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I just couldn’t resist photographing these fresh picked onions…a rustic wooden box provides the perfect backdrop for these aubergine jewels…

art for the eyes and body

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photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

Onions from Lexington Community Farm, Lexington Massachusetts

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The garden was buzzing with activity today! Bees in all their glory savoring the sweet nectar of our butterfly bush, roses and basil…the large bees are such a pleasure to watch and listen to…they adore the butterfly bush…as many as three bees can be spotted on just one bloom…I must have experienced the music of hundreds as they flew from blossom to blossom…pure delight…the smaller bees prefer the basil…imagine how their honey would taste? African basil honey! Must be amazing!

The fall solstice is only a few days away but today’s afternoon sun still felt like summer…warm and satisfying…flowers still fragrant and lush…how magnificent and fleeting summer is…may you soak in the last of its warmth and beauty…wishing you a very happy weekend!

top photo ~ a glorious bee on our butterfly bush

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morning glory

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the approach

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visit from a friend

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 lovely white roses

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thai basil

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a small bee enjoying the african basil…I wish you could smell this with me…it’s simply divine!

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I just love the curvaceous shadows it casts on our stone wall…

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Gary’s pepper plant…aubergine at its best!

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photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

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cool blue

With temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees today, I’m cooling off with these aquatic inspired blues…may this refreshing summer hue help quench your thirst and calm your senses…wishing you a wonderful weekend! Stay cool!

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photos from National Geographic, Lonny Magazine and the The Gifts of Life via tumblr

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“Long before we saw the sea, its spray was on our lips, and showered salt rain upon us.” ~ Charles Dickens

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The Beach at Trouville at Low Tide ~ Gustave Courbet, 1865

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Seascape ~ John Singer Sargent, 1875

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Note in Blue and Opal ~ James McNeill Whistler, 1884

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Sailing boats ~ Mikalojus Ciurlionis, 1906

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The Beach at Trouville at Low Tide ~ Gustave Courbet, 1865

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The Coast of Bellangenay ~ Paul Gauguin

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The Coast of Brittany, Fishing Boats ~ Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1878

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A Fishing Boat at Sea ~ Vincent van Gogh, 1888

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Shoreham Bay near Brighton ~ John Constable, 1824

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The Porte d’Amont, Etretat ~ Eugene Delacroix, 1849

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Seascape near Fecamp ~ Claude Monet, 1881

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Great Sea ~ Maxime Maufra

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Bathing Posts ~ James McNeill Whistler, 1893

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Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean ~ James McNeill Whistler, 1866-1872

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The sea at the Mouth of the Ebro ~ M.C. Escher, 1922

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Low Tide at Grandcamp ~ Georges Seurat, 1885

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Violet and Silver – The Deep Sea ~ James McNeill Whistler, 1893

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Standing off Deauville ~ Eugene Boudin, 1886

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Coastal landscape ~ Paul Gauguin, 1886

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The Gulf of Marseille seen from L’Estaque ~ Paul Cezanne, 1885

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The Wave ~ Gustave Courbet, 1871

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Cliffs of Etretat ~ Gustave Loiseau, 1902

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The Sea ~ Eflm Volkov

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Summer vacation offers us a chance to return to the familiar…whether it’s a favorite cottage by the lake or a quaint B&B by the ocean, that moment of arrival is an unparalleled experience filled with all the sights, sounds and scents of our ideal…for me, it is quite possibly the most exhilarating sensation I’ve ever known! So when I learned about this new book Time and Tide, I just had to share its beauty with you…over the course of eight years, photographer Christian Chaize shot from the same vantage point at Praia Piquinia, a small beach in southern Portugal…the ever-changing light and playful patterns of sunbathers on the sand become our familiar…

Time and Tide Photographs of Praia Piquinia by Christian Chaize ~ Chronicle Books

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Photographs from Christian Chaize

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wishing you and yours a very happy fourth of july!

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The Gifts of Life via tumblr

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punk kimono via tumblr

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do it and how

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photography by Nina Leen via much love, anna

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Russell Lee, July 1940 via Library of Congress

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oddball daily

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doe eyed dear via tumblr

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The Gifts of Life via tumblr

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Russell Lee via history in photos

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The Gifts of Life via tumblr

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Harmonious gardens…thoughtful layers of formality and naivety blend ever so gracefully together…for me, there is a seductive yet quiet freedom to each and every one of these timeless masterpieces…I hope you enjoy this lovely selection of gardens designed by the one and only Arne Maynard

Happy weekend!

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A manor house in Oxfordshire

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A mill house by the river Cherwell

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A 17th century farmhouse in Devon

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Bowling Green in Derbyshire

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A country house in Norfolk

all photography from Arne Maynard

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