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Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip at Epcot

posted on March 14th, 2011 by Matt Stroshane, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort

Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora at Epcot's France Pavilion

I always love walking around Epcot during the International Flower & Garden Festival. The extraordinary topiaries are always a highlight, especially when combined with trees and flowers at peak bloom. Near the France Pavilion, the life-sized Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip are surrounded by blooming pink trumpet trees. To give what was a static scene a sense of movement, I used a neutral density filter to blur the blossoms and branches into swirls of color.

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Rosanna on March 14th, 2011 at 10:29 am

Wow!!! Beautiful scene, and picture!!


JILL from TX on March 14th, 2011 at 10:32 am

Beautiful picture… I can’t wait to see it for real!


Maureen from NC on March 14th, 2011 at 10:37 am

This is lovely. Does anyone know how long the topiaries will be visible. We are planning a trip in June and were wondering if we would still see some of them.


Julie on March 14th, 2011 at 10:56 am

Went the first day of festival, just breathtaking. One of the best events at WDW.
@maureen, sorry Flower and Garden festival only runs thru May.


Maureen on March 14th, 2011 at 11:02 am

My Gosh! Just absolutely beautiful! You brightened my day with this photo, thank you


PETER from CA on March 14th, 2011 at 11:59 am

well done. i like the long exposure effect.


Sharon from TX on March 14th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Absolutely beautiful!


Lauren on March 14th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

This is such a beautiful photo. I just love it. Any chance you can post a high resolution image of this photo??? It would make a great destop background.

I was at the Flower and Garden Festival for the first weekend and everything was so beautiful. I especially loved all the topiaries and those pink flower trees that were everywhere.


Samantha on March 15th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

This picture is beautiful!


Elaine from FL on March 17th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Can’t wait to go to see all of this….so beautiful!


Soma on March 17th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I will be going to WDW in May, I hope to get some great pictures as well


Joan from FL on March 21st, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I also got to capture this extrordinary image. Never thought to use a neutral density filter. Will have to modify this in Photoshop to try the same effect. It is a shame that the flowering tulip trees don’t last longer!