The 12 Days of Christmas – Charleston Style

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By Minta Pavliscsak

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:
A Seagull Perched in a Palm Tree

On the second day of Christmas:
my true love sent to me:
Two Parking Tickets and a Seagull Perched in a Palm Tree

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:
Three Bloody Marys
Two Parking Tickets
and a Seagull Perched in a Palm Tree

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:
Four Window Boxes
Three Bloody Marys
Two Parking Tickets
and a Seagull Perched in a Palm Tree

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On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Five Horse Drawn Carriages
Four Window Boxes
Three Bloody Marys
Two Parking Tickets
and a Seagull Perched in a Palm Tree

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:
Six Pounds of Oysters
Five Horse Drawn Carriages
Four Window Boxes
Three Bloody Marys
Two Parking Tickets
and a Seagull Perched in a Palm Tree

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:
Seven Dolphins Swimming
Six Pounds of Oysters
Five Horse Drawn Carriages
Four Window Boxes
Three Bloody Marys
Two Parking Tickets
and a Seagull Perched in a Palm Tree

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On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:
Eight Sweetgrass Baskets
Seven Dolphins Swimming
Six Pounds of Oysters
Five Horse Drawn Carriages
Four Window Boxes
Three Bloody Marys
Two Parking Tickets
and a Seagull Perched in a Palm Tree

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:
Nine Ladies Shopping
Eight Sweetgrass Baskets
Seven Dolphins Swimming
Six Pounds of Oysters
Five Horse Drawn Carriages
Four Window Boxes
Three Bloody Marys
Two Parking Tickets
and a Seagull Perched in a Palm Tree

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On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:
Ten Guys on Surfboards
Nine Ladies Shopping
Eight Sweetgrass Baskets
Seven Dolphins Swimming
Six Pounds of Oysters
Five Horse Drawn Carriages
Four Window Boxes
Three Bloody Marys
Two Parking Tickets
and a Seagull Perched in a Palm Tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Eleven Sailboats Sailing
Ten Guys on Surfboards
Nine Ladies Shopping
Eight Sweetgrass Baskets
Seven Dolphins Swimming
Six Pounds of Oysters
Five Horse Drawn Carriages
Four Window Boxes
Three Bloody Marys
Two Parking Tickets
and a Seagull Perched in a Palm Tree

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On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Twelve Palmetto Roses
Eleven Sailboats Sailing
Ten Guys on Surfboards
Nine Ladies Shopping
Eight Sweetgrass Baskets
Seven Dolphins Swimming
Six Pounds of Oysters
Five Horse Drawn Carriages
Four Window Boxes
Three Bloody Marys
Two Parking Tickets
and a Seagull Perched in a Palm Tree

The Surfer’s Moment – Inspirational Quotes about Surfers and Surfing

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

Yesterday morning, a ball of regeneration rose from the distance in the ocean.? On lookers were equipped with cameras, tripods an IPhones waiting to capture the first moments of the sunrise.? At 7:00 AM a young female surfer began to swim out on her board.? She maneuvered through the small waves until she was alone rested on her board soaking in the morning rays.? It was a moment of peace shared only by the ocean, the sun, her and the board.? It was in that instance I understood the surfer’s moment; the motivation behind the passion.

Surfing is about the rush.? There is no denying it, but it is also as much about the connection to the ocean and nature.? That vision inspired us to share some of the great quotes by and about surfers and surfing.

If you are not a surfer, you may begin to understand its culture a little more after reading these inspired words.

