OK, I might be having too much fun with this series this week!  I think I’ve mentioned before that I love turrets, and any castle worth it’s keep definitely has some of those.  Today we come around from the back of the castle to the front.

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

This image is a 13 bracket HDR image.  The lighting was very challenging and we took 13 very close brackets to try to pull as much detail as possible.  The single most important element I was trying to highlight here is that glorious front door.  All the doors we saw of the castle were this incredible rich honey color, and when adorned with black hardware really creates a sense of bygone times.  I imagine a young prince arriving at the castle, inquiring if Cinderella was in to accompany him to the ball.

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

This image taken from the west side of the castle has several elements of interest to note.  The green facade is starting to weather and the wood is taking on a texture.  The other thing to notice is the drain-spouts.  They are very ornate, each one has a “1908” embossed in it with a rosette pattern.  Even the drainage systems of the castle are ornate….

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

As we come around and approach the entrance to the sprawling gardens, this scene emerged.  This tree is just spectacular to take in, and when accompanied by the bench creates such a sense of inviting welcome and serenity.  Ladies in flowing dresses with parasols sat in this garden and watched people enjoy the gardens and facility.

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria BC Canada

This is one of the gates to enter the garden.  Our journey tomorrow will take us into the garden as we start to explore some of the features and wonder contained therein.  It is therefore fitting that we pause the journey for today standing at this beautiful gate.  We were very much taken by the light gently draping itself across the walkway, ending up at the gate.  The architectural element in the upper left portion of this image will be a great subject to explore a little closer in an upcoming post.

Many thanks for visiting today, we really appreciate that!  We’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to leave a comment.  And, oh yes, please do stay tuned…  more is coming soon!!




  1. avatar Abby Elliott says:

    Oh man! That gate shot is AWESOME! Nice work, Toad!

  2. Thirteen brackets is mind boggling! You’ve captured every beautiful detail and nuance, Toad. And you’ve seamlessly transitioned from trashed to treasured. Thank you for sharing these moments with us.

  3. avatar johnsotiriou says:

    Cinderella? What about Beauty & The Beast? I love this location and you’ve done an excellent job capturing it.

  4. Truly inspirational series! I love the bench and the tree. It really shows a sense of scale. I don’t know if you ever visit the states but in North Carolina there is a place called The Biltmore House. This place is absolutely huge. I haven’t been there since I was a kid but I hope to go back one day soon. Your pictures really inspire me to go and visit it again now that I’m older and can truly appreciate it for what it is. You’re keeping me in suspense with what’s going to come next!

    • Gosh Michael, I don’t know where to start to thank you for such a great comment today! In all truth, I haven’t been to the US in a few years now, and unfortunately haven’t been to North Carolina, although Mrs. Toad sure has and says wonderful things about it. I believe I have heard of The Biltmore House, wasn’t it commissioned by a famous family or something? Based on what you’ve shared with us here today, now I want to go, and I want to go badly!! If you ever get there before we do, you have 2 fans up here in Canada anxiously awaiting to see your images! Thank you so very much for your ongoing kindness & support Michael, you are a special friend here at The Hollow.

  5. I don’t know who’s enjoying this post more…you…or me!! 🙂 Lovin’ this series Toad!!

    • Thanks Cathy, so very much! I am indeed havin’ a blast bringing this all to you guys, so it’s gotta be a horse race here who’s having more fun!! 🙂 Really appreciate your kindness & support!!

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  7. avatar Jim Denham says:

    This place is just awesome Toad and you are bringing out very nicely! Well done!

  8. avatar Jerry Denham says:

    Great photos, Toad. As I said before, you are showing every detail of this castle and displaying it fabulously.

  9. avatar mindymilburn says:

    I am having too much fun watching the series unfold so please go ahead and keep em coming 🙂 That first shot looks like something right out of a fairy tale. These are just GORGEOUS!

  10. Todd, I’m sorry but have to admit, but I came across your blog by accident.
    Therefore I also need to say, I’m glad I landed here. Your photography is just awesome and I really enjoy looking at the images.
    Now what makes me leaving a comment here is, although the images above have been taken in BC, they bring a lot of memories back in me visiting Germany a few years ago. We have visited several historical places, castles and chateaus but also some beautiful old towns with beautiful frame work buildings. You would have a great time taking pictures over there.

    • Thank you very kindly for taking the time to leave such a wonderful comment today, we really appreciate that! My Mom was originally from Germany and Mrs. Toad and myself definitely have a plan to come one day for a massive photoshoot! We love to hear from our visitors from other parts of the world, we really appreciate your kind words today, many many thanks!!

  11. Holy crap! Nice set of shots! I love that gate shot!