my valley naturally photoshopped

by Sharon Santoni


Out and about this week on my first photo shoots for the book – SO exciting!  But each evening I come home to this bright yellow photo-shopped valley, with its patchwork fields of canola, that is frankly quite intoxicating.


So today I am just bringing you a couple of shots from my evening walks – the very best therapy I know for mulling over the day and thinking things through!


Hope you’re having a good week too, thank you for reading me





Vicky from Athens April 17, 2014 - 9:47 am

How gorgeous! How serene! Wish I were there right now even though the world is beautiful here in N. GA., too. The dogwoods, azaleas . . . seems like everything is in full bloom at the moment. Still the French countryside has a special appeal to me! Thanks for sharing your world!

Sandra Lefebvre Mason April 17, 2014 - 12:26 pm

So beautiful!!!

Sandra Lambiotte April 17, 2014 - 11:19 am

So beautiful! I especially love the shot with the split rail fence – just gorgeous the way the land lays. We are still waiting for spring here in our West Virginia mountains. Was 23 for the last 2 nights. I do know it will arrive soon in all its glory!

Thank you for your wonderful work. I feel as though it is a treat prepared just for me!


Sally April 17, 2014 - 12:04 pm

What are the beautiful fields of yellow flowers? Heaven.

david terry April 17, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Dear Sally…’s Canola (from which they make the oil that the manufactuyrers calim will make you live forever).

—david terry

Mikki April 17, 2014 - 1:45 pm

I believe they are actually rapeseed plants, that Canola oil is made from.

david terry April 21, 2014 - 11:21 am

yes…..rapeseed is the source for “canola” oil (a marketing term coined in the 1970’s by the Rapeseed Board of Canada). For some rather obvious reasons, even staid Canadian marketers picked up on the fact that any product containing the word “rape” wasn’t going to do as well as might be hoped-for in the over-sexualized and ever-lurid USA market.

I’m more attuned to botany and gardening than I am to the moral sensibilities of the average American, and I can still recall the reaction of two American (i.e., USA citizens)ladies when they said how lovely that field of supposed mustard was…..and I unthinkingly said “Oh,no….that’s just plain-old rape….all the mustard comes from Canada these days”.

My good guess is that 99.9% of Americans have no idea that “rape” is both a verb and a plant.

Advsiedly yours as ever,

David Terry

hopflower April 17, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Yes. It is rapeseed.

Emm April 19, 2014 - 2:20 am

It’s generally called canola in the US and I think Canada, and is pretty much considered the same thing. Didn’t realize until I looked it up that it’s a brassica, which relates it to cabbage, cauliflower, mustard and Brussels sprouts. Food families are so curious.

david terry April 21, 2014 - 11:26 am

Technically speaking….it’s just rape. The fact (however much it might raise the eyebrows of many folks) is that you have to have a lot of rape before you get to have any rapeseed.

It’s a marketing-man’s potential nightmare…….right up there with the Chevy “Nova” when they tried to market it in Mexico.

Here in the USA, I’ve wryly noted that stores such as oh-so-nice Whole Foods have wisely elected to use the Italian term “Brocolli Rabe” (yes,….yet another Brassica).

—-david terry

Jan April 17, 2014 - 12:21 pm

I love your blog. Visiting your beautiful guest house is on my bucket list.

The pictures are absolutely beautiful. It appears that Gibson and Ghetto are enjoying the walk as well. You do live in Eden.

Sandra Lambiotte April 17, 2014 - 11:46 pm

Yes for the bucket list and Yes for Eden! Perfect Words.


Katherine April 17, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Every time you show images of the surrounding countryside I melt. If there was a place to pack it all up and move to – this would be it for me.

florence April 17, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Wonderfull photos …..

betsy austin April 17, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Your blog is beautiful! I want to come visit and go Brocate shopping!
happy Easter.
Betsy Austin

Marilyn April 17, 2014 - 4:08 pm

So beautiful and love the yellow of the canola.

Colleen Taylor April 17, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Breathtaking Sharon! How lucky you are to have such gorgeous views! X

Kate Carr April 17, 2014 - 9:48 pm

Such happy dogs! Thanks for sharing your photos.

Jean Bass April 17, 2014 - 10:58 pm

Perfect. And your dogs are so lucky to that space to ramble…..

Jean Bass April 17, 2014 - 10:59 pm

should say to “have” that space to ramble. It’s been that kind of a day…..

Leslie in Portland, Oregon April 18, 2014 - 12:48 am

The two photographs of Gibson and Ghetto going, then coming, on the gorgeous walk are unforgettable! Thank you, Sharon.

Pat Frank April 18, 2014 - 2:53 am

Sigh…… Your pictures are stunning! Absolutely gorgeous, and of course, love those two cuties, Gibson and Ghetto! <3

I will keep dreaming of one day visiting your beautiful country!

Las Vegas, NV

Nancy April 18, 2014 - 2:15 pm

Stunning beautiful and serene…..oh that I could go for a walk with you…..

Marsha @ Splenderosa April 18, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Sharon, you have captured perfection-on-a-walk. Having the dogs makes it so much better. So proud of you and what you have accomplished. Sending love from the bluebonnet fields of Texas and wishing your family the most wonderful Easter weekend.

Debi April 18, 2014 - 8:28 pm

Thank you for taking me to such a lovely place…

Carrie April 19, 2014 - 4:24 am

I use your scenic shots as my facebook banner images. I was born in Orleans, France, I keep my profile picture of my mom and I when I was 2 and still living there. I change my cover photo with your seasonal images. Everyone loves your pictures. Thank you for spreading your beauty around.

lori April 19, 2014 - 11:41 am

Pure beauty. I am looking through your blog and I love it!


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