bay
(those stone steps lead down to the edge of a 300-foot drop down to the water).

The gorgeous back view of the house!

One of the first neat things you'll notice as you come in the back door to the kitchen is this TO-DIE-FOR phone hanging on the wall.
I was dying anyway. :-)

Winding steps with little criss-cross-paned windows! *squeals*

Up those stairs you'll find bedrooms and lots of neat stuff. Like this antique cash register!

One of the bedrooms had all these old suitcases in a pile. I was sorely tempted to take them out and use them for a vintage photo shoot with sis, but restrained myself.

Thought this was a pretty lampshade! I looove old handwriting!

This one's for my Opa... a deck-level photo of a model sailboat.

Could this house possibly get any better?!?!?!

Another item of note in the kitchen. I'm glad we live in an age where this sort of thing is decorative. :-)

I'm a key nut too. You should see my collection!

I love the colors in this... the contrast between the bright flowers and dark background.

One last photo to close out the post... we had a wonderful few days in this lovely place.

Tall Ships at Navy Pier

A while ago I posted a picture of a lighthouse from Navy Pier and promised I'd post some photos of the Tall Ships that were there this summer. A friend of mine, who is also a great photographer, invited me to go with her and her family to see the Tall Ships at Navy Pier. We had a great day full of sun on the lake and took hundreds of pictures.

Both of us were *slightly* enamored with all the ropes, as some of the pictures will testify. :-)

Some of the ships were available for "sail-aways," or little mini trips out on the lake. We didn't go on those (had to pay more money :-), but it looks like it would have been crowded anyway!

The beautiful blue of the lake

This is one of my favorite pictures of the day... not sure why. Maybe it's the colors in the background, behind the weathered rope and wood.

After we saw all the ships and took far too many pictures, we decided to ride the ferris wheel, which was a lot of fun. I haven't ridden one since I was little. We got some pictures of the Chicago skyline.