Inside Swannanoa

Last month I had the opportunity to go take a tour of Swannanoa which is located up on Afton Mountain in Virginia right of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a wonderful looking marble mansion/palace in an Italian Renaissance Revival style built in 1912. It was built by James Dooley the same family of the Maymont house and park in Richmond Virginia. It eventually was left abandoned and empty for a long time till it was bought by a private party that has done what they can to keep it from falling apart. They hold tours there now on some weekends and anyone can check it out if you are in the area. It is a fabulous property including outside. This is one of the many light fixtures that are inside the mansion with the falling-apart paint and wall paper and the bottom is from the ceiling.

Taken with  Fujifilm X-Pro2 and 35mm f/2 lens

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Painted Hills

I’m really glad my girlfriend mentioned the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in the Central part of Oregon. It was a different land coming from Portland and the mountains. Dry but still wonderful. This is really the first dry place I visited in my life. The heat wasn’t to bad as it was not really humid which I’m use to experiencing in Virginia during the Summer. There were a lot of interesting formations and the Painted Hills were really interesting. There was hardly anyone out there, we had the place to ourselves most of the time.

Taken with a X-Pro2 and Rokinon 12mm lens

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