Photographer's Note

The Hanging Garden owes its name to the fact that it is installed above a reservoir which collects the surplus water from the lake, an architectonic solution devised by Robillion to overcome the difference in height and raise it to the level of the Ceremonial Façade. It is also called the Garden of Neptune, and it contains a lake of the same name and also the Lake of Amphitrite.
A document dating from 1758 states that a drainage system is to be constructed, and in 1765 starting the design of flower beds bordered with box that, suggests a parterre de broderie in the French style. Five hundred trees and three hundred box pyramids – chestnut, elm, box and myrtle – as well as gardening implements, had come directly from the Netherlands at the start of construction on the Palace and its gardens.
In the centre of the Hanging Garden are two imposing lakes – Neptune´s Lake and the Lake of Amphitrite - both decorated with sculptural groups from the London studio of John Cheere. Neptune´s Lake, near the Façade of the Ceremonies, is surrounded by six lead sculptures representing three of the Four Seasons (Spring, Summer and Autumn), and two groups Vertumno and Pomona and Meleagre and Atlante (Cheere 1756). The sculptures around the Lake of Nereid, represent ´Tethis sitting on a dolphin, inside a stone shell in the form of a Gun-boat, borne by tritons, and dolphins´. At the ends of the garden´s lesser axis are two smaller lateral ponds, with singeries in lead, popularly known as the `monkey tanks´.

Nikon D40X
2010/11/07 14:07:20.1
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 G
Focal Length: 10mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot
1/500 sec - F/8
Exposure Comp.: +0.3 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: More Contrast
Hue Adjustment: +3°
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: Medium high
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: Off
High ISO NR: Off

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