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The great Expressionist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in a letter to his brother, Théo, described the works of landscape artist Jules Dupré (1811-1889) as, "… a symphony of colors." Dupré was a star of the Barbizon School of Pre-Impressionist painters, and one of my favorites both for sentimental and aesthetic reasons. As a child I lived for a year in Paris, where my father had an assignment as military attaché from Turkey to France. I remember well an 1840-landscape painting hanging in our living room, that depicted one of Dupré’s favorite scenes, a cluster of ancient oak trees. And as a budding artist, I produced watercolor copies of the painting that Dupré originally rendered in oil.

On three occasions I previously submitted photos to Trekearth, photos whose salient qualities were the brilliant colors of nature. In July of 2008 I posted SYMPHONY OF COLORS I. There the subject was the cart of a fruit seller on the Island of Capri. In September of 2009 I posted SYMPHONY OF COLORS II , in which the subject was a flower arrangement on a street corner in Williamsburg, Virginia, following torrential rains. Then in May of 2010 I submitted SYMPHONY OF COLORS III, showing a flower arrangement in a cemetery in Nice, France.

In the present photo, the subject is the well maintained shoreline of Potomac Park, in Washington, DC, with the flowering trees in full bloom. Hidden behind the pink-colored trees is the white marble Memorial Bridge, and just to the right, the Lincoln Memorial. I noticed that, just the day before I shot this photo, BWJ had also been there. She could attest to the inherent beauty of this area in the spring.

Nikon D200 18-70 Auto Nikkor lens, set at 11 mm, 1/500 sec, 67 mm Circular Polarizing filter, shot in RAW.

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