This time last week Apollo and I had just arrived at Larnach Castle, which is on the Otago Peninsula, deep in the south of New Zealand. We were on holiday – and while for most of it we were visiting his mother in Dunedin, for two days in the middle we were taking some time for ourselves and staying at Larnach Lodge, on the grounds of the only castle in the country. And it’s a beautiful castle indeed!
Not only was there this incredible castle to explore, there were also extensive grounds. And I promptly made my mind up that I was going to get me some great photos. Oh yes indeed. So while Apollo was taking a much needed nap on Thursday afternoon, I ran around with my camera and my Gorillapod, returning to spots I’d noted when we’d wandered around together earlier …
The lions at the entry to the castle make it very clear that you’re not allowed to take photographs inside. It’s forbidden! However you’re permitted to take pictures on the roof, and around the gardens.
There are five levels to the castle (as there’s a level below ground), not including the roof. This is the stairway leading to the roof – very narrow and winding indeed! I was naughty taking this picture, but I figured no one would mind …
This is the door onto the roof. It’s the only thing blocking the view up there – otherwise it’s a complete view around! Call it a 350 degree view.
And this is a small part of the view – just stunning! You’re looking across to the mainland of the South Island, where Port Chalmers is. Please note the Wishing Well in the garden below. You’ll be seeing that again in future posts.
The roof is a popular spot for people to clamber up and look at the view – I’m sure you can see why. There were folks up there when I arrived, and while they left fairly promptly, a tour group then came up. All of which made it rather difficult to take the photos I wanted to take, so I fiddled with my camera and tripod, made sure I had it set up where I wanted, and waited.
And waited. Then I offered to take photos for the group, which was happily taken up.
Then I waited some more. Eventually they left, and I swooped on my chance – I realised that being twelve of them, and having to go down that winding staircase one at a time, no one could come up while they were going down!
So I got my photo:
It all made me rather happy! What better way to knock off a roof shot for the Scavenger Hunt, help to celebrate 100 weeks of Wanton Wednesday postings (of which I have participated in 84), and to memorialise my holiday?
(And bonus – I didn’t knock my camera off the crenellation!)
While I still prefer my photos with someone else to take them, I had a blast doing these myself, I must admit