Photographer: Melissa Chasse, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Getting the Shot: Taken as I sat beneath the umbrella sipping tea in a temple garden in Kyoto in February of last year.
The Details: As I sat beneath this beautiful traditional Japanese paper umbrella sipping frothy matcha (green tea) and admiring the serene temple garden, I looked up to see a surprising spiral of color radiating from the bamboo spines, a breathtaking splash of color and patterns. I put down my tea, picked up my camera, and made this image.
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