Yes, I am one of the 500,000 people who stop at Monticello each year. I did it in the spring of 2016, and the visit was mesmerizing.
After a guided tour to the interior of the mansion, -sorry pictures not allowed-, I took several photos of the exterior main residence . Also, I photographed the outbuildings, gardens, and grounds. Even I had on record Jefferson’s place of burial I found nearby.
My interest was purely documentary, so I did the shooting in tourist mode. I admire the historical figure of Thomas Jefferson, his role in writing the Declaration of Independence, and the fact he drafted the blueprints for his Monticello’s home himself without any formal training,
In the case of this specific image, I was photographing flowers in the garden when the majestic presence of the building grabbed my attention from the right angle. I just moved several steps back to balance the composition on the visor. Resultantly, I consider this image the ideal postcard pic because it serves to bring first-site information from a place while showing off its beauty.
MONTICELLO: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Directions: Monticello is on Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway) in Albemarle County, near Interstate 64 Exit 121, approximately 5 miles from downtown Charlottesville and the University of Virginia, 70 miles from Richmond, 110 miles from Williamsburg and 125 miles from Washington, D.C.