The moat between the garden of the Chateau de Fontainebleau and the surrounding forest; more of a symbolic boundary than a defensive one, though it may have helped to keep the wild boar out of the garden.
Looking the other way, towards the forest. The moat is beyond the ornamental lake and the row of clipped yew cones.
The grand parterre at Fontainebleau, designed by Andre le Notre for Louis XIV around 1660, is a formal garden on a truly grand scale. Like all similar gardens of the era, this was a display of power and control over nature. Wild forest and cultivated garden were clearly separated; there was no doubting where the boundary lay.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Boundaries.”