This close-up of a hand-colored etching by English naturalist Mark Catesby is part of his two-volume treatise that was on private display last week at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Starting May 12 in Charleston as reported by our sister publication, the Gibbes Museum of Art will host an exhibition of Catesby’s 18th Century watercolors from the Royall Collection in England. Click here to learn more about Catesby. (Photo by Andy Brack).
A warm winter brings an early spring and the popping of posies all over the place, including these azaleas. Word this week is that the weather has been so moderate that officials with the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club are worried that the weather will cause the event’s signature azaleas to bloom well before the event, which is slated to start in early April.
Charleston architect Steve Coe snapped this photo along U.S. Highway 521 near Sumter reminding us that you’ll soon see South Carolina’s fields flush with the green of new agricultural growth.
For anyone still with the flush of Valentine’s Day on their cheeks, we offer a photo of this big heart painted on an old soybean barn in Hartsville, S.C. The photo was submitted by Steve Coe, a Charleston architect. Thanks, Steve!
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Dozens of people have been protesting the Charleston-area Senate offices of GOP U.S. Sens. Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham over cabinet nominations and various proposals by President Donald Trump. The respectful protests by members of MoveOn.org and Indivisible Charleston were to continue today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum to put “pressure on our elected officials to create a public and transparent investigation into President Trump’s Administration’s ties with the Russian government, coinciding with the President’s meeting with Boeing in North Charleston.” As many as 500 people are expected to attend today.
Contributing photographer Michael Kaynard snapped this photo of a tulip tree in the foreground of the Statehouse during a visit to Columbia this week. Despite cold weather outside today, the state is slowly heading toward spring as plants are starting to bud and azaleas can be seen popping in some parts of the state.
Gov. Nikki Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley were decked out for what she called a “date night” in Washington on Thursday, the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump to be 45th president of the United States. Haley’s Wednesday confirmation hearing to be the nation’s next ambassador to the United Nations was widely viewed as one of the better hearings of Trump’s major nominees.
Talented Columbia cartoonist and Statehouse Report fan Robert Ariail sent along this Charleston-centric cartoon, blending the demolition of a historic house that can’t be saved with the ever-present shroud that developers keep erecting more hotels on the peninsula, leaving many residents feeling that the historic area is becoming more of a museum than a city. Thanks, Robert!