Bring to Light
Her inspiration is as vast as some of her subjects, from a sunset that sweeps vibrant color across the sky to the intricacies of a single flower. Her favorite may be trees. "I see so much in a tree. I love every part of them - leaves, bark, the way the limbs stretch out. There can be such gracefulness about them. On the other end of the spectrum, how many of us have seen 'scary' trees of childhood books? They provoke emotion."
Poplar trees stand at attention like soldiers in her dazzling photograph of a daffodil field at sunrise (shown here). Marianne marvels at how the pinks and golds mixed with the blue sky. "The colors were amazing. It really was glorious! I love the way [the trees] stand so straight and stately."
Once Marianne moved to Washington she was struck by the differences in the two states. California demanded more time to find the type of photographs she wanted and longer drives. In Skagit County, she only needs to walk outside her door for artistic inspiration. "All of it is inspiring to me. There are so many options for a photographer [in the Northwest]. Fifteen minutes from home can give me a boost for the entire day. We live in an awesome place."