Thursday, October 14, 2010

Alley of Trees


How many times do you imagine that you see a line of shade trees like this in Paris? They can not be counted with all of the squares, parks, gardens, and tree-lined streets the fair city has to offer. This alley of trees was found near Hôtel des Invalides along with the familiar green benches and the fine gravel path.

Square d'Ajaccio
Métro Varenne

32 comments:

Shell Sherree said...

Dappled and restful on the eyes. You don't mind if I sit here for a while, Genie?

Bibi said...

So true....and in the country it's des allees de platanes. (Sorry--no accents on my keyboard and don't know how to add them if there are!)

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

What a perfect shot. This really captures Paris and its NATURAL areas of beauty

M said...

Ahhh ... to sit in the sun dappled shade and just be ... Well, truth be told, what really makes this wonderful is that you are just "being" in Paris (certainment)!

Virginia said...

I love the trees so lovingly clipped to perfection. The dappled light in this one is wonderful!
V

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Shell -- Please join me on one of the everpresent green benches.

Bibi -- The plane trees are a visual treat in all seasons. I remember driving down flat 2-lane roads near Avignon with a mile of trees flanking both shoulders.

Brittany -- Hah! I have been from art(?) to food to architecture this week. It was time for some of Paris' natural beauty. Merci

M -- It is truly a place to just "be."

Virginia -- Merci, I thought that the shadows almost looked like lace. Glad you noticed. ;-)

La Dolfina said...

Bonjour! Just blog hopping and landed here. What perfect timing!
I think I'll sit and stay awhile.
Thanks for finding the perfect spot:)
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

La Dolfina -- So nice for you to stop and visit and I have just hopped over to your blog too -- beautiful!

debbie in toronto said...

love all the parks in Paris..everyday we would end up in Luxembourg Gardens...great pix Genie

Picturit said...

Lovely Mon image well done

Paris Paul said...

HOw fun! I like the way the street lamp sneaks its way into the line of trees.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Debbie -- Jardin du Luxembourg is one of my favorites also. Merci!

Picturit -- Thank you, I wish I was sitting under those trees right now reading a book.

Paul -- Yeah, well I thought it hampered my photo. Where did it come from anyway? (hehe)

SoozNooz said...

A beautiful find! I will keep my eyes and lens peeled!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, so gorgeous! I am so enjoying the trees in our neighborhood, not too long till they lose all their leaves :(. XX!

Loree said...

We went to Paris in winter when the trees were all bare. I would love to go in spring.

Sab said...

Hi Genie, my first visit and comment on your very nice blog. This brings back memories - I worked at the British Council on Esplanade des Invalides for a few years and got to know these trees well, during moments happy and sad.

Even inspired a poem, if I may be so bold, which goes with this picture rather well... which reminds me that it's still lacking a photo (the poem), even after all these years!

♥ E.T. Suzy ♥ said...

You know, I think the trees can be counted. Aren't they all numbered? I'm sure I've read it somewhere.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Sooz -- According to my calendar you should be just about there! Ahh, Paris!

Shari -- I love the change of seasons and try not to miss our quick change here. The live oaks do not acknowledge the seasons.

Loree -- Paris can be enjoyed in all seasons but the lush greens of spring and summer are worth a trip!

Alexa said...

Beautiful composition, beautiful light! Love the way Parisian trees are lined up so neatly—appeals to my OCD nature. :~} (Love this in b&w, Genie.)

"All things French" said...

How beautiful & restful this shady little park is! I always look forward to your posts Genie and I'm never dissapointed.
~Dianne~

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Sab -- What a beautiful area to see every day on the routine métro-boulot-dodo! I have been through the garden areas and the courtyard many times. So glad to see you making a visit on my blog. Your poem is very powerful. Merci.

Suzy -- I had no idea but will have to defer to one of our resident experts like Peter (Peter's Paris). Thanks for popping in for a visit!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Alexa -- Thanks and I have those tendencies also, wanting things to line up. I appreciate your comment about the b/w as the colors were so verdantly (is that a word even?) green it was hard to convert!

Dianne -- Many thanks and I always appreciate your visits and comments. Edith Piaf post is wonderful by the way!

Randy said...

Wonderful photo Genie, looks like a squirrels dream.

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

Very elegant!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Randy -- I have seen a few Parisian squirrels.

Margaret -- Merci

James said...

Beautiful shot but I've only been to Paris in the Winter and the trees don't give much shade. :)

James said...

Oops I forgot to finish my comment by thanking you for giving me a taste of what I've missed out on so far. Very nice shot and I like the black and white.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

James -- Merci beaucoup. I have found many beautiful naked winter trees but the leaves here make better shadows!

Bon weekend!

Evelyn said...

I did notice that there were lots of gravel ground in parks, and where there was grass, it was out of bounds... it was a quite a looong time ago.

A nice pic for black and white.

Margaret Bednar said...

So simple, but yet absolutely gorgeous! Is this your photography an what year was this taken?

Bergson said...

quel calme !!!

o2 said...

Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.
I really like your photos. They are so beautiful and joyful. You give me another look of my city.
Thank you !
Aude