It’s been a good run….I am so sad, but I have to admit that I can’t keep up the one-photo-a-day challenge. I LOVED doing this Web site. Really loved it. So sad to leave it behind. I imagine that I will post random Anderson pics once in a while…but I won’t be doing one photo a day. Anderson, I still love you!

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Anderson is a city — or town, depending on your perspective — in Upstate South Carolina.

Situated on I-85 between Atlanta and Charlotte, approximately two hours from each, it’s a quiet “blip” between mighty metropolises. Anderson is far enough from adjacent towns to seem rural, but close enough that one day I imagine it will be consumed in a succession of civilization along the Interstate. Until then, it’s a shopping center for rural communities surrounding it; a launching place for folks visiting Lake Hartwell; and a quietly growing city that one day will be a suburb of Greenville, only 40 minutes away.

Forty minutes is a long commute or a brisk drive, again depending on your perspective. The distance provides Anderson with a unique sense of self. It has its own political intrigues, its own crime, its own struggles with managing growth, and, of course, its own elite, downtrodden, and salt-of-the-earth.

I’ve grown to love Anderson in the years I’ve lived here. I appreciate the conviences provided by a city of over 25,000 and a surrounding county of over 175,000. And I like that it’s only a 5-minute drive to wide-open farmland and glistening lake water. And only a 45-minute drive to the mountains.

I learned of the Daily Photo family through a local calligraphy artist and neighbor, and I’ve gradually fallen in love with the daily photo concept and community. Denton’s blog, Greenville Daily Photo, has inspired me in particular. It’s humbling to take photos and post them, seeing their imperfections. I don’t post because I think the pictures are great, but rather because I love the subject. I invite other Andersonians to join — it would be great to have more than one Anderson blog, as each individual brings his or her own persepctive to a subject. Regardless, I hope this blog shows a bit of the best of Anderson with a dash of realism from time to time. And I hope you enjoy it. I’m open to comments and suggestions. Feel free to e-mail me at .



  1. Hello- my father grew up in Bear Swamp/Walhalla & graduated from Clemson in 1948 ,so since I have roots in your vicinity I had to have a look-see at your pics- thanks for the electronic visit- I enjoyed every shot.

    Comment by lasyoung — January 29, 2007 @ 2:18 am

  2. I find your site to be very interesting. Keep up the hobby, I enjoy viewing the site every once in awhile.

    Comment by Derrill Hiott — August 28, 2007 @ 8:42 pm

  3. Love this site!! Saw it listed in AIM this morning (10/1/2007) and checked it out. Keep the great pictures coming. I just it to my siblings who do not live in our area but grew up in Anderson. Thanks for your work.

    Comment by Charles Wilson — October 1, 2007 @ 1:50 pm

  4. Your pictures are lovely. Thank you for sharing them with us.
    Could please let me know if I can you as link on my webpage.
    I just love your pictures.

    Thanks again,

    Comment by Karoline Shaffer Burgett — October 28, 2007 @ 10:09 pm

  5. Thank you so much for the photos! I grew up in Anderson and graduated from Clemson, but have lived with my husband in Wales, UK for 4 1/2 years now. I stumbled across your site and love looking at it daily. It reminds me of who I am and that I can always, always come home. Sometimes it is bittersweet for me to look at, but the memories and warmth I feel looking at your photos is immeasurable.
    Thank you again for providing me with a vigil of my home town, no matter where in the world I am!

    Comment by Tara Hanshaw-Lewis — November 6, 2007 @ 9:34 pm

  6. You have quite an artistic eye…

    Comment by Camille Panu — November 23, 2007 @ 8:31 pm

  7. Tara,
    I am writing a story about this blog for the Anderson Journal. I am planning to write it by this Friday (Nov. 30, 2007) and run it in our paper next week. If you or anyone else would like to write to me about this blog — your thoughts, etc. — please do so. I’d be happy to quote the people who look at it and enjoy it.

    Anna B. Mitchell
    Anderson Journal

    Comment by Anna Mitchell — November 28, 2007 @ 6:28 pm

  8. Great photos!! Coming from a city of over a million peeps, it’s nice to get a peek into I will be adding your blog to my blogroll.


    Comment by hules — December 18, 2007 @ 6:58 am

  9. Oops – I cut out part of my comment. lol

    I wanted to say it is nice to get a peek into a place not as large as Calgary, and your photos are a wonderful representation of the place you call home.

    Cheers again.

    Comment by hules — December 18, 2007 @ 7:56 am

  10. Lessie, love your pics but the new format makes it a hassle to view. Is there something I can do to see them full frame as before?

    Comment by Bill — March 3, 2008 @ 9:57 pm

  11. Your site makes me smile a funky smile!

    Comment by Dede — April 17, 2008 @ 11:17 am

  12. Hi,
    Searching around for all things Anderson, and came across your blog.

    Really great pictures, it seems so hard to find the beauty in some places of Anderson right now. Especially Lower Anderson and the Homeland Park area.

