A warm, sunny day at the Parc de Sceaux, in the southern suburbs of Paris.  The allées of plane trees around the chateau draw intersecting lines against the blue sky with their precisely pruned, still leafless, branches.

 

 

Further out in the park the hedges of lime trees along the central lawn are softened by a fuzz of new, squirrel red twigs.   (The squirrels in the park are the colour of the twigs on the foreground trees).  It’s hard to get a sense of scale here.  The trees in the first photo are the low grey blocks either side of the chateau in this image.  (Click on the picture for a closer view)

 

 

Either side of the main axis, avenues of plane and chestnut trees cut formal lines through the woodland but the trees are left to grow in their natural form.  Although the branches are still leafless, violets and primroses are flowering on woodland banks and the air is full of bird song.