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Looking for wild orchids above Giverny

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

I had thought I could do several things today, which was a Bank Holiday in France, but I was too optimistic! When I reached Monet's house in Giverny, I was told there was roughly a two hours' wait before I could get into the gardens! Two hours standing in a queue? No, sorry, that wasn't possible: I also wanted to go on a hike... and as I am feeling a bit stressed this week, a hike was top priority!

So I left the queue outside Monet's house (sorry friends!!!) and went on my hike, looking for wild orchids...

The path was very steep and the views were beautiful!

There were lots of wild flowers of all kinds...

(I thought of NORASPAT when I saw these wild cowslips, I know they are very special to her!)

But the ones I was looking for didn't take long to appear...

Here were the wild orchids! Lots and lots of them! It is the area in the Seine valley where there are the most orchids. Apparently, there are 35 varieties, but I only found those ones, the lady orchids (orchis purpurea)!

I never thought I would see so many! I had hoped to be lucky and see just one!!! It was wonderful.

I loved these purple flowers! As I look more closely at them now, I am thinking they might be wild orchids also. Would you happen to know? [These are actually Heath Speedwell/Veronica officinalis, not orchids! Thank you very much DONEGIRL!]

In the woods...

... there were lots of polygonatum multiflorum (called Solomon's seal, David's harp, Ladder-to-heaven depending on the area where you live... in French they are called Solomon's seal, 'sceau de Salomon'!).

... There were also many more orchids!

Then I was back in the meadows...

... before I took a steep path down!

There was a nice surprise, there was a view on Monet's house!

Hello Black Beauty!

That was the end of my hike... but not the end of my afternoon...

From the street, you can actually see part of Monet's gardens! Here are the pictures I took... no comment... Enjoy! :)

I promise I'll go back one day and take close ups!!! But at least it gives you an idea of part of Monet's gardens in the Spring. :) (I had already been to Monet's house and gardens several times, many years ago, and it wasn't so crowded back then... I'll come back on a week's day which isn't a Bank Holiday!)

Thank you for sharing my afternoon today! emoticon

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MONTREAL12 8/4/2013 2:40PM

  Merci Claire pour partager votre talent en photographie; emoticon belles images qui inspirent la paix et la tranquillité. emoticon J'espère revenir en France plus tard dans l'année, bien après la folie de l'été Août, peut-être la fin de Septembre. En attendant, je me réjouis à plus de souvenirs témoins de votre talent exceptionnel. Merci beaucoup emoticon

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    Thank you for sharing the beauty in an area I will never see. Enriching and enticing. emoticon

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CINDYBEL 5/29/2013 10:03AM

    Beautiful. emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 5/24/2013 7:58AM

    emoticon I love your walks.

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IDLETYME 5/19/2013 9:42PM

    I'm so glad that I found your blogs. They are beautiful. I'll go back and read them all. Thank you so much!

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BEWELL48 5/18/2013 4:58PM

    Oh so beautiful! Thank you!
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JUNEPA 5/14/2013 11:25PM

Wild flowers, garden flowers, lots and lots of flowers
And a very nice and healthful hike as well !!

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CM_GARDNER78 5/13/2013 11:54PM

    WOW! What beautiful pictures! You sure get to see some beautiful sights...I'm so glad you are willing to share with us all! :-)

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TINAJANE76 5/13/2013 7:53PM

    Wow, it's easy to see where Monet got his inspiration from! Thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous pictures, Claire. I always look forward to your blogs and the beauty you're able to capture so well on your hikes.

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ASTERIX1951 5/13/2013 8:06AM

  What a great way for me to start the week! I salute you on choosing the hike over the wait! Exploring new wild areas is one of my favorite things too. Thank you for sharing. You are so fortunate to be close enough to Giverny to visit another day. I'm sure it will look different in just a few days.


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SCRAPBECCA 5/13/2013 12:03AM

    Just Beautiful!

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KEEPFIT2013 5/12/2013 10:40PM

    Thank you for the treat. Several years ago I spent some time in France when my daughter was living there and we happened upon Giverney and Monet's gardens in our travels and I fell in love with the place. What a delight to see it again through your eyes and your camera!
Thank you so much!

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WARRIORGIRL121 5/12/2013 9:58PM

    Oh Claire, these are so lovely! I really enjoy your blogs! Makes me feel like I'm walking with you there! emoticon emoticon Karen :)

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    Wow! Such beautiful pictures! THANK YOU for sharing. It is my dream to come to Paris someday. As for now, I just look at pictures and enjoy. I have added you as a friend so I can keep track of your blogs. Have a wonderful week.

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GLASGOWGIRL3 5/12/2013 8:10PM

  Thank you for sharing this beautiful walk emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 5/12/2013 7:44PM

    Merci, Claire. I was just walking in Boston and saw the flowers you identified as Solomon's Seal. I was wondering what they were - so pretty. Thanks for helping me figure out what to research more for my shade garden.
Giverny in the spring was such a treat. I have been there in September - equally beautiful but totally different. Some American friends were just there and will be sharing their pictures with me soon. Your pictures have whetted my appetite (good to be hungry for pictures, not food, no?).
As much as I love gardens, it is always more thrilling to see flowers in the wild, like your orchids. So beautiful.

