The Broken Greenhouses of The Tropical Agricultural Garden

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When today’s challenge appeared on my screen, I immediately thought about the tropical agricultural garden of Vincennes. A beautiful place, and a curiosity, yet in a sorry state. Here is this week’s selection for “broken”, the Friday photo challenge. For the history of the garden check Wikipedia at this address and the APUR Website for a hypothetical plan regarding the future of that place.

The Oriental gate at the entrance of the garden (probably from Vietnam) is undoubtedly broken. It is made of the remnants of the colonial exhibition of 1907. Some of the pieces are extremely beautiful and very picturesque.

The Tunisian pavilion is all broken too. A modern artist has decorated the windows with wooden installations. I found them very inspiring.

Beyond that, the building is in poor condition to say the least.

And this is nothing compared to the greenhouses.

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All the greenhouses are all in a more than sorry state. They however lend themselves to interesting shots.

Ivy on the hinges of a door of a derelict greenhouse in the tropical garden.

an HDR shot of an abandoned Green house at twilight last Winter.

Trees growing through the cracks of the greenhouse.

The Indochina pavilion has been restored and isn’t so “broken”. This garden is almost unknown and deserted despite its beauty and architectural value. At the same time, I must admit that broken buildings make up for very interesting photography. Well, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed taking them anyway. I took these pictures last year after I sprained my ankle very badly and I was walking around on crutches. As a result, they aren’t as good as I wanted them to be, and I believe that I would have to get back there one day and start all over again. Maybe if I have time.

Enveloping Fishing Nets

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Last Friday’s photo challenge theme, to which I am reacting only now because I was away taking pictures in Berlin (soon to be published) is “enveloped”. A trifle mind-bogling that one I admit. So I went back to the dictionary and chose one of many entries i.e. this one: “to surround entirely”. Fishing nets certainly do that and this reminded me of a day we spent in St Vaast la Hougue (aka Utah Beach in June 1944) in Normandy last year. I found these nets very colourful and picturesque.

Vintage cameras

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I like that picture. It’s a wee bit ironic as it aims at glorifying analog photography – you have to admit all those cameras are really beautifully crafted – and it was taken with a modern day DLSR camera. Yes, ironic. But even more ironic is the lens I used: a 1962 vintage 35mm f/2:8 manual lens (in fact I was testing it at that moment but I kept the shot because I liked it so much; especially the yellow light which is coming from the sun through the awning). This lens cost me a handful of Euros and it has become my pet lens which I carry around all the time. 

The Forces of Nature

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Today’s photo challenge is “forces of Nature”. Here’s my selection beginning with a wave and scum in Le Havre. It’s amazing how forceful the Sea can be (and that was nothing compared to our storms in Brittany).

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A storm forming over Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone. There is nowhere in the world I’ve encountered such forces of Nature.

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Grand Prismatic in Yellowstone. Despite the nice colours, there is acid in that thing. You’d better keep off!


Sometimes, the forces of Nature are more gentle, like in this rapeseed (Brassica Napus: a plant from the cabbage family) field in the South-East of Paris. Not quite natural but it’s so nice I couldn’t help posting it here too.

Thanks to the guys at the Daily Post for challenging us.

Intricate Photo Challenge

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Today’s Photo Challenge theme is “intricate”. It made me think of the new ceiling of the Rugby stadium in Jean Bouin in Paris. The stadium was – until recently – a mere pitch next to the Parc des Princes. You can judge by yourself by looking at the picture on the righthand side. 

Now it’s a beautiful brand new stadium with this interesting intricate concrete ceiling.
It also made me think of this complex building in Lyon the “musée des confluences” the inside of which is almost as intricate as the outside.
Lastly, I shot a series of photographs for one of my clients (as the url shows) and I took this picture in their data center. It shows how intricate the cabling in a data center can be. After all, if you are reading this blog, you are pulling data off such a data center even without knowing it. That too is an intricate question, like the weaving of the Internet Web itself.

Wolverine Claws

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As I welcomed today my 1,000th follower (million thanks to you all readers!) I thought I’d come back to this blog with a trifle more thought-provoking picture. This isn’t though Wolverine’s claws… not quite. 


I found them outside my office. They are a set of iron grilles meant to keep dirty people from doing dirty things in corners… well maybe because I’m not sure they are really useful. Anyway, they have been there for quite a long time I believe. I kept taking pictures of them in front of passers-by and they were looking at me sideways, thinking I’m mad. Well I may be that too, who knows.

Friday Photo Challenge On The Move

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Today’s photo challenge is about motion. Two days ago (that is right before I broke two of my toes by moving my desk to the other side of the office and dumping a huge weight on my foot!) I was visiting the St Georges area around my office. As I was fidgeting with my camera here came that man on a bicycle. I just had a chance to press the shutter release button and here he was. I think the man looks like Franklin Delano Roosevelt and is almost dressed like him too. Anyway he looked like a good chap and a perfect subject for today’s challenge.