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Elvaston Castle 8/10

This unusual, but fine, set of arches are passed under as one walks in to the large courtyard at the back of the house at Elvaston, which in past times was surrounded but stables, various working rooms and storerooms by the look of it. Nowadays most of these are closed up but there is a shop, a very fine tearoom, a must for my Camera Club crowd, and historic displays concerning the house and estate. I thought these arches made a good frame for the area of the parkland beyond.

 

Elvaston Castle 8/10

This unusual, but fine, set of arches are passed under as one walks in to the large courtyard at the back of the house at Elvaston, which in past times was surrounded but stables, various working rooms and storerooms by the look of it. Nowadays most of these are closed up but there is a shop, a very fine tearoom, a must for my Camera Club crowd, and historic displays concerning the house and estate. I thought these arches made a good frame for the area of the parkland beyond.

 

comments (25)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Nov 2012, 00:42
You have made excellent use of the arches, which would otherwise be useless, Brian.

That parkland looks enticing, and might be sprouting all kinds of fungi at the moment.
Brian Walbey: It is very fine parkland Ray with a great variety of tree species. Just behind this lot is the lake I showed last week.
They do, indeed Brian! And it looks like it was a beautiful day for you as well!
Brian Walbey: This was shortly after the rain I showed in the ducks picture last week, it was a very changeable afternoon.
The arches were very well built Brian and they frame the trees in the garden nicely....petersmile
Brian Walbey: They must have been designed especially for photographers Peter.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Nov 2012, 07:11
A fine frame, indeed, Brian, and a great place for your camera club.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, those of us that went had a good afternoon despite a bit of rain every now and then.
windows into the the wider world.
Brian Walbey: That's how it seemed to me Richard.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Nov 2012, 08:21
They have a fine variety of trees
Brian Walbey: Yes the woodland covers quite a large area and there is a good variety of species.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Nov 2012, 09:00
Very unusual - I wonder what the original motivation was?
Brian Walbey: I've no idea Mike but they make a good frame for pictures in this direction.
nice framing
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 26 Nov 2012, 09:55
Well framed
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 26 Nov 2012, 09:55
These are fine arches indeed Brian, light and generous in views, yet purposeful.
Brian Walbey: Yes I even begin to think what actual purpose they served when built.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Nov 2012, 12:42
Indeed they do; almost like picture windows. I'm pleased to hear about the tearoom; anywhere that has a tearoom gets my vote smile
Brian Walbey: When we go somewhere as a Club, with or without our partners, the availability of a tearoom is of the utmost importance, unless of course it is in the evening when a local hostelry serves the same purpose smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 26 Nov 2012, 12:55
Very nicely taken, Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Lisl.
Compared to the rest of the property, Brian, these arches appear to be relatively new. Enjoying this series very much.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Beverly. Yes I thought these arches look newer than the house itself.
They make a nice frame for the picture Brian but they don't actually look all that old.
Brian Walbey: They definitely don't seem as old as some of the courtyard buildings.
I like the use of these arches Brian.....it looks very inviting beyond! smile
Brian Walbey: Made for photographers Martin.
masterly command of dof Brian, & composition as well!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Juan.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Nov 2012, 16:10
One admires the craftsmanship, if not the proportions and style. Well captured Brian
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed John, not much style but good picture frames.
Neat composition, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Nov 2012, 17:29
Great series of this wonderful place.
Love the stonework on this arch.
Love the POV.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Astrid.
Very nicely framed Brian! Well done.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
A pleasing interplay of form and colour Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Fred.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Nov 2012, 19:43
This imposing, but unusual 'gate' corresponds a bit with the fence and the 'benches' or poles for horses (?) considering the shapes - an impressive castle indeed! It's a pity that so many rooms have been nowadays closed, but the costs to maintain them are too high- and often it might be rather a burden to own such a large estate than to be the proprietor of it. I read about a new comedy (English humour!) by Alan Bennett in London about the situation of Castle - Sirs and Ladies.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Philine.
Great portrayal of the soft foliage behind the stark stonework, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes the trees make a good backdrop don't they.
  • Sally
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Nov 2012, 23:06
I love the textures of the hard stone arches leading through to the softness of the trees. A splendid composition Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sally.
nicely captured. i like the solid looking columns
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ayush, it looks fairly sturdy doesn't it.

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