Blooming Brideshead. The dome of Castle Howard above Daffodils
Castle Howard House from the South side, showing Vanbrugh's centre section which has Corinthian pilasters on contrast to the Doric of the North side. 'Nobody can see both sides at once' was how he answered those who criticised this difference.
Castle Howard Dome. Constructed to Vanbrugh's design 1703-6, this dome is claimed to be the first built onto a private residence in England. In 1940 it was destroyed in a disastrous fire, but was rebuilt by George Howard 20 years later.
Castle Howard House from the South side, showing how Sir Thomas Robinson ruined the symmetry of the Vanbrugh original with his octagonal domed West Wing.
Castle Howard - The Stray (which runs north to south in a straight line for 5miles). Carrmire Gate is the nearest arch and was designed by Hawksmoor in 1720s. The Pyramid Arch by Vanbrugh in 1719 with wings added by Sir Thomas Robinson 1756-8.
Castle Howard House from the later added West Wing.
Daffodils pollinators. Small beetles fly into the Daffodil trumpets to pollinate them.
Daffodils in the grounds of Castle Howard
Daffodils line the promenade from the south east corner of Castle Howard to the Temple of the Four winds
Daffodils yellow and two-tone at Castle Howard
Pink Daffodils. Pink makes the boys wink.
Earls Monument. The Carlisle Memorial Column was built to commemorate the 7th Earl of Carlisle who died in 1864. Designed by Frederick Pepys Cockerell it is 120feet high and the central column is 7feet in diameter and hollow.
Earls Monument. Tripod supporting a flaming urn on top of the 7th Earl's monument at Castle Howard
Fountain Arch. Water arches from the Atlas fountain framing Vanbrugh's dome of Castle Howard
Fountain Atlas. John Thomas carbed the Atlas Fountain and the whole thing was an exhibit at the Great Exhibition of 1850. Castle Howard bought the fountain and it was transported to Yorkshire and installed for 1853.
Fountain Ball. The God 'Atlas' carries the world on his shoulders. Don't look now, young man, but I think it is leaking!
Fountain Man. Rahmat considers taking his 117th photograph of the Atlas fountain so that he can top my 115 photos of it.
Fountain Trumpets. Atlas the Titan backed the wrong side in one of the battles of mythology and the victors condemned him to carry the vault of the heavens on his shoulders for 1000 years. The Four young men blowing their own trumpets around him are presumably the sons of the victors!
A view to Crow about. The Great Lake at Castle Howard was created in the 1790s.
New River Bridge. Built 1744 to cross the dammed river
Temple of the Four Winds. Completed in 1736 to a design by Vanbrugh based on the Rotunda, the Temple of Diana was a pavilion for entertaining in.
Temple of the Four Winds. Looking up into the Dome
Temple of the Four Winds - View. The Howardian Hills seens through the columns of the East portico.
Temple of the Four Winds. One of the 'Winds'. The lantern atop the dome on the Temple of the Four Winds contains 4 such heads. Supposedly these gentleman were explained to some children as blowing winds. Thereafter this building was known as the Four Winds.
Lastingham Angel. Simon touches the Angel's Trumpet at Lastingham Parish Church
Rosedale Red. Posing at the top of the 35% incline above Rosedale, North Yorkshire