William Paca House and Garden

William Paca House & Garden Annapolis with Watermark-1

If you ever venture to downtown Annapolis, you must visit this breathtaking two acre estate and garden. The garden is divided into a formal section closer to the residence, and the “wilderness” is near the back of the property, which is where I captured this image of the summer house. William Paca was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the governor of Maryland during the Revolutionary War. The house was built between 1763 and 1765 and he designed the accompanying gardens during the 15 years that he resided there. After decades of decline the Historic Annapolis Foundation rescued the property, and re-created the gardens to resemble their original state. They re-opened it to the public in 1973.

What I love about this image is the play of the light through the trees, which caused a perfect reflection in the canal of the two story straight out of an English painting  summer house. Made of a latticework reminiscent of Chinese architecture, the beautiful bridge crosses a huge koi pond brimming with lily pads and resident frogs which was simply charming to cross over while taking in all the beauty around. The scene was very dreamy to me, and I hope it inspires you to visit this beautiful location yourself.

As always prints are available upon request via email. The settings for this image were: 22mm, F18, ISO 640 at 1/80 sec.

 

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