the sunflower garden

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A day trip to Maryland calls for sunflowers and wine tasting. We ventured to The Sunflower Garden in Westminster to frolic through the field and pick some fresh blooms. Oh, and a quick photoshoot to experiment with my 50mm lens. Then we headed to Linganore Winecellars for a tasting and downtown Frederick for dinner. The perfect weekend activity.

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monet’s garden in giverny

monet's garden - giverny

Cold without snow is the worst kind of cold. Naturally, I dream about summer day trips as I clutch my electric blanket and hover by my 3-wick candle. Last July, I ventured from Paris to Vernon on a day that was way too hot to be spent outside. But I did it anyway. And I would do anything to go back.

My friend Kristen and I took a train to Vernon then a bus to the village of Giverny (was that website made in 1995 or what??). The whole journey took about an hour, and it is very commercialized… Nearly everyone goes straight from the train to the coach bus. You have to pay for a train ticket, a bus ticket and a ticket to enter Monet’s house and garden. Total cost? About 40€. But I love Impressionism and thought it was one of those things you just have to do once in your life.

Although it was crowded (nothing like seeing the famous Japanese bridge overflowing with people), I loved wandering around the gardens. The water lillies are so beautiful. It was like seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time—you have an idea of what it will be like in real life, but actually seeing it before your eyes and being in its presence throws you into a state of bliss. Since I’m more of a photographer than a painter, I refrained from whipping out my paintbrush Monet-style and picked up my camera instead. Many of my images turned out to be wildly similar, but I couldn’t help it. It was a one-time visit, and I had to capture the moment. Why stop and smell the roses when you can stop and stare at the water lillies?

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