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.
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.
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….
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.
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.
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