Tuesday, April 7, 2015

F = Fountains of Paris, French Faves - A to Z Challenge 2015

Flowing water is a joy to watch, especially when it's part of a fountain design.


F= Fountains of Paris


The Trocadero Fountains 
Jardins de Trocadero


The Trocadero Fountains, The Bull and the Deer, Paris, by DG Hudson

The Bull and the Deer, shown above at the Trocadero Fountains, is part of the Jardins de Trocadero, and the Warsaw Fountains.  They were near the lower columns in the aerial view below which shows the long line of fountains running down either side. The Warsaw Fountains have 46 water-jet spouts and 20 powerful water cannons. Unfortunately, they were not operational in this image. 


Aerial View of Trocadero from Eiffel viewpoint by DG Hudson

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Fountain of the Innocents
Fountaine des Innocents


Fountain of the Innocents, Paris, by DG Hudson

Commissioned for the royal entry of King Henry II into Paris in 1549, the free-standing version above is a representation of the original, and only a small part of the overall design. The Fountain of the Innocents is the oldest monument fountain in Paris. More information can be found by clicking the link on the name. Its history is connected to cholera and contamination of the drinking water. . .


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Fountaines de la Concorde (one of two)
Fountain of River Commerce and Navigation


One of the Fountaines de la Concorde, Paris, by DG Hudson

These fountains provide a popular photo opportunity location. Small and large spouts of water encircle the fountain, and the statues are embellished with gilding. Remember the old movies of the past with shots of the fountains of Paris? This is one of those meeting spots where visitors like to congregate, calculate their next move, take a photo or two, and continue on. The Fontaines de la Concorde are actually two monument fountains located in the Place de la Concorde in the center of Paris.


NOTE:  I didn't observe the Versailles fountain show, but that is another venue for observing fountains. 

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Are you a fan of large fountains? Have any favorites? If so, where are they? 

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20 comments:

  1. I love large fountains. The bigger the better! :D

    Can I splash around in the Fountaines de la Concorde? Because that's what I want to do after seeing that gorgeous picture. :)

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    1. I think that's what they do in the movies, Chrys, and this might be type you throw coins in. . .
      BTW, the Versailles fountains are very elaborate and detailed and have their own 'show' at certain times.

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  2. I do love fountains, watching them is so relaxing. I think the Fountain of the Innocents is my favorite of these, although the connection to cholera kind of puts a damper on it. I should have just stuck with looking at the picture LOL.

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    1. History and things like cholera outbreaks do teach us to do things differently. As a result of the contamination, cemeteries were moved out of the vicinity of Paris' drinking water and sanitation became an issue.

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  3. I'm what you would call a water person, so fountains, yes please.

    Your photos are gorgeous. These fountains are beautiful and invite a secret meeting. They seem to silently scream intrigue.

    My favorite fountain. The Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, Illinois, but of course, I grew up with that one.

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    1. I think of myself as a water person too. It soothes me to see it, and hear it.Thanks for the nice words about the photos! There were no fountains where I grew up in the southern US.

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  4. Some beautiful fountains.
    Interesting that the aerial view shows so much green in the foreground - and then nothing but city beyond that.

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    1. Yet there are trees everywhere in old Paris and along the Seine River, Alex. They are cultivated and trimmed, but they are even on the Champs-Élysées. It probably helps the air quality, too. The Fountain of the Innocents was the most peaceful in a square of its own.

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  5. Something soothing about running water. You are a prodigious photographer and we are the beneficiaries.

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    1. I agree loverofwords, water is soothing when its calm and invigorating at the ocean's edge. I'm glad you like the photos, capturing images give me pleasure and I can share them with others.

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  6. Hi DG .. I love fountains that soft fall of the water, or water spouting out ... I saw fountains on Vancouver Island .. I was enamoured by them .. and there must be others .. but for now - I can't remember.

    Great photos of the fountains .. and I love the one looking down from the Eiffel Tower ... cheers Hilary

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    1. I'm sure there are some fountains in Victoria, maybe some I haven't seen. There are probably some at the Buschart Gardens, on Vancouver Island. Haven't been there in a while.

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  7. I have a thing for water and would take so many photos of those fountains.

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    1. Well I know you like your camera too! You would be in photo heaven in Paris.

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  8. I like fountains too. Pretty sure I took a pic of the one at Versailles.

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    1. Guess that was pre-digital,though, eh? The fountains were not part of the tour we were on, so missed those, JoJo, but the decorations on the fountains we saw were elaborate.

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  9. Like Farawayeyes, I find fountains soothing ... and sad, too. I think of all the young lovers gazing at them in the past. I would love a tour of Paris guided by you. :-)

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    1. And I would love to be a tour guide in Paris, Roland, how did you know? I saw Paris with hungry eyes, as they say, trying to take everything in. . .so much to see.

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  10. I am not a water person, but i totally love fountains. The sound of flowing or rushing or falling water - all amazing. Your photos are superb, especially that aerial view. Beautiful!

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    1. I'm glad you like it, it has gotten a lot of pageviews since I originally posted it in a post about the Trocadero. BTW - I am a water person, born under a water sign.

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