Spring in Paris


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The 29th of February appears to be once in 4 years, and this is my 4th time at Paris Charle de Gaulle Airport and I have finally go out of the transit zone. The airport is interesting, but to breeze the air of the last winter day in Paris is just perfect.
During our flight from Ukraine all the countries on our way were covered with the clouds, but not Paris. It seems that this city took all the sun to make the last winter day as the beginning of spring.
I lost my hat somewhere between the passport control and arrival terminal, but lucky me that the weather in Paris was quite sunny.
I booked an EasyBus to get from the airport to the Paris city center. As for my research this is the cheapest way to get to the city and it took approximately 40 minutes…

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Quick snatches of the Blue Ridge Parkway


Yesterday I needed to get out of the house after the last eye surgery. I feel like my new eyes are a miracle and so I took some photographs on the Parkway. It is a gift to be able to see to write, photograph and paint again. It makes me cry with relief.

 

So, dear friends and readers, yesterday was a partly sunny day with temperatures in the high 50’s. It was a perfect day to drive in the mountains and revel in what Divinity has wrought.

 

When I put a camera up to my eye, I see more than I was seeing before. I have been with non-photographers who were amazed at my photographs because having been with me they didn’t see until what I saw through the lens until they saw the photographs. I think, for me anyway, that my heart and soul see through the camera. They see what is really there. When I began to take pictures, I wanted to prove to myself that this life was real. It wasn’t a dream. I was, by extension, also real. Enough of that, please enjoy the photographs.

 

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Around every curve and hill is more beauty to thrill the soul. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Around every curve and hill is more beauty to thrill the soul. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

Every day there is more green on the trees. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Every day there is more green on the trees. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

The Blue Ridge Parkway goes from Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

The Blue Ridge Parkway goes from Virginia, North Carolina and into Tennessee. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

Woodworking on the Parkway. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Woodworking on the Parkway. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

This is not an autumn photograph. It is new leaves coming out on the branches. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

This is not an autumn photograph. It is new leaves coming out on the branches. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

Wildflowers. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Wildflowers. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 201

 

 

Have you hugged a tree lately? Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Have you hugged a tree lately? Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

The Blue Ridge Mountains never stop being a thrill. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

The Blue Ridge Mountains never stop being a thrill. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

 

Carolina Blue sky amongst the trees. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Carolina Blue sky amongst the trees. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

The mountain air is as sweet to the lungs as the mountains are to the eyes. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

The mountain air is as sweet to the lungs as the mountains are to the eyes. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

Flowers in bloom on trees. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Flowers in bloom on trees. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

 

Simple beauty. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016

Simple beauty. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2016