Singular Beauties

Singular means only one but can also mean exceptional; extraordinary; remarkable.

As we cross the metaphorical bridge into the second half of the year, I find singular an apt word to use as a springboard for appreciating the unique beauties and blessings, tangible and intangible, that have graced the days thus far.

These favorite flowers – roses, ranunculus, peonies – and their ephemeral, wondrous petals, simple and delicate, might represent the smaller and possibly less noticed joys that grow and unfold throughout the season’s passing. I feel fortunate to capture and hold in some fashion their transcendent beauty, preserved for future examination and delight. And gathered all together, they create a magical, fantasy bouquet of dreams.

We all have such beauties blooming in our lives – simple pleasures that make the journey worthwhile. May we celebrate them!

Happy weekend, my friends.

with love,

– g

Parisian Hideaways – A Giveaway

We all need a little getaway sometimes, don’t we? As I’ve shared so much of my trips to Paris here, I’m taking it a bit further and  hosting a giveaway of this marvelous book.

If you’d like to enter the giveaway, just leave me a comment sharing what you feel is most magical about Paris.

For an additional entry, you can sign up for my mailing list.

(If you enter by leaving a comment and are already on my mailing list, you automatically are entered twice. Simple!)

Winner will be chosen at random and announced next week.

Love and have a wonderful new week!

– g

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!

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