These photos at Parc de Boulogne Edmond de Rothschild are part of a series taken in my neighbourhood. Click photos to enlarge and view detail. The park was once the Rothschild family's private estate. This red Japanese bridge graces one of three ponds. A children's playground, horse-riding rink and soccer field are also included in the landscaped grounds. Some parts of the park are left to nature's devices.
Children climb along the rocks and pond sediment up to the opposite bank. Check out the smallest boy's green wellies!
This small pond is frequented by ducks, birds, fish and turtles.
In the stones lining the embankment, flowers emerge.
My shadow (wearing a winter coat, with a huge shopping bag slung over my shoulder, while standing on the bridge taking the photo) is reflected in the water, along with the trees that line the embankments.
A sign explaining the "Life after life" philosophy for a famous Italian poplar tree that was struck by lightning, but still stands as a rather surreal "living" sculpture.
The hollowed-out bottom portion of the tree.
A flower leans inwards, as though in tribute to the once-mighty tree.
The sculptural tree in its soaring majesty.
The Rothschild family's once-grand chateau in ruins. I can't imagine why it's been allowed to deteriorate, rather than using the house in some fashion or else completely tearing it down. No doubt some obscure French law or bureaucratic issues or inheritance squabbles have resulted in the current situation. The family donated the park and the surrounding land - prime real estate due to its position directly opposite the Bois du Boulogne - to the city. Hopital Ambroise Pare and our apartment complex now occupy the former Rothschild property, adjacent to the ruined chateau.
A mossy stone stairway leads to the graffitti-covered mansion.
A glimpse of an arched portico, from which the family once gazed out on their private park.
A fence separating the house from the park is overgrown with vines.
A modern sculpture made of wood, wire, copper, steel and found objects near the park's entrance.