Listen to the music

Saturday, June 11, 2016

This should never end.



les dames d'abord



But it does.

And 

when this

 
les dames d'abord
withers into memory

I make my own

go here to hear how this is pronounced


with the help of friends. 


les dames d'abord


les dames d'abord


June has planted its petals

in the heart


les dames d'abord


that will bloom into

a July and August 

of 

childhood discovery

that never grows old


les dames d'abord




because




remains.


les dames d'abord




Thank you for being my model, Clara @Clarabelvintage
Thank you for being my friends in play Penny, Violet, The Dutchess, Irina, Clara, Vera, countless others who never stop searching.

82 comments:

Kim said...

Absolutely stunning, Anita. It's been so wonderful watching you develop your style, as you marry original photography and poetry. I am always awed by both! Enjoy the weekend, my friend and keep the lovely coming!! :) Kim

Mary Hone said...

Just beautiful!!! The flowers are amazing, I love peonies. And your model is stunning.

Dewena said...

Breathtaking, a favorite piece of music that I'd almost forgotten about, pictures of a summer nymph who makes us each recall the young girl we once were who woke up on June mornings wondering what glorious things might happen, and peonies, peonies!

Superb offering!

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Everything you touch...becomes BEAUTY...
I LOVE how you SEE!!!
xxxx oooo Linnie

Jade said...

Oh Anita, what a magical post, these pictures take my breath away! Such a gift to enjoy your wonderland..........it´s so amazing and your really a great artist..........love the to see the world with your eyes.......thank you so much!!!

With love, Jade

Red Rose Alley said...

Your pictures of Clara are just lovely, and I love the last one of her wading in the water. And your Peonies are so pretty. I wanted to plant some in my garden this year, but the nursery said it was a bit late this year cause they have already bloomed, so maybe next year. They look like sturdy flowers. Love the soft pink color as it starts to fade. June looks extraordinary around your neck of the woods.

Anita, I really appreciate how you write just a few short words to tell a story. Words are powerful, and you use them with thought and care. Now, I know how to add fairy dust on my pics, but you must tell me how you got the misty effect on the picture of Clara holding the flowers, it's beautiful. Enjoy your time off from school, and enjoy the summer. I really liked the nature video, as I appreciate nature so much. And that garden fairy picture is just so precious. It could be on a greeting card heheehehe Your post is filled with wonder, and it put a smile on my face this Saturday morning.

love, ~Sheri

Jeanie said...

Oh Anita, your photography just soars! And as Kim sid, you have had a marvelous evolution of style. Your model is like a springtime sprite and those gorgeous pink peonies knock my socks off! Kudos to you, dear Anita, for bringing a magical world into the reality of every day life. What a glorious escape you give us!

Red Rose Alley said...

by the way, your instagram pics are simply wonderful. :)

~Sheri

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Anita, Lovely and filled with charm. Your photos and words float off the page like fairy dust. Simply beautiful my friend. Keep the camera clicking away. I love it all. Blessings for a grand weekend. xo

Jennifer Beaudet said...

So beautiful! Your photos and words tell a beautiful story of June!

donna baker said...

Oh Anita, such dreamy photos. You've outdone yourself.

CiciBianca said...

Anita - beautiful as always...

Esme said...

what a lovely post. The peonies are so pretty.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita,
Your words and beautiful photography fill my heart with joy! The last photo with Clara is my favorite.
Bisous!

Cynthia said...

Beautiful images, Anita! I love the peonies, and the model shots are gorgeous!

Bring Pretty Back said...

Anita! PRETTY!!! PRETTY!!!!
Thank you!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Christie Jones Ray said...

Sophia heard the familiar music…she ran to me to take in the magic. Anita, dearest, you have taken my breath, once again, with your stunningly enchanting images paired with your poetry…
Have a wonderful weekend, my beautiful friend. xoxo

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Beautiful photos Anita! Gosh that Clara lights up the photo I hope she will always be a willing model. I agree about the Peonies, fleeting beauty to linger in the minds memories just like my beloved Cherry Blossoms a beauty of profusiom for too short an amount of time. Thanks for the magical transportation into fantasy today.
xoxo,
Vera

Taste of France said...

