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I have photographed Bottmingen Schloss quite a few times at Christmas, though during the rest of the year I have never paid too much attention to it. Nevertheless, passing it every day on my way to work, I noticed that the winter sun illuminated its white walls rather attractively. Yesterday was a day of constantly changing weather and having nothing better to do I took out my camera with the hope of getting a few sunny shots. However the sun disappeared rapidly and after loitering around for a while I gave up and headed home. Halfway home (only a few minutes’ walk away), the sun reappeared and I quickly returned to the castle. Lo and behold was a rainbow - I couldn't beleive my luck!. I quickly snatched this shot before it disappeared moments later.

In order to give a bit more punch I cropped to a more square format. See WS posting for the original framing – which do you prefer?

As for the building itself, it was originally built in the 13th century by a now unknown family, then was burnt down in 1409 in a war with the neighbouring canton of Basel-Stadt before later being rebuilt with various modifications and additions being made over the centuries. It was substantially renovated in the 1990s to give this now pristine exterior, and is now a rather smart restaurant.

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