Photo Essay: Maisons-Laffitte Parc Thoughout The Year

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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.

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Autumn

Winter

Have a look at this city map, which puts the size of the Parc de Maisons-Laffitte into better perspective.

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Photo Essay: Australian Grounds

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.

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Weekend Wanderings: Landscape Groundshots

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.

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Weekend Wanderings: Wintergarden

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!

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Photo Challenge: Unusual POV

There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

In photography, considering a different point of view (POV), is one main ingredient for an unusual shot. Creative photographers change their POV all the time to make the (allegedly) insignificant more meaningful.

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge on WordPress focuses on the topic “An Unusual POV” which provides me with a great occasion to shed light on one of my current photo projects – working title “New Zealand Grounds”.

While travelling through the country I grew a passion for landscape ground shots. The idea is to focus on small details which people might perceive as insignificant even though they actually add to the charm of a location or are part of a very complex ecosystem (especially when it comes to plants and minerals).

I place my camera on the ground (or on a very small travel tripod) and start exploring the world from a frog eye view before I decide which details I am going to focus on for some natural foreground framing. By using a smaller f stop the surrounding landscape will become blurred in the background, but still give a good idea of the scenery.

The outcome? Some photos of well known places from a rather unusual point of view. Please find my latest additions in this article and visit the project page for the full gallery.

If you are a ‘ground tog’ too don’t hesitate to get in touch by using the hashtag #landscapegroundshot on Instagram or Twitter. I look forward to see the grounds of our world…

Autumn Colours Of New Zealand

I announced it one month ago – today I’m posting the official proof: autumn has New Zealand under control, and I am embracing the colour variety with a small photo essay including shots from Auckland’s West Lynn Garden and One Tree Hill as well as a few photos from the Hamilton Gardens.

More nature photography!