The Year Ahead

roses on table

David Austin roses on table

David Austin Roses by Georgianna Lane

Hello, my friends! Thank you for all your lovely New Year’s wishes and I send mine manyfold back to each of you.

As we plan and dream to shape our destinies for the coming days, with anticipated joy for all the happy times, we will inevitably find at some points in the year that we are not in fact the ultimate arbiters of our fate, that other influences redirect or even completely detour our carefully laid out course. But how we adjust and carry on is what truly matters.

I’ve chosen the images for this post with a good measure of thought. From a shoot I did last summer (with Erin of Floret who created the amazing arrangements), I admit I’ve been “saving” them as they are quite special to me. They embody new directions and new levels of creative endeavor. I’ve saved them, but now release them – my gift out to the universe, a little offering saying “this is what I’m up to” and what I’m dreaming of. Breathtaking beauty to celebrate the coming triumphs, gentle grace to soothe and calm the stormy days that will no doubt come.

And so, this first post of the new year is filled with hopes and wishes and optimism. In twelve months time, I’ll see if these images will join in a complete circle of accomplishments, the ends tying rather neatly together the threads of flowers, travel and photographs.

And you? What are your dearest dreams for your new year? Whatever they are, you have my wishes right along side yours that they all come true.

much love,



  • A very happy New Year to you too!!!
    If this is what you’ve been up to then you are definitely on the right track! Just lovely, as usual! Special, as you say!
    As I work through each day with it’s hopes and dreams I try to never forget that God allows every interruption in our plans for a reason… most end up being a gift heaven-sent. One thing I’ve learned through the years is to try and not to fight those interruptions. (Now if only I can remember that as repairmen are coming to work on the elevator today!)
    Blessings for a wonderful 2013!

    January 8, 2013
  • Ritva from Finland

    I just love these flowers and photos…there is something magical …they are so beautiful…

    Thank you for sharing these special flowers with us!

    January 8, 2013
  • These are just exquisite, Georgianna! Exactly what you described them to be, special. Worth taking their time to be posted but I am very happy you did that now. They give such a powerful promise of spring and summer it almost hurts.

    The very, very best for you for this year!

    January 8, 2013
  • Immediately when I saw these I knew they must been taking at Erins:) These are sooooo gorgeous and makes me feel so good. These pictures were worth of saving for this post, thank you my heart is full filled taste of color/beauty/summer.

    January 8, 2013
  • Dear Georgianna ~ These are some of the most beautiful and breathtaking pictures I’ve seen. They really speak to me, heart and soul. Thank you for giving them to us all.

    May 2013 be all you hope it will be and more.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady Lorraine

    January 8, 2013
  • Absolutely stunning pictures as usual… I can’t believe it’s 2013 already, where did the time go? I haven’t made any “resolutions”, but have concentrated more on a few things I’d like to do and one or two things I’d like to change about my own behaviour…

    I hope your wishes and hopes will come true this year and I look forward to seeing many more of your beautiful and inspiring pictures.

    Love from London xo

    January 8, 2013
  • Wishing you a very Happy New Year Georgianna!

    And looking forward to what the next 12 months have in store for us both…

    Your photographs in the blog post are absolutely stunning :-).

    Very best wishes
    Rona x

    January 8, 2013
  • Magical pictures Georgianna which make me dream of the coming months ahead. However, at present I am enjoying the emerging snowdrops which have started to grace our garden.

    January 9, 2013
  • What a beautiful post this is, Georgianna, and oh these photographs…just magnificent.

    I feel so fortunate to have met you here, and I wish you and David all of the most wonderful things in 2013.


    January 9, 2013
  • I just love it when things are redirected however well planned they might had been! It mught be frustrating at first, but I find that I always learn something new and precious from the unexpected.
    So, I’m quite open to anything (good) the new year brings!
    Wishing you all the best!

    January 9, 2013
  • PS. The blues and purples in the photos are quite dramatic! Love them!

    January 9, 2013
  • Valerie

    You are an inspiration for exquisite floral photography. I just wanted to smell those roses. Beautiful. Valerie

    January 9, 2013
  • Dear Georgianna, A beautiful gift you have shared with us. These photographs are some of your finest. You never disappoint.
    What do I wish for? We have been blessed with excellent health. I wish nothing more than that.

    January 9, 2013
  • Hi Georgianna! What gorgeous gorgeous roses! And those clematis! To die for! Such beautiful pictures. You have a magical touch for it, that’s for sure! I hope all your dreams will come true for this year. I do have a dream for the upcoming year and that is that I will be able to finally walk again with the right therapeutic stockings! I so much long for a long walk. Haven’t been able to do so for 4 years now due to wrong stockings. Anyway, that’s my modest dream! Thank you for sharing these beauties and happy new year!

