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Gate to the North Sea - Dunrobin Castle (Golspie, Sutherland, Scotland) by Yannik Hay
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The gardens were laid out in 1850 by the architect Sir Charles Barry, who was responsible for the Victorian extension to the Castle and who designed the Houses of Parliament.

Inspiration came from the Palace of Versailles in Paris, and they have changed little in the 150 years since they were planted, although new plants are constantly being introduced. Despite its northerly location, the sheltered gardens are able to support a surprising range of plants, including at the foot of the steps leading to the garden a huge clump of Gunnera manicata, a native rhubarb of South America that has eight foot leaves!

The gardens provide the cut flowers for the displays throughout the Castle. A visit to Dunrobin’s garden is of interest to all and most particularly for the connoisseur of the formal Victorian garden.

Sir Charles Barry’s layout of the formal gardens below the Castle, with their arrangement into two parterres both laid out around circular pools with fountains were inspired by the gardens of Versailles. Barry had also previously designed a vast Italianate garden for the 2nd Duke of Staffordshire’s estate at Trentham. Dunrobin’s gardens have changed little from Barry’s design of 150 years ago, although new plants are constantly being introduced.

The gardens also make a fitting foreground to the panoramic view across the Moray Firth to the distant Cairngorm mountains.

Make your way down the steps and you will find a jewel of a garden, full of colour, interest and unexpected features, nestling amongst sheltering trees on a raised shingle beach; from here the Castle towering above provides a splendid backdrop.
ref: http://www.dunrobincastle.co.uk/gardens-and-gro...

Location: Golspie, Sutherland, Scotland
Date: 2010-09-23
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/125 sec
Aperture: F/5,6
Metering Mode: Partial
Copyright: Yannik Hay
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L IS II USM@35mm
Lightroom 3
Photoshop CS5 for Mac – Camera Raw 6.41

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gate, garden, nature, flower, north, sea, walk way, hedge, scotland, highlands, clan, sutherland, bush, moray, firth

Started photography in 1975.
Took photography classes.
Learned black and white dark room.
Did the transition to digital in 2005.
Learned a few post-processing programs and made my choice to Photoshop and Lightroom.

I like to shoot wildlife, birds, macro, landscapes and street photography to name a few.

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Comments

  • Aase
    Aasealmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful work and beautiful garden Yannik:-)

  • Thank you very much for the great comment and for the fav :) Cheers!

    – Yannik Hay

  • Denise Abé
    Denise Abéalmost 3 years ago

    gorgeous :) xxx

  • Thanks so very much for your awesome comment. I truly appreciate you stopping by for a visit.

    – Yannik Hay

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTalmost 3 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Thanks so very much for your awesome comment. I truly appreciate you stopping by for a visit.

    – Yannik Hay

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenalmost 3 years ago

    What a beautiful image, very good colors too!

  • Thanks so very much for your awesome comment. I truly appreciate you stopping by for a visit.

    – Yannik Hay

  • maggie326
    maggie326almost 3 years ago

    wonderful image Yannik great capture and info

  • Thanks so very much for your awesome comment. I truly appreciate you stopping by for a visit.

    – Yannik Hay

  • Polly Greathouse
    Polly Greathousealmost 3 years ago

    Lovely garden image, Yan!

  • Thanks so very much for your awesome comment. I truly appreciate you stopping by for a visit.

    – Yannik Hay

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely view from here, Yan!!!! Very interesting read…. accompanies your beautiful image with flair!!!!
    Brenda

  • Thank you very much dear Brenda for the compliment. It’s really appreciated :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 3 years ago

    What a beautiful path leading to this gate! And the gate is such an intricate work of art itself! Great composition and dof achieved Yannik!

  • Thanks so very much Joanne for your awesome comment. The garden at this castle is so beautiful. French style. I didn’t post much of it yet, lack of time. But I want to. I took so many pictures of it. Cheers :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • siggabach
    siggabachalmost 3 years ago
    Very captivating and very beautiful photo with great dept of field !Stunning colors !
  • Thanks so very much for your awesome comment. I truly appreciate you stopping by for a visit.

    – Yannik Hay

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