A gloriette is a sort of arbour - lovely word isn't it ? This is one definition :
A gloriette (from the 12th century French for "little glory" is a building in a garden erected on a site that is elevated with respect to the surroundings. The structural execution and shape can vary greatly, often in the form of a pavilion or tempietto, more or less open on the sides. Climbing plants are often associated with this type of construction.
This is ours from the south side in May - the climbing plants and (heavenly) Banks Rose are about four years old.
Gwen - every time I look at your rock photos I see more "creatures" and the last photo is full of erotic art !
We have lovely countryside here but I'm from Scotland and really miss mountains and rugged rocks and dramatic scenery. There's nothing nicer than sitting daydreaming looking at a rock face or making noises around rocks to get your imagination in gear at the wonder of their existence.
Thank you for your compliments, Irene! I have to admit...I do have an eye for the...uh...erotic & it apparently shows up in my photos when I'm not even trying!
Alas, I wish those rock formations were really nearby. Of course, nearby is up for interpretation. I took those pix in Colorado, on holiday last year. They are about an 11 hour drive (or one quick plane ride) from here, at a place called "Garden of the gods".