Photographer's Note

Is it too early to be posting Christmas shots? Still nearly five weeks to go, but I couldn’t wait to post this shot! Last week this local chateau, Schloss Bottmingen, switched on their seasonal lights. Noticing them on my way home, I rushed back out eagerly, armed with camera and tripod. The results were disappointing as the sky was too dark and all you could see were the lights themselves. Second attempt on Saturday, this time with my new tripod… not much better; again sky too dark. Third attempt: Sunday. Not to be deterred, I made sure I got there well before sunset and ended up loitering around for ages waiting for the sky to darken. I found that there was a very short time window in which the lighting was optimal, and just at the crucial time, an elderly lady came past, stood in the way and tried to engage in a long conversation – just typical!

After all that perseverance, I hope you like it :-).

As for Schloss Bottmingen, I do not know much about its history but it privately owned and is now a rather smart restaurant. It was a shame that the place is closed on Sundays because through the entrance one can normally see into the courtyard with more beautiful lights.

PS. If anyone wants to correct the verticals, I challenge them (though my choice here will definitely be for the original ;-) )

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