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MANDELOVICH 5/12/2013 7:21PM

    Comme la France me manque!!!! Trop jolie!!!!

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QTEALADY20031 5/12/2013 5:06PM

    Claire, I am breathless looking at these beautiful pictures. I too love the purple flower you thought were wild orchids. As far as Monet's garden........just beautiful. I am surprised at how large the garden appears.....just fantastic. Claire, thank you again for allowing us to share your day!! emoticon emoticon June

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ALIHIKES 5/12/2013 3:05PM

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos Claire! I LOVED the wild orchids, they are very different than the wild orchids in my area (we get small white ones called rain orchids, and vivid hot pink ones called Calypso). Monet's garden is gorgeous! But I am so glad you got your hike, hiking outdoors restores the soul! emoticon

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DEDE824 5/12/2013 2:39PM

    Thanks for this terrific photo blog of your hike! It is beautiful there!

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KONRAD695 5/12/2013 1:56PM

    Thank you for the country side tour.

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AMARIE013 5/12/2013 1:52PM

  Such a beautiful countryside! Thank you so much for sharing! Makes me want to work in my garden NOW! emoticon

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CTUPTON 5/12/2013 1:11PM

    I can never get enough flowers! Thank you so much for providing these photos! Chris

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SMAILEH 5/12/2013 12:25PM

  Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing.

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CHRISGORGME 5/12/2013 11:06AM

    Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing!
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COCOMAMA2 5/12/2013 10:59AM

    After see all these beautiful flowers on your post today......Can I please come visit and stay with you a while?? OMG- Beautiful and Monet's gardens again OMG what beauty. emoticon emoticon Wanted to add a few flowers of my own (emoticon) but there aren't any and I don't know how to do it any other way.. This was treat for me to view all Ur pretty px. on Mother's Day. Thankyou.

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GAMMY98 5/12/2013 10:19AM

    as usual great pictures. Thanks for sharing that was a beautiful walk. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAVENDERLILY 5/12/2013 10:18AM

    emoticon Awesome! Incredible! Thanks for sharing!

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MSLILL 5/12/2013 10:09AM

    Gorgeous pics. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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SELENAPEPPERS 5/12/2013 9:36AM

    Beautiful pictures!

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EFFIEANNIE 5/12/2013 8:30AM

    BEAUTIFUL as usual. Many thanks for your wonderful blogs. You make my day!
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FCARMICH 5/12/2013 7:08AM

  What a wonderful day's hike -- thank you for sharing!!

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 5/12/2013 3:15AM

Thanks for sharing your lovely hike with us! I loved all the flowers - the orchids are beautiful! Monet's gardens were gorgeous! So lovely. Thanks again.

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/12/2013 1:38AM

    Oh Claire this was fabulous thank you for sharing with us !

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FRANCES-AGAPE 5/12/2013 12:54AM

Is that how it looked
when he lived there?
Very inspiring to an artist

YOU are FABULOUS with a camera

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Have a Wonderful Week !


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CONNIER64 5/11/2013 11:30PM

    emoticon beautiful pictures. emoticon for sharing. They are like works of art. Wish I could copy and frame them.Oh and thank you for giving me my own camera emoticon

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MCELLO58 5/11/2013 11:14PM

    Beautiful pictures. I enjoy your pictures from your walks. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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WILDASTER 5/11/2013 7:38PM

    Oh Claire!! I loved this blog. My choice would have been the hike over waiting in line too!
My daughter has a great love of orchids, she has mini ones and a large one with purple blossoms. I know nothing about them really but she is building her collections.
The orchids in your pictures are quite wonderful.

I am coming back again to look at Monet's gardens, I have to examine it more closely!

thank you!!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 5/11/2013 6:24PM

    emoticon photos. Thanks for sharing.

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NEWMOMOVER40 5/11/2013 5:05PM

    Wow! I really enjoy these photo-journeys. I had no idea there were wild orchids growing in France. I think of orchids as tropical flowers! Thanks for enlightening me.

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ALIDOSHA 5/11/2013 3:50PM

    So beautiful emoticon

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NEWTINK 5/11/2013 2:41PM

    Mind blowing beautiful .. thank you for sharing with us emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 5/11/2013 1:12PM

    Magnificent, yes simply magnificent!


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GINIEMIE 5/11/2013 8:09AM

    I loved Givergny in June-that's when I saw it. I think I'd like to see it in the spring.
Once again your pictures are superbe. The flowers are glorious.
Merci de ce petit tour.
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RUNNERRACHEL 5/11/2013 2:36AM

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing. Giverny is lovely in the spring! I visited once at this time of year years ago. I'll have to go back. These photos w
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