Thursday, August 6, 2009

Thematic Photographic - Lines

Every week Carmi at Written, Inc. poses a theme for photographic inspiration. This week's theme is LINES.

Here, in the courtyard of the Palais-Royal in Paris, trees are grown in straight lines, and pruned to heighten the impression of a long alley receding into the distance.

This technique is known as "pleaching" where the young trees are shaped by training and pruning to form a thick flat wall of foliage. In some cases the branches of adjacent trees are scarred and bound together, joining them in a solid mass of foliage.

In Europe, it's common to see this technique used with trees from the genus Tilia, also called Lime trees or Linden trees. I think these trees at the Jardin de Palais-Royal are Lime Trees.

6 comments:

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

I lerve Palais-Royal. I especially lerve it from your camera perspective right now.

Melli said...

That is lovely! What an inviting place to walk... great lines!

Peg Cherre said...

So inviting! Never been to France, but would love to walk here, and right now. Nice to be able to do it at least virtually. Thanks.

Light and Voices said...

Transport me to this spot...I love all the lines.
Joyce M

Tanya said...

Great shot.
Lovely capture of lines.

kcinnova said...

Lovely lines!

And your August header is also quite lovely! :)