Walk in winter Peterhof
Spring will soon come into its own. Winter is slowly receding. In the meantime, take a walk in the winter Peterhof.
So it has turned out, but the New Year holidays go away anywhere I did not succeed, the entire weekend spent in Peterhof. Of course, the house is not sitting, choose the street regularly. The main place for walking was the lower park of Peterhof. This park is probably one of the most visited places in St. Petersburg, there exists little people who would not have heard of its famous fountains. However, in winter the fountains do not work, and what to do while here, in this time of year? .. I'll try to tell and show.
Excursions will not do, just walk in the winter Lower Park Peterhof.
I like to come to the park early to the very opening. Still wrapped up in the twilight, the trees covered with snow for the night fallen, standing motionless on the track yet traces, everything is new, clean, fresh, as if just prepared for your arrival. Later, there were a few visitors, will rise a breeze and everything will change, but for now it seems that the park belongs only to you.
To get to the Lower Park during the dark winter can only early in the morning until dawn no sooner. Therefore, no backlight and attractions not provided, not for someone to do it, there's only emergency lighting. Sometimes it's lighting something even embellish reality, as in the first picture, but for the most part it is simply performing its operational function.
Still such an interesting thing about the popularity of the Peterhof Lower Park and its fountains. Do you think what hangs a sign on the shuttles going to the party? It is logical to assume that the "Peterhof", however, the name of the city written in very small letters, a large inscription reads "The Fountain," and everyone knows where there is a bus. Yes, that bus, even on the ring road pointer worth Peterhof fountains. But it's so small deviation from the winter walk.
The slow, ponderous dawn slowly seizes space, every moment becomes lighter. About Marly ridge grows many apple trees in the winter for some reason, their wraps spruce spruce branches. As far as I know, as is done to protect them from the birds, but I do not like these animals, even traces of them here have never seen, probably shelter just in case:
With the dawn of the first birds showed up and park. Blackbird, have breakfast barberry, rather drozdiha (if it can be called that) was very unhappy with this photo shoot, shouting something that is not my hair and not wearing makeup ...
Well, does not want to be photographed, and do not, find someone else, there are many who want to, you just have to look. Recently we told a story that happened in the summer park. For supervisors, the guard at the entrance approached the foreigner, all covered with photographic equipment as a Christmas tree, and a very broken Russian asked me to lead him to the proteins. The guard was surprised to be asked to come on show some fountain, and then proteins. 5 minutes of talk time and surprise the guard has only increased, it became clear that a person came to Peterhof from Holland, for one day and one purpose only shoot squirrels ... That is how popular Peterhof proteins.
Again Lion cascade, but without light, I columns on the sides like giant candles, the flames only for some very dirty:
That shot "Tower" was made about this fountain, which began my hobby, photographing birds:
Next to Lion cascade located Hermitage building. It turns out that this is the first building in our country, where there was an elevator, at lunch it was served on the second floor:
The only thing that is bad when you're the one walking in the park - you attract the attention of the guards. No, you are nothing in the way, but all the time somewhere in the background there is a black figure, which stares for a madman, walking in the dark alone in the park.
A couple of years ago, I was talking in the park with one of the visitors, she told me a truth of life. Was in the park (maybe now there is?) A special group of grannies from the boarding house, located next to the park, they considered it their duty every day, get the park and sprinkle seeds in feeders and feed protein. Everything would be fine if it were not so fun: feeders, though many, but to feed some birds and squirrels want more many, and sometimes some granny across only filled seeds feeders and fed squirrels.
Who would like that? I had to enter into "gentlemen's agreement", and the entire territory of the park to divide among themselves. One fills the trough and feeding the protein into this side of the park, the second granny in the other side, the third generally only along the central channel, and so on. D. A call foreign territory dishonest and entails scandal with verbal discussion of advantages and disadvantages of each other
In general, the park at this time of the year looks very monochrome, two colors - black and white, and only a few bright structures break this color. In the photo turned out not so bright, in fact it looks like:
I tried to remember what the summer is located here, why fenced place decorative grille, and could not. In the summer I am here very rarely, once in 2-3 years, that do not remember:
The most numerous birds in the Lower Park - it certainly tits. It is necessary to pass the gates of the park, then around you formed a gang of beggars. I sometimes get the impression that they can look into his pockets, and if there is a "Semyon," you will be hard to pursue you, and no - very quickly return to their original positions in anticipation of the next person.
