Inspiration: Monet's Gardens
Inspiration is a funny thing, and you never know where you're going to find it. We biked 8 miles through Giverny to visit Monet's gardens on Tuesday. For the entire length of the bike path that twisted through the charming country, I entertained visions of the grand gardens and exquisite flowers that would serve as inspiration for my own modest garden. Selfish inspiration, I guess. But when we got there, I was less interested in the specific flowers and plants, and more interested in how it all came together into one magical place. The cottage-style gardens adjacent to the house were packed (it's high tourist season), so we pushed past the bus crowds quickly to be the first to the Japanese water garden. I don't know much about the design of Japanese-style gardens, but my guess is that it has a lot to do with movement, color and light. The first thing I noticed was the vibrant green light in the narrow streams. The green algae and plants when combined with the reflective surface of the water and sun, lit up sections of the stream into a vivid, neon green. As I snapped the photos, I joked with Evan that they looked fake. Next up of course, was the water lily pond. It didn't take long to fixate on the reflections of the flowers, or to recognize just how much those reflections looked like a Monet painting. It was trippy to stare at the lapping water, because the motion seemed to give life to his static paintings. It's been a few days since our visit, and I can't stop thinking about Monet's work. I like to imagine him painting simply to capture and share the transient beauty of the ever-changing garden before it disappeared. Inspirational.