Congratulations to all the participants in the 2012 Healthy Charleston Challenge 2 Mile Run & Walk! Tyler Cross was the first male to cross the finish line with a time of 11:04, with the first female, Rives Poe, crossing the finish line just 36 seconds later, with a time of 11:40. You all ROCK! Complete results can be found on the Action Carolina website.
It’s not often you’ll find me up and ready to go at 4 in the morning (actually, I’d been up since 3:15), but the notion that I’d be photographing golf’s premiere players at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island had me up and at ’em, and gulping down boatloads of coffee, at a time I’m usually just easing into my REM sleep for the night.
My bleary-eyed (but bushy-tailed) drive out to the course had me thinking about how this day was actually a bit of a convergence of my past and present, passion for sports and photography, and the fortune of this tournament taking place within a 6-iron (plus 34.9 miles by car) of my front door.
I’ve been coming to Kiawah Island since the early 1980’s when I first fell in love with the island on a family vacation, and my affinity for golf started when I picked up the game in my twenties, along with my subsequent relationship with a golf fanatic who built custom clubs for the pros at several golf companies in Carlsbad, California. My passion for photography started with getting my first camera for my 10th birthday (a 110 Kodak Ektra 12, with the flip-over case that became a handle), so to say this was a collision of my worlds in one morning is an understatement.
But then the rain came pouring down. Thunder, lightning, blinding rain on the already notoriously-treacherous-two-lane-oak-lined drive out to Kiawah. I finally arrived and paid the $20 for my parking spot, and was the lone spectator among hundreds of tournament volunteers boarding buses that would take us out to the Ocean Course some 12 miles from the parking lot.
Once at the tournament entrance I was told to wait another 20 minutes for the gates to open to the public at 7 am, but just then it was announced play had been suspended due to weather, and there I stood in the rain, along with about 20 other fans, suckers (literally) for the seemingly thousands of mosquitos that descended upon us to feast while we waited patiently for the weather to pass and the gates to open.
And then, at around 7:30 am, it was announced we could go in! (Insert dramatic “Hallelujah!” music here.) And so, my adventure began.
But enough about me—you just want to see the images of the tournament! Here we go:
Baseball season is upon us again, and this year we had tickets to opening night of the Charleston RiverDogs vs. the Rome Braves at The Joe. Even though we knew there was a threat of weather on the way, nothing could dampen our spirits of attending the game. Nothing, that is, until the storm blew in full force—with lighting, high winds, and a couple of inches of rain. The game was eventually called, but, lucky for us, we can trade in our opening night tickets for attendance another night. Yes!
Full moon rising over a perfect spring evening at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium in Charleston:
Mayor Riley, the stadium’s namesake, concentrating on throwing out the Opening Day first pitch:
The U.S. Coast Guard made a special appearance and flew low over the stadium to get the crowd going:
View over the marsh and the Ashley River behind the stadium, showing the approaching storm:
The game was suspended and I turned back to the marsh to try to capture some of the lightning. Hand-holding your camera + reacting to lightning and thunder = shaky picture of lighting:
Diehard fans made the most of the situation and patiently waited under cover for the game to resume:
A brave soul attempting to weather the storm with a colorful umbrella that was no match for the wind:
Unfortunately the rain kept coming and the game was rescheduled to resume on May 18. Hopefully it won’t rain then! See you there!
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley gave an impassioned speech at the waterfront by the Charleston Maritime Center this afternoon to kick off Lighten Up Charleston, a program challenging Charleston residents to collectively lose 100,000 pounds through healthy eating and exercise. More information can be found at www.LightenUpCharleston.org, including access to a weight and activity tracker, maps and links to city parks and walking trails, healthy recipes, a locator for local farmers markets, a calendar of health and wellness events in Charleston, and more.