The Jardin des Plantes; the Floral Garden, Nantes France

creative plant sculpture at the Jardin de PLante, Nantes France

creative plant sculpture at the Jardin de PLante, Nantes France 

We have been wandering around Nantes for a couple of days now. Nantes tourism has developed a map and route, follow the green line through the heart of the town and see all there is to see on the “Voyage of Nantes” trail.  Along the trail we found the “Jardin des PLants” simply translated to English “the Floral Garden.” Set in 7 hectares of town centre, over 50,000 flowers are planted each season, and over 10,000 species live in under 800 m2 of greenhouse space. Given the growing sculptures, winding pathways, pools, ponds, bridges, children’s playground  and potted plants set among the flower beds, we can see why this garden is ranked top 4 gardens in France.

I hope you enjoy the gallery of image below, just a small sample of the photos taken during our visit.

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the Jardin de Plantes; the floral garden in Nantes France the Jardin de Plantes; the floral garden in Nantes France

Fuchsia Flowers: Llanes Spain

Double exposure; Fuchsia Flowers:  copyright jmeyersforeman

Double exposure; Fuchsia Flowers: copyright jmeyersforeman 

We were wondering the streets of LLanes Spain, a little seaside town along the north coast in the province of Asturias. The northern route of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela runs through the town, and each day we would see several pilgrims as they passed through town. Llanes is a resort town, and a wide range of accommodation is available as well as restaurants and cafe’s serving daily menu.

There are remnants of 800 year old city walls, unfortunately the tower is now closed, there is a small harbour and along the port you can see the Cubos de la Memoria, however the main attraction is the beaches, within walking distance of the centre of town. It was on the walk home, late one afternoon that I found this large, rather overgrown fuchsia shrub, with the beautiful red and magenta flowers starting to bloom.

Not satisfied with the photos I was getting of the flowers I tried zooming several exposures to get the streaks of light. After merging the two images together I was able to achieve the affect I was looking for, that of the flowers gently blowing in the breeze. Intentional camera movement has been around for as long as I remember it, but digital cameras and the use of photoshop have given me the tools to better achieve the pre-visualized results.

We have moved onto Leon Spain, and we are enjoying our wedding anniversary amidst one of the many great festivals of Leon. We should have photos soon.

Field of Poppies and Sunshine

field of poppies and sunshine

field of poppies and sunshine

The Poppies are lining the roads and ditches, here in Spain, blowing gently in the breeze, and providing beautiful bright colour that contrasts with the grass.

I used a couple of different steps in Photoshop first to emphasize the green and “hairy” stems of the poppy, another to keep the warm sunshine that was filtered through the grass, and yet another to enhance both the colour and delicate nature of the poppies that were gently dancing with the breeze.

 

Calla Lilies in Merida Spain

Calla Lily

Just outside the Visgoth Museum is Merida Spain was a lovely garden, and the Calla Lilies were blooming, the garden was lovely. I wanted to share them with you. The Visigoths spread over much of the western Roman Empire in the fourth and fifth centuries, and the museum  owns a collection of more than a thousand pieces of Visigothic art and is one of two Visigothic museums in Spain. It is a must see for anyone travelling to Merida Spain. We have been walking up the Via la Plata on our way to Caceres, the scenery is beautiful, but it cannot beat the lovely Calla Lilies. I hope you enjoy your Sunday.

More beautiful flower images are available for viewing and purchasing at my gallery.

