Photographer:: Steve Marose, Redmond
Photo taken: April 14, Skagit Valley
Photographer's description: "My first visit to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival proved too early for (most) tulips, but daffodils were in full bloom. As the sun set, the yellow was echoed in the hazy sky. Taken with Nikon D7000 camera with Tokina 12-24mm lens."
Expert says: "While the photographer hoped for tulips, the yellow daffodils make a strong image as they complement the light. The layers of different hues and textures build from front to back, and thin petals catch the low-angle sunlight, causing the flowers to pop. Suggestion: Lowering your camera to the level of the daffodils and using one or two for the foreground, while still maintaining the layers of texture in the background, would really take advantage of your wide-angle lens."
— Kathryn Bachen, Seattle Times photo staff