Return to the Sanctuary

Pierre de Ronsard (Eden) and Leonardo da Vinci roses at the Chilean home of Maria Cecilia, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard (Eden) and Leonardo da Vinci roses

Autumn has arrived and with it the time for our annual journey to the Southern Hemisphere to central Chile to visit family and friends. Once again, I am so, so lucky to stay a few days with my dear friend María Cecilia in her mountain sanctuary in the Andean foothills. The beauty and magic she has created here, and so generously shares, is breathtaking and transporting. This year, my timing was perfect to witness and capture her abundant roses at their peak. I have photographed rose gardens all over the world but, truly, none compares to hers.

Rosa Mon Jardin et Ma Maison

Rosa Mon Jardin et Ma Maison

Rosa Mon Jardin et Ma Maison

Rosa Mon Jardin et Ma Maison

Arches are covered and heavy with fragrant, perfect blooms.

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose, at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose, at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose

Terrace at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Private terrace off one of the bedrooms in Maria Cecilia’s home

Her home is a dream of serenity, beauty and stylish creativity.

Mon Jardin et Ma Maison Rose at the Chilean home of Maria Cecilia photographed by Georgianna Lane

Rosa Mon Jardin et Ma Maison

 

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose, at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose

Rose at the Chilean home of Maria Cecilia photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose, at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Roses at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

María Cecilia photographed in her rose garden in El Arrayan, Chile, by Georgianna Lane

Here is my dear friend, such a beautiful spirit, amongst her roses. One day soon, she will be leaving this property for a new adventure, a new creation – let’s all wish her so much love, joy and happiness.

Roses at the Chilean home of María Cecilia photographed by Georgianna Lane

Roses at the home of María Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Pierre de Ronsard, Eden Rose, at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

Roses at the Chilean home of María Cecilia photographed by Georgianna Lane

Roses at the home of Maria Cecilia in Chile, photographed by Georgianna Lane

My previous post from María Cecelia’s garden last year is here.

Thank you, as always, for your visits. I will be posting more this week from Chile, including the stunning coast and more of my friend’s amazing roses. You can also see so much more of María Cecilia’s home at her blog. I honestly can never thank her enough for all she shares with so many of us around the world. I am greatly privileged to know her.

much love,

G

p. s. I’m posting daily on Instagram, too, @georgiannalane. Hope to see you there!

Gardens and Inspiration: A Day at Versailles

Temple of Love, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Temple of Love

Hello, friends! At the end of May, as part of my extensive travels this spring, I spent an entire day at Versailles – without actually setting foot inside the main Chateau at all. Rather, my time was occupied in wandering the vast grounds and gardens, a treat I’d not experienced on my previous visit. Arriving when the gardens opened at 8:00 am, I ducked into the side entrance and luxuriously had the Orangerie and adjacent areas to myself for some time before the masses of visitors descended upon the property.

Versailles by Georgianna Lane

L'Orangerie, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

L’Orangerie

Although I am an English garden girl at heart, I adore French gardens for their symmetry, exquisite attention to detail and the stimulating juxtaposition of planned formality with lush exuberance. The designs and their orderliness are very calming in their predictability but still delight with unexpected vistas that fit harmoniously into the whole. To me, they seem a fitting metaphor for living – establishing an organized framework that supports the random, beautiful experiences, creativity and possibilities within one’s lifetime.

The Sun King, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Beautiful details abound through the huge gardens.

Mock Orange in Bloom, Versailles, by Georgianna Lane

Mock Orange in Bloom

The sheer size of the park enables one to experience reflective, private moments, even at the height of the season.

Mock Orange in Bloom, Versailles, by Georgianna Lane

Mock Orange in Bloom, Versailles, by Georgianna Lane

Temple of Love, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Allee of Trees, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Dovecote and roses, Versailles, France by Georgianna Lane

Dovecote and roses

The Hameau, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

The Hameau, The Queen’s Hamlet

Field of Daisies at the Hameau, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Massive field of summer daisies

Temple of Love and Le Petit Trianon, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

A column of the Temple of Love and Le Petit Trianon

The Hameau, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Boating on the Grand Canal, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Boating on the Grand Canal

Boats on the Grand Canal, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Garden Details, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

Strict, formal structures and secret, hidden beds of abundant blooms (I trespassed behind a closed gate for this one) highlight the contrasting styles that make up the garden areas, both public and private.

Garden at Le Petit Trianon, Versailles by Georgianna Lane

I have many, many more images from Versailles to share but today wanted to focus on the peaceful and tranquil spots I discovered amongst the grandeur of this magnificent location. As always, you were in my thoughts as I explored and attempted to capture the magic I found. Thank you for visiting and I wish you a most marvelous week ahead!

love,

G

Cloud Gazing

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Hello, friends! In celebration of lazy summer days of lying in tall grass and drifting daydreams, I’ve brought you images of amazing skies that I captured between April and June. As you may know, this year I spent many months traveling throughout Europe. One ongoing project was a series of hundreds of cloud studies documenting the incredible formations over the flat landscapes of the Flemish regions of Belgium and Holland. I’d been studying the remarkable paintings of the Dutch and Belgian masters and became so inspired to experience the region first hand. Each of these photographs are presented with the colors, light and shadows as originally seen for truly, these wondrous scenes require no enhancement.

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

Clouds over Anvers by Georgianna Lane

I hope they set you dreaming!

Much more to come including the gardens of Versailles, exquisite architecture of Prague and the fantasy-perfect windmills of The Netherlands.

love,

G

p.s. If you are on Instagram, let’s connect there, too @georgiannalane

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