Wednesday, August 31, 2011

La Cour du Petit Palais


Amidst the beautiful architecture of Petit Palais sits this serene octi-circular courtyard,
filled with trees and plants, mosaics and paths.


Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris


Black and white has been suggested... what do you think?

40 comments:

Kristin said...

This is so beautiful!!! I would love to visit. Happy Wednesday!!!

Love, Kristin

Rob-bear said...

Une endriot tranquille et régénérateur.

Malyss said...

Hard to believe we're in the center of a big town!So beautyful!

Pet said...

Little hidden gardens are a treat in a city.

dive said...

An idyllic spot away from the traffic. Lovely.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Beautifully framed Genie, was wondering what the tree in the right hand corner might be, it has the look of wisteria about it?

Hana de Prague said...

J´adore! Bises Hana

Suzi said...

This is wonderful - I would love to sit for a moment in this beautiful place. x

Joe said...

What an experience it would be stroll through these lush gardens and glimpse this columned palace through the trees. Looks like a wonderful spot.

s.c said...

Have you tried this picture in black and white . I think that gives it more dept.

The Little Dog Laughs said...

Oh, such a lovely setting to sit and be still. Such a beautiful collection of sweet moments captured.
xox Alexandra

brattcat said...

i'm going to try imagining myself right in the midst of this peaceful oasis.

R Keith Lambert said...

Very nice shots Genie. I like the black & white photograph during the week and the color for the weekend! Have a good week.

M said...

Hmmm, this is one time where I think the beauty of the setting is diminished in B&W. You lose the multiple shades of green, the touch of lilac in the forefront, the shades of blue in the fountain mosaics and the sparkle of gold in the swags decorating the arches. No, I definitely like it better in living color! Lovely, restful spot ... Wish I was back there!

Dianne said...

The gardens are just gorgeous Genie - I have to say the colour photo is delightful with the lime green foilage complimenting Le Petit Palais' soft neutral tonings

Janey and Co. said...

I vote green, Very lush and beautiful!

Nadege said...

I like black and white photography a lot but in a lush landscape, nature (au naturel) wins, particularly in summer.

Virginia said...

I ididn't recognize this place! I've only been here once and it was in late November. It wasn't this lush. It's beautiful in color!!!
V

Harriet said...

My vote is for color. Seeing all the green foliage is so restful. Did you sit under the veranda and have lunch there?

Gringo said...

Looks quiet and peaceful, would love to have a lunchtime sandwich sitting there. Personally I prefer the colour shot, and keep my b&w for urban shots...
Regards

Bibi said...

I prefer the color version of this garden, which is more 'à l'anglaise' rather than 'à la française'.

s.c said...

Thank you for your quick reaction , but now I must admit color is better. I thought perhaps to much on the old parisian prints from Brassai, Doisneau etc.
Thanks

Carrie'sCreations said...

Wow, now that is amazing!!! I am all about the black and white photos but in this case you miss out on those lush and vibrant greens. Spectacular!!

Halcyon said...

For this shot I prefer the color. It would be a shame to miss out on all that green! :)

Starman said...

I don't like black and white pictures. The world is not black and white, it is colorful and no one is more glad of that than I.

Sylvia K said...

We have so much black and white and GRAY in the northwest, I have to admit I love the color shot. Still, there are times when a B&W shot is the perfect way to go. But today, I love the color! So much beautiful green!!! Marvelous captures as always, Genie!

Hugs
Sylvia

Rob and Mandy said...

Very nice! Don't remember ever being there.

Jean said...

The beauty of the color in this particular picture is my vote.

jennyfreckles said...

The B&W shows the different shapes and textures nicely - but the lush greens in the top photo are hard to beat.

lvroftiques said...

In living color please *winks* What a beautiful spot! Vanna

Amanda said...

i say go green! the lushness of vegetation surrounding that building is incredible!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Genie, this is simply breathtaking!
fondly,
Penny

Ninny said...

I love gardens and this one has so many colors of green! That's why I prefer the color photograph.

Anonymous said...

Although I am a big B&W fan, in this case I am not sure.. something is lost, I agree with M
Just returned from a short trip to Paris.. wonderful sunshine, perfect !
visited the catacombes for the first time.. glad I did it but would prefer not to return.:-)

Alexa said...

Rather prefer it in color. Hard to believe you're in the middle of a big city, isn't it? Great shot, Genie.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Merci for all the comments and ideas. I thought that I liked the color but would defer to your considered opinions.

Anonymous, I have not been there but might consider that and the sewers of Paris... as long as I can take photos (hah!)

This is a beautiful courtyard in any season and the architecture of the building (Charles Girault) shows better with less greenery. If you have not been here it is a delightful museum and a terrace for a light lunch in this very courtyard.

Bises,
Genie

Kate said...

The foliage must make this a charming and relaxing oasis.

James said...

What a beautiful place! I prefer the color because it shows off the wonderful green.

I think I forgot to mention that I was standing on a pier when I took the seagull's picture. :)

Diane77 said...

Beautiful! I'm using the color version as my desktop wallpaper. Is there any chance that this courtyard could be photographed in autumn? I'm sure it would be spectacular. Thank you for the lovely photography.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I think the color version is my favorite - with the b&w there is not enough contrast in values - but the color photo is so rich in it's greens - and leave it to you to include the lovely lavender flowers on the lower left as a spark! So lovely, and tranquil!