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N 14 B 579 C 8 E Jan 5, 2018 F Jan 5, 2018
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Paris is magical at night, for sure! Paris, c'est feerique le soir.....tout simplement dit.... Et si-dessous vous trouverez des liens qui vous dirigerons a plusieurs sites interessants au sujet de ce parc merveilleux et de cette fontaine si romantique.


(Loose translation of the name "Fontaine des Quatres Parties du Monde": "Fountain of the Four Corners of the Earth"....)

After an afternoon of taking photos of historic cafes in the Montparnasse district and walking back to the Seine the long way, it was a wonderful surprise to turn the corner and come upon this beautiful refreshing sight at the south end of Jardin du Luxembourg known as Jardin Marco Polo. The park was already closed as it was during winter hours. In a quiet spot where only the occasional jogger ran by, I set up my tripod. It was a pleasure spending an hour or so here, listening to the splashing of the water, and enjoying the dazzling light shining on the statues. They are a collaboration of four different artists.

Here is some great information about this wonderful park in the Latin Quarter of Paris: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jardin_du_Luxembourg

Information specifically about the fountain: paris1900.lartnouveau.com/paris06/fontaine_carpeaux.htm


Tags:   fountain blue hour Paris Jardin du Luxembourg France garden long exposure night statues lights www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography Latin Quarter Fontaine Carpeaux Fontaine des Quatre Parties du Monde

N 26 B 630 C 19 E Feb 11, 2007 F Dec 29, 2017
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Time flows along like a river .... mysterious in its own way. It seems that when one looks back in time it feels like what we have experienced was like a dream. Like this photo. I found this in my archives: this scene had caught my eye as I was strolling along the banks of the Ile Saint Louis last time I was in Paris. A feast for the eyes. The eternal Seine shimmers in the night....looking like a celebration. No wonder people call Paris the "City of Light" !

Les ponts de Paris, quelle merveille!

L'histoire du Pont Louis-Philippe en francais: lefildutemps.free.fr/paris/pont_louis_philippe.htm

Information about the Pont Louis-Philippe in English: www.travelfranceonline.com/pont-louis-philippe-paris-brid...

More on this lovely bridge, in English: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pont_Louis-Philippe

Tags:   Paris Bridges of Paris bridge Pont Louis-Philippe La Seine river reflection golden light night blue hour Hotel de Ville France Rita Crane Photography www.ritacranestudio.com right bank Ile Saint Louis

N 25 B 550 C 15 E Dec 27, 2011 F Dec 17, 2017
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Twilight along the Mendocino Coast, Northern California, with a little tree and the crescent moon sparkling up the night during this winter solstice season.

Tags:   Holiday celebration tree decoration twilight Solstice sunset along Highway One California Pacific Coast Highway crescent moon www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography Christmas tree Pacific Ocean night restaurant

N 32 B 582 C 10 E Mar 7, 2007 F Nov 26, 2017
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It was my last evening in Florence, and the welcome rain brought a fresh atmosphere to the city. I was determined to find some interesting glimpses of umbrellas amid the historic scenes and wandered about on the lookout! Piazza della Signoria was full of visitors so I watched them for awhile like someone might watch flocks of lovely birds gathering and dispersing. They moved across the Piazza in groups, huddled against the rain. Here is one of the images I was able to capture whose colors, lights and reflections added a celebratory mood to the scene.

(See notes on Piazza della Signoria in my comment below.)

Tags:   rain umbrellas Florence people reflections Italy building Piazza della Signoria www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography Tuscany restaurant

N 7 B 297 C 5 E Mar 6, 2007 F Nov 22, 2017
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The poetry of nature greeted me in Florence as I chanced upon the ancient Medici botanical garden, now tended lovingly by the University of Firenze. Amidst bustling Florence, to discover this peaceful place was a happy surprise. I was enchanted by this garden and enjoyed framing a few detailed views, like this one of the magnolia just beginning to bloom, forming a delicate veil in front of a grand tree in the distance. For several other images of this garden see below in the comments.

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orto_Botanico_di_Firenze


The Orto Botanico di Firenze (2.3 hectares), also known as the Giardino dei Semplici, is a botanical garden maintained by the University of Florence. It is located at Via Micheli, 3, Florence, Italy, and open weekday mornings. An admission fee is charged.


The garden was established on December 1, 1545, by Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and is Europe's third oldest, behind the Orto Botanico di Pisa and the Orto Botanico di Padova. It was first laid out by landscape gardener Niccolò Pericoli to a botanical system and plantings chosen by Luca Ghini, and rose to prominence under Cosimo III, with Pier Antonio Micheli as its director. As was typical of early European botanical gardens, its prime interest was in medicinal plants. However, as in 1753 the Società Botanica was formed, the garden's focus turned to "experimental agriculture" amd its layout was revised accordingly. The garden grounds opened to the public in the mid 1800s, at about the same time that its glass houses (1694 m²) were constructed.

Tags:   Giardino dei Semplici garden Florence italy Firenze tree magnolia garden glimpse nature branches botanical www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography Medici Medicinal Garden 15th century garden herbs


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