Monday, 13 June 2016

Falling Water Levels: the Seine.

The water level of the Seine has gradually been going down the past week. The roads running along the side of the Seine have reopened, pedestrians can walk along the quais, things are getting back to normal.

At the request of a few people I took a few pictures from the same view point during the week so that you get could a sense of how the water levels have been changing.

Here is a view from the Pont Neuf looking towards Saint-Michel on the rive gauche.

Here is a view of the Vert Galant, the western tip of the Île de la Cité.

And finally, here is a view also taken from the Pont Neuf, this time looking towards the Île de la Cité and the Conciergerie.

Next time we have a drought, I need to take more photos to get the full picture!

More photos of the 2016 flood waters can be seen here.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

The Seine is Full

We've been having rain here in Paris. A LOT of rain. The news has been full of talk of the rising levels of the Seine. Even the Louvre museum was closed yesterday to re-locate some pieces of artwork that were potentially at risk of being damaged if water level rose much further. 

I decided I needed to go down to the river to see for myself. It was the strangest of atmospheres down there. Hundreds of people walking along les quais, whispering quietly, looking, taking photos, seemingly waiting for something.

My first sighting of the river was at Le Pont du Carrousel. Apart from the fact that the bridge footings were completely submerged, it was also striking how fast the water was flowing. 

All the trees are underwater.

The infamous Pont des Arts was actually closed to the public. The stone footings completely submerged. 

This cruise boat won't be running for a little while I think. The boat is of course fine, the access ramp? ... Not so much.

Many people are stranded on their boats unable to get on or off. Complicated ramp and ladder mechanisms have been rigged up to access the boats. Not for the faint hearted!

A row of fire engines were lined along Le Pont Neuf, 'specialiste intervention subaquatique'.

I made my way to the Square du Vert Galant, the very tip of the Isle de la Cité. When the Vert Galant is under water you know that things are bad. 

Well it was definitely under water!

Here are two rather beautiful views from Le Pont Neuf. Paris is dipping her toes in the river.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Looking at Light

I've been blogging less lately. I've been busy which is good, busy is definitely good. It's not as if I've stopped taking photographs, I take hundreds of them, my computer hard drive is weighed down with photo megabytes. Taking photos keeps me centred, makes me happy, keeps me looking at the world in a different way, seeing details I might otherwise miss. 

Like this. Winter lace, lace curtains.

And this. A horse's shadow, up by the Sacré Coeur.

Spring is most definitely here, the light in the mornings has changed. A few weeks ago I took this photo early in the morning.

The other day, at about the same time, I took this photo from the same spot. 

Before developing this passion for taking photos I don't think I appreciated the way the light changes at different times of day and throughout the year. Early morning light at this time of year is beautiful, bright, crisp and full of hope.

Rue l'Abreuvoir.

Allée de Brouillards.

Rue Saint Vincent.

Soon there will be leaves on this tree and the Eiffel Tower will be no longer be visible from this point. In the mean time, I'll enjoy the view of La Grande Dame, and take more photos!

I have an Instagram account here where I post photos daily.

I also have a Facebook page - bbonthebrink - if you fancy taking a look, the link is here.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Cranes at Clichy-Batignolles

The other morning I walked with Child No. 2 to his school. The sun was just rising and the sky was cloudless. I decided to take a long loop home and walk through the new-ish Clichy Batignolles park, also known as the Martin Luther King park or to our family the Ramp Park with its excellent skate ramps.

Construction is going on all around this park. To the North is the Palais de Justice designed by Renzo Piano as well as the extension of the Metro Line 14.

To the east apartment blocks and to the west more apartment and office blocks. There are cranes everywhere, reaching high up into the sky, red and yellow. 

As ever I was with my camera, not sure what would grab my attention. As it turned out it was a combination of cranes and puddles and ponds.

And now, time to play a little with the mind. The world upside down.