Once again Tara’s theme left me faced with a difficult choice to make… I have LOADS of photos featuring trees! I went through my various folders yesterday, thinking several times: “That is it, I will use this one!”.
Until I came across this photo:
This picture was taken on Isola Bella, one of the Borromean Islands in Lago Maggiore. This region is especially close to my heart as my maternal grandmother was born and raised there until she came to Switzerland. I consider this part of the world as my true roots and love to spend time there. I have visited Isola Bella on several occasions but always enjoy going back.
The island was named after Isabella, countess Borromeo, and saw its social standing reach its peak in the 18th century with such guests as Napoléon and his wife Joséphine or Caroline of Brunswick, Princess of Wales. To this day the castle and the gardens are immaculately preserved and they cut a majestic figure as you approach the island on the boat.
What I love in this photo is of course the variety of species, but also the fact that some have been left to grow naturally, others look as though Edward Scissorhands is the resident gardener, you can spot the ones in full bloom with their pretty white or pink flowers and the palm trees give the ensemble a holiday touch.
I will definitely have to plan my next trip there!