We often travel the same roads, over and over, following the familiar route until we can literally make the trip in our sleep. I remember doing just that more than a few times, arriving at home and barely recalling the details of the journey. Now that I am in a new country, with new roads to explore, I am making a concerted effort to literally take the road less traveled.
Today I went out to shoot some time-lapse at a location I found a few days ago while out with the family. It was a nice view looking over the valley and I was pretty happy with the images. The light was fading, and a bit of rain began to fall, so I packed up my camera bag and headed off to pick the kids up from school.
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On the way, a small side-road caught my eye. The road headed towards the west, and I was running a bit early, so I thought I would check it out and maybe find someplace interesting to take a couple of shots before the light was gone.
Driving up the narrow road I passed a lovely farmhouse, rounded a bend and came across a huge abbey. Photographing the abbey was more of a project than I was prepared to tackle, so I continued up the road to find a place to turn the car around.
Which is when I came upon the most magical vista, bathed in golden light. I jumped out of the car and had time to shoot about half a dozen shots before the sun dipped behind the hills and the light was gone.
At the risk of stating a rather obvious metaphor, experiences like these remind me to always be open to taking the unexplored road. Sometimes there is a brief window of opportunity, that if missed is gone forever.
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Last night, a thunder and lightning storm cracked and rumbled throughout most of the night, knocking out power to the house in the wee hours of the morning. The rain came down with the intensity of machine-gun fire, scaring our sleeping dog out of his crate and into our bedroom.
According to the neighbors, ce ne pas normal for this time of year.
We woke to un matin brumeux tranquille, reset the circuit breaker, and fired up the espresso maker for a hot café au lait. After un petit déjeuner, my son and I ventured out to la boulangerie for our daily bread, stopping to snap a few photos of the wet and foggy countryside along the way.
While the warm days and blue skies of l'été may be over, these cooler days of le vent, la pluie et le brouillard are no less belle.
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ce ne pas normal = this is not normal
un matin brumeux tranquille = a tranquil foggy morning
café au lait = coffee with milk
un petit déjeuner = breakfast
la boulangerie = the bakery
l'été = the summer
le vent, la pluie et le brouillard = the wind, the rain and the fog
belle = beautiful
One of the first memories I have of Provence is taking our daughter Paige on the beautiful "Belle Époque" carousel in Avignon when she was just a little girl. The carousel is in the city center, just a few steps from the Place du Palais.
The era known as la belle époque started in 1871 and ran up until the First World War. It was a golden age of technology, art, literature, music and especially peace; a peace that was shattered by World War 1.
La Belle Époque brought us the design style known as art nouveau, the iconic work of artists such as Vincent van Gogh (who died in 1890, but whose paintings gained recognition afterwards), Henri Matisse, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, and the early work of a new young artist named Pablo Picasso.
And of course, perhaps that most famous of all French icons, La Tour Eiffel.
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Today, our local shepherd led his flock through the village to graze in an empty lot. There is always something interesting to discover at the foot of Mont Ventoux!
And here is a little video of our shepherd in action...
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