Skagit Valley Tulips and Daffodils
Spring, thankfully, brings the colors back.
The winter creates a grayish monochrome of everything that is interesting for about a week.
When the colors come back, things are better. The snow just melted yesterday and we’ll probably see more before the end of the winter.
So I shouldn’t get myself all excited just yet, but I can sense the subtle stirrings of green.
In February the hints of green will become more pronounced and then, finally, the yellows will arrive with Skagit Valley Daffodils.
Depending upon the year the daffodils start coming up in late February or early March. Skagit Valley has a rather mild climate, rarely getting snow. Early spring brings almost daily rain. The daffodils emerge slowly, reluctantly.
Once the temp starts rising a bit, tulips start to pop up. The anticipation of the coming color explosion is tantalizing!
Every year the tulips and daffodils are planted in different fields.
You can see their location and bloom status with the Bloom Map.
I usually visit the tulip fields 10 times each season, sunrise is my favorite, because of the light and lack of people. Workers are in the fields then, harvesting and at the end, topping the tulips. I offer guided Photo Tours of Tulip Festival each year, at sunrise and sunset, details and prices can be found here.
Because the fields rotate every year, so do the backdrops, and foregrounds!
Barns, school busses, tractors, irrigation ditches, and puddles all serve well for offsetting the beauty of the flowers.
I teach basic Photography Classes through Parks and Rec in Burlington. Here is the link for more info.
Starting in Jan 2020 I will also be teaching basic Photography Classes through Parks and Rec in Bellingham.
Sometimes a visit can bring good luck in the form of rainbows, long shadows, dirty kids and much more.
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