Washington Finding the perfect tree is such an amazing task. It sounds easy, but it’s not! All the elements need to be right - soft lighting, no wind, the perfect shape - and the hardest of all - the background and sky. My search went on for days. I traversed the state - walking, hiking, driving, flying, all to track down what I wanted. The image was in my head, I just had to find it. Torrential rains for two weeks straight hindered the process even more. It never stopped raining. Coming from the Las Vegas desert, I was shocked. The locals told me that this weather pattern set the blooming cycle back two weeks - just what I didn’t need to hear!
At the end of the second week, my patience was extremely minimal. I knew it had to turn up. One of the locals told me about a location that he thought might work. Normally these type of leads go nowhere, but by this point I had no other choice but to follow it up.
As I hiked around, I caught a glimpse of bright pink in the distance. The weeping cherry tree presented itself in all its glory. All I had to do was to patiently wait a few hours for the rain to stop. Just before noon, I had my break to shoot this fairy tale scene. The scene was so silent and the rain helped pop the colors even more. It was a magical moment when I pressed the shutter. Looking back at the shot, I was totally rewarded with my chase.