Photographing Historic Ruins



If you are a history buff and interested in historic ruins, castle ruins, southern plantations, old army forts from the civil war era, and digital photography, you have found the right site!

With camera in hand, I have taken a few hikes to photograph at least three such places, and found them to be interesting and very educational. The castle ruin is Ha Ha Tonka, which is located in the Ozark Mountains at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. The Wormsloe Plantation is in the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia, and Fort Pulasky can be found on I-80 between Savannah and Tybee Island in Georgia.

This first set of pictures is of the historic ruins at the Ha Ha Tonka Castle that burned to the foundation early in the 1900s.

Ha Ha Tonka

While hiking my way to the castle at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, I was able to capture the sun glinting through what used to be the great windows of the castle.

Taking pictures from various angles enabled me to add interesting light and dark detail through the trees.

The sounds of nature (click on some of the pictures) envelope the park and castle making the experience eerily rustic and equally peaceful.

Rock and dirt paths and a boardwalk winds it's way down from the castle to a deep blue, natural spring far below... a slight rushing sound of a babbling brook wafts it's way back to you from the steep mountain climb from the spring.

Ha Ha Tonka

Ha Ha Tonka

Ha Ha Tonka

Ha ah Tonka Ha Ha Tonka



This second set of photos is of the historic ruins at the Wormsloe Plantation. The tall archway invites and dares you to drive down the canopied lane of massive oak trees with spanish moss dripping from their branches.

The actual remains of the plantation cannot be seen without taking in a long, leafy walk through a barely weathered path through the woods, where the only sounds you hear are crickets chirping, birds singing their songs, and an occasional scampering, of what I hoped to be, deer through the dense thicket.

Wormsloe Plantation

Wormsloe Plantation

Wormsloe Plantation Wormsloe Plantation

Wormsloe Plantation

This last set of digital photos were taken at Fort Pulasky. There are still embedded cannon balls in the south wall of the fort where the Union Army had attacked the Confederates across the river from the north shores of Tybee Island.

Using photoshop 7.0, I was able to really bring the historic ruins to life. You can hear the ka-booms of the cannons as they were shot, if you click on the pictures.

Fort Pulasky

Fort Pulasky

Fort Pulasky Fort Pulasky




Enlargements of ruins on glossy photo paper really enhance the digital photos, and they are very dramatic when placed over a mantel or adorning the right spot on a wall. Their rustic appearance bring out the ambiance of any room.

Why not use "Canvas On Demand" and put your photo art on canvas!


I hope through sight and sound that you, too, will feel like you have trekked through the ruins with me.

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