Photographer's Note

This is a photo from the grounds of the Catherine Palace in the town of Pushkin, just south of Saint Petersburg. The Catherine Palace has beautfiul gardens surrounding the Palace, both formal and more natural. This photo shows part of the great pond and the bath house. With a bath house like that, you can imagine how luxurious the actual palace is. Behind the bath house is another building, the Cameron Gallery.

The palace gets it's name from Peter the Great's wife, who started building there initially. The palace is most closely assocated with Catherine the Great, who lived here most of the time she was Empress, and who is responsible for it's present appearance. The palace is spectacular (the famous Amber Room is located here) but for me the real attraction was the gardens and parks. You can easily spend all day just walking around and looking at all the different areas of the park, which is 100 hectares.

The day I visited the palace was mostly cloudy, however, the sun did shine through for short periods, sending me running to find a good spot to take some photos. I would have liked to get into a better place to take this shot, with more separation between the two buildings, but I took this one quickly before moving. Turns out to be the best shot of this scene, because by the time I moved to a better spot the sun was gone again.

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