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Monet's Garden [Jul. 6th, 2007|03:13 pm]
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2007-07-06 02:51 pm (UTC)
ooooooooooooooooo.

Gorgeous. Simply. Gorgeous.

And to think that he could barely see it...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-06 08:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, his eyesight got very bad towards the end, didn't it? He was a nice old man, I think- maybe a bit gruff. At least, that's the impression I get from his photos.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2007-07-06 02:52 pm (UTC)
Oh WONDERFUL!
I'm so jealous now. I want to go there... and I am determined that I will after we retire!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-06 07:56 pm (UTC)
I've got more pictures of the garden in my scrapbook- under the heading "Giverny".
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2007-07-06 08:06 pm (UTC)
I will take a look! Thank you
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2007-07-06 08:11 pm (UTC)
Oh wonderful! I see that I should look at your other galleries too.
I really want to travel!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-06 08:28 pm (UTC)
I only post a fraction of the pictures I have in the galleries.

Have you ever been outside the USA?
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2007-07-06 09:57 pm (UTC)
Does Canada count? ;-)

We've been to Hawai'i, which is way far away, but I guess since it is a state it doesn't count....

Nope... BUT I WILL BE! I already have Robert convinced about Spain. If I show him everyones pictures then maybe he will be even more open to getting out and about! :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-07 08:23 am (UTC)
Canada counts. It's a "foreign" country with a distinct culture of its own.

I think Hawai'i probably counts as well.



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[User Picture]From: mummm
2007-07-07 10:59 am (UTC)
We went to Winnipeg, which was super, and then took the VIA train up to Churchill, Manitoba which is "The Polar Bear Capitol of the World" and is on Hudson Bay in the Arctic Circle. We saw so many things there! To me it was like going into outer space because it was SO different. That was a WONDERFUL trip. (But it was *pre-digital* for me. christinA was 13 at the time I think. She is now 26) There are pictures... I should scan some.

I'm sure that you remember me carrying on about how wonderful Kaua'i was when we went there for my daughter's wedding two years ago? There are tons of pictures in my galleries about that trip. Robert and I also went to Oahu and Mau'i a few years before our daughter was born.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-07 12:10 pm (UTC)
I must go look at your galleries.

I've never been anywhere as extreme as the arctic circle. The furthest from home I've been (culturally, that is) is Egypt.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2007-07-07 02:10 pm (UTC)
The arctic circle area is fascinating. Now understand that we were there in July. You could still dig down to the permafrost then. The ice had only recently cleared off of Hudson Bay. The pine trees there look like bonsais and they are hundreds of years old. They get some berries in July but they are the tiniest things you have ever seen. People there have to be TOUGH let me tell you! Then you have the extremes of very long days, or very short ones. There are times that it never gets dark, and other times when it never gets light. The northern lights are absolutely beautiful there. Even in Churchill there is NOTHING fancy though they sure know how to keep things working. Now they depend a lot on tourism to just be able to live since the laws on exporting furs, etc. have gotten very extreme. The area is quite depressed in some ways.

I am very sure that you would enjoy going though! It really is like being in another world.

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[User Picture]From: mummm
2007-07-06 10:24 pm (UTC)
You know what is great about your photos and the galleries? If I make my screen full sized (I have a 20 inch monitor) I can click until they get full sized and they FILL my screen. I LOVE it. I feel like I am there... almost.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2007-07-07 11:01 am (UTC)
Have you been here? We have lots of wonderful places to see also. I still have to see a LOT of them.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-07 12:07 pm (UTC)
I have.

My first wife was a Kentuckian- and we spent many months on the family farm outside Elizabethtown. I
also spent three months working in a church in Philadelphia. Otherwise I've holidayed, briefly, in Southern Indiana and Washington DC.

I'd love to go out west- but I figure watching John Ford movies is the next best thing.

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[User Picture]From: mummm
2007-07-07 02:15 pm (UTC)
Ha! Those movies might be even better than going.

Well you sure have me way beat on places you have been. I doubt that I will ever have ALL of your experiences.

If you were in Southern Indiana you were in some of the prettiest parts of the state. The dunes here are rather nice though and the national park area is beautiful.

Chicago really is a special city. I like it, or at least a lot of it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-07 02:56 pm (UTC)
There had been storms in S. Indiana just before we visited- and the grounds of the hotel were partially flooded and the ground floor smelled of stagnant water.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-07 05:44 pm (UTC)
Oh right. Perhaps it was the sulphur I was smelling.

And maybe it was doing me a power of good without me realising.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2007-07-07 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh ick!

The French Lick Hotel always smells like sulfur on the ground floor, but that's from the natural spring that they used (still use?) for spa therapy. I don't think I would like that therapy!
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2007-07-06 03:42 pm (UTC)
Wow. Thank you so much... utterly beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-06 07:57 pm (UTC)
There are more of the same in my scrapbook- in the "Giverny" gallery.
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[User Picture]From: karenetaylor
2007-07-06 06:20 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous.

I borrowed one of them (again!) -- the water lilies -- to use on my desktop.
Hope you don't mind.

Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-06 07:13 pm (UTC)
As always I'm flattered.
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[User Picture]From: besideserato
2007-07-07 12:51 am (UTC)
Oh, what a gorgeous place! I have always wanted to visit and your pictures are the closest I have come to it! Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-07 08:31 am (UTC)
And yet it's quite a small garden. That's one of the things that's so impressive. Monet must have been a fairly rich man by the end of his life, but there's nothing- absolutely nothing- pretentious or showy about the way he chose to live.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2007-07-08 08:15 pm (UTC)
It´s odd how, in my mind´s eye, I can almost superimpose some of his paintings on your photos.
Lovely.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-07-08 09:50 pm (UTC)
Not so odd, really. He had a remarkably accurate eye.

Besides, I had his work in mind when I was framing my shots- in particular the last of these three.

I would have liked to have photographed the famous bridge across the lily pond, but all the time I had it in view it was crawling with people.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2007-07-08 10:05 pm (UTC)
Here on the campus of Michigan State University there is a pond, willow and garden which is a vague recreation of Monet´s garden. You can see just a bit of it in the photograph in the picture I took for this post:

http://pondhopper.livejournal.com/465463.html#cutid1
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