From Riverside, CA…one of the most beautiful classic hotels….the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. A hotel filled with old world charm. This was my first visit. A lovely place to see if you are in the area. The photo above is a fisheye of the amazing rotunda. Probably the most photographed location at the hotel.
Some history from the web: From its modest beginnings as a 12-room adobe boarding house to its current stature as one of the finest hotels in the United States providing a total of 238 rooms and suites, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa has been the cornerstone of Downtown Riverside since 1876.
By the 1890’s, Riverside was the richest city per capita in the United States. The consistent influx of tourists to Riverside made Frank Miller, the Master of the Inn, recognize the dire need for a grand resort hotel. And so, the evolution of The Mission Inn began. Frank Miller opened the first wing of his new hotel in 1903. The Mission Wing was built in Mission-Revival style architecture and incorporated different structural elements of the 21 California Missions. Mr. Miller went onto add three more wings to his hotel: the Cloister, the Spanish, and finally completed it with the Rotunda wing in 1931.
Ponce De Leon and the Fountain of Youth…a story we have all heard about. You can go check it out in St. Augustine…just a bit down the road from Ponce Inlet. I drove by it one day and was not impressed. Just a place to waste a few hours while on vacation. But in Ponce Inlet you can find the tallest Lighthouse in Florida and the second tallest in the nation! 213 steps to the top! I always love photos with the Fibonacci Spirals…pleasing to the eye!
From the wonderful Austin Capitol Building….for some reason I am always drawn to these stairs. I brought a co-worker with me to downtown Austin recently and decided to just take photos using my 50 1.4 lens. It was a nice change…no tripod and a light load to carry. I tried to capture shots I usually do not take. It was fun! I need to use this lens more! I do enjoy this type of photography. Look for more like this soon. Expanding ones styles is always wonderful!