One of my homegrown tulips. This variety is called a Rainbow Parrot. As the bud unfurls into feathery petals, the subtle muted colors saturate into vivid purples, reds, greens and yellows.
I love flowers at every stage of their life cycle, from bud to full bloom to fading bloom. This image captures the moment before the bud bursts open. I like to think of nature's energy intensifying inside it.
The parrot tulip is said to symbolize true love.
Archival pigment print on smooth matt Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm heavyweight art paper.