I don't know which I like better: the lyrics or the dreams.

Cathy Hickman said...

Anita, Thank you for sharing such loveliness....many of us are broken in spirit & need the spiritual refreshment you share.Bless you many times over. ♥ ~ Cathy

Barbara Fisher said...


This is just fabulous Anita, your words and your photographs overwhelm me. To say this post is beautiful is not enough, but I can’t think of a better word, although magnificent comes close.
Have a blessed weekend dear friend.

Rhonda said...

Soulfully stunning, as only you, sweet Anita, can do! There isn't any other blog that is this gorgeous! Well done, my lady, well done.

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

This just took my breath away. Your photography! The styling!! That model as muse - stunning!!! Thanks for sharing your gift with us. Cheers, L

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Plus the luscious peonies!!! Divine!

Createology said...

So eloquently and yet simply said. Summer is my favorite season of all. Breathtaking Dear...Thank You.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Absolutely gorgeous Anita. You have outdone yourself once again. The pictures are so magical and gorgeous. The peonies are so lovely. Thank you Anita for sharing your amazing talent. xo

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita, Yes, I have a photoshop on my computer with the "clarity" setting also, but I seldom use it. Thank you for letting me know. Your picture is very nice.

Have a lovely Sunday, dear. :)

Junkchiccottage said...

Magical and beautiful my friend. Just love your pictures. Gorgeous.
Kris

Méa Strauß said...

My dear Anita, it is, like the Peonie-flowers opened up, an these magical picture were floating out like gold dust.
Heavenly.
A big HUG from your friend Méa

Our French Oasis said...

Absolutely beautiful, my favourite part, "a childhood discovery that never grows old" - a great reminder that every day is a discovery, every day is a day to be appreciated. Have a lovely Sunday

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

As always, a stunning way to start my day - with exquisite photos and evocative words. You always strum a chord within me, Anita!

speedyrabbit said...

Bravo Anita!you take the most amazing photos,simply Beautiful,xx Rachel and Speedy

"Create Beauty" said...

F A B U L O U S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You have captured the gorgeous beauty of the divine in PEONIES! They are so luscious,
and I too am sad to see their season end. Beautiful styling and photos!!!!! And I've been waiting
to see these images of Clara in the POND!!!!!! Oh my YES! I love it!

Makes my heart dance for JOY!!!!!

~ Violet

La Contessa said...

YOU are HAVING FUN!HOW cold was that water??
Happy to see YOU back in ACTION!!!!!
XO

Cynthia Kohart said...

Absolutely fabulous!

It's me said...

Wowwww wowwww wowwwwwww Anita !!!....you make beautiful pictures ....love your style.....so exciting.....so pure......so wonderful.......love you my friend.....enjoy summer hollidays.........love love love Ria x ❤️❤️❤️

Art and Sand said...

wonderful words ... fabulous photos ... sensational subjects ... fabulous flowers

Thanks for sharing your beauty with us!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this!!!!! So happy to get this in my email inbox today and I shared it with a friend in the UK. I know she will love it too!
Hugs!

VM Creation Atelier said...

Anita,
Your photography is a magical!.....
And the model in the water in a wedding dress.... Oh my!!!
Beyound beautiful!!!

Troebadoer said...

Chère Anita,


“ Again a hauntingly beautiful and first-class creation.”

Atteindre mais surtout garder le même niveau éminent, ne me semble pas évident, mais toi, tu y réussis brillamment.
Puis-je te féliciter et te souhaiter un été plein de magie et d’extase...


And it seems as if the summer sings
It sounds like a magical melody
a sweet coral of eternal being
a moment of pure ecstasy
perfect harmony
complete unity…


https://youtu.be/vjncyiuwwXQ

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Dearest One!
The beauty and magic which you have captured overflows with such vibrancy and at the same time gentleness. I so enjoy your artistic disposition of combining both!
The hues, tones, colors and poses. Each photo is striking and you have taken by breath away!
Much love to you!
Jemma

Laura Beth said...

