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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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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