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Blenheim Palace

Almost everyone is posting winter scenes these days and it is certainly snowy here in Chicago. However, I thought I would share a few shots I took over the summer. This one is from Blenheim Palace outside of Oxford. It is a magnificent estate, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the birthplace of Winston Churchill. It was built between 1705 and 1724 and is one of the largest estates in all England.

Blenheim Palace

Almost everyone is posting winter scenes these days and it is certainly snowy here in Chicago. However, I thought I would share a few shots I took over the summer. This one is from Blenheim Palace outside of Oxford. It is a magnificent estate, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the birthplace of Winston Churchill. It was built between 1705 and 1724 and is one of the largest estates in all England.

comments (70)

Excellent architectural shot Charles, beautiful design, lovely details, perfect symmetry. Nice job on this shot!
Charles Dastodd: Thanks, John, I appreciate it smile
I always wanted to visit this palace!
You're so lucky that day: you don't get to see sky that blue in England that often.
Charles Dastodd: I did enjoy my trip here and I would recommend that you go if you can. For the blue to come out so deep, however, I had use a filter
  • rian
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2010, 00:57
yeah, come to think of it, most are posting winter shots.. i think i'll be posting a summer shot tomorrow.. ;D

but yeah, that's a fine architectural shot of this handsome, classy structure.. smile
Charles Dastodd: i have enough winter on the ground around me, rian, and will do for the next 3 months, so I figured it was a good time to take my mind off of it wink
stunning clarity, it almost made my brain stop working, wonderful shot!!!
  • Dutch
  • USA
  • 7 Dec 2010, 01:49
The symmetry here is just fantastic. I don't think you could have done this better! BTW, I took a few snowy Chicago winter shots but until I get the right one, I'm not putting it up. The winter is going to be long, long, probably into March this year, we have time wink
Charles Dastodd: This winter is absolutely brutal for sure!! We are having January temperatures in December which is not a good sign sad
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Dec 2010, 02:05
Look at that!

Not a green leafy thing in sight. Quite right too...those damned trees drop their leaves and fruit everywhere, and make work for the caretakers...

Charles Dastodd: hehe, this is the courtyard main entrance. All the green is out back smile
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2010, 03:00
Beautiful symmetry.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 7 Dec 2010, 03:11
Great photo Charles.....great building with lots of history....you even had a beautiful sky to back it all up....just a wisp of cloud.....i like it.....petersmile
  • JMS*
  • Thailand
  • 7 Dec 2010, 03:35
Impeccable et plus que çà encore !
your photo is stunningly beautiful. a beautiful palace with such lovely architecture.
Beautiful crisp lively color! Thanks for the interesting background information too!
That building sure has a classical look. You caught a perfect time of day with good contrasting light.
A judicious composition through the effective value this beautiful architecture
The detail in the shadows is amazing!
Well, that's a beautiful picture with a great perspective and wonderful colors. What a great spot, and perfectly rendered.
  • Rick
  • Canada
  • 7 Dec 2010, 05:02
Gorgeous architecture and a vivid capture.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Dec 2010, 06:12
A lovely shot Charles: I live about 40 miles from here - and I have never visited it!
Charles Dastodd: Oh, you must you must, Chris. I think if you live in the area when you buy a ticket it also gives you admission back in for an entire year. So it would be totally worth it to go and take some pictures at different times of the year, particularly the grounds. smile
A great architecture shot. And a sunny one ! I like it a lot
wow Charles today you show me really a masterpiece, breathtaking in light and vivid colorr, compliments
Charles Dastodd: thank you, I appreciate your kind comment
A wonderful composition with lovely colors and saturation Charles!
  • Tamara
  • Belgium
  • 7 Dec 2010, 06:52
Excellent framing ! The details of the architecture are really beautiful. Well done. Have a nice day smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 7 Dec 2010, 06:53
What a building but wheres the grass
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 7 Dec 2010, 07:38
A beautiful symmetric shot. Great red and blue color.
Actually, so easily the best photo that I have ever seen
of this palace. I have many books with photos of this
landmark, but they cannot compete with this beautiful photo.
Charles Dastodd: that is very kind of you. many thanks smile
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 7 Dec 2010, 08:19
Great shot. I love the clarity in the windows and sky
Very impressive and impossing Charles.
WOW!! What an incredible shot - very beautiful. I love the colours and architecture
A beautiful shot Charles, & a very welcome reminder of sunnier days.
Wondeful architecture , and the colors are so lovely captured , Phil.
  • grouser
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Dec 2010, 09:56
The sky and the reflected light work a treat
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Dec 2010, 10:30
Now I have to admit that I've been to Chicago more often than I've been to Blenheim Palace. It is a magnificent building and your image gives the stonework a lovely warmth.

