Taking advantage of a brief lull in my European travels for a quick update and to share a styled shoot I recently did. Most often, I am lucky with the weather wherever I go. On the rare day that I am “rained out”, my usual activity is to stock up on beautiful props and do some indoor still life photographs. A week or so ago, thunderstorms across western Europe prompted photos of summer-colored macarons from Laduree complimented by the pink and green roses D gave me for our anniversary. I hope you enjoy them and that they don’t leave you craving too many sweets.
My journeys are wrapping up soon and I have some incredible adventures to share in the coming months. For example, just yesterday D and I spent the day at the largest rose garden in Europe, a few minutes south of Brussels, and I really don’t have words to express its beauty. But I do have quite a few photos of the more than 30,000 (!) rose bushes and you’ll see them in the next post.
Thank you for your continued visits and comments. They mean so much when I’m far from home. Hoping you are well and looking forward to catching up very soon.
Hello, dear friends!
I’m back on the road after a couple of quick weeks at home for priorly scheduled seasonal projects and to tend my sweet garden. Honestly I’ve lost track of how many planes, trains, trams, taxis, boats, buses, automobiles, metros, tubes and other forms of transport I’ve been on over the last several months! No complaints at all but it does make keeping up with blog posts and visits tricky, especially frustrating when I have so many fun adventures to share with you. Ah, well, we’ll have all summer for that.
I couldn’t let peony season go by without a celebratory post of these images. Last year I was very fortunate to make several visits to North Field Farm near the Canadian border, owned by the amazing Geraldine, introduced to me by my great pal Erin at Floret Flower Farm. Geraldine’s passion, knowledge and generosity made each trip a delight (not to mention the buckets of peonies she lavished upon me to photograph in my studio).
Part of my delay in posting has to do simply with my own dithering as to what you might like to see – more travel or more florals? And I’d also love any recommendations you might have for destinations in northern France, Holland or Belgium, particularly photogenic villages and of course, flower markets!
Thank you for visiting and much love from me.
Hello, dear friends,
Thank you so much for your comments on my last post. As promised, here are as many photos of springtime pink in Paris as I could gather up to share with you! When I arrived at the beginning of the month, the Kwanzan cherry trees at Notre Dame were at their peak (the Kwanzans are among the last cherries to bloom each spring). I won’t say there are trees like this all over Paris so it helps to know where to go. The cluster along the side of Notre Dame is very popular and I got up awfully early to photograph them without lots of visitors. We stayed on Ile Saint Louis which is just a short stroll away.
Alas, the blossoms are faded now but lilacs and even early roses are taking their place. Europe has had such a warm and early spring, the blooms seem to come and go nearly overnight.
I’ve posted some Paris videos on my Instagram account, too. And if you’ve been following along there, you’ll know my sister and I had some wonderful weekend adventures in Amsterdam and Keukenhof Gardens, which I will share here soon. She’s rekindled her love of photography and captured many exceptional images herself.
But yesterday I left Paris for a bit to spend the weekend in another marvelous city, actually my favorite of all, to celebrate D’s birthday. We’ve been traveling in different directions for months so are looking forward to a little getaway together.
I hope these images bring you some happy moments. I’m posting rather on the fly these days and with sometimes unreliable internet from trains and so forth, but I do appreciate your visits and comments. Please forgive me taking a long time to reply to you. Until then, more photos will be coming!
Wishing you a joyful weekend.