A Romance with the Rose

Hello, my friends! I’ve brought you a bouquet of the pink rose “Else” for your Valentine’s Day weekend. (In fact, I photographed these nearly a year ago but realized this was a fitting time for their overdue debut.)
Romantic bits and pieces for some new mood boards to accompany them, including a vintage postcard purchased from the Paris flea market last year.
Although I shot these well before the France trips, the feathers add a bit of Belle Epoque flavor. I must already have been dreaming of Paris.

Roses will probably always be my favorite subject to photograph, in a studio still life or in a fragrant garden. (My current Lightroom catalogue tells me I have over 12,000 images tagged with “rose”, and that only represents the ones I’ve had time to keyword.)

This week, I wish you joy and abundant roses. Valentine’s Day is not just for sweethearts – surprise someone deserving with a gorgeous bouquet, especially yourself.

And thank you very much to everyone who has signed up for the newsletter mailing list. I look forward to getting the first one out to you soon! In case you missed the link, here it is.

(A few other rose posts you might have missed here, here, here and here)

with love,

– g

Dear February

Abellophyllum distichum, White forsythia, blooming in late February, 2008
Dear February,

You are most welcome here

with your lengthening light
and the first faint flutterings 
of bird song through bare branches

a gentle stir of nature 
beneath still frosted earth,
tiny growth inviting second glances

Swiftest of all, you remind us
the year travels on,
while you beguile with love and sweet romances

Dear February,

You are most welcome here

I know you bring great adventures
• • • •

Dear friends,

Winter seems to have tightened its grip on many of you this week. Stay safe and warm, please.

Some links for your weekend:

• Occasionally I’m asked to do a book review so I thought I’d start a separate page for those. I’d love it if you take a peek at the first one, which is on Jacqueline deMontravel’s newest book Hers. I was honored to be asked – as many of you may know, Ms. deMontravel is the Editor of Romantic Homes magazine and a great inspiration to all of us who love beautiful imagery. (You can also reach this page through the link on the sidebar.)

• I’m gearing up to start sending out a newsletter in which I plan to announce specials, some tips and tricks, new releases and more. It would be so much fun to have you be part of it! You can sign up here, or click the link in the sidebar.

• And lastly, for a sometimes classic and sometimes humorous look at Parisian statuary, there is a new post up at Paris by Two.

Sunshine and warm temps this weekend in Seattle, so a walk around Green Lake and a bit of gardening have been added to the agenda. What do you have planned? Hope it’s wonderful.

with love,

– g

Le Manoir

For a few days last June, we stayed at Le Manoir de Hérouville, a French country B&B; in the Calvados region of Normandy. Above, the last stretch of the long drive ends at the 18th century manor house. Below, looking back down the drive from the upper floors. I will let the photos tell most of the story this time.
Lavender and roses at Le Pigeonnier, a restored dovecot on the property which is also guest accommodation:
The main staircase inside the manor; a garden shed:Orchids on one of the landings, and Le Pigeonnier:
Vintage art on the stairwell:
A collection of sailing paintings on the stairwell; roses on a stable building:
The top floor bedrooms of the Manoir (we stayed in the one on the left).
Sunrise through the skylight window. I did indeed record the birds but don’t have them edited yet to play here.
The view from the bathroom window:
The lake, roses and ducks:
The pond, filled with calla lilies and frogs:
Thank you so much for visiting! So much more to share, plus some exciting news and plans that I hope to have your opinion on.

Wishing you each a week with a bit of French flair!

with love,

– g

Le Manoir de Hérouville, Litteau, Calvados, Normandy, France

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