[i]About the HERMITAGE this is not the famous RUSSIAN ART GALLERY but the Hermitage was originally owned by Otto Ives, who bought it in 1833 and moved in with his wife and niece. Coachman William Black fell in love with the girl, and when Ives blocked the marriage proposal, Black went to the property's gatehouse and killed himself. Suicides were rarely given cemetery burials in those days, so he was interred at the nearest crossroads, now locally known as "Lover's Lane" because of the ill-fated affair. It is believed that Black's final resting place is adjacent. George Gordon Browne Leith purchased the Hermitage in 1855. The Hermitage itself was a magnificent place to behold and visit: its ground floor contained an opulent dining room, library, drawing room, and stately entrance all, all furnished with original works of art and the best furniture. Leith spent over £2000 in modernizing the place. After his death in 1901, his daughter Alma bought the estate from the rest of the family and lived there until 1934, when a fire broke out during a party and burned the house down. All that can be seen today is the old gatehouse and the ruins[/i]
Created a HDR image using three bracketed shots using Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X2 suggested settings and then saved the file in Adobe Photoshop default format. Opened the file in Camera-in-the-RAW and fixed the colour balance and opened in Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 and then resized 401 x 600 px and then applied UNSHARP MASK till I liked the results and then saved in JPEG for upload to this site.
DUNDAS VALLEY CONSERVATION AREA