Almaden de la Plata to Monesterio, Spain; Via la Plata Day 6

Leaving Alamaden de la Plata

Leaving Alamaden de la Plata 

The walk the last couple of days has been very pleasant; we walked through pastures, farmland, and part of the Sierra Norte de Seville, a nature reserve that protects more thank 177,00 hectares. We have walked past farms, and seen sheep, pigs, goats, cows, horses,  and of course plenty of farm dogs. We walked groves of olive, orange and apple trees, as well as oak and cork trees. The spring flowers are blanketing the meadows, growing along the ditches, and beside the lanes. While we have also spent a little time walking on dirt roads, and highways, the last two days has been very pleasant. We have also seen a couple of old castles, one in El Real de la Jara that are being restored, the one pictured below is about a 10 minute walk along the Via la Plata from El Real de la Jara, and has been left to the storks….

via la plata, leaving El Real de Jara, Spain

via la plata, leaving El Real de Jara, Spain 

resting in the shade

resting in the shade 

baby goat

  baby goat  

daisies

daisies 

wild lavender

wild lavender 

Castle Towers near El Real de la Jara, Spain

Castle Towers near El Real de la Jara, Spain 

The towns have been small and quiet, and we are finding our way.  We have only met 3 – 4  pilgrims, and seen a few more on the road from time to time, but very few in comparison to the Camino Francis, the most well known of the Camino routes.  I remember the Camino Francis and walking out-of-town each morning we would see a line of pilgrims in front of us and behind us. While on the Via la Plata we can walk all day and not see anyone, except the occasional passing vehicle, or farmer driving a tractor, so the walk is much quieter. I realized on this walk, just how much we relied on other pilgrims to interpret for us, as we speak little or no Spanish. In fact to say we speak a little Spanish would be an exaggeration, but we have been able to get by, with the help and patience of some friendly people; sign language, the occasional passer-by that speaks a little English, and by using goggle translate when we have wi-fi.

Overall spring is a beautiful time in Spain and we are enjoying the Via la Plata….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York City Flower District

New York City Flower District

New York City Flower District 

The New York City flower district, between 26 and 29 st. and jut of 6 Ave. a large concentration of both wholesale and retail florists. The flowers, trees, accessories can be found lining both sides of the sidewalk creating this little path.

One of the small districts that isn’t featured in many of the travel books, and just a small taste of some of the different things you will see when walking the streets of New York City.

Happy Friday; beautiful pink tulips to start the weekend off with.

spring pink tulips

spring pink tulips

“The only way to find the limits of the possible is by going beyond them to the impossible.”
-Arthur C. Clark
Arthur C. Clark wanted to inspire us; don’t set goals for what you think you can achieve, set goals for the impossible, dream big.
I picked up the quote on the Truly Twisted Marketing blog. I just recently started reading recently.
We are kicking off the weekend, and we will have two days to do what we want to do, what blissfully wonderful things are you going to be doing? Not sure, take a few moments, gaze at the beautiful pink tulips and dream.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
 

Farmer’s Market; posies for a friend

Posies for you

Posies for you

“The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers but for the wide world’s joy”  Henry Ward Beecher

The florist at the Calgary Farmer’s Market has beautiful flowers and arrangements. We were there on Sunday, the very rainy Sunday. Today Environment Canada has let us know the sun is going to shine what a wonderful change. With a little sunshine the plants and flowers should be popping out of the ground and blooming, we won’t have to go to the florist to enjoy the flowers.

I hope you have a great day.

 

Dixieland Hibiscus Flower and Paul Cezanne

Dixieland Hibiscus Flower

Dixieland Hibiscus Flower 

One of the books I look at regularly “A year in Art” published by Prestel, it has a picture and quote for each day of the year  from a famous artist. I have had the book for a couple of years now, but because I don’t get an opportunity to look at it everyday there are images and quotes I haven’t read seen, or maybe don’t remember reading.

Today the image and quote is from Paul Cezanne “I could paint for a hundred years, and a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing”

I could pick up my camera everyday, each day the world is revealed to me in a new way. Each day the light changes and everything I thought I saw yesterday is different, I could send everyday for a thousand years and still be inspired to pick up my camera and wander the world.  My camera reminds me to see.

Have you walked by something a dozen times before you noticed it?

Happy Friday: A gift of flowers

the gift of flowers

the gift of flowers 

“sometimes,”
said pooh,
“the smallest things
take up
the
most room
in your
heart.”

a.a.milne

A neighbour and friend dropped of flowers recently, it was lovely, and I thought I would share them with you.

Happy Friday