I'll be posting images from Chartwell which was Winston Churchill's country home in later years.
Charles Dastodd: looking forward to it, Alan smile
Very nice too.
True Charles, even here in southern Spain, it's still raining non-stop!
Its very grand, you cant beat old buildings like these smile
What a spectacular architecture captured wonderfully!
  • Wayne
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2010, 10:59
Quite a photo of a spectacular estate! I know styles change but classic architecture is so much more interesting than modern. Old buildings have tones of details to study.
Superb image of this great historical house.
  • noel
  • Germany
  • 7 Dec 2010, 11:06
Great shot and explanation about this monument .
Have a great day
I fine shot of this magnificent house. Many years since I have been
Great work, great architecture.
  • Sakis
  • Greece
  • 7 Dec 2010, 12:30
Very nice colors!
  • belbe
  • Europe
  • 7 Dec 2010, 12:43
This summer scene is gorgeous !
good job
Bien à toi !
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2010, 13:59
What a wonderful shot of this place such fine architecture

thanks for the suggested crop on my post today, a good idea
An impressive place,with lots of history Charles.
incredible colors, it's a beautiful place. Charles thank you for this beautiful blue sky, mine is so gray days in Britanny. A+ VAL smile
A fine shot Charles, one stately home I have yet to visit.
  • Still
  • France
  • 7 Dec 2010, 14:13
An amazing capture of this noble Palace.
  • mariana
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2010, 14:15
wonderful framing ! great treatment !
  • Monique
  • Thailand
  • 7 Dec 2010, 14:20
Wow, very impressive! I can imagine you need a map living there wink Great wide angle!
Charles Dastodd: Yeah, we used a map to get around the estate grounds wink
  • Rolf
  • Sweden
  • 7 Dec 2010, 14:46
Beautiful color and stunning composition.
Great shot.
  • Terry H.
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2010, 15:06
Looks like a great place to have a barbecue. Plenty of room to set up a smoker! smile
Charles Dastodd: that sounds like a good idea wink
Wow, very splendid perspective!! And the blue sky is so comfortable, did you used filter?!
Charles Dastodd: i did indeed use a filter and had some digital enhancement as well
Wow, this looks majestic. Great perspective Charles. Very nicely shot!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 7 Dec 2010, 15:38
I've never seen this place before. When I read it was his birthplace, I thought, "so this is where he lived when his father sent him away". Money has never been a buffer from life's pain. Beautifully composed image.
  • don
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2010, 16:29
A fine shot of this famous place with the interesting architecture. This shot has lots of style and appeal.
Wonderful shot. This used to be my old stomping ground. I lived at Chipping Norton. well three miles out in the woods
Charles Dastodd: lucky you! hope you got to visit often
I driven past here many times on the A44 through Woodstock, but never ventured in, I will explore it one day. Imposing capture and shot.
Charles Dastodd: It is definitely worth the trip. You can spend an entire day...although this day was so hot and sunny and I wasn't wearing enough sunscreen that I got a tad too red. so go prepared if its in the summer!
  • tede
  • France
  • 7 Dec 2010, 17:33
Magnificent architecture, framing and light are great. Superb shot. Good day.
Very imposing, Charles.
Interesting angle !!
Great !
great architecture image - I like the light balance and the colors
Powerful building,
grand entrance:=))))
  • Frances
  • New Zealand
  • 7 Dec 2010, 19:30
Fabulous wide angle view of this typical classical architecture. Great shot.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 7 Dec 2010, 20:09
I was here yesterday and i still like it....drop in sometime.....petersmile
  • Fritsch
  • Germany
  • 7 Dec 2010, 20:27
What a stunning point of view. And these colours blow my mind, Charles! Most excellent, my friend. All the best & safe travels, Fritsch.
Charles Dastodd: Many thanks smile
  • Thea
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Dec 2010, 20:35
Really a beautiful view! Very nice architecture and details!
What a fantastic palace Charles!! Wonderful symetric building!!
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2010, 21:53
impressive capture of this lovely building. nice colors.
Yup, it certainly has a presence!
you have caught this so well, very impressive
  • george
  • Germany
  • 8 Dec 2010, 17:22
Poor Winston didn't spend long there. He was sent to school at the age of (about) seven, only returning for the occasional holiday.

Gorgeous light on this beautiful piece of English heritage - especially in the shadow areas.

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