Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent
This week’s photo challenge was for descent – “a perspective looking down”.
One of the most beautiful staircases I’ve ever seen is at the historic Jefferson Hotel, in downtown Richmond, Virginia. According to their website, the hotel was built in 1895 by the tobacco magnate, Lewis Ginter. It nearly burned down in 1901 and was not rebuilt for several years. The famous statute of Thomas Jefferson had to be repaired when Jefferson’s head broke off as it was being carried to safety.
The hotel also had alligators in the pools until 1948! They were pets donated by local residents who needed to get rid of them when they got too big.
According to Wikipedia, Margaret Mitchell stayed at the Jefferson during the time she wrote “Gone With The Wind”. It is believed that the staircase at the Jefferson was the inspiration for the staircase she described in her book.
These pictures were taken at several different times. The Christmas decorations are gorgeous and I hope to take more pictures of them this year.
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What a great entry for the “descent” theme. Love it and love seeing Richmond shots.
I figured you would – I can see how much you enjoy Richmond in your own blog!
I don’t know what it is, but I love steps and path way pictures. :)
I do too – I love paths and gates. It’s just something about the mystery of what’s down there.
I listened to a great segment on one of my Lynda.com courses about photographing what appeals to you, even if you don’t understand it. I need to listen to that again and put together a blog post from it. I could probably post a gazillion of paths and gates. Every time I see one, I have to take a picture!
And stone stairways!!!!! (In nature walks and such)