Spring Tulip Festival 2016

Every April, the county where in live in Washington state celebrates the advent of spring with a Tulip Festival. It runs the entire month, but the flowers come up and bloom in their own time. This year they were on the early side, with the large fields in full bloom just before the official start of the festival on April 1.

By mid month, the flowers in the fields were topped (by hand).

My favorite tulip viewing garden is about a half hour’s drive away, and is hand planted every year with about a million bulbs. It’s an amazing sight to behold with the incredible variety of tulips and other spring bulbs. The different colors, sizes, petal shapes and configurations are mind-blowing. Most of these are not fragrant, but a very few are. I think the only tulips I don’t care for are the fringed petal ones. They just seem weird to me.

Because the area has become so very popular with the help of the internet and social media, traffic to see these flowers can be a bit of a nightmare. I chose a Monday later afternoon, when the crowds were thin, to indulge my love of photographing nature. Enjoy a handful of my favorite shots.

Please remember that these photos are copyrighted to me. If you’d like to use one, simply ask.

Do you have a favorite flower? Do you prefer selecting a flower based on how it looks, or its fragrance?

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About mariner2mother

I'm a mother of a very spirited 15 year old son, and a former merchant ship's deck officer. To feed my creative side I take photos. I am also Reiki attuned and am a student of Energy Healing, having used several healing modalities to work on myself and my family. Our most recent adventure has me homeschooling my teenager.
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16 Responses to Spring Tulip Festival 2016

  1. Definitely how it looks although I am very partial to fragrant Spanish Broom. As a young one I remember going to the Annual Puyallup Daffofil Festival. Where in WA are these beautiful tulips?

  2. Cathy Ulrich says:

    So beautiful and so fleeting, Susan! 🙂

    • Enjoy! There is something special about spring flowers coming up, knowing they won’t be around for long, and yet signaling the end of winter and the promise of Earth coming back to life.

  3. Oh wow!! Bless your heart for sharing this eye candy with us. Breathtaking! 🙂

  4. Beautiful Captures 🙂 I love pretty much everything fauna and flora and enjoy photographing it too. Happy Weekend – Enjoy!

  5. courtrundell says:

    Breathtaking! I want to frolick!!

  6. I uber-adore tulips, the quintessential spring flower in my opinion. Hard for me to choose a favorite flower, though. I think they’re all gorgeous! Those pics are amazing!

  7. candidkay says:

    Wow! Gorgeous beyond belief (the tulips and your photos!). I think I’d want to lay down in the middle of the field and just daydream:). I am soon to plant poppies and peony poppies. A bit late, I know–but fingers crossed.

    • Oooo. Poppies and peony poppies. Sounds lovely! I don’t have a lot of flowers at my place because it would be a battle to keep them from becoming lunch for a slug, deer, rabbit, or other bug. Rhodies are now in bloom though.

  8. Tammi Kale says:

    Absolutely stunning!

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