For months I have wanted to "find" this castle:
The castle ruin in Konigstein.
I have seen this castle in the distance, on a hill, when driving from my kids' orthodontist to their school. Last Saturday we went "castle hunting" and wandered until we found it. We did not know what it was called or even for sure what town it was until we got there. What a great ruin. I found the fine detailed herringbone pattern in one outer wall intriguing and wondered why the workers took the effort, as I've never seen that before.
It is fun to imagine the castle and its inhabitants hundreds of years ago.
Not a castle, but there are castle-like passageways (both in construction and feel) underneath the waterfall in the center of this photo.
I saw the waterfall and red autumn colors reflecting in a small lake and I thought it would made a great photo.
I took this photo in Palmengarten, a private botanical garden, near where I live. Map here. Sometimes I take my Mac and sit at a table overlooking this view and write. It has many large tropicariums (large greenhouse type buildings with plants) in addition to the large grounds with numerous gardens.
My stories are influenced by places I've lived or visited. I "feel" the place, or a combination or places, (or my memory of the place) when I'm writing and it imbues a type of emotional sensibility into the setting.
Banned Book Week starts soon. I'll post about it with some links, as soon as I've turned my writing in to my VCFA advisor.