This is the "Fountain of frogs", built exactly 100 years ago in the central square of Toruń, a medieval city in northern Poland.
The story about the frogs is remarkably similar to the more famous legend of the Pied Piper of Hameln, where a flute player was hired to help the city get rid of the rats that had invaded Hameln. When he wasn't paid properly he used his magic flute to lure all children away. They disappeared into a mountain and never came back.
Well, something like that. In Toruń, so the story goes, a witch who didn't like the treatment she received here had the city invaded by frogs through a curse. A young peasant boy saved the city by enchanting the frogs with the tunes of his fiddle to make them follow him into the woods. He was then awarded sacks of gold and they mayor's daughter. (I don't think the legend mentions anything about mutual consent).
You can see a number of frogs adorning the fountain. They seemed to fascinate all children. Whenever I happened to walk past this place there were children playing with the frogs.
The Neo-Gothic building is neither a palace nor the Town Hall but the Post office.
There is another picture of this fountain, but from a slightly different angle, as a workshop.
Here is a larger version.
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COSTANTINO (58691) 2014-08-12 10:24
Hello dear friend
as always another shot with impressive
valuable and top interesting
the woman and child add life to this
thanks a lot
regards from Samos island
Gerrit (50768) 2014-08-12 10:26
A violin player and frogs. Sounds like a soft version of the original.
Good photo, nice building too.
batalay (36451) 2014-08-12 10:33
A slice of daily life around the Fountain of Frogs. It's a lovely shot, with the young woman strolling by, the child reaching for a bronze frog, and a woman in the background on her mobile phone.
lousat (81066) 2014-08-12 10:35
Hi Gert,the choice of point of view isn't the best and the pic is a bit disturbed by the people,but i like a lot the history about this fountain that celebrate 100 years,a very useful post with a great architechture in background too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
mesutilgim (88154) 2014-08-12 12:12
Hello dear Gert,
Another nice capture from Poland with good photographic qualities and many interesting notes.
Allthough I miss very much your "oldie"s!
TFS and best regards
Fis2 (88779) 2014-08-12 12:19
Curious fountain from Torun.
I like POV and colors.
pajaran (54131) 2014-08-12 13:18
Interesantan tekt o fontani zaba sa opisom ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazana fontana i gradska kuca.
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici.
Lepa fontana i arhitektura.
Decak uziva u igri sa vodom.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the fountain frog with a description ...
Nice view and a moment ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated fountain and town houses.
Good work with beautiful photography workshop.
Beautiful fountains and architecture.
Boy enjoys playing with water.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.
alvaraalto (6177) 2014-08-12 13:47
Some girls will maybe remember another story about frogs and they will kiss them hoping that one will change into a prince.
carlo62 (37205) 2014-08-12 14:02
la bella cittā che ha dato i natali a Copernico č piena di sorprese, non conoscevo la leggenda legata alle rane.
Bello scatto, c'č una meravigliosa architettura, la bella fontana e, naturalmente, un bambino che gioca con le rane...
Bella condivisione, molto interessante e curiosa.
fritzi007 (8112) 2014-08-12 14:18
very high photo quality and information, congratulations!
Wish you a good time
PiotrF (10562) 2014-08-12 14:23
Very nice picture and interesting legend from Torun.
Good framing and lovely natural colors. Very well composition, lovely presentation.
nikkitta (16230) 2014-08-12 16:12
No doubt, this is better that the WS because of the building, adding interest at the post and less children
Like the legend, I would paid ALL my money and more to get free of frogs, cant support them
Summer ambiance with people enjoying shadow at the back
Well done, regards
*Hope to see more of your old files
*Answer your comment about CDG airport
jcpix (13726) 2014-08-12 20:05
Hmmm, if it only took a few tunes on a fiddle to acquire bags of gold and the mayors daughter...well, I'd be married and living in a big villa in the South of France about now! :) Shame I was never musically talented!?
Great read to accompany this picture, and what a fun one it is, not only for the interesting fountain, history and beautiful architecture...but it's a lovely mixture of people in action, topped of by a non-human statue. Without a lot of fanfare, this hold a great deal of detail and intrigue. Nicely timed and well arranged. Another super example of where the people enhance the imagery! Enjoy the new day. All the best.
abmdsudi (45644) 2014-08-12 20:06
This Froggie Fountain is situated in the classic location and is quite a sight to behold! Certainly plenty to look at in this image and the composition makes easy for my eye to settle and there is plenty to keep one occupied with. The carniverous amphibians living in their 'ornamental pond' grab attention and one of them might turn into a prince after midnight!
Wonderful detail and colours, you must be croaking! Well done, clever work.
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-08-12 21:46
Excellent composition with touches of humour, both in tne title and the situation with the little boy trying to grab a frog. You chose the perfect moment and though we see the fiddler from the back, the background with the lovely trees, the 'magnifgicent' post office and the people in the distance more than make up for it. The three figures form a very nice triangle.
Thanks for sharing and have a great day.
rychem (26774) 2014-08-12 22:05
You have made a beautiful and long tour through the most interesting Polish cities, very nicely captured fountain and the scene in Torun
emka (84085) 2014-08-12 22:44
Hi Gert, Amazing how beautiful and impressive were the buildings for the post. Nice scene, the boy touching the frog and of course there must be someone with mobile.
The guy on the fountains is the young lighterman. They were workers who operated a lighter, a type of flat-bottomed barge. They carried goods by Vistula from Cracow and Warsaw to Gdansk.
CAMERIMAGE,is International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, held mainly in Torun. The prizes are frogs - the copies of these from the fountain.
kasianowak (7409) 2014-08-13 0:50
Thanks for sharing another photo from Torun. I would like to go there one day, in your images it seems like the kind of city I would like to see.
