Today’s post is the second to last one in our continuing series of photos from Hatley Park Castle. We’ve had a total blast bringing you this series and quite honestly the response from everyone has been overwhelming! Thank you all, we really appreciate it!! Without further ado, let’s wander into the gardens together, shall we?
Both Mrs. Toad and I have our favorite photos from this series. This is without a shadow of a doubt mine. There is something very Romanesque about this image in my eye, the rounded feature that encircles the inner garden completely reminds me of architecture from Greek and Roman times. This shot took 13 brackets to fully pull out all the details we possibly could. The alcove has a lovely little bench in it that we can clearly see. The columns are spectacular and are absolutely full of texture and detail, definitely one of my favorite elements here. If you peer through the columns, you can see the ocean in the far background. In the summer, this would be an entirely different scene.
It’s very difficult to pick favorites from the series, this one is my second favorite. I think. Another 13 shot bracket image created to try to fully expose all the details possible. This shot took the longest to compose during our visit, I really spent a lot of time trying to make sure it was framed properly. The reflection of the water puddle on the red tiles underneath the canopy was really a very interesting element. Mrs. Toad loves the window that clearly opens and closes… to what purpose? There is a wide opening right underneath it, and the entire stone canopy is sitting out in the open as well! You can also see underneath the canopy, near the ceiling there, with great clarity. Another element that brings me back time and time again.
This is one of the alternative entrances to the inner garden, and it makes for a foreboding image! Those vines that surround the entrance-way are truly beautiful and create such a sense of a dark and moody winter scene. There were so many various nooks and crannies to this facility, it seems that one could adventure on the grounds for hours on end. Little gems like this doorway appear around every corner.
This image was taken from standing in the lower garden/sports area looking up to the inner garden we’ve just explored. The door has frosted glass inserts and the green door has some weathering to create a sense of an older time. Once again, those incredible vines climb their way up the wall and surround the doorway here. As you can see in this image, the stonework of the castle and it’s grounds are truly exceptional and well worth the time to take in and fully appreciate.
This is actually not a HDR image due to the movement of the waterwheel. We really wanted to grab a frame of it to share with everyone but due to its motion HDR is not a suitable application here. Little creeks wander the grounds and in tomorrow’s post we will explore the lower Japanese garden area, which is where this little creek runs into.
This wonderful greenhouse sits to the side of the garden area and was a marvelous find. I love the way the light is diffused through the glass in the house. If you look closely, the window pane to the right of the doorway reveals a wheel of some sorts, probably used to turn on and off the sprinkler system. This wheel is probably original, it looked very very old to us. The door was yet another element of interest, it’s weathered and slightly worn facade revealing years of visits from the local caretakers.
We really appreciate you taking the time to visit today, we hope you’re enjoying the series! Tomorrow we will wrap it up, I think you’ll really like what’s coming next. Please feel free to leave a comment, we truly love to hear from our visitors!!