It’s that time of year again! Tulip time!! The valley where I live is home to two of the largest family owned tulip growers in the country. And the month of April celebrates this beautiful flower (and other bulbs) with a tulip festival. There are lots of goings on, including being able to tour fields of colorful tulips and visit a formally planted garden. There are also oodles of art shows, and feeds, tastings and fests galore, and a street fair.
With our weather this time of year being a real crap-shoot of rain, clouds, fog, or sun, we get it all during April. And this month seems to herald seeing more of that big bright yellow orb in the sky than we’ve seen in the past 5 months. Local tulip viewers know that if it’s been rainy, bring your boots to the fields! Puddles make for some great reflection shots.
I haven’t been to the big garden yet, but here are a few photos from two fields I escaped to the other day.
I intend to get over to the big garden soon. With the festival now in full swing and the bloom well underway, hoards of people are now making their way into the valley. It can get tricky to plan a time to visit when the weather is cooperating and things aren’t too overcrowded. However, I have to say that as crowded as tulip viewing can get, everyone (that I’ve ever come across) is very considerate of one another, especially when it comes to getting a photo.
Enjoy this short video (put out by Over Skagit in 2015) of our local display garden that I visit every year.
This spring has been especially challenging for me, personally, and photographing nature is some of the best, and my favorite, therapy. Getting outside and communing with Mother Nature is grounding, it brings me back into the present moment, and it lets me see the beauty in things around me that I often pass too quickly by. Feeling gratitude and appreciation for anything, is one of the quickest ways to connect to the higher self. And beautiful tulips make it beyond easy to open up the heart in awe and wonder.
The tulip photos (not the video) in this post are my work (and copyrighted to me as such), and if you would like to use them, all I ask is you credit them to me and this blog.