Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wet march


Yes people, I know every year it's the same: bal des pompiers on the 13th, March on the 14th in the morning and fireworks on the 14th at night... But this year, during the march, something was different! The sky was full of threatening clouds that poured tons of rain from time to time. Look at these poor guys who had to play music in the rain! And yes, the blurry shape in the background is... l'Arc de Triomphe! Not to mention the planes that were barely visible in the sky! Fortunately the sky cleared up for the fireworks...

33 comments:

  1. Eric! Didi you take this shot yourself? Were you hidden below the presidential tribune?

    I was there! And I DO confirm it was pouring rain....
    Fortunately, the sun came back late afternoon ;-)

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  2. Well, I just wrote my very late Happy Bastille Day comment on yesterday's post, but I'll send it again. I'm sorry I'm late.

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  3. I feel for these guys, but the rain gives this photo an ethereal quality and I really like it!

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  4. This photograph is fascinating, like a scene from a surrealist film. Were you kneeling on the wet street, Eric?

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  5. Oh my, those poor guys must have been soaked and all the water could not be good for the musical instruments.

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  6. Livorno DP, who is in Paris right now, told me about the pouring rain on Bastille Day there (my post is about the weather too). These guys are pretty amazing to have gone through with the march. Glad to hear it stopped for the fireworks though.

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  7. Great photo, Eric! And Happy Bastille Day. :)

    Hope those instruments dry out eventually!

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  8. That's admirable. They almost look like they are walking on water.

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  9. And of course you managed to get the perfect shot from the perfect vantage point! Were you balancing a parapluie at the same time or did you get drenched too? What you go through for us—merci bien! Hope you got to enjoy the fireworks as well.

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  10. This is a really hypnotic photo...the mist just transports the moment to another realm.

    Now to completely ruin the moment....I wonder if they need a baton twirler.

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  11. You can twirl my baton any day.

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  12. Looks a bit like Cape Town on a wintry, rainy day. Happy Bastille Day for yesterday!

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  13. I love the stark difference of the Arc in normal photos being so strong, but here its very faint. And it's slightly amusing you got the Arc in the rain. (Ark, get it?) Okay, my jokes are bad. I'll just blame my stepdad who makes terrible puns a lot. XD

    phx-cdg marching parades always seem a little off to me without the more artistic dancer side. But I was a flag twirler in high school, so that's to be expected from me, I guess.

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  14. Impressionnant!
    One shot to be remembered, compliments.
    I bet YOU got wet too ;o)
    I love it but I'm happy I stayed at home.

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  15. Poor guys and poor instruments, but what a great photo the rain and all the grey made, it really has a mysterious look to it.
    And poor you, Eric as weel, you must have been just as wet.

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  16. It is a shame about the weather, but you managed to get a very interesting and rather otherworldly photo out of it. I love it. I'm glad you were at least able to see the fireworks.

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  17. LOVE this one. So many shy away from water and put their cameras away on rainy days. Here's another reason to keep 'em at the ready.

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  18. Hmmm, wonder where I left that baton . . .

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  19. What a cool shot! This is really great, Eric. I'm not overly fond of being out in the rain (most of the time), but this actually looks fun!


    (Ooh, I'm good at twirling a baton, pick me, pick me!! :))

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  20. I really like this image. Not only does it transport one to the moment and the feeling of being soaked to the skin...it makes one wonder how you pulled this off. Did you have an assistant holding a parapluie?

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  21. Wow, that's TERRIBLE!!!!

    Poor guys. It's hard enough (I imagine) walking down the avenue in sync, but to do it while it's raining?!!! Aww..

    No wonder I couldn't find any vids about the Défilé on Youtube last night.

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  22. What a great shot it makes though! :)

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  23. Wow - awesome shot! You can feel the heat as well as the rain. I've missed my PDP lately and thought of you all on Bastille Day. I'm on the east coast with my maman, parce que elle est tres malade.

    I want you to know, Eric, that being able to check in, even if there's no time to comment, has been so calming for me, and a taste of home, when my world's been going a little bit crazy. Merci mille foix -- your day in the rain was worth it a thousand times over for me.

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  24. @Thib. Hé hé... That's my little secret ;-)

    @Rimabirdgirl "Were you kneeling on the wet street, Eric?" Nope. I was in a much more comfortable situation...

    @Alexa "Were you balancing a parapluie at the same time or did you get drenched too?" Et non...

    @PHX-CDG ".I wonder if they need a baton twirler." LOOOOOOOOL

    @Jennifer "nd it's slightly amusing you got the Arc in the rain. (Ark, get it?) " Er... I'm afraid I don't

    @SRQ " Did you have an assistant holding a parapluie?" In my dreams LOL!

    @Tomate "Pas de parachutistes cette année?" Si, mais c'était de justesse... Ils ont failli annuler au dernier moment.

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  25. @Tomate: yes, nous avons eu des parachutistes ! The "heavy rains timing" was perfect, and they were able to jump at the end of the parade. Beautiful videos from a camera on board their helicopter, and another one on one of the paratrooper's head...

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  26. @Carrie "I'm on the east coast with my maman, parce que elle est tres malade. " I'm sorry to hear that Carrie. And I really forgive you for focusing more on your mum than on PDP! I hope things will improve.

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  27. @Thib, Eric : Cool, thanks! Can't wait until someone posts some of these vids on YouTube. These "guys" (there was a woman last year, I believe?) are awesome.

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  28. @Eric ohh. :) I meant like Noah's Ark.

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