with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen

A Rainbow of Colors in Tulips, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Rows of tulips of all colors, by lorelle vanfossen

When working the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, I always look for contrasting rows of colors. This garden section of Rodengarten near Mt. Vernon, Washington, had interesting rainbow tones of yellow, pink, reds, blacks, and whites.

I chose to do this vertically to compress the feeling of the stripe patterns of colors. Conveniently, shadow fell across the dark toned flowers, darkening their leaves adding to the sense of stripe.

The wind was blowing and a bit of sun broke through the cloudy sky for a few minutes, brightening up the flowers in the foreground and back but not overheating them as it was still early in the morning and the sun was just behind me. I still had to wait for a pause in the breeze to capture this image, and the brighter light allowed for a faster shutter speed to stop most of the motion.

For me, these have the feeling of watching a parade marching off in the distance.

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