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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Watery Wednesday: Peterhof Palace

© Photos by Richard Schear
Before we left for our Russian holiday with Viking River Cruises, my husband and I watched some TV specials about the country, and one of the places I wanted to see in St. Petersburg was the Peterhof Palace, with its acres of fountains. I imagined myself sitting happily under a tree, watching the beautiful waters, while Dick did most of the walking, but the day of the Peterhof Palace tour dawned dull, wet and unappealing. I couldn't imagine myself singing in the rain while he wandered around with his camera. So I sent him off, with an umbrella to protect his camera, and stayed warm and dry myself on the Viking Surkov.
Balancing a large camera with a long lens, while trying to keep it all dry under an umbrella, had a slightly negative effect on my intrepid photographer's assignment for the day, but he did come up with some lovely shots anyway.




Once tourists got past the water trickling from this pagoda-shaped fountain, they were able to stay dry underneath it.



















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23 comments:

Mara said...

I can understand why you wanted to go there as well. Such a shame you weren't able to make it, because the shots look fantastic, especially the one of the pagoda!

John said...

Such a beautiful fountain.

Man-made Falls, come and see.

chubskulit said...

Those water fountains are gorgeous Kay!

SandyCarlson said...

Utterly amazing!

ewok1993 said...

gorgeous, totally opulent.

Mama Zen said...

I think he did a fabulous job. These are stunning!

Gemma Wiseman said...

A magical place and love the display of the fountain!

Judy said...

Not what I would have imagined, when you said fountains! I really like some of these!!

Memories and Crystals said...

What a beautiful watery place, so cool.

The Places and Memories said...

I love fountains, this one is awesome...

Ebie said...

Love the gold trimmings of the fountains!

Ever prepared for the weather, the umbrella came in handy for these beautiful photos.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great fountains -- and nice entry for WW (I tried to link there a couple of weeks ago and it wasn't there, so I thought it was over.)

Fran said...

My friend's son had his wedding photographs taken around the pagoda and fountain at the palace. They are truly stunning pictures, as are yours xxx

Reader Wil said...

Your husband did a great job, Kay! He showed the real beauty of this place! A pity you couldn't go with him. This week I am having a visitor from Australia. Of course we went to the windmills. The weather was windy, cold and it was raining every now and then, but we were having a lovely time in spite of it all. I told her about you and I met!

Cezar and Léia said...

This place is enchanted, I like those golden sculptures a lot!
When we visited there, it was sooooooooo cold!
Great pictures Kay, thanks for sharing.
Léia

SquirrelQueen said...

I enlarge all the photos and in the first one I can see that lots of the folks looking down at the fountain are holding umbrellas. I can understand why you stayed on the ship. All of those fountains are gorgeous.

Gattina said...

That really was a watery experience for Dick ! Such a pity that the weather was so bad, the place looks so beautiful !

Seasons said...

Fantastic camerawork at the Peterhof Palace! I can't pick one picture over another. Thank you, for sharing.

jabblog said...

Richard took some stunning shots, despite the weather. It's a shame you couldn't go too, but I don't blame you for choosing to stay dry and warm. Crowds are bad enough, but crowds in the rain are too much!

Powell River Books said...

I love the water features, especially the first one leading up to the palace. When I was in Los Angeles, I saw a few water features in operation. That surprised me with all the drought going on. They usually make places stop their fountains. - Margy

jeannette said...

What a beautiful place! Your hubby is a trooper -I would say a camera AND an umbrella in hand, limits one's ability to shoot pics greatly:)

Inger-M said...

Great shots, especially as he had to hold the umbrella too :-) I love those fountains. You must have had a wonderful holiday in Russia!

eileeninmd said...

What a beautiful place to visit. The water fountains are wonderful.