Thursday, February 17, 2011

tiger lily, Parc André Citroën, Paris

Isn't this orange color just magnificent? This lily was glowing in one of the modernist bosquets of the Parc André Citroën, a wonderfully geometrical park in the XVe arrondissement in Paris.The park was designed by a group of architects and architectes-paysagistes (landscape architects) in the 1990s. While we were there last summer, there was a weather balloon mounted in the center of the park (is it still there? a semi-permanent fixture?). Square screens on four sides of the balloon changed color to indicate air quality (red=bad quality, green=good quality). The immense balloon was tethered to the ground with cables, and visitors could ride in its basket for an incredible view of Paris and of the park. I had never been in a balloon before, and the idea of a balloon view of Paris seemed too perfect to pass up. After a moment of extreme vertigo as we climbed higher and higher, and the basket swayed queasily, I steadied myself and snapped as many photos as I could manage (double click on images for larger views).
In the second photo of the three above, you can see the Tour Montparnasse off in the distance.  As you can see in the photo immediately above, there were ugly construction gates set up throughout the park, as the water system was being refurbished. Some of the water features were not functioning, but I am sure the work is completed now (if anyone reading this is heading off to Paris soon and wants to visit a really neat park, and if so I am envious). At the "head" of the park are two large glasshouses housing strange tropical plants, complete with informational placards. Several other, smaller glasshouses are placed near the bosquets (you can just barely make them out in the middle photo). Despite the construction work, many people were using the park, including a full-blown birthday party going on in one of the bosquets, and these adorable kids kicking a soggy football through the fountain between the two big glasshouses. 

2 comments:

Pitch said...

I'm really enjoying your blog. I made it through most of '09 - you've done some really great work. I also love the tiny orchids. I picked up a bromeliad from the conservatory & it's about to bloom, so psyched! BTW, do you have any idea where I took this photo in Paris: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pitch/5452309099/? I like labelling my pictures, but I can't remember where this was. Keep up the good work,
Hunter

P.S. A very belated congrats on your engagement!

Liz said...

Thank you, on both counts! :) Yes, that photo was taken in the courtyard of the Palais Royal, just off the Rue Rivoli. I love the contrast of the modern art installation (Les colonnes de Buren) with the neoclassical architecture.