    January 9, 2013
  • Your photos are absolutely gorgeous, Georgiana. I love your header photo as well. Wishing and yours blessings for this new year. Pamela

    January 9, 2013
  • Your words are as breathtaking as your photos…thank you for a very uplifting and encouraging message. I wish you much happiness and peace in 2013. :)

    January 9, 2013
  • Oh dear! Now I want to ransack a florist’s shop and start shooting… :). The sheer beauty and abundance, the juxtaposition of delicate and rustic, the shadows, the cropping, the sense of wild abandon… LOVE these images, dear g! Wishing you much joy and inspiration in the new year! You are certainly a source of both for me! xoxo

    January 9, 2013
  • Your beautiful photos are a gift this dreary rainy morning, as I face some issues with my mother that I’m a bit stressful about. Just reinforces the thought that one should take time to “smell the roses” and grab a bit of peace, tranquility and beauty along the way. I love what’s going on in your work and happy that you’ve shared them all with us.

    January 9, 2013
  • Astonishing beauty, dear Georgianna! Really breathtaking! Wishing you lots of creativity and thousands of images like these ones in the year to come! Love,
    Antonia and Fabio

    January 9, 2013
  • Georgianna, these are such gorgeous images! As I look out my window into the abyss of wintery, white snow, I cannot wait until spring – and these images gave me that pick-me-up reminder I needed that spring is not so very far away.

    Wishing you a wonderful year!


    January 9, 2013
  • Georgianna,
    Thanks very much for the lovely photos and nice words with them. Happy New Year to you too!
    Thanks much!
    I am currently searching for your email so I can send you a photo holiday email message.
    Meanwhile,thanks for yours.

    January 9, 2013
  • What absolutely scrumptious images, G. I just let out a huge sigh upon seeing them and reading your words. My dreams? I don’t think I have any at the moment, which is probably a sad thing.

    January 9, 2013
  • Beautiful collection! My only dream this year is that each of my children find peace and happiness. If that happens I’ll be over the moon. :)

    January 9, 2013
  • Oh my goodness, what a beautiful way to start the new year. I look at your gorgeous photos and I long for spring and the rebirth of the world around me…I can’t wait for my own clematis to bloom.

    I’m trying to focus more on my photography this year. I hope someday I can capture images as wonderful as yours. Best wishes for a happy year. xo

    January 9, 2013
  • Love this!!!!! They are STUNNING!!!!!
    Happy 2013!!!!!!

    January 9, 2013
  • All so breathtaking as usual.2013 is going to be a great year….can’t wait to see all your travel photography.

    January 10, 2013
  • Oh my goodness! These images made my heart skip a beat! They are just stunning! I wish you the absolute best in 2013! May all your wishes and dreams come true, no matter the bumps along the way!

    January 10, 2013
  • That second photo had me sighing … a lot. I love it. Well, I love them all but that one went straight to my heart.

    I hope the new year will bring many wonderful opportunities your way!

    Keep those gorgeous flowers coming!

    January 10, 2013
  • Hi Georgianna! These photos are so lovely! The roses are so crisp and sharp, beautifully photographed. Wishing you all the very best for 2013, may it be successful and inspiring!xx

    January 10, 2013
  • Beautiful color and clarity in these captures, G! I hope that 2013 holds much wonder and many accomplishments for you.
    xo A

    January 10, 2013
  • Wishing you a very happy,healthy New Year too. I look forward to all the beauty you will create in 2013.

    Take care,

    January 10, 2013
  • Gorgeous flower pictures! Love the colours! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us Georgianna.

    January 10, 2013
  • They are all such beautiful shots. Truly Beautiful.


    January 10, 2013
  • These are so beautiful and such a fitting introduction into a fresh new year. May your year be as beautiful as your gorgeous images.

    Best Jane

    January 11, 2013
  • What gorgeous photos to greet us in the new year, Georgianna! I wish you a wonderful 2013, with many moments of joy ad many accomplishments!

    January 11, 2013
  • Happy New Year and thank you for the fabulous gift! I hope to start a business this year, allowing us to be a bit closer to moving to our land. I dream of being able to plant flowers like these when we are there more often.



    January 11, 2013
  • Happy 2013, Georgianna! :)
    There is always something magical in your shots, wow!
    Hope the New Year will be brilliant for you.

    January 12, 2013
  • OMG! Do you have any idea what your photos do for my eyes and my heart?
    Thank you for sharing such extraordinary beauties.
    Have a great year.

    January 12, 2013
  • Georgianna, these images are truly beautiful (as your photos always are!) Can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us this new year :)

    Wish you and David a wonderful New Year!

    January 13, 2013
  • Dear Georgianna,

    Your beautiful photos are breathtaking and can see how special they are to you. You have such a gift and talent to create perfect photos.
    Hope that 2013 will be the very best year for you and wishing you good health and happiness and I look forward to seeing more gorgeousness that you show us.


