Windmills and Windflowers

Kinderdijk by Georgianna Lane

The Windmills at Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

Hello, friends! In late spring we visited one of THE most magical locations I’ve ever experienced: the windmills of Kinderdijk in the Netherlands. Imagine a perfect day of billowing clouds, soft Dutch light and the enchanting structures that are the symbol of Holland. Such a classic scene, right out of a painting. I thought it would be fun to pair images from that never-to-be-forgotten day with a few of charming windflowers, one of my favorite late summer blooms.

Windflower, Japanese Anemone by Georgianna Lane

Windmill, Holland with Windflower, Japanese Anemone by Georgianna Lane

Windmill, Kinderdijk, The Netherlands by Georgianna Lane

Windflower, Japanese Anemone by Georgianna Lane

Windmills, Kinderdijk, The Netherlands by Georgianna Lane

Windflower, Japanese Anemone by Georgianna Lane

Windmills, Kinderdijk, The Netherlands by Georgianna Lane

Windflower, Japanese Anemone by Georgianna Lane

Windmills, Kinderdijk, The Netherlands by Georgianna Lane

Windmill, Kinderdijk, The Netherlands by Georgianna Lane

While traveling, I shot quite a lot of video footage which I look forward to sharing with you in the months to come. Here is the first and I hope it gives you a taste of what a day at Kinderdijk is like:

Kinderdijk from Georgianna Lane on Vimeo.

love,

G

p.s. just for fun, here is one more video that I took in the Dutch countryside. Whenever I am getting to stressed about things, this lightens the mood. :)

Baaaaa from Georgianna Lane on Vimeo.

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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