Peace in the Garden, or Not (Sound Carries)

Peace in the Garden, or Not (Sound Carries)

When I saw these tulips, I knew I wanted to get closer so I went back to my car to get my 12mm tube. I sat there and took these photos crouched amongst the flowers, listening to this woman talk on her cellphone across the garden blah blah. Then I went to the other side of the garden near her and suddenly I was “too close” and she moved away. Don’t worry I’ve already been listening to you go on for a half hour here 🙂

Azaleas in the Arboretum.

Azaleas in the Arboretum.

This is a special time of the year. Azaleas and Rhododendrons are bursting with color and Cherry blossoms linger in the trees. I wander with my various fast Zeiss primes. Its less about getting everything in focus, and more about creating a painterly vision of the arrival of spring. It’s not Vaseline on the lens, not an effect in photoshop; It’s fast primes wide open.

Possibly the Last of the Skagit Tulips

Possibly the Last of the Skagit Tulips

So I had to visit for one more evening. This time I had my usual setup: Zeiss 21mm lens and Canon 5D2 camera. The fields were overrun, but most were shooting the other way. I felt that with the haze, the sunset might have some interesting drama and was glad I waited.

Sunset Finishing Up In Skagit

Sunset Finishing Up In Skagit

On a whim, I ventured up to the Skagit Valley to see how the tulip fields were coming together. Scouted about a bit, then settled onto this one nice space near Christiansons Nursery. Skies were hazy with no obvious large clouds. As the sun began to set, I went around looking for puddles. I found a nice seam of water to catch the skies’s light and put this together with the Zeiss 21mm.

First Visit to the Skagit Valley for Daffodils

First Visit to the Skagit Valley for Daffodils

…and tulips soon. Daffodils are bursting with color. Tulips are just starting to bloom barely. I will be seeing many of you up there.

Also a reminder I am showing my work at the La Conner Brewing establishment until June. Stop by for some great beer and art.