Category Archives: parks

Feeling the Serenity of the Solstice

Galway Forest
Forest, Galway, Ireland

Feeling the Serenity of the Winter Solstice

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice is the darkest day of the year preceding the gradual return of sunlight.   These photographs represent to me the Winter Solstice based on their shadows and light found in serene, natural places around the world. To see more of my photographs please visit www.JacquelineLaRocca.com

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County Kerry, Ireland
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County Cork, Ireland
Lady Gregorys Ghost
Lady Gregory’s Estate, Galway, Ireland
Navan Fort. County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Navan Fort, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
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Rocks Park, Maryland
black and white photograph of the sun on the Winter Solstice
Sun on the Winter Solstice, Maryland

The Lost Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City, Maryland

The Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City, Maryland
The Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City, Maryland

10010 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042

An enchanting, fairy tale theme park located on Route 40 in Ellicott City, Maryland.  Opened in 1955, I visited the park as a child during the 1970’s with my then best friend Connie.  Her father took us there for a day trip from Bethesda, Maryland.  At the time, traveling to Ellicott City seemed like such a long way to a faraway place, but this added to the excitement.  The park was a forest filled space with fairy tale themed structures nestled among the trees.  Cinderella, Mother Goose, Jack and the Beanstalk were just a few of the characters dwelling here.

The Ice Cream Cottage, Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City, Maryland
The Ice Cream Cottage, Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City, Maryland

Sadly, forty years later all that remains of The Enchanted Forest is the entrance and a lonely ice cream cottage.  The park has been replaced with a shopping center and more development is planned to erase what remains of the park.

Inside the Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City, Maryland
Inside the Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City, Maryland
Inside the Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City, Maryland
Inside the Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City, Maryland
The Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City, Maryland
The Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City, Maryland
The Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City, Maryland
The Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City, Maryland
Pond at The Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City, Maryland
Pond at The Enchanted Forest, Ellicott City, Maryland

Thankfully many of the fairy tale structures were acquired by the Clark’s Farm a petting farm located nearby on Route 108 and is open to the public. http://www.clarklandfarm.com/

To read more about the history of The Enchanted Forest go here: http://theenchantedforest.ellicottcity.net/