Entries Categorized as 'Water-Garden'

Reflections at Giverny

July 17, 2022

Photo Ariane Cauderlier, Monet’s water lily pond at Giverny, 7th July 2022

When Claude Monet didn’t paint, he could sit next to his water lily pond and observe it for long minutes. He was fascinated by the changing aspect of the surface. Some corners can be totally green, like this one, others reflecting the sky may be blue or animated by passing clouds. And the breeze blurs the surface in some places, ignoring other ones. Not to speak of the slow motion of the water lilies, opening in the morning and closing in the late afternoon.

Giverny, Sunrise

May 20, 2022

Photo Ariane Cauderlier, Monet’s Garden in Giverny, 13th May 2022

Many visitors report that they feel inspired by Monet’s gardens at Giverny. “I haven’t painted for decades,” they tell me, “but now I feel tempted to take the brushes again.”

Claude Monet’s water lily pond is inspiring, for sure. The master of impressionism painted it year after year, relentlessly. It is not only breathtakingly beautiful, it is also very picturesque: worth being painted.

Wisterias

May 18, 2019

Giverny, Monet’s bridge

Garlands of wisterias wrap Monet’s footbridge with softness and delicacy. They are of different colors and sizes of panicles, from small to very long, from mauve to white, and when the sun shines, they fill the air with their fragrance.

Monet’s Little Japanese Bridge

July 24, 2018

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This charming little bridge stands at one end of Claude Monet’s water lily pond in Giverny, over the small canal that used to bring some water into the pond. Agapanthus grown in planters and white hydrangeas cultivated like trees grace the place. Does this scene look familiar to you? It recalls many famous works of the artist. But as iconic as it sounds, Monet never painted this little bridge in his garden, but the big one only. Now covered with a canopy of wisterias, the big bridge has lost some of its likeness with Monet’s paintings.  

Back Light, Black Light

October 6, 2017

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This is not black and white, it’s a color pic of Giverny.

In back light the colors disappear on Monet’s pond.

They are turned into shades of grey or sepia.

The picture resembles a vintage photo.

Reducing the colors makes the light look more vibrant. 

The fish of Giverny

June 7, 2017

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Is there fish in Monet’s pond at Giverny? This is a question visitors ask frequently.

The water lily pond houses a few big carps, maybe eight according to the gardeners.

There are also smaller fish like ruds, that have orange fins, and at least a perch and a pike.

All of them are wild fish that can be found in streams nearby.

They contribute to the ecosystem of the pond and are invaluable to keep this little microcosm balanced. 

The Giverny fish are greyish, silvery, but not colorful. No koi carps here, although they would add to the oriental look of the garden. 

As mute as they may be, they are visible enough for the heron that visits the pond at dawn. The water is too deep for him to stand in it, but he stays on the side and keeps a close eye on the fish, hoping one will come near enough to be turned into his breakfast.

 

Reflections at Giverny

May 14, 2017

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The bamboos reflection on Claude Monet’s water lily pond at Giverny adds a lot of interest to the scene, thanks to their moving lines. Their slow motion is quite hypnotic for the viewer, and their geometric aspect contrasts with the other plants all around. 

Giverny Beauties

April 28, 2017

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Spring makes us all want to walk in beautiful gardens. At Giverny, azaleas and tulips gradually give way to irises, peonies and wisterias. The first water lilies should open within two weeks, recreating once more Monet’s beautiful setting and endless source of inspiration.  orange-tulip-bed-giverny

In the flower garden, visitors meander inside of a living painting where flowers recreate the illusion of brushstrokes. Monet had good reasons to claim that his garden was his most beautiful masterpiece.

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Just like you can see the brushwork when you tour an exhibition and have a close look at paintings, at Giverny each single flower is a little universe in itself, offering its beauties to our admiration.

 

Monet’s Garden

February 6, 2017

Claude Monet's Garden at Giverny

The beautiful water garden created by the impressionist master Claude Monet at Giverny still inspires painters.

Monet’s house and gardens will re-open on March 24, 2017. I’m looking forward to it. It is such a joy to work daily in this beauty giving guided tours to wonderful people. I miss flowers so much. What about you?  

Giverny’s Water Garden

September 2, 2016

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Early in the morning, the rising sun shines through the foliage in Monet’s water garden at Giverny, in a corner that is shaded the rest of the day.

Giverny in June

June 16, 2016

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In June, all the water lilies flower on Monet’s pond, beautiful and delicate corollas in different tones of pink and soft yellow or white.

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The foxgloves stand out everywhere in the garden, like giant sentinels that tower far above our heads.

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The long lasting columbines team with other small flowers like geums and catchfly to offer a light foam of little dots of color. Elsewhere, annual poppies turn the garden pink or red.

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June is the month of roses. At Giverny they stand or climb on dozens of metallic structures or on fences. Their scent is a delight…

Pads

April 15, 2016

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There are no water lilies yet, but their pads don’t loose a minute to look picturesque…

Winter Time

February 20, 2016

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This is not the winter we are having at Giverny this year. The last time Monet’s water lily pond looked that way was in 2012.

It was so beautiful then! I roamed in the gorgeous yet closed garden and couldn’t look and shoot enough.

The landscape turned white is not that frequent at Giverny. Although we do get a few flakes every winter and a few nights of frost, generally the weather is more humid than cold. It is overcast, it rains, but not cats and dogs, only kittens and puppies, you know.

Patience. All this will soon be over. Fondation Claude Monet opens rain or shine on March 25, 2016, and the seven-month flower show wil be more beautiful than ever.

Mirror

August 2, 2015

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When there is no wind at all, the water lilies painted by Monet at Giverny seem to be floating in the air.

The surface of the pond is such a perfect mirror that the water turns invisible.

The rafts of water lilies resemble flying carpets en route for a long trip to mysterious countries.

The Frog: Time Sure is Fun When You’re Having Flies

May 18, 2015

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Claude Monet’s water lily pond in May, when frogs croak and sit on pads…

The first Nympheas have opened! They will flower until September.

I’m grateful to the kind visitor that quoted the above title, and then patiently explained to me the related colloquialism and thus the joke. In French we don’t have the same image. We say that time passes in a lightning, le temps passe en un éclair. The way each language expresses reality and experiences its own way is an endless source of amazement and amusement to me.