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Oak Alley Plantation

"Oak Alley Plantation is a historic plantation located on the Mississippi River in the community of Vacherie, Louisiana. It is protected as a National Historic Landmark. It is named after its distinguishing feature, an alley or canopied path created by a double row of live oaks about 800 feet (240 meters) long, which was planted in the early 1700s, long before the present house was built. The alley leads towards the Mississippi River.


The mansion on the plantation was built by George Swainy between 1837 and 1839 for Jacques Telesphore Roman. Jacques' father-in-law, Joseph Pilie, was an architect and is considered the likely designer. The mansion has a square floor plan, organized around a central hall that runs from the front to the rear on both floors. The outside features a free-standing colonnade of 28 Doric columns on all four sides, a common feature among the mansions in the Mississippi Valley at the time."


Initially I shot this with a wide angle to see the the row of trees, but in the end the house appeared to be very small. I switched to the 85mm and shot wideopen to get a bit of blur in the foreground.


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Taken on April 28, 2010