Stunning photos! Just lovely.

vintageandart said...

Beautiful photography Anita your peonies are stunning, now captured to be enjoyed forever...l love the ethereal, dreamlike quality of your fashion photos.

Karen said...

Anita,
Your peonies are breathtaking. June is the gentle introduction to summer,so while the best of spring flowers will fade, I look to the season to come with acceptance. Longing for cooler days of fall seems to always be my routine. :-)
Beautiful photography!
xo,
Karen

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Mon cher Troebadoer, comme toujours, vos paroles m'inspirent à continuer et suivre mes passions de communiquer un autre monde, un monde qui existe dans mon coeur. Merci mille fois pour le lien à YOUTUBE, je vais le regarder maintenant! Anita

The enchanted home said...

Wow those pictures drew me right in as did the music.....I love seeing the world through your eyes and wish that more of the world could see the beauty that you do and are always inspired by. Just beautiful!
Does this mean you are back to blogging? Hope so!

Down by the sea said...

Dear Anita, It is so good to see one of your special posts again with fantastic images and lovely music, how I have missed them! You are so right it is a perfect day generated by nature. Sarah x

The Dutchess said...

I am now sitting in a little room in a lovely hotel at the Douro..summer is just outside my window..but seeing this its also in my heart...xoxo

love
T.D

The Dutchess said...

I am now sitting in a little room in a lovely hotel at the Douro..summer is just outside my window..but seeing this its also in my heart...xoxo

love
T.D

Lowcarb team member said...

I just love peonies, and yours look wonderful ...

As always a marvelous post, which I have so much enjoyed reading and looking at.

May your week ahead, and the remainder of June be good for you.

All the best Jan

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita how beautiful! Those Paeonies are just lovely.....so soft and pink and pretty! Your Model is gorgeous.....love how she is in the water playing about and feeling it all! Something about your posts just makes the imagination take flight!

Robyn said...

Anita! I just saw this in my mailbox so couldn't run out the door until I experienced your latest adventure. I love that you are going new places with your photography and bringing such amazing beauty for us to savour. There is no end to your talent, my friend, and your writing makes my heart sing. Thank you, thank you for adding your unique creativity to our lives. Love to you. xoxo

Linda said...

Absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for sharing these lovely photos, you have made my day!

Stephanie said...

Dearest Anita, you always take me away to a world of peace and beauty. You capture God's creation in such an enchanting way - thank you for sharing with us. Your photography gets only better and you make me feel as though I am right there beside you.

Love to you, my friend!

vicki archer said...

Love, love love Anita... Your photographs get better and better every time and the detail and light is amazing... So beautiful.
I need to get my camera back out and into action... :) xxv

rosa said...

j'ai adoré ces belles fleurs et les images de la mademoiselle sont super belles aussi, tes photos sont de plus en plus belles. merci !!!
Bonne soirée ma gentille Anita
gros bisous
Rosa

Kasztanowy Domek said...

Lovely photos!!! Greetings!:))

xxBasia

Madelief said...

Your post looks like a fairytale Anita, like a dream with those delicate peonies and sweet friend. Beautiful words and photo's like always. You never disappoint. Thank you for pulling me into it so that I can be part of it, if only for a few seconds.

Have a lovely day!

Madelief x

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Anita, I am always elated when I see a post of yours! The words, and photos always make me happy! Your photos are magical my friend!

Marcia said...

So fun. Thank you for sharing this fairy tale, ladies. Timely beauty.
Do bring us along for more.
And thank you for stopping by and joining the breakfast club, dearest Anita. One day we'll know all the answers and we'll be seated at a banquet table too. :)
xoxo

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Anita, you're a French teacher -- that explains it! So glad to find your beautiful blog. It's a place to step away for a mini vacation in the middle of a busy day. Outstanding images. Aaahh

Dear Girl Wallflower said...

so beautiful, the flowers, the lines and your photos are enchanting!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Your photos, your poetry and the music are all so ethereal - thank you for sharing your beautiful view of the world with us. xoxo

handmade by amalia said...

