One of my favorite places to visit in the summer is a place called "Castle in the Clouds". The 16-room castle was built on 5,294 acres by Thomas Gustave Plant for his second wife. The millionaire shoe manufacturer (1859-1941) also included a stable/garage, a greenhouse, gatehouses, farm buildings, and a golf course. Although he lost his money in a series of bad investments and was forced to sell, the castle was bought and sold several times until it was bought by a private non-profit organization that now features the castle, the carriage house, a gift shop, an art gallery, and cafe open to the public.
This is one of our favorite places to go for a ride to visit, eat at the outside patio while enjoying a fabulous view, and then walk on the property. With many trails and a pond, we never tire of the beauty of nature that surrounds this property. There is always a photo opportunity whether from the horses that are kept in the stables and fenced area where they can roam free, while walking in the woods, or just sitting and watching the ducks and other birds that visit the pond. Of course, inspiration grabs me, particularly when I see a 'Lone Duck' nibbling at the grasses close to shore.
Buy "Lone Duck" painting by DJ Geribo