The Château de Villandry is located in Villandry, in the département of Indre-et-Loire, France.
The lands where an ancient fortress once stood were known as Colombier until the 17th century. Acquired in the early 1500s by Jean Le Breton, Frances Controller-General for War under King Francois I, a new château was constructed around the original 14th-century keep where King Philip II of France once met Richard I of England (the Lionhearted) to discuss peace.
The castle remained in the Le Breton family for more than two centuries until it was acquired by the Marquis de Castellane. During the French Revolution the property was confiscated and in the early 1800s Emperor Napoleon acquired it for his brother Joseph Bonaparte.
In 1906, Dr. Joachim Carvallo purchased the property and poured an enormous amount of time, money and devotion into repairing the castle and creating what many consider to be the most beautiful gardens anywhere. Its famous Renaissance gardens include a water garden, ornamental flower gardens, and vegetable gardens. The gardens are laid out in formal patterns created with low box hedges. In 1934, Château de Villandry was designated a Monument historique. Like all the other castles of the Loire Valley, it is a World Heritage Site.
Still owned by the Carvallo family, the Château de Villandry is open to the public and is one of the most visited castles in France.
Photo is not very best , it is scaned slide from 10 yares ago.
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devimeuxbe (58557) 2007-01-17 8:57
This is a beautifull picture with a nice place for the garden. Excellent light and sharp
miuky (3335) 2007-01-17 9:05
ve da mi je več, linije parka delajo nekaken zig-zag. vodijo me tha, h gradu..., in ti ga kar zavidam:)...
lepe barve in fajn ostrina.
Cormac (26545) 2007-01-17 10:55
Good shot of this beautiful place. I was lucky enough to visit Villandry last year, but I have not posted any shots. This captures the pure geometric shapes of the hedges, which seem so perfect. Excellent work!
tjanze (5674) 2007-01-17 11:48
Zanimiva kompozicija.Odlični vzorci v ospredju.
Več mi je,da je grad pomaknjen v ozadje,čeprav je arhitektura čudovita.
maltese (22853) 2007-01-17 13:11
Bonne composition avec ce jardin en premier plan, très belle lumière.
Rycho66 (414) 2007-01-17 16:19
This is a beautifull picture with a nice place .
stego (23550) 2007-01-17 20:10
Beautiful castle and garden, cleverly captured. You used very nicely all the shapes of the building and the garden to produce a very punchy image.
Colors and sharpness are reasonably good for a scan. I bet that the original must be something even more impressive.
I did a quick WS just to get rid of some excessive green.
TFS, Regards, José
sebcz (2345) 2007-01-18 8:25
This green maze looks fine, especially those red arrow-like shapes. I tjink the castle is leaning to the left a bit.
gildasjan (41212) 2007-01-18 12:45
Très bon cadrage et lumière interessante qui met en valeur la dominante verte de l'image
Very good framing and interesting light which emphasizes the dominant green of the picture. Cordialement
jernej (1113) 2007-01-19 9:06
Lepa kompozicija. Vrt usmerja pogled k gradu. Vrtnar je pa ocitno res mojster svojega poklica. Na nebu in gradu je kar precej suma.
t0mmm1 (5440) 2007-01-19 15:19
fotka je krasna in barve so čudovite,... in spet sem pomislil... to pa je film... no tokrat sem imel prav.
Lep vikend ti elim,
p.s.: nisem ne iz Pirana in ne iz Izole. Stanujem malo ven iz Kopra ;))))
ElAprendiz (30) 2007-01-20 9:17
Great colorful composition and, as well as a perfect frame.
pitai (3985) 2007-02-19 16:06
What a beautiful garden. I like a lot your POV a lot. It does provide an idea of the rich shapes and textures of the garden, and show us the castle on the back. I agree that the saturation can be improved. Thanks for sharing..
ArisT (283) 2007-02-25 15:45
Excellent point of view, with all the fine details here. You cpatured all the different shapes in the garden beautifully and have nice vivid colours. The only disadvantage here is the slight noise on the sky, but this is explained by the scanning from a slide.