Good Morning Everyone,
My photograph, today, shows the home of Sir Walter Scott, Abbotsford Hall.
'Walter Scott was the foremost literary figure of his day. Born in 1771, and outliving by the time of his death in 1832 all the great romanticists except Coleridge and Wordsworth, he was incomparably better known than any of them.'
The house is situated in the Scottish Borders, near the river Tweed. The house itself was designed by Scott who was a great romantic. To me, because he was a romantic, it suited his style of drama and, maybe, inspired him with his stories.
The large gateway fitted the character of the house, again, full of drama!
I loved the location, set near wooded slopes with fine views over the river, though not a house I would enjoy living in; too large, dark and reputedly haunted!
Have a lovely day, Bev :-)
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siudzi (34141) 2013-11-01 2:18
Like your cropping including a part of the gate and fantastic architecture as your main subject. It looks absolutely amazing and eye-catching due to a well executed exposure and sharpness. Well done.
snunney (98337) 2013-11-01 3:15
The view through the gateway is an invitation to enter and explore this prepossessing house further. The rounded hedge helps draw us toward the front door. The light was not of best, but you have succeeded in bringing the colours and detail in the stonework to good effect. I have to confess not having read any of Scott's novels, except perhaps Ivanhoe when I was very young.
Noel_Byrne (31008) 2013-11-01 3:33
You have such an ability to find places that me go "Aww, I wanna go there!!!!" and this is another beautiful example. The house is romantic and so decorative, you can see the architect would have had great fun designing this place. Love that you framed this with the gateway like this too, welcoming us into the house, and perhaps welcoming us into the stories that were written here. Lovely scene, thanks!
All the best
timecapturer (49288) 2013-11-01 4:09
a gentle light and sense of intrigue in this shot. Inviting composition and an elegant looking building full of character and captured beautifully.
Have a great weekend - Brian.
PaulVDV (28865) 2013-11-01 4:17
Very well composed with the open gate at the left and the curving line of the small hedge showing us the way to entrance of the house.
The dull sky that day wasn't exactly favorable but the clarity and sharpness are very good.
Best regards, Paul
cornejo (41839) 2013-11-01 5:41
Hi Bev, very good picture of this interesting house, very well captured in this nice, with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Sergiom (78697) 2013-11-01 5:44
Une bonne idée que de laisser la porte à l'avant plan dans le cadrage, cela donne un bel effet de profondeur à la composition. Le château est superbe et construit solidement pour durer une éternité.
batalay (38777) 2013-11-01 5:46
What a magnificent shot of Sir Walter Scott's Castle, in a package complemented by a succinct but informative note. Including the massive gate was a brilliant stroke. I see that he lived a full 61 years, spanning the entire Romantic Period of writers, as well as the Romantic Painters.
ikeharel (70795) 2013-11-01 6:30
The heavy metal-gate structure gave good scale when looking towards the mansion, which by itself an impressive edifice.
I like the many chimnies on the roof, it doe's combined in harmony with the turrets and added a majestic texture to the whole.
An immaculate clarity, inspite the low light condition.
Have a nice weekend,
amaryllis (36895) 2013-11-01 7:05
une superbe photo de ce chateau typiquement anglais avec cette belle architecture et le fait d'avoir inclus la porte d'entrée à gauche semble nous dire d'entrer...
mkamionka (36258) 2013-11-01 9:31
very attractive composition. I took a similar photo with the whole gate but I was discouraged by the white sky. In your shot the sky is not as burned it seems in mine just grey but it does not disturb too much.
Fragment of the gate adds a nice and orginal foreground and we see a nice fragment of the house here. I have to pick one of my photos of this place and upload as well, it deserves to be presented from each possible angle.
Have a great weekend,
mjw364 (850) 2013-11-01 13:10
He he! I have a similar shot to this - a bit more Carlo62 mine though with the full doorway and a shadow of the arch - I see the light had faded when you got to this door though. Didn't you find the chapel a bit like a new build house inside! Bit disappointing that bit I thought.
TFS - Blackpool for the lights this weekend!
Nicou (141248) 2013-11-01 22:40
Avec le coin de la porte à gauche et ce quadrillage quelle mise en valeur de ce château merveilleux quelle compo et vue avec le rond de la végétation la belle architecture parfait.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (37876) 2013-11-02 2:14
A fine and interesting castle. The part of the big gate, that you have included, adds a pleasant depth in the picture. An interesting note as well.
Kugart (1778) 2013-11-02 2:15
Very nice presentation of this wonderfully interesting house, not only because of its previous occupant but also for the design of the building. It is so full of little architectural details to keep the eyes busy admiring it. Nice composition almost as if your having a sneaky peak through the entrance towards the house as a result of including the portion of the gate in the shot. Very nice.
Have a good weekend.
ifege (10367) 2013-11-02 2:44
Hi Bev - An impressive mansion under a classic English sky! Good POV making good use of the gate on the left.
Hope your nephew finds perth to his liking. Karijini NP is just a short 1000+km to the north and I hope he gets to explore the areas away from Perth.
tyro (24688) 2013-11-02 15:13
Sorry to have been absent from TE for so long - just returned from seeing my newest grandson!
A lovely photograph which brings back lovely memories of a wonderful TE meeting a week ago. I didn't see much of the outside of this magnificent place as I spent most of my time wandering around aimlessly inside and by the time I came out it was getting dim and it was time to head back.
I very much like the way you have included the edge of the massive garden gate in the picture as it certainly adds depth to the image as well as contributing well to the overall composition as, together with the little low hedge, it leads the viewer very nicely to the main door of the house.
Lovely light and fine soft colours, perfect exposure and exquisite sharpness.
Glint (6171) 2013-11-03 10:15
you have chosen a good pov with the open gates inviting us to view the house. Pity about the washed out sky but that be helped with dreich Scottish weather. I did think about you all as I huddled at home watching the rain through my window. I am pleased you all had an enjoyable meet and perhaps I will be there for the next one.
ps Have you read the Book "Scottland"? an interesting read (or so I believe but the copy I bought for my hsband has gone awol) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scott-land-Man-Who-Invented-Nation/dp/1846971799/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383500739&sr=1-1&keywords=scottland
Didi (60588) 2013-11-08 2:44
Good point of view on the castle I appreciate the architecture volume
Of course the ambiance is dramatic with the covered sky
jcpix (13916) 2013-11-21 15:27
Thanks so much for the kind words of support, it feels good to be back in action! :)
A lot to get caught up with in your gallery, and this one grabbed my attention straight away. Your title plays right into the striking and impressive imagery, one complimenting the other.
I like the idea to include part of the gate, its patterned design adds to the overall configuration of shapes that I'm always attracted to. A stately manor indeed, and for such a well known figure makes it all the more intriguing to behold. Even with an overcast sky, there is plenty to admire about this shot.
Aside from the size, lack of light and hauntings, I'd pass merely on the fact of having to keep up on the cleaning duties...inside and out! :)
Cheers from Arizona,
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (38522)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-26
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G12
- Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): TE Meeting Peebles 2013 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-01 1:35