It's a Jungle Out There

The Peril of a Beautiful Garden - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

The country-side of Provence in summer is beautiful. The fields of pasture grass, sun flowers, lavenders and wheat compete for attention by putting on the most glaring show of colors and textures. It’s so beautiful that we forget that they are there for practical reasons - farming.

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Lavender-Graphic-Design-Valensole-Provence-France-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography-(5)

I have a garden and I try my best to keep it beautiful and bountiful. However, it has not been free from struggles. Lately, I’ve been dealing with a rodent problem.

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Tourists-with-Umbrellas-in-Lavender-Field-Valensole-Provence-France-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

As if the garden is up for claims, they’d be stepping right in, climbing up and down, picking the fruits, plucking the flowers and even chewing off plants to their hearts’ content.

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Tourist-on-Hay-Stack-Valensole-Provence-France-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

I have been furious at the least, frustrated a lot of times and scared of them outnumbering us recently.

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Tourist-Plucking-Wheat-Valensole-Provence-France-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

I have a small garden that is far from being up to par with what I saw in Provence in terms of both size and beauty. If I struggle this much with the rodent problem, I wonder how the farmers in Provence keep up with the pests.

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Take Your Time, It's Provence - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

I get it.  In a place where nature and human activities work in such harmony, it's hard to contain oneself.

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Sad-Sunflowers-Valensole-Provence-France-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Really, I get it.  You've come a long way...  It's one of your dreams...  In front your eyes is something that you've never experienced in real life.  You get in close.  Really close.  Never mind the plants that have been run down by the weight of cars or feet.  You are determined.  You won't be the first or the last one to give what is in your way a nudge or a stump.

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Male-Tourist-Taking-the-Killing-Shot-Valensole-Provence-France-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Take your time, buddy!  Oh, and you too, ma'am.  Take your time.    

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Female-Tourist-Taking-the-Killing-Shot-Valensole-Provence-France-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

It's a jungle out there.

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What would you do for great photography? - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

When it comes to making great sacrifices for photography, we've all learnt the tragic incidents of stepping too close to the edge of cliffs or backing one little too much over the top of the buildings.   

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Fighting-through-Snow-Kanazawa-Castle-Kanazawa-Japan-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

On this fateful day, when visitors were scarce in the Kanazawa Castle Park and tracking my (ever-elusive) Assistante in snow flurry was impossible, I arrived at a scene where it was almost too easy to spot this couple.  They must have gotten into position in such a haste, their umbrellas dispersed in the only area where trekking through waist-high snow was not required.  They soon would be dusted with a layer of icing from the falling snow.  The chance of being dumped upon from the tree branches above was no problem.  The gaze from the observing eyes of the stand-by-photographer was not an issue.    All they saw was each other and the pursuit for great portraiture that they shared.

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Couple-Taking-Photographs-in-Kanazawa-Castle-Park-Kanazawa-Japan-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Somehow, this couple gained great respect from me after my relatively-short-probably-impatient gaze.  You see, it's easy to do something heroic once in a lifetime.  It's another thing to be consistent.  And I see this couple committing something similar over and over again else-where in the world.  Hooray, to the courageous two!  Hooray, from the supposed professional.  I'm reminded again why I travel.  So I learn and be inspired.  

On a separate note, I promised more "cotton candies" last time.  Keep the requests coming, and I shall be baaaack.

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