A view of the parc du château created by Cardinal Richelieu in the first half of the 17th century. The château has since been pulled down but the surrounding park and the town that he established outside the gates still remain.
Some information taken from a somewhat longer article about the town and château on Wikipedea:
Richelieu is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. It lies south of Chinon and west of Sainte-Maure de Touraine and is surrounded by mostly agricultural land. Its inhabitants are called Richelais, and Richelaises.
Because of its design as the "ideal city" of the seventeenth century, the town is the subject of various protective measures as regards its architecture.
In 1343, salt became a state monopoly by order of the Valois king Philip VI, who established the gabelle, the tax on salt. Anjou was part of the "great gabelle" area and encompassed sixteen special tribunals or "salt granaries", including that of Richelieu.
The village was created as a 17th century model "new town". It was built at the order of Cardinal Richelieu, who had spent his youth there and bought the village of his ancestors; he had the estate raised to a duché-pairie in August 1631. He engaged the architect Jacques Lemercier, who was already responsible for the Sorbonne and the Cardinal's hôtel in Paris, the Palais Cardinal (now the Palais-Royal).
With the permission of the king, Louis XIII, he created from scratch a walled town on a grid arrangement, and, enclosing within its volumes the modest home of his childhood, an adjacent palace, the château de Richelieu, surrounded by an ornamental moat and large imposing walls enclosing a series of entrance courts towards the town and, on the opposite side, grand axially-planned formal vista gardens of parterres and gravel walks, a central circular fountain, and views reaching to an exedra cut in the surrounding trees and pierced by an avenue in the woodlands extending to the horizon. The pleasure grounds were enclosed in woodland; their innovative example was subsequently followed and extended at Vaux-le-Vicomte and in the gardens of Versailles. Construction took place between 1631 and 1642 – the year of the Cardinal's death – and employed around 2000 workers.
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mauro61 (52857) 2009-09-08 0:55
bella prospettiva laterale e frontale sulla verde foresta.
Scatto che mostra un angolo tranquillo con un bel gioco di luci e ombre.
Royaldevon (39344) 2009-09-08 1:11
It is so lovely to see places that I have visited. We went here in June and the weather was scorching!
Your pov is excellent where you detail the line of trees to the left, yet give more open views to the right.
Good use of light and shade and fine, natural framing.
Have a good day,
jjanczyk (2579) 2009-09-08 1:25
Lovely composition, fantastic colors and light.
Nicou (143096) 2009-09-08 1:26
superbe jeu d'ombres et lumière, quelle iamge, quelle perspective ce beau parc avec ces allés, mangigique compo.
Bravo et amitié
rodgerg (55767) 2009-09-08 2:04
Une très belle utilisation des arbres et surtout de leurs troncs pour donner du rythme à l'iamge. de très agréables jeux d'ombre et de lumière, une belle perspective et des nuances dans les tons verts très bien captées.
besnard (56447) 2009-09-08 2:21
Tu as su jouer avec l'ombre et la lumière. Un cliché agréable à regarder.
Je te souhaite une bonne journée.
pajaran (61168) 2009-09-08 3:09
Dobar dan iz Srbije.
Lepo za setnju ...
Dobra kompozicija, boje i ostrina snimka.
Preovladajuca boja daje car fotografiji.
asajernigan (21427) 2009-09-08 4:09
This is a nice shot of this fine park. The lines created by the trees lead the eye through the shot nicely giving the photo a good sense of direction. The lighting and colors are fine as is the photo's sharpness and detail.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-09-08 6:45
Excellente introduction à la visite de Richelieu. Tu as superbement capturé les jeux d'ombre et de lumière. Les point de vue et cadrage sont descriptifs. L'impression de douceur et de tranquillité est bien traduite en image. Du beau et bon travail. Félicitations.
Budapestman (82620) 2009-09-08 6:47
you took a beautiful photo of this place, the composition is very nice, picturesque colours and sperb depth, Tfs! Have a nice day!
amaryllis (37039) 2009-09-08 7:52
tu marches sur mes plates-bandes!! smiles
oui ce parc est magnfique avec des arbres qui datent et cette allée est superbe et bien cadrée
feather (51130) 2009-09-08 8:03
I like the open view of the trees. We're not in a forest, so we can get a good sense of space. An appealing aspect of the image is the light/shade patterns dappling the grass.
Gerrit (52061) 2009-09-08 9:09
beautiful parkview in wonderful soft light and fine colours.
Buin (42466) 2009-09-08 9:52
Good evening Stephen!
Here the depth in the scenery really is stunning - nearly a 3D-effect. I like this wonderful calm in this photo...
In combination with your - as always - excellent note again a contribution in terms of TE!
Greetings from still very summerly Germany!
carper (96) 2009-09-08 10:10
very nice one Stephen,
a fine point of view here, good perspective, nice light and shadow good photo job here, I like it, have a good evening.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2009-09-08 10:38
greeneries are so beautiful here. Nice effect of light and shed. Great light control. The green line here divided the into two almost equal parts and tall trees are there in foreground, I think it effects well. Sharpness is great. Tfs. Have a great day.
Fis2 (98543) 2009-09-08 12:39
A very nicely place.
Good frame and perspective.
I like the colors and light.
saxo042 (37888) 2009-09-08 13:48
The long straight lines of trees here give a good depth and the light on on the treees far away is very good. I just expect to see a herd of some animals, deer probably, come running here and some hunters chasing them...
delpeoples (58278) 2009-09-08 18:35
Hi Stephen, we've missed you. Nice lines created by the trees and your Note is very interesting, bringing me images of the Three Muskateers tramping through the woods. TFS, Lisa.
Graal (102928) 2009-09-08 23:33
nice place, fine for walk and rest. Good perspective and composition. An interesting note about Richelieu.
gunbud (34066) 2009-09-09 20:24
I Belive there was a scene from the film "The Three Musketeers" shot on this sight.
At any rate the lighthing here is quite good bring tranquil shadows and great depth to this lovely scene.