Green Paris 01 (Wetlands)

by tiresomemoi

Square Marie Curie – 1 March 2015Square Marie Curie


Square Marie Curie* is a dismal little park near the Gare d’Austerlitz. It is close enough to the Seine to have once been a wetland but is now only a sliver of open space with little to show for itself. It is notable in that every paintable surface within its confines is lime green (benches, signage, trash receptacles). Today, one of those green surfaces displayed a poster depicting “La biodiversité des mares à Paris**.” I have been keeping an eye out for these public service posters and have started a virtual collection. The posters introduce me to new earthy vocabulary and remind me to look at the little bits of the wild world that manage to survive in the big city.


One green frog (detail, La biodiversité des mares à Paris)Grenouille verte



Today’s new word(s):

la Nymphe au corps de feu*** (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) = dragonfly


A list of Parisian wetlands (in French) can be found here.


*Marie Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934), among other things, was born into a very smart family. The Curie family had a total of five Nobel Prizes on their imaginary mantel. Two of those Nobel’s belonged to Ms. Curie who “was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person (and only woman) to win twice, [and] the only person to win twice in multiple sciences…”

**The biodiversity of Paris’s wetlands, this poster, and others, can be seen and downloaded here.

***A fire body Nymph