Pastels are usually made by diluting vivid colors with creamy white. Yesterday as we were emerging from the trail at Heard Farm in Wayland, Massachusetts, i was struck at the contrast between the tans f the dried grasses and the delicate magenta pink pastel of a house. The result is Figure 1. Notice also the pastel blue of the sky reflected in the window. But note most particularly the old wooden gate. This path through the brambles is clearly not well traveled. As such, it has a charm of mystery about it. Is this the way to some secret garden.
This is what I love about the character of the New England landscape, and I will take pastels over deep vivid hues any day.
Canon T2i with EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens at 73 mm, ISO 1600, Aperture Priority AE mode, 1/400 th sec at f/13.0 with no exposure compensation.