Pressure, pressure…the sun was setting on this, the final eve of my second visit to Giverny. My stay was intensely spiritual and emotional and I wanted to create something truly spectacular. How my eyes found this nodding tulip along a back border in the immensity of blooms in Giverny, I’ll never know…but found it, I did! With tilted tripod and a Nikon close-up filter on my lens, I nearly touched the blossom. Using shallow depth-of-field, I was able to blow out the background of orange snapdragons (a special color in my life)…and fulfill my desire. Someone my work saw the image and spontaneously recited the Ungaretti poem, ‘M’illumino
d’immenso’…and this image was named.