|This is a section of the Maymont Children's petting zoo, free to the public (though they have donation boxes located at the entrance). The paths around the children's petting area & farm leads you through gorgeous landscapes...|
|after leaving the petting farm area, the path leads down to the native Virginian animal keep...|
|These bears were wrestling in a huge open area, no more than hundred feet away!|
Obviously very well cared for, and their keep was well managed & very natural.
|Eagles, male & female, though not pictured. |
Maymont houses injured animals, until recovered.
|This owl was less than fifty feet from me! So gorgeous.|
|The grassy hills were so inviting. One can't help but think of winter and all|
the fun this hill would bring to sledders.
|I was so captivated by all the natural beauty surrounding me I nearly|
stepped on this lively green garden snake!!! YIKES!
|I'm not certain if you can make out the very tip of that tower I have|
pictured in the first photo, but it right in the centre of this picture, slightly
above the tree line in the distance...
|Once at the mansion, this lovely statue graces the south side of the grounds,|
where the carriages use to enter, load & unload passengers & turnabout.
Grand entrance to the house from this view.
|This was the view from under a huge willow pine that must be over one hundred years old.|
If you look to the right, you can see the arch to the carriage entrance.
|This is the north view of the mansion.|
|Just one of the dozen or so carriages & one sleigh partially visible.|
|This is a view of carriage house beyond fountain and tip of mansion.|
|View of the Italian gardens|
|One of my favourite spots, in the Italian gardens.|
Next post I will cover the remaining grounds & areas of Maymont...