Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Just imagine the smell…and the smiles


Trent, over at Trent’s World urges us all to post one smile a week, because we could all use a smile now and then. I’m been absent these past few weeks, not because anything terrible has happened, or because I couldn’t think of any smiles. No, I haven’t posted a smile in awhile because I’ve been so darn busy, or out of town, or forgetful.

Maybe all of the above.

Breath in deeply and try not to swoon.

But this week I can’t but help sharing a smile. Specifically a very sweet, heavily perfumed smile. The kind of wide smile that happens when you see fields and fields of lavender in bloom.

Which is exactly what happened to me.

For a moment I thought I’d been transported to France.

I signed up weeks ago, long before our D.C. trip, even before the Norway adventure, for an evening photo shoot in a lavender farm located about an hour away from me.

Then I forgot all about it.

Peddling some lavender.

Good thing I put it on the calendar in ink, just to remind me, otherwise I’d have missed this heavenly opportunity altogether. And that would have been a shame, because I couldn’t stop grinning the whole evening.

Smells yummy.


Ready to make some lavender honey.

A small group of photographers and a whole lot of lavender, lining up in rows, topping hills, glowing in the sun.

Some of our class having fun out in a field.

Alive with bees and butterflies, the purple heads nodding in the breeze or reaching for the sky.

Rows and rows and rows of lavender.

Did you know there’s white lavender too? Me either.

And a few other photo worthy things as well. Some of them were placed there by the lavender farm itself, as points of interest for photographers.

Waiting for a rider.

Some of them were just growing wild along the edges of the fields.

Trying to blow free.

All of it was just wonderful.

Evening sun made the orange pop.

There was so much to see, let me insert a little slide show here.

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As the sun went down we were reluctant to leave. But we had our lavender shots and all that was left was to capture the sunset. So we did.

Lavender sky over lavender fields.

I can’t fully explain what a treat this was, and I thank Bob Ditommaso, a professional photographer who teaches great classes, for putting these opportunities out there for us.

That’s Bob in the blue shirt.

It was a fun evening, I met some great people and I finally figured out how to capture images totally in the manual mode on my new camera. That’s been so frustrating for me and I was grateful for the “aha!!!” moment I had out there in the lavender.

If you want to understand your camera better, and you’re in the Detroit area, take a class from Bob, and then join him and some other great students for one of his meetups.

Guaranteed to be phenomenal.

Phenomenal lavender too.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

24 thoughts on “Just imagine the smell…and the smiles

  1. well this post sure made me smile! Beautiful images, and what a wonderful sky!

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  2. What fun! Such a neat idea for a photo class and your photos prove it. Thanks for sharing here.

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  3. A great photo op and great photos from it. Lavender, bees, butterflies, etc, what more can you ask for. A lot of smiles there 🙂


  4. Smiles all around. I think I’m living vicariously through you lately. Thank you.


  5. I still don’t know manual mode! Oh, to have a field like this close by….heaven. Beautiful photos, Dawn.


  6. I’m imagining the scent as you wandered through the fields taking photos. Intoxicating, I bet.


  7. I want to be your chauffeur, the places you go!!!


  8. Getting to enjoy all these beautiful sights and smells, getting to meet interesting and helpful people, and learning more aboout your camera. Priceless indeed!


  9. oh my goodness this was a wonderful post – thanks for sharing your smile


  10. Mmmmm…. I can almost smell the lavender. What a wonderful adventure! I was going to visit a lavender farm on the way home from visiting my father (he’s up in NJ), but my timing was off and they were closed by the time I got there. I’m glad I got to visit one through your beautiful images.


    • This farm is only open for one month, and she plants different lavenders to extend the time. Some of the fields had been harvested but there were plenty that were in full bloom. If you get to go someday, make sure you leave yourself lots of time!


  11. I can imagine your face hurt with too much smiling. Such a lovely sunset too. I love the hives too – those bees are in paradise!


  12. Pingback: Weekly Smile Recap7/22 – 7/28/2019 | Trent's World (the Blog)

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