Vintage landscape: the lake

Bois du Boulogne, ca. 1890, Library of CongressBois du Boulogne, Paris, France, between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900, a photochrom by Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The park is the second largest in Paris.  It opened in the 1850s — the first park in the western part of the city and an important part of Baron Haussmann’s vision for a greener, healthier Paris.

The plan of the Bois, developed by Jean-Charles Alphand, featured meandering paths and naturalistic hills, lawns, and lakes.  It was the model for all the 19th century Paris parks to follow.

Vintage landscape: rocky road

Dry stream bed, via Library of Congress “Road to Nicholson Hollow. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia,” October 1935, by Arthur Rothstein, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

I think this would be a good reference picture for making a dry stream bed path through a naturalistic garden (click to enlarge).

More on Nicholson Hollow this Sunday. . . .

Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura
che la diritta via era smarrita

The Divine Comedy – Pt. 1 Inferno – Canto 1 – (1-3)

13. In the middle of the journey
of our life
I came to myself
In a dark forest
The straightforward way
Misplaced.
(Schwerner, 2000)

Caroline Bergvall, from “VIA” (48 Dante Variations)