    Well I run so we would love to get some of your pics over there into our community gallery if you ever feel like it that is. We also have a few photographers from Anderson and surrounding over there and everyone loves to comment their

    Take care,
    -Joey Stubblefield

    Comment by Joey Stubblefield — June 20, 2008 @ 7:16 am

  13. My partner and I own a home on S.McDuffie Street but we live much of the year in San Francisco. Since I don’t get to Anderson as much as I’d like, your blog will have to do. I particularly loved it when you shot various architectural elements of the homes on S.McDuffie. Pity my house was not one of them…

    Love your site and keep up the excellent work!


    Comment by john — August 5, 2008 @ 4:24 am

  14. Greetings… Great photos of our Festival. Thank you for the nice comments.

    Yes, all proceeds from the Festival will benefit the Building Fund of the Paracletos Monastery. Also, food from the Festival was donated to Meals on Wheels.

    Bill Stathakis
    Greek Festival Chair

    Comment by Bill Stathakis — October 18, 2008 @ 3:56 am

  15. I love your site! 🙂

    Experiencing a slow PC recently? Fix it now!

    Comment by Michael Tim — February 28, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

  16. i would like to start my own photo blog, but don’t now how. Any pointers, Lessie? (not in any way to compete with you though, if possible I’d be happy to place a link to this site as well!)

    Comment by Pirate — April 1, 2009 @ 4:17 am

  17. Hello from New York! Very nice pictures you have.

    Comment by mike — June 20, 2009 @ 2:28 am

  18. Found your blog today. Very nice! I have some family in Walhalla and was happily surprised there is an Anderson blog. I’m going to include you in my links! I’ll be back often 🙂

    Comment by Jude Salem — August 25, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

  19. I like your site and it’s nice to discover a nice town far from home. I live in Bordeaux, France and sometimes in the year in Venice, Italy. Please look at our blogs on dailyphoto and if you like them, do mention Bordeaux in your dailyphoto list. Thank you !

    Comment by Lorenzo — October 6, 2009 @ 8:18 pm

  20. Anyone could kindly help me to remove the virus I infected from When I first came across your site I thought the virus is yours because of the pop up. Nah, I know that’s not yours but if anyone can provide me a solution I will thanks him millions time.

    Comment by photovoltaic cell — November 22, 2009 @ 5:33 am

  21. Great photoblog. Wonderful generously sized photos. Thank you.

    Comment by Christchurch Photo Diary — November 26, 2009 @ 10:38 am

  22. I want to get away from the endless winters in Il and really like the idea of SC. I drove to Greenville a few weeks ago but was overwhelmed but the number of people and the traffic. I’ve been looking at housed (on line) in the Anderson area. Are there any area you would steer me away from, it’s just me (51 y/o woman and my 2 chihuahua who think they are pit bulls). Thank you for your time and love your photo’s.

    Comment by anna — March 6, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    • Hi! Thanks for your comment! Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. My sister currently lives in VT, so I’ve heard a bit about endless winters. 🙂 Not to brag, but spring has sprung here. Fortunately the bugs aren’t out in earnest yet. That will come. 😦 I have to buy more spray for the future! I love dogs too. I have two adorable mutts. On to your comments… I’m surprised you found G’ville overwhelming. But maybe you are from the peaceful countryside! Anderson is definitely smaller, but it can have traffic too. What would I steer you away from? Hmmm…I can’t think of any area to be honest. There are neighborhoods that we hope are up and coming, but that should be fairly obvious from the price and and condition. I live in Old North Anderson and love it. Older homes, tall trees, etc. But there are many nice neighborhoods and a realtor is probably better than me to point out the specifics of what would suit you. I thought I would mention that I know a lot of transplants like living on Lake Hartwell. It’s a 50,000 acre lake and you can find pretty much any price range, if you are willing to live out away from town. There is also Lake Keowee in the Seneca area — more pricey but more predictable water levels and clearer water — and Lake Jocassee, even further north, so even more clear and more expensive. I’ve met a couple of transplants who really wanted the peace and serenity of the country and they moved to Starr! 🙂 Starr / Iva are communities in Anderson County. Really beautiful farm land. There is also farm land in other areas around the county. It’s too far from “town” for me, but they love it. And it is gorgeous. I wish I could be more help. Feel free to e-mail with more questions. 🙂 Lessie

      Comment by lessie — March 19, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    • I stumbled on citydailyphoto a couple of months ago. My mom lives in Salem, SC, just outside Clemson. You might look at Clemson too. Not as big as Greenville or Anderson. My parents moved to Salem (on Lake Keowee) to get away from Il. winters.

      P.S. Leslie, to echo others, if you are posting your photos elsewhere, please share. My husband and I took 4 mos in Southern California to skip the Chgo winter this year and I tried to post a facebook photo a day to share w/ my Chgo friends. It is very hard to stick w/ the concept of a photo that is worthy of sharing from every day.

      Comment by Karen — April 19, 2011 @ 4:54 am

      • Thanks so much, Karen. I agree, it’s a discipline. I really miss it though. I keep hoping to be able to re-start. Good suggestion about Clemson. A great town. Salem makes me think of my grandmother. Her “kin folks” came from up through that way. 🙂

        Comment by lessie — April 19, 2011 @ 11:13 am

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