Seeing the lavender fields in Haute Provence was something I’d been dying to do for ages and I when I finally got the chance I wasn’t disappointed. That was a typically British understatement; I LOVED it! It was absolutely amazing. The views, the smells, the colours, the bees, everything was just sublime. It was so great that I want to go back and stay over night to be able to photograph the fields in the early morning and evening light. This time we were there during the middle of the day which is the worst light for photos though the scenery was so lovely that despite less than perfect light I think my photos give you some indication of just how gorgeous it was.
The flowers are out for roughly a month from mid-June to mid-July but when I went due to a late spring there was still plenty of purple around. Some fields had been harvested and others were being cut but the majority were still in full bloom and the bonus of it being a little later than the usual peak season was that there were also lots of sunflowers out too.
The contrast of cut lavender, ripe wheat, sunflowers and blooming lavender – green, gold, yellow and mauve – was beautiful and in my mind even better than pure purple. I hope you enjoy my photos, though I wish someone would invent a “scratch and sniff” application for the internet so you could smell them too!
I took all these photos on or near the Valensole Plateau. Have you been to Provence to see the lavender fields? Or have you seen lavender being grown somewhere else? Do tell!
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