Thursday, January 14, 2010

The last flakes?


Here you go! I took this photo this morning on my way to work (well I made a little detour because I knew I had good chances of taking a blockbuster shot!) while the snow had not yet melted. You may have recognized the Luxembourg Gardens with its little kiosk on the left, the Senate at the very back and its big trees. The garden is actually private(!), but open to the public - for it belongs to the Senate, which is in charge of its maintenance. It was "built" (or for? I'm not sure) by Marie de Medicis between 1614 et 1631. More here (French) and here.

44 comments:

  1. OH MY GOSH...

    My second favorite place in all of Paris, yet the first place I run to.

    Thank you so much for this!!!

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  2. Definitely one of my favorite places. I usually enter from the other side, so I didn't recognize this.

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  3. It looks like a black and white photos, except for the little specks of color here and there. Beautiful picture, one of my favorite.

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  4. Well worth the detour—this IS a blockbuster shot!
    At this rate you're going to have to do several calendars next year, I think.

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  5. A new view of the Luxembourg Gardens! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. LOVE those Parisian trees....they have a visual quality that i have never seen duplicated exactly in ANY other city......

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  7. That is a perfect shot!

    Did you see Guignol play in the snow? ;)

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  8. Blockbuster shot is right! I just love it. It reads like a black and white photo until you see those little pops of intense color of the tree workers hats and vests. Is there a famous painting/print of a cat walking along between those trees (or is that Tuileries?). Very cool shot.
    -Kim

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  9. Merci for going out of the way for this shot. I love the tips of the branches -- so well groomed. And the light on the snow in the background gives your photo depth.

    I have been painting all day and now I am going to relax. There is a documentary, "Empires: The Medici, Godfathers of the Renaissance" (2003) that I have been putting off seeing. In light of your photo, I am going to watch it tonight (San Francisco time).

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  10. Beautiful, Eric. And absolutely a blockbuster. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

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  11. Very cool, in more ways than one.

    I hope Virginia is behaving herself while she's in the city -:)

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  12. Love that garden. A favorite place in Paris. Covered in snow it has a particular 'charm'.

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  13. Amazing that snow still covers Paris.

    Great shot Eric.

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  14. Wow, goregeous shot. It looks so different even though I've walked all over this area many times.

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  15. Wow, goregeous shot. It looks so different even though I've walked all over this area many times.

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  16. Hope the snow lasts until I arrive in Paris on 22nd!

    J
    Sydney, Australia

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  17. Wow Eric!! That is an amazing photo!! I think this may be one of the best shots you have ever posted here..and you know I have been lurking here for a long time!! LOL!! Merci!!

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  18. eric - i can only take so much. i am still drooling over la pyramide du louvre pic and now this....oh mon Dieu you're killing me!

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  19. Ok Eric, you have really outdone yourself. When I look back to the very beginning of your blog, I remember this shot which was also a blockbuster. You can see with this some photographic maturity over your 5 years of doing Paris Daily Photo, but both are equally astounding.

    Bravo!

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  20. Eric

    That's one for next years calendar already! Lovely shot.

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  21. Beautiful photo, Eric. Ummm, I'm still hoping to see a photo of my beloved Eiffel Tower with snow on it. giggles. ;) Please. Thank You.

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  22. Beautiful! It looks like the gardeners actually used a ruler before planting those trees — the alignment is amazingly perfect.

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  23. How beautiful snowy shots you've given us to see here, Eric, in PDP life, from the very first - so beloved - one to this one today.
    Today is a clean and mature photo but how priceless is a non-perfect shot through a man's eyes?
    Well, this collection of Eric best shots will deserve a superb exhibit one day, won't they? For sure. Almost 5 years and already a good material. And always this intoxicating urge to check what Eric has posted. So valuable! Well I'll stop unless it seems suspect or embarassing, which is the least I wish :) Thank you.

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  24. Thanks Michael. Your first comment inspired me. You did it first.

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  25. Absolutely blockbuster! Beautiful...wish I was there!

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  26. Paris sous la neige a cet attrait sans nul doute ...de figurer une capitale propre. What a great composition and contrast.... waow :-)

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  27. Not only is the snow amazing, but we love to enter this way when we picnic here...it seems they are less strict about people sitting on the grass in the back part as everyone seems to do it. But the snow makes this sureal!


    Sean

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  28. Whoa, I don't remember that shot Michael linked. Astounding is right!

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  29. I'm really amazed that the snow is so undisturbed, except for those made by a bird or animal. Didn't Bresson take a similar photo, only there was a man walking down the middle.
    Happy 2010 by the way. Your special 5th birthday theme day sounds fun.

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  30. Thank you everyone. I knew you'd like it, but it's always nice to have confirmation ;-)

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  31. Oh, I almost forgot that first shot. Now that was postcard quality (I mean that in a good way!), and timeless.

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  32. Ah, my favorite spot in Paris! Merci...you've outdone yourself again.

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