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Spanish Castle Dreams III by Damienne Bingham


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Paronella Park
Mena Creek, Far North Queensland,
Australia. 2010.

Canon EOS 400D
Canon EF 28-135m f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
f/8, 1/125s, ISO 400
RAW. BW conversion in PS.

The “Spanish Castle” in the grounds of Paronella Park was the dream of a Catalan immigrant Jose Paronella who made his fortune in Far North Queensland by buying and refurbishing cane fields and selling them for profit.

Once he made his fortune, he set about realizing his dream of building a pleasure grounds where people could come to picnic, play tennis, go to the cinema or even dance in the ballroom.

All of the buildings, stairways, paths and park furniture was made from hand-made bricks with mud quarried from the property itself. You can still see the finger marks in the cladding.

The naming of Paronella Park as a ‘castle’ was a very crafty choice.
Paronella had made a return to Spain and on his entrance back to Australia he was detained for not paying his taxes. In the future, as a remedy for his tax problems, he decided to name his building as a castle – and so avoid paying taxes for life!

Paronella Park is definitely worth a visit to anyone in Cairns or the Innisfail area. It’s a truly remarkable sight and a photographer’s dream.

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I am a freelance photographer originally from Brisbane, Australia, and currently living in Cape Town, South Africa.

I enjoy many forms of photography – with a particular interest in travel and nature photography. This diversity can be seen in the range of genres and styles in my portfolio

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  • hampshirelady
    hampshireladyalmost 3 years ago

    Captivating Damienne – what is up those stairs? A wonderful hint of mystery here

  • Thanks Sue, I’m so glad you like it! Really appreciate your insight!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsalmost 3 years ago

    Great image! Love the texture!

  • Thank you very much! So glad you enjoyed it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Briar Richard
    Briar Richardalmost 3 years ago

    Love this! Mysterious and so beautifully exposed!

  • Thanks Briar, I’m glad you enjoyed this one!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • laruecherie
    laruecheriealmost 3 years ago

    Perfect image for the group!

  • Thank you very much! I’m so glad you like it, thanks for your support!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • kellbellrauch
    kellbellrauchalmost 3 years ago

  • That’s so lovely, thanks Kelly!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparalmost 3 years ago

    Nice work .!!

  • Thank you!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Belinda  Churchill
    Belinda Churc...almost 3 years ago

    WOW. Love this. It is a place on my “must see” list

  • Definitely worth a visit. Initially I was a bit skeptical about it, but it is really amazing to see – a photographer’s paradise! So glad you enjoyed this, Belinda, thanks for taking the time to have a look and leave your thoughts!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Farah  Rose
    Farah Rosealmost 3 years ago

    breathtaking – as usual sir damien!!!

  • lol it’s Lady Damienne. But thank you! Really appreciate your support of my work!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 3 years ago

    Oh these stairs are so rich in textures and light! Love your composition, they are intriguing and inviting!

  • Thanks Joanne! Yes the whole place was fascinating, the overgrowth gives so much colour and texture. Really glad you enjoyed this!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • shutterbug261
    shutterbug261almost 3 years ago

    pure b&w magic!! outstanding work, damienne!!

  • Thanks Michael, that’s very kind! So glad you enjoyed it!

    – Damienne Bingham

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