Wednesday, March 16, 2011

La Tour Eiffel



La Tour Eiffel... How many looks can she have? She is seen here on an overcast winter day with just a beam of sun reflecting off her imposing structure.

How can the glimpse of an iron lattice tower bring you to tears? I do not know the answer.

I look forward to visiting her again..... soon.

46 comments:

Shelley Smart said...

Just breathtaking.

Rob-bear said...

La tour grande, encore. C'est magnifique, encore.

Merci.

rosaria said...

It's on my wish list too.

Suzi said...

I remember my first glimpse a few years ago on the train, I gasped as I saw her...my fellow traveller simply said. " Everything will be alright in Paris!" and somehow it is! xx

RICHARD MOISAN said...

Je te fais une proposition, Genie: Je serai au dernier étage de la tour Eiffel, le 1er du mois prochain, à 12h30. Si tu y es aussi, c'est que tu auras très envie de me rencontrer...
Rappelle-toi le film: "An affair to remember". Tu seras Deborah Kerr, et moi Cary Grant!...

Andy said...

I had to take a double look at the photo to realize what I was looking at. I've never seen it look like this before. Well done Genie.

Bayside Rose said...

Looks quite surreal. Love that image.
Pam x

Forest Dream Weaver said...

This is a beautiful image,I just love the subtle blue,green and grey with dashes of gold and silver......one of the best I've seen of this much loved monument.
Congratulations Genie!!!
Rx

Coco Coterie said...

One of my favorite structurs due to the history behind its architectural genesis. Your words are kind to thoughts that often leak out before I can catch them ~
xox Alexandra

Something White said...

Fantastic picture of the Eiffeltower!! Looks a bit mysterious like this, very nice! Best greetings to you, Genie :)
Marjolijn

Diane said...

Me too - early next summer hopefully. xx

BillDixon said...

You always seem to get the the light just right and or show up at the right time. I love the sunlight breaking through near the bottom.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

beautiful! Never been there, gotta go!

Deborah said...

Wonderful picture, Genie - looks like the moment before the storm broke...you can sense the build-up.

Bergson said...

incroyable la tour Eifel à Paris
non je rigole j'aime bien la brume à moins que se soit la polution

Aesthetic Alterations said...

I love the play between the grey sky and the golden light against the iron! This is what makes Paris so magical.

chezsasha said...

This photo is just incredible. The glistening structure against the gray sky is magnificent - and tear-worthy, in fact.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Virginia said...

Bergson nailed it , "Incroyable!" She brings me to tears every time. Le sigh.
V

Jack said...

You're such a tourist, Genie! Can you imagine that the original intent was to tear this down after the world's fair was over???

Halcyon said...

And she always manages to look good, no matter what the season. :)

Louise said...

What absolutely fantastic light. La Tour Eiffel is like Sydney Harbour- you never tire of looking at it, it's always special, and it has so many amazing moods. You've captured a wonderful moment in time here.

Starman said...

This is one of the coolest pictures of the Iron Lady, I have ever seen.

Riviera Brides said...

Me too can't wait. All the best + talk soon
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Malyss said...

Seen thousends of times, but we never get enough of it!It's such a strong symbol..

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Shelley -- Merci, mon amie..

Bear -- C'est vrai!

rosaria -- Keep it on your list... It was on mine for a very, very long time.

Suzi -- You will be there soon, right?

Richard -- Ah, je le rappelle. C'etait un bon film d'amour. Quand tu a dit? hehehe

Andy -- Merci. It is just like that incredible bird shot of yours... part photographer skill and lots of being in the right place at the right time and knowing to press the shutter!

Bayside Rose -- It did have an almost ghostly look to it... merci!

R -- Coming from the color expert, I greatly appreciate the compliment... merci, mon amie!

Alexandra -- You are most kind and I agree that we are fortunate that this architectural monument has been preserved and not dismantled!

Marjolijn -- Many thanks... so glad to see you here. I have missed you in your absence.

Diane -- I am sure that you are counting the days, my friend!

