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Monet's Gardens in Giverny, A Feast for the Eyes...

 Invitation to Monet's Gardens

Invitation to Monet's Gardens

When I arrived in Monet's Gardens in Giverny, this is one of the first sights that beckoned to me.  I was amazed by all the vivid colors and textures in the gardens, clearly so intentionally planted.  Ever since I was a small child, I have been fascinated by color and in fact that is one of the things I most frequently modify in my photographs to ensure that the images I create come close to my emotional and actual experience of being in nature.  Different brands of cameras actually have casts that affect the rendering of color in photographs and cameras are much more limited in capturing light and subtleties of color. Another thing that has captivated me all my life is texture.  Monet clearly felt the same way.  Although the photographs below do not possess the genius of Monet's work, they do capture a sense of what no doubt influenced him in these very special gardens. Enjoy this feast for the eyes...

 Magenta Dahlias

Magenta Dahlias

 Magenta Blue and Lavendar

Magenta Blue and Lavendar

 Monet's Lily Pond

Monet's Lily Pond

 Bamboo Zen

Bamboo Zen

 Bee Feeding on a Flower

Bee Feeding on a Flower

 Bower of Roses

Bower of Roses

 Garden of Flame

Garden of Flame

 Gardens with Trellis

Gardens with Trellis

Giverny Gardens
 Heart of Passion

Heart of Passion

 Impressionistic Poppy

Impressionistic Poppy

 Beneath the Japanese Maple

Beneath the Japanese Maple

Lilies and Japanese Maples
 Orange Lily and Stalks

Orange Lily and Stalks

 Lily Pond Through the Willows

Lily Pond Through the Willows

 Looking Towards Monet's House

Looking Towards Monet's House

 Magenta and Green

Magenta and Green

 Magenta Orange and Green

Magenta Orange and Green

Monet's Boat by the Bamboo
 Monet's Roses

Monet's Roses

Pathway Through the Gardens
 Pink Lillies

Pink Lillies

 Pond Reflections

Pond Reflections

 Red Poppies

Red Poppies

 Purple and Pink

Purple and Pink

 Purple Flowers Framed by a Willow Tree   

Purple Flowers Framed by a Willow Tree

 

 Receding Layers of Flowers

Receding Layers of Flowers

 Rose Trellis in Monet's Gardens

Rose Trellis in Monet's Gardens

 Tapestry in Orange

Tapestry in Orange

 Tapestry of Colors

Tapestry of Colors

 Water Lilies Through the Willows

Water Lilies Through the Willows

 White Beauty

White Beauty

 Yellow Columbines

Yellow Columbines

 Field of Poppies in Giverny

Field of Poppies in Giverny

These are just some of the colorful and tactilely inviting vistas I was blessed to witness on my recent trip to Giverny.  As I process more images, I will post them.  My dream is to go spend a week or a month there, taking in all these sights and expanding my sense of color and texture in both my photography and my painting.  No wonder this place was such a source of inspiration for both Monet and Joan Mitchell.