In general, the birds, too, all difficult with breakfast who eat breakfast barberry, someone is waiting for seeds, and some pate and yesterday morning eats:
More in Lower Park very beautiful tree, after each snowfall, they look like a Christmas card. Seen them in such a decoration, it seems, a thousand times, and still every time they have a very pleasing:
This park is also beautiful in winter as in summer, but in the cold season, it has a very big advantage - there are practically no people. You walk through the park alone and wonder how many people lose coming here only to working fountains. But not only the beauty attracted me to this park ...
On the one hand bad that not all of the tracks in the park are cleaned from the snow, but on the other hand, white, zametonny snow park looks fantastic. Trimmed shrubs, plastered with snow, resemble the fur of a large animal:
And if you climb a little higher, the "haircut" will look even more fascinating:
Many times I've seen artists stand in the middle of St. Petersburg and paint, but have never seen such a picture in Peterhof. They say that the summer is, draw, and in the winter cold or something? And could turn out beautiful views:
Do you ever showed bird language? But I've been shown. This is a small black-and-white copy of the usual great tit, tit called it, a rare bird for this park. Generally with birds get an amazing deal, say, tit - quite a common bird to the Oranienbaum Park and 5 kilometers away, in a very similar Lower Park - is a rarity. Or proteins in the Lower Park are everywhere, but literally for his fence in Alexandria uncommon, although vegetation everything seems very similar:
But no birds anywhere in bulk, so it crows. They're like spies sit on trees and look closely, who, whom and where feeds that throws into the box and where it goes, everything is checked, and then taste the carefully. You can not see them, but they are watching you all the time. In the summer there is someone of people walking casually in the grass or bushes will find the nest of any bird, people just look and gone, but a crow that is enough ... A man came up, stood, watched, there is reason to check and socket as a rule, the black ruined:
A recurring question: why is the Christmas tree on New Year's holidays do not decorate? But Christmas trees in the Lower Park a great many, almost every taste, from small and neat, to widely ramified giants
Here is another feathered representative park, greenfinch. Her take pictures while difficult, shy, but it is only now, spring will come and everything will change. In the spring to feed it gets heavier and the birds, so to speak, become more accommodating for photography:
So how lower park without "Samson!" Its the picture really is not very much and it can be seen, but it's there, in the distance, shining with gold. Last year, it was restored and now it is like new, without going through the cold wooden coffin, in contrast to the Grand Palace, where there is a restoration of the facades:
The weather that day was truly St. Petersburg: the clouds, the sun, the snow goes. Therefore, the images obtained by different around the world. Before the sun Monplaisir not get it, but the ice Gulf illuminated.
I have already talked a lot about all living creatures of the Lower Park and may get a false impression that all obfotografiroval here. But this is not the case. I have a dream - to remove one animal in this park, which I still do not given, but very desirable. I therefore perseverance is probably worthy of a better, walk around the park. I kind of lucky that day - a point which moves on the ice, it was the one I so earnestly seek. Crows, which, as I have said, watching everything and everyone, also found that "the offender". You certainly have realized that I'm chasing a fox. Yes, in the Lower Park of Peterhof live and thrive foxes. To see them is not easy, you need to luck. At night foxes feel calmer and sometimes appear on the paths of the park, and in the afternoon to see her very difficult, although from time to time I hear stories that it sees. I was able to see the fox in the park a few times, but all or a glimpse from afar, or, as in this time:
About foxes in Lower Park I heard all sorts of stories. Once the fox in the summer with a few cubs came to Marley, there is a large pond where ducks constantly. Fox stood, and looked the most obedient children went on, and the two decided to catch cubs close a floating duck, and jumped into the water. Duck flew away naturally and foxes on the beach is not already selected, it is high. I had the guards into the water to jump and reach drowning. Out of all good, foxes carried to lodge, dried hairdryer and carried back to Marley. However, all this sounds peacefully only in words, biting at them turned out much better than catching ducks.
And do not forget to find out what is needed fox tail.
So when you're in the Lower Park, look around, maybe you are lucky and seem to cheat the eyes red. But without it there is for someone to watch.
As a rule, proteins that live in a "thick" part of the park (the one closer to Alexandria), is not very fond of attention to the person, and go feed them will not be allowed. Will climb somewhere higher up and clattered against you, even though the bird feeders clean out one does not shrink.
It was a walk in the winter Peterhof.