I'm like a child in that respect - I find little statues of animals fascinating as well. :-)
I actually think both of these images have really nice and interesting backgrounds but I see what you mean by choosing this one, having included the whole of this handsome brick building.
Nicou (127766) 2014-08-13 1:33
Avec ces pigeons et les personnage et la statue superbe compo et édifice en fond quel ocre et architecture merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
Royaldevon (32593) 2014-08-13 2:07
For me, you made the right choice, apart from the better b/g, the child on the right is a scene stealer! There are people and birds around him but he is totally engrossed in the water and the frogs. I love the way he is gently touching the water flow. It reminds me of the little boy I photographed, very gently touching a duckling.
Once you've torn your eyes away from the little boy, there is fine architecture and textures to absorb.
Have a lovely day,
ourania (35009) 2014-08-13 2:19
I like the presentation of this fountain and the way it is surrounded by people of different ages. It's lovely to see how the frogs make an enjoyable reference for the children passing from there. Interesting as the foreground scene is, I find the view of the post office mesmerizing. I visit our post office every working day, if I had to visit this one I'd feel enchanted, it's a jewel and you are presenting it with excellent definition. This is a special daily life setting and the people in your photos certainly appreciate it. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-08-13 4:31
Du har komponerat bilden väl. Huvudattraktionen är den lille pojken vid fontänen. Det näst viktigaste delen av kompositionen är byggnaden i backround. De andra två personer behövs inte för bilden men visar aktiviteten här.
danos (89623) 2014-08-13 4:55
nice hte snapshot with the young woman to passing by in front of the fountain of frogs.The town hall of the town id dominating on the backdrop of the scene.
claudeD (34781) 2014-08-13 5:46
wonderful fountain from Poland showing a very interesting architectural detail from Torun. I like the calm view very much. Very good sharpness and light managment.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
wolf38 (31284) 2014-08-13 7:09
Hello Gerd. In this photo, almost all concentrated in the frog fountain. And I must say, the accompanying text is wonderful. Photographically also the post office building in the background plays an important role. The fountain unfolds right before this backdrop. The people are a very invigorating element here.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
saxo042 (37602) 2014-08-13 12:17
En fin triangel som binder ihop personerna i bilden. Statyn vilar stadigt i tyngdpunkten. Mycket grodor i år, kanske är det grodår i år.
mirosu (15126) 2014-08-14 2:52
Very well composed photo in superb light. The view up to beautiful church is excellent, the arrangement with the water fountain and the people and pigeons around is excellent. There is a very good contrast against blue-white sky.
Very well done.
macjake (59954) 2014-08-14 3:48
haha...i remember photographing this exact same subject. In fact I can even remember Tosca telling me to make sure i get the frog in the photo :)
you could pretty well replace the boy for me :)
I was doing this too.
When I was here, that Church in the bg was covered in scaffolding for repairs.
lots of fond memories here, really enjoy this charming sweet photo.
cornejo (34626) 2014-08-14 13:20
Hello Gert, very good photo of this interesting scene of daily life, with an interesting and beautiful building in the background, very well captured by a great pov, in this great and beautiful photography. An interesting picture with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
berek (42182) 2014-08-14 21:55
I've been in Poland in November. was very interesting, especially buildings.
with beautiful architecture, a successful picture of everyday life. people add the environment vitality.
eldancer1 (30764) 2014-08-15 14:18
Fascinating story and whether it's true or not it's captivating. A beautiful fountain to front this architecture which looks like a church. I like the color of the brick. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
imageme (1790) 2014-08-17 9:48
Hi Gert, There has a lot of activities happening around the fountain of Frogs........I like the curiosity of the little boy and the walking lady. The woman and the birds are making the scenery busy but it is OK because it is a public park and it should be looking like this.....very original composition. If the statue is facing the camera then it would be nicer. The bright sunlight did distract you and the image look bit o/e. Thank for sharing
serp2000 (41648) 2014-08-17 12:16
Unfortunately, I've never been in this old and very interesting town. My Polish nephew has been learned in the University of Torun. No time to checking the WS, sorry. ;) I like your report from this place. TFS!
Graal (99462) 2014-08-18 3:33
interesting series from Poland. Torun is old historic town. Nice composition here with fountain on FG. Photo I like.
Have a nice week.
Cricri (110295) 2014-08-18 9:39
J'ai beaucoup aimée la note...une belle histoire de cette fontaine si joliment composer, j'aime la vie autour d'elle, les personnes et les pigeons, le bâtiment rouge ( la poste) a une architecture de toute beauté, trčs belle présentation
Angshu (56454) 2014-08-20 0:57
I would agree with your decision to post this one as your main post. The BG of the elegant Town Hall surely makes nice viewing even though the sculpture is not very well visible...
A nice DL shot and a nice story behind the statue as well
adramad (39770) 2014-08-22 7:50
Sympathetic story that serves as an introduction to the vision of this splendid picture, magnificent original source and the Post Office building behind we see, in a very original neo-Gothic style.
Very nice range of colors.
Superb management of both the brightness and sharpness.
Well seen and done better. I like it
Have a nice weekend.
asajernigan (21382) 2014-09-03 7:39
This is a well composed shot of the fountain. The off center placement of the fountain works well creating a sense of direction. The people add scale and life for the shot. The post office in the background is very attractive and well captured. The lighting and colors are fine and the photo has fine sharpness.
aliabazari (16053) 2014-09-14 21:17
Beautiful shot of the small field of architectural composition. The presence of pedestrians lovely and good. Thanks
swapankumarroy (2847) 2014-10-13 8:18
Very nicely shot with good day light under the deep blue sky, a little boy tried to catch the frog for his great curiosity and a young lady was passing the fountain, very well color contrast with nice composition.