March 12, 2013

Vaux-le-Vicomte Gardens, France

Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

A fete like this, in the sumptuous gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte, marked the beginning of the end for owner Nicolas Fouquet in 1661. Louis XIV came, saw, and coveted; he confiscated the property and imprisoned Fouquet.

See more pictures from the March 2013 feature story "Night Gardens."


Watch a time-lapse sequence of a night-blooming water lily »
Go behind the scenes in a Q&A with Diane Cook and Len Jenschel »

11 comments
K. Vitug
K. Vitug

Whoah!!! Is it just me or has anyone else imagined those streaks of fireworks looked like a Phoenix's tails?

journee journee
journee journee

I like how you got the top where the firework is going off and how you got that little pond on the bottom it is wonderful.

Stijn Vercauteren
Stijn Vercauteren

Since when are we not making the horizon horizontal?! Looks like it's been taken as a snapshot with a mobile.. At least you could straighten it. It's the first thing a photographer sees.

Ross McPhail
Ross McPhail

Amazing exposure. The reflection of the light off the drifting smoke really makes this image. 

Carol Music
Carol Music

This is an especially beautiful and mesmerizing photo. The chance of getting this amazing shot of a particularly lovely fireworks display along with the very still water, make it even more of a spectacular photo! Thank you for sharing it!

Bikash Shrestha
Bikash Shrestha

Definitely awe inspiring...but tell me frankly, has there been shortage of submission to "The photo of the day" section??? Many a times, the photos have been selected from the already existing National Geography galleries......perhaps, it would be very refreshing to have a new photo of the day each day....

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