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Memories of Notre Dame

Sadly, memories and photos are all the world will have of the French Gothic glory that was Notre-Dame de Paris — at least for quite some time. Restoration and rebuilding will take many years in the wake of the catastrophic fire of 15 April. At this point, it appears that firefighters were able to save the main building, although the roof and spire are gone. These photos were taken last August and the building’s exterior looked magnificent, the details of its ancient stonework clear to see after the recent cleaning.

Rear view showing the spire, now gone.

Front view with the two towers.

The west rose window, dating to around 1255.

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Gilded

Rear view of one of the "Fames" statues flanking the Pont Alexandre III, with the Grand Palais and French flag behind.

Rear view of one of the “Fames” statues flanking the Pont Alexandre III, with the Grand Palais and French flag behind.

One a recent visit to Paris, I was struck by the quantity of gilding flashing in the light. I didn’t remember there being quite so much gold on previous visits! These two photos are of two of the four statues that sit at the corners of the Alexandre III bridge over the Seine. “Four gilt-bronze statues of Fames watch over the bridge, supported on massive 17 metres (56 ft) masonry socles [that] are crowned by Fames restraining Pegasus.” (source) I was confused by these “Fames”, and another wikipedia entry says, “In Greek mythology, Pheme (Roman equivalent: Fama) was the personification of fame and renown, her favour being notability, her wrath being scandalous rumours.”

The front view of one of the statues, in which a Fame restrains Pegasus.

The front view of one of the statues of a Fame restraining Pegasus. This photo gives a good view of a ‘socle’ also.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Gilded

Me and Monet

Monet had his water lilies; I have my yellow Osteospermums. Like Claude Monet, I find myself coming back to the same subject in different lights. But that, I fear, is all I have in common with the great Impressionist painter!

osteopermums at sunrise

The plants are backlit by the rising sun, which gives the whole photo a warm orange-yellow glow.
The extreme zoom has blurred the gum tree in the background, adorned by ‘specular highlights’ that glitter like jewels on the leaves.

Another day, another photo of osteopermums at sunrise.

Another day, another photo of
osteospermums at sunrise.

Slightly later in the morning, and the golden glow is fading.

Slightly later in the morning,
and the golden glow is fading.

The flowers are their natural yellow in the clear sharp light of a winter afternoon.

The flowers are their natural yellow in the clear sharp light of a winter afternoon.

An extreme zoom in the afternoon, with just one or two flowers in focus against a cloudless sky.

An extreme zoom in the afternoon, with just one or two flowers in sharp focus against a cloudless sky.

Claude Monet deserves a look in, too: this is one of the Nymphae (water lily) panels at the Orangerie, Paris.

Claude Monet deserves a look in, too:
this is one of his Nymphaea (water lily) panels
at the Orangerie, Paris.

And just for a laugh, a photograph I took of water lilies in Goa, India -- also hanging in the Orangerie.

And just for a laugh, a photograph I took of water lilies in Goa, India
— also hanging in the Orangerie. 😉

From sunrise in the first photo, to sunset in this one.

From sunrise in the first photo, to sunset in this one.