Oh, Anita, this is lovely! The words, the images, just lovely. I was just thinking, while reading your post, that I do associate summer with childhood, more than any other season.
Amalia
xo

Kasztanowy Domek said...

Very very beautiful!!! :)

xxBasia
http://kasztanowydomek.blogspot.co.uk/

Marijke said...

What a beautiful photo's! Ooo that pink flowers I can almost touch and smell them!
fijne dag,
groetjes van Marijke

dreamson34thstreet.com said...

It's always a "pays des merveilles" here, dearest Anita!
Juin est arrivé ! Sortie de l’école !
Your words and images take me back in time when I channeled my inner flower child. As a teen in the late 60's, I could walk a mile in my bare feet from my house to the shore of Puget Sound with my girl friends. We would paint little flowers on the top of our cheek bones with our Yardley face paints. As I look back, it was a wonderland!
Happy June, Anita!
w/L

Sarah said...

What incredible beauty! Your peonies are some of the loveliest I've seen. We have to buy them fresh cut here, so every time I see these growing in abundance across Blogland I've a twinge of envy. Enjoy your summer, Anita.

411 Chalet said...

J'aime vraiment Chalet au Québec avec plein de beauté naturelle

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Your pictures are truly magical!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Your artistic eye, beautiful heart and gentle spirit capture the magic and sweetness of life!
I am in awe and wonderment of the beauty that you share, my dear friend!
Much Love,
Jemma

Madelief said...

Dear Anita,

Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog. It makes me blush coming from you!

You don't need a photo class Anita! Your photo's look beautiful the way they are, but I know what you mean. You can always improve your skills. I wish you lived closer by so that I could join you and we could share information. That would be fun! Wishing you a good time. Looking forward to see some of your work!

Have a lovely week!

Madelief x

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Anita, stopping back by to view this lovely post again. It does not disappoint. Lovely and dreamy. Hope you are enjoying June and all the summer has to share. Blessings dear friend. xo

Jeri Landers said...

Anita, Those Peonies are sumptuous, there is no other word for Peonies! I planted a Peony garden this Spring, next year it should be luscious. Your lady of the lake is a beautiful model. It must be fun setting up the photo shoots .

Cranberry Morning said...

Anita! Those photos are just phenomenal!! The water surprised me and i just loved it! A good friend stopped in today and brought lemon, blueberry, and fresh lavender scones that we ate out on the porch. It was wonderful. Good friend are such a gift. I love this post... good friends, play, joy, praise, delight... as creation was meant to be.

La Petite Gallery said...

Once again, you made my morning coffee wonderful. I have always loved fairy tales, and associated
foxgloves with them because of my CHILDCRAFT BOOKS I was 10 when Daddy got them for me. My yard is full of them. My Peony's are on the dining room table and some falling apart. I have the Karl Rosenfield, Sarah Bernhardt and white Peony's. This is so you, beautiful music and post. yvonne

La Petite Gallery said...

Happy Fourth Anita. I have some beautiful Alien plant I have been watching and it bloomed today.
Independence day. Have been looking on the net and there is nothing like it???
yvonne

Red Rose Alley said...

Happy Fourth of July, dear friend! It will be a quiet one this year. I'm still recovering from the bridal shower last weekend. :) Probably just watch the fireworks from the fairgrounds. They come up SO BIG, and we can see them from our house! I hope you have a fantastic day filled with freedom, good food, and fun!

love, ~Sheri

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Anita, thank you for your dear comment. I know you're no stranger to real-life people and their sometimes unpleasant ways, especially being around them as often as you are. Enjoy the summer, dear one. You deserve it. :)

La Petite Gallery said...

Beautiful Peony's, I'll use this post when I decide to TRY try try to paint
them. I checked out the dementia ad. My Mom died of Alzheimer's believe me,
it's very scary. Hope my Daughter never gets it.
There's something we need now a cure. Not Jupiter.

Palomasea said...

How did I miss this gorgeousness??? FABULOUS, both of you ethereal beauties! xoxoxoxoxoxo

La Petite Gallery said...

with this post so much to comment on. Love that garden gate.
The young lady is so exotic looking. Beautiful. Is she a Model?
yvonne