Hello !!! Is there anyone around here on Photofolia ?! ;-)
This is the moated castle Wolfersdorf, a hunting lodge in a rather ramote valley in the German state of Thuringia (please see map view).
The castle was built from 1547 to 1552 by the elector of Saxony – Johann-Friederich I, called the Magnanimous, the founder of Jena University. He was a companion of Martin Luther and was imprisoned in the course of power struggles between the Catholic Emperor Charles V and the Lutheran League, a military alliance of Lutheran princes, in 1547. After five years he was released and met his family again in this castle, which thenceforward was called castle „Happy Return“.
In the course of the centuries the castle has been modified and expanded by his successors in neo-Gothic style.
My photo was taken on a cold and hazy morning. I add a large version and a complementary photo where you can see the castle from a different angle.
The castle even looks like a happy return! I like all of the images: Here the path beckons drawing one one across the river (moat), into the castle. It feels very welcoming. The Lv gives the feeling of having moved into the scene while the Ci allows us a deer's eye view across the river. Looking at the lake in the map view made me realize a big value of moats, they not only provide security from outsiders but also supply water. GLF, Pat
Everlasting (2019/12/09 06:27:00): what a lovely term of phrase, 'a deer's eye view', I have never heard that used before but understand immediately why you use it living in close proximity to deer