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Pamplemousses Gardens

Pamplemousses Gardens
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Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2818 W: 85 N: 6957] (31629)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-12-27
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/16, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-02-10 21:49
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Pamplemousse Gardens in Mauritius are considered to be one of the finest tropical gardens in the world.
The land was bought in 1735 by the French governor of the time Gouverneur Mahé de Labourdonnais, and was used for planting vegetables for the capital Port Louis. However, the park’s current appearance began to develop gradually after it was taken on by Pierre Poivre in 1770.

Pierre Poivre brought seeds and plants from all over the world to Mauritius, both out of pure botanical interest and in order to break Holland’s spice monopoly.

For those who remember the tongue-twister ‘Peter Piper’

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers that Peter Piper picked?

The Peter Piper in question is thought to be Pierre Poivre

It’s important to know a little history about the spice trade. Centuries ago, all spices were referred to by the generic name of “peppers.” They were also incredibly expensive and the companies who ran the spice trade would go out of their way to keep the supply low by rubbing the seeds with lime before selling them so they couldn’t germinate if planted. The practice was called “pickling.” As for Peter Piper, he was actually a French pirate and horticulturalist named “Pierre Poivre” (which has become Anglicized into Peter Piper). Pierre was known for raiding spice stores so he could grow them in his garden in Seychelles and hopefully make spices more affordable and accessible for the average European.
The rhyme comes from the fact that there were at least a few occasions where Peter Piper picked pickled peppers that wouldn’t grow in his garden

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Hi Rosemary,
Lovely garden, well taken this green vegetation perfect sharpness and colors, tfs.

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1838 W: 417 N: 6650] (26900)
  • [2015-02-10 23:50]

Hello Rosemary,

Thank you for a most interesting note. The story about Pierre Poivre reminds me very much of the way in which the Brits stole seeds of tea plants from China so that they could plant them in northern India and so produce tea cheaply on "home" ground. A fascinating story yours is too - so the French were just as bad as the Brits when it came to exploiting foreigners. And I wonder just how many people younger than us will recall that a peck is two gallons (or a quarter of a bushel)?

A beautiful photograph of this garden, not dissimilar to your last of this place, with the foreground flowers and foliage standing out beautifully against the darker background. Gorgeous soft light, wonderfully vibrant colours anbd exceptional depth of field and sharpness throughout.


Kind Regards,


P.S. You might just be interested in this: last week we had a young lady photographer from Ireland talk to our camera club. Quite the opposite from your technique, she takes photographs of flowers with a 100mm macro lens but she invariably takes them with her lens wide open at f/2.8 - quite different from your f/29 or f/32! But she comes away with some lovely, quite abstract, pictures - have a look at her Flickr page here if you're interested.

Hi Rosemary,
Great attractive fresh green capture. A beautiful place, I'm sure you had a great time there.


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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14081 W: 0 N: 16143] (171764)
  • [2015-02-11 1:31]


quelle vue de ce jardin superbe compo et image quelle forme ce feuille verte et le boule le fleurs très original comme plante une très belle découverte.
Bravo et amitié

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11923 W: 126 N: 21559] (110447)
  • [2015-02-11 2:41]

Hi Rosemary,a seconf beautiful pic from Pamplemousses,i like the high brightness to have a green so dark from the water lily place,great details too and a great memory to me too...have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Bonjour Rosemary,

J'aime beaucoup cet ensemble très fleuri. Le plan serré est d'une grande netteté et surtout, il met le vert à l'honneur ce qui est très rare en hiver.



Hi Rosemary.
Spectacular picture with these amazing aquatic plants, precious green leaves and white flowers such lovely, in view of this picture, I guess the whole garden will be spectacular.
Magnificent colorful, these natural shades.
Very well managed, both sharpness and lighting.
Well done. I like it.
Have a good day.
Best wishes.
Luis ..

Hi Rosemary, great picture of this interesting position with pond plants. Very well captured in this beautiful and interesting image with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing.

Good night and happy rest of the week.
Best wishes from the south of Spain.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4190 W: 2 N: 7159] (35044)
  • [2015-02-11 13:22]

Hello Rosemary,
Excellent capture of this lovely garden.Very pleasant picture, excellent natural colors and composiotion.Thank you for sharing and detailed notes.
Good work

Ciao Rosemary
amo la campagna e gli olivi, ma non sono un esperto di botanica e nella tua foto ho scoperto da dove provengono quei lunghi steli con la parte superiore bucata che spesso si trovano nelle composizioni di fiori secchi.

Hello Rosemary,
I like the green on green tones on different layers, with the dark water as a backdrop and the white flowers popping up here end there. The mild light has created a very pleasant softness. I also enjoyed reading the interesting note.
Kind regards,

Hello Rosemary,
Superb presentation of a lovely flowers. Nice composition.
best wishes,

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15717 W: 159 N: 27499] (144212)
  • [2015-02-12 23:48]

Hi Rosemary
C'est vraiment beau, j'aime ces plantes d'eau, ici il y a une jolies variétés, sous ces grandes feuilles vertes, belle présentation et note
Belle journée

Hello Rosemary,

As a child I was a serious stamp collector, serious enough to begin the hobby by trading away a few of the most valuable stamps in a collection I had inherited from my grandfather. I certainly did not own it, one of the most important stamps in philatelic history came from Mauritius, "the 1-d Black," a unique stamp with the young Queen Victoria emblazoned on it. I've long had an interest in seeing Mauritius. But then, because of its isolation, just like Madagascar, Mauritius has been known for its gallery of strange animals and strange fauna populating the island. But now, thanks to your superb short essay, I've found is a third area of fascination. Recently, I read the book Niall Ferguson's "Civilization: the West and the Rest," where the author introduces the conditions prevailing in Europe 500 years ago that led to the ascent of the West over the immensely more powerful Empires, including the Chinese and the Ottoman. He calls these conditions, "Killer Apps," and first among them is the "Spice Race." Portugal and Holland, small sea faring nations launched the Age of Discovery, and after that, the Scientific Revolution. There are three other killer apps, but the first two are the most important.

In just six weeks, I am scheduled to give a talk at the Smithsonian in Washington. The talk is basically about Ataturk. With the Middle East teetering at the edge of the abyss, and some leaders scurrying to leapfrog over others, this is a timely talk and already sold out. But I will spice up my talk with what I've learned from you, the story of Peter Piper and the familiar tongue twister... In the unlikely event that you are in the East Coast of the US on March 31, it would be a pleasure to have you in the audience,. The Smithsonian is now considering moving the talk to a larger auditorium. Click on Looking West: Ataturk and the Creation of Modern Turkey.

I am grateful for the superb note you wrote to accompany an excellent photo of fauna.

Have a good weekend,


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  • siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2782 W: 23 N: 4581] (34141)
  • [2015-02-22 3:31]

Hello Rosemary,
What a beautiful study of nature this! These flowers look so elegant and interesting presented with fantastic quality as always your shots. Excellent execution!
Have a nice Sunday!

Hello dear Rosemary
and have a nice evening
here we have a great photo dedicated to the
Nature with impressive green colors and flowers
with very interesting notes great attractive
fresh green capture perfectly executed

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