This photo is closer to home, just a drive through the New Forest for us. Stunning azaleas and rhododendrons fill the grounds of Exbury House with a profusion of colour that dazzle the senses. The garden is lovely all year round, but when this collection of exotic blooms are in flower then the walks become spectacular. So many colours and shades, in vast quantities – yet each individual flower perfect, fill visitors with awe and wonder.
Each time we visit, we try to capture some of the splendour of our surroundings on film (digital) but photos can never do this experience justice. Despite hundreds of images of the place, stored on our computers, inevitably our efforts fall far short of portraying the joy of being there. I thoroughly recommend you visit when these shrubs are at their breathtaking best, in the late spring, and take the opportunity to enjoy nature at its most arresting. I am always amazed, and my soul sings, to see such beauty; I am reminded, yet again, of how glorious our world is.
Now I don’t want to give the impression that every conference I attend is like a holiday. It’s not. Usually each day is full of event-related activity, and it might as well be held in an airport hotel in Detroit for all the glamour that’s available.
But just sometimes, there’s a bit of magic. I attended a standards meeting at a hotel in Hawai’i and got the chance one afternoon to practice snorkelling for an hour in the lagoon near the hotel. To my amazement, I was joined by a huge turtle, who swam nearby long enough for me to capture the experience with the digital camera I had with me.
Now I’ve shared this no-one will ever believe my speaking engagements are work. But honestly, most events don’t have gems like this. I hope another one will, though!
Paris has so many beautiful corners. Visible from the Tuileries gardens, the buildings of the Louvre are elegant and majestic. They are covered in carvings and statues and consequently I could admire them for hours, without any need to rush inside to view the many treasures contained within. Surprisingly, crowds keenly rush to be swallowed underground (by descending under the glass pyramid that covers the modern entrance to the Louvre), without seeming to truly take in the splendour of all that surrounds them.