An American Nature Photography Workshops Tour, July 2015

One Week in Provence

Imagine spending a week in a private villa surrounded by blooming lavender and ripe vineyards in southern France.  And did I mention the stunning pool and incredible private chef?  Or how about the fresh cheese and wine selections every evening?  For our group of 13 it wasn’t hard to imagine why Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor had stayed in this exact villa many years ago.  

One of the main goals of this ANPW photo tour was to photograph lavender in bloom, and our timing was perfect.  We found incredible purple fields of lavender near Sault and Valensole. Each day we explored new locations including the Abbey at Senaque, the stunning hilltop village of Gordes, and the busy market of St Remy.  We spent Bastille Day in Avignon photographing street performers and the Palais de Papes.  And some of the group photographed the festivities late into the night in Roussillon.  The French know how to throw a party.

Without a doubt a major highlight of the trip was traveling to the Camargue area to photograph the famous white horses.  We hired a local ranch to set up the shoot.  With our group perched high in a truck for a good angle, the cowboys ran the horses through a wet marsh right beside the group.  This was a ‘bucket list’ shot; the power and beauty of the horses was incredible.  After a tasty picnic, we finished off the day photographing pink flamingos from blinds at a nearby refuge.  By the trip’s end we were running out of flash cards, always a sure sign the photography was good! 

The two of us plan on celebrating our 50th in Provence next year.