Paris Peonies

(Oh, did you think I was done with peonies?) :)
Hello friends! The sun is shining in Seattle and we had a marvelous, sparkling day to celebrate July 4th. I hope all of you in the US did, too, and the same wishes to my many dear Canadian friends who celebrated Canada Day on the 1st.

Summer is so very welcome, bringing such traditional festivities, outdoor play time and warm, precious, family memories-in-the-making, but it brings as well an adieu to peony season. I purchased my last, lush bouquets from a farmer’s market a few days ago. (They are being pampered “models” in a series of new still lifes in the studio which you’ll see before long.) To help us say farewell, here is an armload more of the peony abundance that I photographed in Paris at the end of May. Somehow, those two words go together so well, don’t they? Paris. Peonies. Paris. Peonies. Ah, yes.

I kept staring wistfully at these images on the screen and finally got a few printed up for us and a friend or two. They’re in the shop now, too. Additionally, I made up a few sets of Paris peony postcards which are all that I’ll have a chance to do for a little bit as I’m away this weekend on a very exciting shoot that you are going to LOVE!

And at some time, there will be more peony images – at least enough to keep us dreaming until next spring!

For more flowers in Paris, visit our latest post at Paris By Two.

Enjoy your weekend. May it be filled with special moments.

with love,


p.s. I’ll be back Sunday with the first of my July giveaways. I can hardly wait to show you!

Sighing at Versailles, Part I

palace of Versailles

A few weeks have passed since my visit to the Palace of Versailles. And now finally a chance review the thousand or so images I took there and begin to fully appreciate, in retrospect, its outrageous and over-the-top splendor (more so than I could whilst in my blistered, footsore, sunburnt, heat-exhausted and general jet-lagged state during said visit).

I had chosen my day carefully, based on weather and expected (smaller) crowd volume. Arriving by an early train from the Musée d’Orsay station in Paris, I began the short walk towards the Palace. The sky was a brilliant, piercing blue (the above photos not enhanced in any way), creating a vibrant backdrop for the gilded Palace as I rounded the corner and it came into view. So brilliant, in fact, that I was actually forced to put my sunglasses on against the golden glare of the entry gate and parapets.

The Sun King would have approved.

The images in this post are all from the main Palace, primarily the State Apartments.The workmanship is exquisite, as can be seen in the detail of the tapestry above Marie Antoinette’s bed. Not printed fabric but painstakingly-crafted, hand-embroidered cloth. I hope you can see the stitches in the close up shots. I didn’t see it myself at the time, due to the distance visitors are required to maintain, but I shot it with a long lens with a high megapixel count camera and during processing was surprised to see the detail suddenly appear.

The famous Hall of Mirrors is staggering. I photographed it from many angles with every single lens I own. After awhile, I figured out the best angle to catch the light though the chandeliers and make little rainbows in the crystals.

Thought I’ve gotten quite a few requests, I haven’t had much time to create fine art print listings for the Versailles series yet but I did get a few images and a little postcard set in my shop here.

And finally, MANY thanks for all your positive feedback and support through the blog move! I really am so fortunate to have such lovely friends and you are each much appreciated.

Have a new week filled with beauty and joy!


– g


Welcome to my blog’s new home! I hope you all have had a smooth journey here and that you enjoy looking around the new format and content.

To celebrate, I’ve brought you some peonies from Paris! Now, it may sound wildly romantic to say that I went to Paris just to photograph the peonies but there is a bit of truth in that statement. When I was hired for an assignment in Europe, I scheduled a stay in Paris as close to peony season as possible. And happened to have lovely weather.

The always-beautiful Paris flower markets and shops were beyond bursting with peonies, roses, Lisianthus and more. This particular “shop” in Saint Germain was really little more than an open door to a closet-sized room overflowing with buckets of blooms that spilled out to cover every inch of the sidewalk outside – all exquisitely presented and arranged. Purchasing a huge bouquet for the apartment, I was granted free rein to photograph it all.

So, for you, armloads of pivoines. Just imagine the fragrance!

Thank you for being here, dear friends.

xo – g

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