A 50-Something Birthday Blog - And Lavender Fields

June 19, 2020  •  1 Comment

Yesterday was My Birthday...

What is it about birthdays anyway? Especially birthdays after 50? Yesterday, mine was number 57 to be exact.

Yikes! How did this happen??? (And why did I just tell the whole world my age?)

I've always prided myself in thinking young. Doesn't hurt that I spend every weekend photographing 13-year olds dancing their faces off at Bar & Bat Mitzvah parties! I know all the current music, dances, and yes, I even like hip-hop!

But this year, all that has changed. I haven't photographed a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in almost 4 months. And I miss it terribly!

I also haven't traveled anywhere since my photo assignment in Africa last December. And I miss that terribly too!

These are my passions - my therapy. And with all the uncertainty in the world, my "photo therapy" is on hold!

 

#57 Isn't all Gloom and Doom. Quite the Opposite!

Plateau-of-Valensole-Lavender-FieldPlateau-of-Valensole-Lavender-FieldBreathtaking landscape photo of an endless lavender field at the Plateau of Valensole in Provence, France featuring a typical provencal stone building. Taken at sunrise while teaching a photography workshop.

Yesterday, I decided to take another look through all of my travel pictures and start working on adding a Fine Art section to my website. That's when I realized I never wrote a Blog about the incredible photography workshop I led in Provence!

With so much going on in our world at the moment, seems trivial to even talk about travel. But for many, travel is like therapy.

  • It takes you out of your day-to-day routine.
  • It broadens your view of the world, and the diversity of people in it.
  • And sometimes, it forces you WAY out of your comfort zone. 

 

Maybe if more of us traveled the world, we would have greater tolerance for our differences, and more empathy for injustices against those who are different from ourselves.

 

SOOOO... Here is your photo therapy for the day - Part I of the Provence Blog.

 

The Lavender Fields of Provence

Plateau de Valensole

Woke up at 4:30am to drive to this famous spot before sunrise. SO worth it! My clothes smelled like lavender for weeks. Oh, how I miss that smell!

Diagonal-Lavender-Field-Scenic-ProvenceDiagonal-Lavender-Field-Scenic-ProvenceFrench countryside with lavender field at the Plateau of Valensole, Provence, France. Diagonal leading lines in the field take you to a typical provencal stone building. Photo shot at sunrise while teaching a photography workshop.

 

Abbaye de Senanque - Our First Day, and Our First Lavender Sighting!

Abbaye-de-Senanque-ProvenceAbbaye-de-Senanque-ProvenceAbbaye de Senanque with a small field of lavender. First lavender sighting while teaching a photography workshop in Provence, France.

Abbaye-de-Senanque-Provence-LavenderAbbaye-de-Senanque-Provence-LavenderA portion of Abbaye de Senanque with lavender field in foreground. This provencal landmark is a beautiful stone structure surrounded by lavender fields. Taken while teaching a travel photography workshop in Provence, France.

Busy Bees

Bee-Pollinating-Lavender-ProvenceBee-Pollinating-Lavender-ProvenceClose-up shot of a bee pollinating lavender flowers. Shot while teaching a photography workshop in Provence, France at the Abbaye de Senanque.

Another Beautiful Lavender Field -  Love the Trees!

Lavender-Field-with-TreesLavender-Field-with-TreesScenic lavender field with lone tree in foreground and forest in background. Taken in Provence, France while teaching a travel photography workshop.

Lavender-Field-of-ProvenceLavender-Field-of-ProvenceLow angle depth of field landscape photo of a beautiful lavender field in Provence, France. Taken while teaching a photography workshop. Lavender-Field-Detail-in-ProvenceLavender-Field-Detail-in-ProvenceA close-up detail shot of a purple lavender flowers taken in Provence, France while teaching a photography workshop.

 

Provencal Market Day in Bonnieux

Bunches-of-Lavender-at-Provence-MarketBunches-of-Lavender-at-Provence-MarketThe scent of freshly harvested lavender fills the air at an outdoor market in Provence, France.

Lavender Field at Dusk

Lavender-Field-at-Dusk-ProvenceLavender-Field-at-Dusk-ProvenceLavender fields in Provence turn a deep purple color at dusk as the sun sets. Taken while teaching a photography workshop.

 

I sincerely hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I enjoyed creating them. Someday we will all be able to travel to our dream destinations once again. I will be SO ready! How about you?

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Diana Ruddick(non-registered)
These are lovely images, Cheryl -- and one of my favorite places on the planet! I miss traveling too!
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