    January 13, 2013
  • Dearest sweet Georgianna, i am always a huge fan of your gorgeous flora images! These are just stunning! Have a lovely merry happy week and love to you!

    January 13, 2013
  • Oh how beautiful your work is! This year I too have many dreams to fulfill and looking at it with hope. The thing is I cannot do anything alone or take credit for where 2012 got me. I believe that God will lead me in the right directions. My goal is also to meet you this year or the next :0).

    January 13, 2013
  • This is a lovely selection, georgianna, to start the new year. My faves are those beautiful purple flowers, and the white bouquet in the vase, but, then, how can I choose, I really like them all! My dream for this year is to produce some macro images that will translate, eventually, into a black+white calendar for 2014. I have a very short list of subjects, but have quietly already decided. Good luck with your projects this year, and I envy you all the travel…. best to you,

    January 13, 2013
  • This post is a lovely kick off of the new year. I’ve been away too long:) and at first….thank you for your hearwarming comment. Seeing you in my comments always makes me smile. I appreciate it and the fact that you are taking the time and effort to leave a comment!
    My goals for this year…don’t laugh; work on my photogrpahy skills hee hee! ..Being healthy, enjoy the little things in life and creating a bit in my spare time. Your blog is wonderful source of inspiration and encouragement to learn more about photography; the photos are gorgeous…as always!

    January 14, 2013
  • A Garden of Threads

    Fabulous shots G. I am late making the rounds. I am so glad to have found you in blogland, I treasure my connection. I wish you and David a blessed 2013.

    January 14, 2013
  • These are stunning floral photos! I love the roses, there is such a glamourous decadent feel to them. Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year brings : )

    January 14, 2013
  • Oh G! So many lovely flowers and in so many of my favorite hues! Your photography is always so very stunning. Hoping your New Year is off to a great start!

    January 15, 2013
  • Barb

    Ohhhh!!!! Those flowers take my breath away! Love your photos always Georgianna. May your and your close ones’ year be a good and satisfying one. All the best Barb from Oz

    January 17, 2013
  • Oh my, these photos are breathtaking, G!! This is not my first visit to this post but the first moment I’ve taken to comment. I also wanted to tell you that I spent the afternoon playing catchup on some projects on my laptop. On my TV, your exquisite Flickr photos are playing while a chosen playlist of music plays (thanks to Apple TV). Love my Apple technology and your lovely artistic working together.

    I finally got around to doing another blogpost recently. My incentive … to share a couple of pictures I took with my new Macro lens! Sure wish I could pop over for a crash course.

    Thanks always for the inspiration, friend. Hope you and your family are doing well.

    January 17, 2013
  • What a beautiful post, Georgianna! And the images are amazing, of course. I am so excited for the year ahead, but always a little worried in the back of my mind (with an elderly parent). Hoping for the best for my family and friends, and so excited to grow my business now that I’m working at it full time.

    I hope your year if full of beauty and success, health and happiness!

    January 18, 2013
  • These photos sing to me ! It’s so good to see these breathtaking flowers in the middle of winter. Georgianna, can I say it again, you are a formidable photographer. Seeing your images is always truly inspiring and delightful and visiting your blog is, for me, like a moment suspended in time, a moment I always greatly enjoy !
    I’ll be here to see what you’ve been up to and what you’re dreaming of, and I hope this new year bring you success in everything you do !

    January 18, 2013
  • So incredibly beautiful & breathtaking G… I can see why they would be so special to you. I hope Erin brings you many more lovely bouquets this year!!! And may all your dreams and wishes come true dear friend.

    Spending more time in the Blue Ridge Mountains would make me very happy this year. I am always filled with such inner peace, calm and memories of such beauty after visits there. Creating more art such as painting and pottery is a dream and wish too!

    January 20, 2013
  • Your way with words is almost as amazing as your way with a camera – pure delight.
    These photos are gorgeous! They make my heart sing, especially the first!

    January 23, 2013
  • there is something magical in your shot dear Georgianna.stunning!
    Have a great day,Monica

    January 24, 2013
  • Hi Georgianna, , So very beautiful.
    Wishing you the best in this new year that is welll underway.
    Much Love

    January 24, 2013
  • Hope your year is off to a wonderful start! :)

    January 25, 2013
  • I am here. I am finally here flown in by a petal across the waves of life and can smell the flowers and feel the sun on my face because of your blog. Missed visiting. Thanks for the light! Blessings.

    January 25, 2013
  • hello
    c’est tout simplement magnifique
    de vrais tableaux
    j’envie votre votre travail d’artiste
    bonne journée
    edith (iris)

    June 1, 2013
  • rosenblatt monique

    magnifique bravo

    September 6, 2013
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