About

caroleart

When I chose the name for this blog, I wasn’t sure what direction I was going with it. As time went on, I realized I wanted this to mainly be a photography blog, but with other stuff I’m interested in too. Like books and music; movies and art; gardening and decorating. I hope my photos are “pearls”–I love photography.

I also love peonies, lilacs and roses; traveling, good English tea, Kona coffee, Cadbury’s chocolate; New York City, Paris and London; Provence and most things French. 

After graduating from college, I studied French in Bretagne, then took a job in Southern Bavaria. A friend and I traveled all around Europe and the Mediterranean for about five months. We made it as far as Syria and Lebanon. 

I’m married to the sweetest man on earth, and in addition to my two wonderful sons, I have three charming stepchildren. I also have an adorable and exasperating Maltese named Rocky who’s fifteen, but looks like a puppy. [Update: we lost our sweet Rocky in June 2015. He was nearly 18, so lived a long, happy life, but we miss him terribly.]

In case you’re wondering, the iPhone self-portrait above was created with the PaintMee app.

Questions or comments? Please feel free to email me at: pearlsandprose@gmail.com.

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54 Responses to About

  1. Susan says:

    I love taking pictures too. But holy cow- yours are gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing them. Beautiful!

  2. Marla says:

    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous!

  3. fhasai da-nga says:

    I feel very happy to meet with a good area. At your site. This is my first time to come visit. I’m still working on sitting. And quite stressful. But it makes me feel very happy. Each image of you makes me feel refreshed. I will add the address in my favorites. And will visit often.

    Thank you for a wonderful presentation this I think people need love like I’m sure.

  4. Caroline says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. I am really amazed by your photos. I am half French (other half Italian) but living in a German speaking country, my paternal grandmother was from Brittany, my father from Paris. I have a “mostly” books blog. I love the picture of your dog. A cute dog. One of my cats also still looks like a kitten. I have a second blog where I also post things on France and Provence. No wonder you got that award. You deserve it.

  5. poetsplace says:

    Absolutely gorgeous blog! Read your comment on 36×37 and I have to say, you need to give yourself more credit in the writing dept. Fabulous pictures and nice way of telling life stories too. I might be stalking your blog just for the “breathing space.”

  6. hi! i came across your blog by chance… and i’m glad i did. your pictures are superb. i was looking at them and i just couldn’t help but sigh (that’s happy sigh!).
    thanks for sharing!! will stop by every once in a while 🙂

    Supergoddess Me

  7. Fred Ellwein says:

    Your photographs are astonishing! All the superlatives I can think of cannot describe the quality of your work! Bravissimo, my dear cousin…Bravissimo!

    MrFred

    • Fred, you’re making me blush! Thank you so much. Great to see all of you last night. 🙂

      • MrFred says:

        I have been trolling the waters of your gallery…and delighting in the “fishing”…all are “keepers”!

        Blush away… You do fabulous work… I’m embarrassed I didn’t know of your passion and art until now!

        MrFred

  8. You are a very talented photographer. What beautiful colors! Nicely done. -Caitlin

  9. brittany220 says:

    I’m glad you love photography because you’re really good at it! I thought about getting one of those big fancy cameras too but decided I probably wouldn’t take it most places because of the size and the fact that I’d be worried about setting it down anywhere. I finally got another camera though about 2 weeks ago. I got a Nikon S8100 and I really love it, it’s so much faster and more detailed than the Canon Powershot A530 I’ve had for the past 5 years. That’s really cool about all your travels! (and that you studied French in a country I share a name with hehe) I hope I can do a lot of traveling after college (or during), especially in Europe. I bet you have some really great shots from your travels over the years!

  10. Thank you. It took me a long time, but I’m finally starting to travel with my Nikon. It’s insured, so that helps. There are some pretty incredible point-and-shoots out there and I use a Canon Powershot when I don’t want a big camera, or I want to be unobtrusive. Panasonic also makes a great little camera with a Leica lens. I’ve seen gorgeous photos taken with that.

    I do have some decent shots from my travels and hope to scan the negatives one day.

  11. A J says:

    Really loved all your shots. You are an inspiration:)

  12. Dounia says:

    I completely understand your love for Provence – I lived in France for 10-11 years, and we went regularly to Provence; I also got married there this past summer! My family is still in Paris, which gives me a great excuse to visit as much as possible! Great blog, by the way, I’m really enjoying your pictures!

  13. Mary Gibson says:

    What a joy to see your photographs…..great “eye” for subject and the prose completes the pleasure…. just like a piece of Cadbury chocolate!

  14. Photography loves you to my dear! Your so good at this! 🙂

  15. every time i stop by i want to curl up at night with your visions and photos in my head – what sweet dreams. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

  16. Oops – i have NO idea how my name came out like it did above. Mysteries……

  17. reesephoto says:

    Sounds like you have seen many beautiful places.

  18. Dounia says:

    I’ve just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award – please click on the link for all the info, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful blog!

    http://tcknextstop.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/surprise-and-gratitude/

  19. Laurie says:

    Hello, Ms. Pearl. I have been enjoying your blog and have nominated you for awards at atasteofmorning.com.

  20. Ameena says:

    We have much in common…Paris, London, NYC, tea…I can’t wait to see Provence!

  21. clumsyfool says:

    I Love your blog! That’s why I think you deserve some awards! Just pick whichever you want (up to 7 awards) and check my blog (http://clumsyfool.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/sooo-many-awards/ ) for further details.
    Good luck! 🙂

  22. Hello. I really like your blog and I’ve nominated you for a Liebster award! Check my page for details!

  23. Judit Bakes says:

    Hi, I love your work, so I just nominated you for the Versatile Blog Award! The Rules are:
    Display the award on your blog
    Mention/link the person who nominated you
    Nominate another 10 (or so) bloggers you feel should be given this award
    Inform these individuals that you have nominated them
    Write 7 facts about yourself

    http://juditbakes.com/2013/11/15/2131/

    Love, Judit

  24. thatssojacob says:

    Good morning! Just tuned in, gave you a follow. I really like your Russia photos. To see what is on my mind today, or to just return the favor, you can find me at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com. Have a great day.

  25. I can’t even take a selfie I am that useless at photographs. Yours, on the other hand, are incredible!

    Well done! x

  26. What a kind comment. Thanks for that and the visit!

  27. Hello!
    I’ve been browsing your blog and your beautiful photos and wanted to say congratulations, I have nominated your blog for a Liebster Award! The Liebster Award is a fun way to recognize some of the awesome posts fellow bloggers (like you) are publishing. The award comes with a tradition of sharing a few things about yourself and spreading the love to other bloggers. You can check out what was passed onto me here:
    http://psyourdogcalled.com/2015/02/04/honored-to-be-a-liebster-award-nominee/

    Best,
    Christina

  28. hi nice to meet you! you have lots of things you like and guess what, me too!! I lived in Saudi Arabia for 16 years and have been to Syria several times as well! Stop by my blog please!

  29. Faye Q says:

    Hi! Thank you for visiting. You take great photos and have a great blog! I’m looking forward to more posts and exploring your blog further. Thanks for sharing 🙂 – Faye

  30. Hi there. As you know Lynn has highlighted you, so I just popped over to say hi, and I am looking forward to visiting your very interesting blog. Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

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