Surfing Quotes / Affirmations

“Out of water, I am nothing.” – Duke Kahanamoku

“We’re all equal before a wave.” – Laird Hamilton

“The joy of surfing is so many things combined, from the physical exertion of it, to the challenge of it, to the mental side of the sport.” – Kelly Slater

“Sometimes in the morning, when it’s a good surf, I go out there, and I don’t feel like it’s a bad world.” – Kary Mullis

“Surfing soothes me, it’s always been a kind of Zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I’m on a wave.” – Paul Walker

“One of the greatest things about the sport of surfing is that you need only three things: your body, a surfboard, and a wave.” – Naima Green

“Surfing is the most blissful experience you can have on this planet, a taste of heaven.” – John McCarthy

“Surfing, alone among sports, generates laughter at its very suggestion, and this is because it turns not a skill into an art, but an inexplicable and useless urge into a vital way of life.” – Matt Warshaw

“What I love the most about surfing is that it’s my first love. It’s the first thing I can remember being consumed by.” – Stephanie Gilmore

“It’s not tragic to die doing something you love.” – Mark Foo

“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” – Bethany Hamilton

“It’s all about where your mind’s at” – Kelly Slater

“Surfing expresses …. a pure yearning for visceral, physical contact with the natural world.” Matt Warshaw

“If you are doing what you love then you’re doing what is right.? Desire and passion resonate with your body, mind and soul.? When you’re passionate you don’t question, judge, criticize, second-guess, or doubt.? It’s that passion that will fuel the fire to overcome challenges.” – Layne Beachley

“Surfing is very much like making love. It always feels good, no matter how many times you’ve done it.” – Paul Strauch

“Surfing is for life.” – Bruce Jenkins

“For those searching for something more than just the norm. We lay it all down, including what others call sanity, for just a few moments on waves larger than life. We do this because we know there is still something greater than all of us. Something that inspires us spiritually. We start going downhill, when we stop taking risks.” – Laird Hamilton

“Surfing teaches patience.? On land, surfers cannot will a swell to appear.? They have to wait for nature to make the call.? So surfers wait.? They keep their eyes on the horizon and they wait.” – Shaun Tomson

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It’s a way of life Charleston.? One that we embrace with the rising and setting of the sun.

Feeling the rush, becoming one with nature and losing yourself in another place is why so many look to the waves to find that inner peace

 

The Art of the Surf – A Charleston Photographers Vision

Article by Jennifer Baker - Photo provided by Harley Manney
Article by Jennifer Baker – Photo provided by Harley Manney

Could there be a better training ground for photographers than Charleston? Nearly everywhere the eye lands is a candidate for a memorable photograph, and it is hard to think of a part of Charleston that has not become subject to some talented person’s abilities with the camera.

Charleston photographer Harley Manney agrees with how ideal Charleston is for photography. “You really have any setting you could want. We have the beach, beautiful parks, historic landmarks and industrial spots. I love the variety and the ability to match the mood of my shoots to the locations.”

Manney’s photographs of young surfers on Folly Beach took our breath away. They allow us to gaze upon and ponder the agility and bravado of surfers, as if (by some impossibility) time could stop the waves.
Philosopher Vilém Flusser wrote that the purpose of a photograph is to signify something “out there,” that makes that thing “imaginable for us, by abstracting it, by reducing its four dimensions of space-plus-time to the two dimensions of a plane.”

Is there a better representation of four dimensions than surfing? What better way to think upon and reflect upon the rhythms of life itself than through gazing on these photos?

The overall effect of Manney’s photographs is that these surfers look right at home, as much a part of the ocean as any other. Or as Manney puts it, “Photographing surfers in action really conveys the grace and physical ability of the surfers themselves. The ocean can be so frightening and mysterious but surfers show no fear. They jump in and patiently wait for the perfect wave and the thrill of the ride. It’s a beautiful thing to watch and capture.”

When it comes to surfing photos, it takes “a lot of patience” and “knowledge of the water” to get a great surfing shot. “You have to be able to read the waves and anticipate when the surfer will go for it. Once he or she is up, you only have a few seconds to snap the perfect shot, so you have to be ready for it!”

Whether they are in the water or not, Manney always aims to bring out her subjects’ emotion. She wants to represent authentic moments so that her clients can relive them. Her work makes moments of our lives, ones that rush by, “imaginable” for us.

For more about Manney’s photography, please go here: Haley Manney Photography
Or see her Facebook page: Facebook.com/harleymanneyphotography

Photo provided by Harley Manney
Photo provided by Harley Manney

 

Photo provided by Harley Manney
Photo provided by Harley Manney

 

Photo provided by Harley Manney
Photo provided by Harley Manney