Hyères-les-Palmiers is a middle-sized city with a population of 53,258 located in the south of France between Toulon and Nice. The name stems from this historical significance of palm trees in the city. They made their first appearance about 4 centuries ago, but did not actually become a local resource until 1867, around which time Hyères very quickly became the palm-tree capital of Europe.
Hyeres not only offers beautiful beaches and ports covering a 27,000 hectare stretch of water, but the old medieval town is a site to behold. The narrow streets, lined with houses and shutters of various colours in different states of preservation and lit by overhanging iron lanterns, wind their way up to the top of the hill where one has a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape and sea. About half way up, there lies a square, though not entirely ‘squared’ with building corners jutting in and streets tumbling up and down around off the sides. There one will find an array of cafes with outside seating, a boulangerie and fruit stand among other little shops.
Dominating the square is the Saint-Blaise Tower, the last vestige of the Commandery that the Knights Templar built during the twelfth century. Today it has been transformed into two levels of an art gallery of mostly open exhibitions. When we were there we were treated to some beautiful paintings and impressions by children from the ages of 4-16.
It is from this tower this picture was taken, overlooking the square through the beautifully coloured and preserved glass window. The blurred effect and disjointed feeling I got from the panes facing slightly different angles struck me, particularly the play of colours through the glass panes on the various colours offered by the scene in the square.
For more pictures of Hyeres and the surrounding area of Provence, click here
Critiques | Translate
hay_kes (30436) 2006-08-10 7:11
Goog composed.Beautiful colours and details.
Very well done.
Flavia (10352) 2006-08-10 7:38
Well seem. All the square details are very clear, It's pleasent to see them trought the colors and shapes of this glass window.
starky (1616) 2006-08-10 7:48
Hi Cora. Beautiful view acros vitrage and nice colours.Thanks to your coment.
Have a nice day,Bosko.
francbois (480) 2006-08-10 11:03
A highly documented note to reward a village which has many again to tell. Your POV adds every colour the houses could have forgotten to sport. In comparison of that view any town would feel bleak, how could one not crave for this bustling Bon Coin?
Exhilarating picture, thanks a lot! F'
jjcordier (74564) 2006-08-11 2:57
Très belle idée et un effet pictural très réussi. Belle image, Cora!
Hanssie (10375) 2006-08-11 4:59
Hey, that's a nice view through this window, very nice done, Cora ! A romantic scene !
rosaline (0) 2006-08-12 3:23
And welcome back to TE. This is a nice creative shot, and one must admire you're creative nature, this is clear in your work. This picture looks a little impressionistic and reminds me of an impressionist painting. Nice colours, tones and exposure and good framing. Looking forward to more postings.
willperrett (6426) 2011-10-25 6:27
I love the slight distortions, both of shape and colour: it has a rather old-fashioned fin de siecle feel. Congratulations.
- Copyright: Cora Malinak (ayobami) (1353)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-06-18
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 18-200 f3.5-6.3
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Crosses / Croix, Stained Glass, Exploring Shapes & Colours, :: through the window, Church Windows, Through the window [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-08-10 6:41