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Aaaaahhhh … that sweet sweet smell of lilacs — maine photographer

Few things evoke such wonderful childhood memories for me like the sight and smell of lilacs.   There were a few large bushes outside our home growing up, and when they bloomed, it signaled that summer (and more importantly, vacation!)  wasn’t far away.   I still feel that same sense of joy as an adult when it’s lilac time but for different reasons.  To me, it’s eye candy but better with a scent so rich and sweet that I can hold a lilac bloom up to my nose, close my eyes, inhale deeply many times over, and be immediately transported back to my childhood.   And then, the gentle reminders of a time gone by come swooping in, like my mom sitting on the front steps enjoying the fresh air, my brothers coming and going to baseball and softball games, a lawn mower buzzing in the distance, and my friends who lived a stone’s throw away and always eager to play outdoor games in the neighborhood until it got dark.  So when the lilacs are in bloom, I bring as many stems into my house as I can.  The aroma thrills me, and don’t even get me started on the heart shaped leaves….. sigh …….

For me, the lilac season is much too short, so photographs are the next best thing.  If you follow me on Facebook, then you know what I say every year ….

If heaven has a scent, it must surely be of lilacs.

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The smell of moist earth and lilacs hung in the air like wisps of the past and hints of the future.   –Margaret Millar

 

 

jane berger photography

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Jane is a photographer capturing love and laughter in Southern Maine, New England, New Orleans and beyond.  Contact Jane at jane@janeberger.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


sunset at fontainebleu state park

fontainebleu state park — a louisiana sunset

I had a list of places I wanted to visit and photograph when I was spending time in Louisiana earlier this year.   It was a long list.  I didn’t make it to every one, but  I did make it to Fontainebleu State Park in Mandeville much to my delight!  I specifically wanted to visit this state park for the sunset.

I had some time on my hands, the sky was clear and it was a beautiful afternoon.  Perfect!  I grabbed my camera and my husband and set out for this place of which I had seen many pictures, but wanted my own.

As we entered the park, it didn’t take me long to yell “STOP THE CAR!!”    The sun was moving down the sky and was backlighting these big old oak trees laden with spanish moss in a way that took my breath away.  I got to work — which really isn’t work for me at all because it is what feeds my soul, makes me happy, and allows me to share the spin I put on the beauty I witness.

Now you might think that after photographing these gorgeous trees I might be disappointed at what comes next …  au contraire!  The sunset was a lovely show of pinks, yellows and oranges against the blue sky that made way for the stark contrast for some beautiful silhouettes.

Please enjoy viewing the images because I sure enjoyed taking them!

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Softly the evening came with the sunset.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

jane berger photography

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Jane is a lifestyle and portrait photographer serving southern Maine, New England and New Orleans.  To chat about a session for you, contact Jane at jane@janeberger.com.