You have to imagine the Parc de Maisons-Laffitte like an oasis in the concrete jungle of the Paris suburbs; an oasis to not simply stroll, picnic or play in — it’s an oasis to live in. Therefore, its preservation must be ensured.
A municipal association is deciding about each single construction project that could change the look of the park. You want a larger garage? Get the association to approve. You want to build a house? Get the association to approve (tough one!). You want to open a shop or restaurant? Deal with the immediate rejection. There are no commercial buildings in the Parc de Maisons-Laffitte, despite of its size: 7km². The park makes up for 60% of the surface of Maisons-Laffitte, while 40% of the city’s inhabitants live there.
Those 60% of Maisons-Laffite are a haven for castle lovers and horses (they have priority at all times and even better walkways than pedestrians do). The park is wild, lush, full of trees and birds (I have seen parakeets here) and undergoes an ever changing floral look. Maisons-Laffitte Parc is a great place to be for nature lovers, who seek a remote spot for living while being only a 20 minutes train ride away from Paris.
Each year, between March and May, the western coast of the Netherlands is like a bazaar for brightly coloured blossom carpets. Just admit it already; you simply want to sit down, stare, sniff or swim through this sea of spring, don’t you? I do!
Approaching Keukenhof in the “Dune and Bulb Region”
It is allowed on some tulip fileds to enter for photography
It is easier though to just go shoot at Keukenhof — “Garden of Europe”
Keukenhof is open from March to May each year…
…displaying 7 million flower bulbs
The blue river
Blue and white flower carpet
This one surprised me a little bit: blue orchids
What’s that trick?
60% of all tulips worldwide are originally from the Netherlands
Who said the GoPro is only for action shots?
Popular destination at Keukenhof — the windmill
Keukenhof tulip fields are not accessible by foot (this photo was taken from the street)
But you can enjoy the Dutch flower bulb landscape by boat
Keukenhof displays a total of 800 varieties of tulips
I did it again. Low angle lurking. This time in Oz.
A couple of you might know that I am a fan of groundshots and that I started to collect landscape images of a certain style on various social networks. Hashtag #landscapegroundshot.
Today I want to show you my personal Top 30 groundshots taken along the coastline of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. They represent a tiny glimpse of the typical flora in certain locations as well as nature’s treasures after being washed ashore by the sea or carried away by a gust of wind.
All pictures appear in chronological order. By viewing the gallery you will get impressions from Adelaide to Melbourne to Sydney. Please click on an image to enlarge it and read its description.
Over the past weekends we explored two new regions West and North of Auckland: The beautiful Bethells Beach on the West Coast with its black sand dunes from volcanic rocks and the Tawharanui Regional Park in the popular Goat Island area.
During our hikes I had quite a few occasions to take some landscape groundshots for my “New Zealand Grounds” project. Here are two of the photos; if you would like to see / learn more please visit the gallery on my project page.
Last weekend I had a short stop at the Auckland Wintergarden to marvel at the new flower arrangements. Spring is here. I used the occasion to take a few macro shots for my nature gallery. I hope you enjoy the colours as much as I do!