Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Peter's sky

Paris sky on December 27th, 2011View of the sky taken in my mother's garden, 40 kilometres west of Paris on 27th December. My mum and I found this crisscross of lines pretty spectacular but I had no particular intention of posting the photo (this isn't Avignon) until I discovered that my good old friend Peter had posted an amazingly similar image on his blog, see his post here. I checked with him, he confirmed the photo was taken on 27th December. Isn't it an incredible coincidence that he and I photographed the sky at the same time?
Peter's Paris is a great blog where Peter Olson, a retired Swede, takes us on insider's visits of the city of lights. From architecture to street art and from discrete back alleys to cemetaries, Peter has a knack for delivering little-known information in a fun and attractive way supported by a wealth of images. If you love Paris there's no doubt you'll become a Peter's Paris fan. Go Peter!

Vue prise depuis le jardin de ma maman à 40 kilomètres de Paris le 27 décembre dernier. Elle et moi avions trouvé ce chassé-croisé de lignes aériennes assez spectaculaire mais je n'avais pas particulièrement l'intention de publier cette image (ce n'est pas Avignon) jusqu'à ce que je découvre hier que mon ami Peter de Paris avait posté une image quasi-identique sur son blog, voir ici. Renseignements pris, c'était bien le même jour. N'est-ce pas incroyable que nous ayions tous les deux photographié le ciel en même temps ? Les grands esprits se rencontrent... Si vous ne connaissez pas Peter's Paris, ce blog anglophone est une mine pour découvrir Paris sous toutes les coutures depuis les allées discrètes jusqu'au street art en passant par les cimetières. A suivre sans modération.
Amazingly, these two images of fog were taken on the same day, respectively one hour before and one hour after the top one, outside the same village. Fog came and went in patches all morning on that day.

Curieusement, ces deux images de brouillard ont été prises le même jour, respectivement une heure avant et une heure après celle du haut, à la sortie du même village. Le brouillard s'est promené par bancs toute la matinée ce jour-là.

23 comments:

Olivier said...

la deuxieme photo est magnifique , une superbe lumiere avec cette brume

Bob Crowe said...

The top image feels like the middle of the US - we call it flyover country - but the contrails aren't quite so dense as in Europe.

The second and third images are brilliant. Again, they feel like they could be from an empty American prairie rather than the farms of France. The last one is museum quality, almost post-apocalyptic in its desolation. Outstanding work. In fact, I'd love a print of it. Any of mine you might like to swap for?

Bob Crowe said...

And by the way, I've met Peter twice. Anyone who orders champagne at lunch is a friend of mine.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Very interesting lines in the sky!
Thanks for the link to Peter's blog!

Kate said...

You and Peter gave one another a nice shout out! I've been following his blog for years, and am so jealous of those of you who have met him. Enjoy both of your photos today.

Jack said...

Nathalie, today you offer us three very different but wonderful perspectives on the French sky. Isn't it remarkable that Peter and you shot the same sky? [You are right . . . Peter is both a scholar and an artist . . .]

Virginia said...

I love it when our blogs overlap and since you and Peter are friends, it's even more special. Great minds think alike, n'est-ce pas?

Great post Nathalie and I love the bottom photo as well. Gorgeous!
V

Virginia said...

Pardon, both bottom photos!
V

Cathy said...

the third picture is very haunting, it reminds me of Hitchcock's North by Northwest or the scene in Tom Hanks' movie CastAway...mesmerizing great shots

Jilly said...

Didn't someone say there is no such thing as a coincidence? I believe that. I love that you and Peter both took photos of the same sky on the same day - beautiful too. As are the second and third photo. I'm particularly drawn to the beauty of the second one.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Yes indeed - I've been visiting Peter's space for sometime now and find it very interesting.

These two other pictures are very interesting too!

mirae said...

ah que c'est magnifique l'aliénation de la nature.

jeandler said...

Ciel parisien en chassé-croisé
confusions des sentiments
rencontre au sommet
mais que la nature est belle
une heure avant ou après

claude said...

Moi aussi j'aime bien la première photo dans la brume.
Le ciel appartient à tout le monde et ce que Peter et toi avez vu, je l'ai vu aussi, car imagine que je suis située en dessous des trajet des avions qui décollent de et qui atterrissent à Paris. Ceux en partance vers les Caraïbes ou les States. Souvent dans mon ciel il y a beaucoup de trafic aérien.
Ce qui est surprenant, c'est que vous postiez tous les deux ce ciel.
Bonne Année !

Rob G said...

Interestingly, a friend who lives in Paris (18th) posted a photo of this same sky on the 27th! It must have been quite a sight.

Nathalie said...

Hi Rob, now that's becoming interesting!
I'd love to see your friend's photo if you can provide a link to it!


Claude says that such flyover scenes are common but I really think the traffic on that morning was special. I wonder if it was because of the airport staff strike that delayed a number of flights?
Or perhaps the fog disrupted the air traffic and as soon a it cleared up a large number of aircraft landed and took off in a very short time?

Adam said...

On December 27th I was looking up at an English sky, and it wasn't as clear as that!

Happy new year Nathalie!

Chri said...

Trois bonheurs ce matin. C'est bien, ça aide!!!

Peter said...

Reading Rob G's comment and yours.... Yes, there must have been something special about the sky that morning! :-)

Maybe the "lines" over your countryside included planes leaving or arriving at CDG/Orly/Le Bourget, but most of the "lines" just over Paris are mostly from planes just overflying. On my photos from Paris, you can clearly see the more clear traces of planes that just took off, and the ones coming in for landing are flying too low to leave traces - I "caught" one.

Françoise Dumon said...

C'est cela, beaucoup d'avions dans le ciel, une conjonction spéciale qui vous a fait réagir tous les deux. J'adore les ambiance de brouillard et les couleurs que cela donne, surtout, quand comme ici, on sait qu'il se lève dans la journée.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I'm happy just to see a road without a gazillion people occupying.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

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Linda said...

The world was certainly restless on 27 December.

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