Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Softness of the Provençal Spring



My head is lolling towards the open window where my hand lies out-stretched, conducting the breeze.


There is a sense of sweetness - not scent nor taste - that coddles my skin.


And in the blooms we stop to gaze at, I see a promise.


Of growth, of continuation...where age falls off into l'oubli...


...Most certainly for the olive trees that had died of a frost bone deep in the ground so many years ago and yet they wave wildly as I pass, gleefully reborn.


I reach for my camera and idly snap, catching at nothing in particular but the essence of all.


Remi is driving next to me and I here him quietly chide me for being so casual in my photography. "It's not respectful," he tells me for the tenth time. A smile rises on my lips and I snap again, kissing the air.

Doesn't he know that I am in love with the softness of the Provençal spring?

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  1. Oui. The softness of the Provençal Spring is really something, judging by your beautiful photos. Thank you, Heather, as always, for a gorgeous glimpse of your area.

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    1. Isn't it gorgeous? This was up by the last mazet that we rented - on a drive near Roques sur Pernes.

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  2. Pure poetry....Remi should know by now...that you are the 'real thing' with your eye and camera...and your genuine love the Provence...you bring a smile to my face just gazing at the photos...
    Thank you

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    1. Merci for this gorgeous compliment. You are always so generous...

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  3. Ooh thank you, thank you for sharing this blissful moment.

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    1. I bet you have ones like that on your walks in the woods with Karina. :)

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    1. That particular promise was not fufilled but there will be another...

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  5. I'm very confused…I thought you were in the States????

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    1. I am! But I am posting photos from Provence that I prepared in advance for a bit while here. :)

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  6. Ha, I love your relaxed and intoxicated way of taking in spring and don't find it one bit disrespectful - sorry Remi. You've beautifully captured the sense of renewal that comes from appreciating the wonder of the season! XOXO

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    1. I love your particular use of "intoxicated" Jeanne - that is certainly what it feels like!
      Bisous.

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  7. GORGEOUS!THAT FIRST PHOTO just lead me there and let me BE!
    I do like REMI's words......."It's not respectful"I understand what he is saying BUT I understand YOU TOO which he would not get as we are foreigners.
    HOW IS MOM and SISTER and all who resides HERE??Are you having a WONDERFUL TIME?I would so LOVE to call you and say HELLO!I promise just to take five minutes of your time!I did a new POST today........THE SON cut his hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I know I know you adored his hair,but it was time!XOXOXO

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    1. He DID? Oh my, I have to run and see....!!!!

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  8. You've captured the essence, indeed! I love this post.

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    1. Always such a compliment coming from you Meredith. :) Scratchies to Orvis, please.

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  9. A beautiful post Heather. Spring is gorgeous in Provence. I am afraid that Remi would find me rather disrespectful too in the presence of such beauty.

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    1. Oh, he just gets on me for taking snaps out the window!! It is more about treating the act of photography with respect - something that is understandable coming from him. :)

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  10. Nature reveals itself in the flowers and trees and of course the breeze. Spring with its green and blooms.
    Wonderful.

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    1. It is interesting being here in Michigan where it is already the lushness of summer, so different...

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  11. I can almost smell the air of Provence in your words. Evocative photos just add to the pleasure.

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    1. Thank you Lorrie, I do appreciate that!

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  13. Beautiful blue skies...ah, how lovely...you had me a little confused travelling lady...until I read another comment ;)
    Happy Weekend xx

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