First Impressions by Holly Cawfield

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This is Dundern Castle in Hamilton, Ontario. It’s a rather imposing sort of house much along the lines of an English country house but not of the same magnitude of most of those. However, for ‘these here parts’ it’s a pretty impressive building and considering that it was built in colonial times it quite amazes me since the area was such a wilderness in those days.

I’ve tried with this perspective to convey a bit of the grandeur of this house for these columns do indeed make quite a first impression. The fact that the sky was such a rich blue seemed to emphasize that to my way of thinking.



  • Holly Cawfield
    Holly Cawfieldover 5 years ago

  • jacqi
    jacqiover 5 years ago

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a massive portico. It kind of dwarfs the house but it’s a super shot Holly

  • You just made me chuckle Jacqi…it is something of a Jimmy Durante portico, isn’t it. :-D

    – Holly Cawfield

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatover 5 years ago

    Wow that is an impressive picture Holly great lighting again.

  • Thanks HH! Gotta love that late afternoon sun in the winter.

    I’ve taken so many angles of this place and just kept binning them until I decided to move closer.

    – Holly Cawfield

  • Heather  Rivet  IPA
    Heather Rivet...over 5 years ago

    wow fantastic

  • Thanks Heather! :-)

    – Holly Cawfield

  • Geoffrey
    Geoffreyover 5 years ago

    Interesting find, nicely captured

  • Thank you Geoffrey!

    – Holly Cawfield

  • jockey
    jockeyover 5 years ago

    beautiful, an English house with the Roman type columns out front, it certainly would have been a very stately place when first built…well captured Holly.

  • Thank you Bill. :-) It’s a rather handsome house and set on the most beautiful grounds overlooking Lake Ontario. I just looked up the build date and apparently it was completed in 1835….which makes it quite historic for this area.

    – Holly Cawfield

  • Ken Boxsell
    Ken Boxsellover 5 years ago


  • Thanks Ken! :-)

    – Holly Cawfield

  • Rebecca Bryson
    Rebecca Brysonover 5 years ago

  • Wow!! Thank you so much Rebecca!! I’m sorry it’s taken so long to respond to this but I’ve been out of commission for the last week. What a lovely thing to find this now that I’m back on RB!! :-D

    – Holly Cawfield

  • vadim19
    vadim19over 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture!

  • Thank you so much vadim!! :-D

    – Holly Cawfield

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