Bill -- Merci, and you are right... it is all about the light I found that day... "lucky"

Mary -- Although I am sure you have seen tons of photos, you just would not believe how BIG it is in person

Deborah -- I think that it may have been just at the end of a night storm as this was taken in the early morning

Loree said...

A really pretty photo. I too could not get enough shots of Madame Eiffel :) There were so many angles I had to take photos from - I could have spent my time in Paris just underneath that massive structure.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Bergson -- C'est la bonne lumiere! Magnifique!

AA -- I agree with you... the light is amazing and it shines on incredible subjects!

Sasha and Virginia -- I knew that eventually I would get some people who agree with the tear-worthy comment!

Jack -- I won't deny it and I intend to capture her again and again... so glad that this was not torn down after the exhibition/fair

Halcyon -- I've never seen her look bad and next winter I am going to post some incredible snow (white-out) shots that my daughter took in my absence

Louise -- Sydney Harbor is a long way from Paris, but we are talking the same language here about incredible beauty and versatility. Merci!

Starman -- Wow! Thank you very much... that is the nicest thing you have ever said to me... merci, mon ami!

Riviera -- I hope that you are going soon and enjoy the moment!

Malyss -- You are kind to share her with "the tourists" and not make fun of our dedication to La Tour... I cannot imagine anyone from France coming to see the Statue of Liberty (merci, for that gift) and swooning over her like we do La Tour... merci, mon amie!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Loree -- I agree, and then you must go back to see her in the spring, the fall, the winter, in the rain, in the snow, ...... Well, that is where I am coming from - hah!

TheChieftess said...

Wonderful shot of La Tour Genie!!! Love the lighting!

Harriet said...

That capture of light on one side does it for me --- almost as if she's just waking up early one morning, getting herself ready for all the tourists.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Chieftess -- The lighting makes it seem closer or it did when I shot this one... merci!

Harriet -- I have only been up twice and much prefer to see it from underneath or afar.

Alexa said...

Genie -- she makes me weep too—and I can't wait to see her again next week! Love love love the way you captured the light here. Brava!

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

I look forward to visiting her again too! It has been too long. It's nice to hear that other people feeling so emotional about the Eiffel Tower too.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Alexa -- and I can't wait to hear all about your adventures, what you ate, what you saw, the photos (of course!)

Brittany -- Merci, and there are many of us in that category!

Randy said...

I could never see too many images of this beautiful piece of work. I know how you feel. I had always wanted to see Georgia O'keeffes' house. The day I did I was moved to tears. Now Mable's house is another one that I have been dying to go to. Have you read her books?

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I have not, Randy, but should put one on my reading list. That was an era for artists of all types. Mabel was quite the character in her day! I stayed in one of the "basic" 400 year old rooms with low arched ceilings

Viennese Girl Vreni said...

J´adore la Tour Eiffel! Every time I´m in Paris I check if she is still there (you never know...) and doing well. I also want her to know that I´m back to her city. I consider her as a friend.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

It is the most amazing structure. I could not believe how massive it really is until I first saw it looming over the city.

Cezar and Léia said...

Magnificent shot!
Léia

James said...

What a beautiful and powerful image! I love it!

It brings me to tears because after going to Paris so many times over the past six years it looks like I wont be going back for a while. :(

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Vreni -- It just makes my heart go pitter-pat thinking about seeing her so soon!

Carol -- Me too... nothing prepared me for that first look and after a dozen trips it still takes my breath away!

Léia -- Merci, mon amie!

James -- I am grieving with you... You know that we never know what life has in store... You will get back. ;-)

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

If your carry-on seems a bit heavy - don't check, it's me stowing away...

Haddock said...

Such a lovely msterpiece and still stands proudly.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Kelley -- You are just too funny! Alons-y!

Haddock -- Yes it is, and there are many who would be sad if it were not there today.

Laurent said...

What a shot ! Merveilleuse photo !

Tena Russ said...

I just discovered your blog. Mon dieu, what a visual feast. I can't wait to revisit Paris, the first European city I visited when I was young. Longing doesn't begin to describe how I feel about it.