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More Tulips!   2 comments

Yes, I know… not another post of tulips.  What can I say?  The month of April in my area is all about the tulips.  Therefore, another post about tulips.  I thought it was only fair that since my last post showed only tulips from Tulip Town, that this post show pictures from the other main tulip farm – RoozenGaarde.

I had a very brief moment this last week to go over to Roozengaarde to grab some pictures.  And I really do mean brief.  I dropped off my daughter for swim team practice then went to a quick appointment.  After that, I had an hour before I needed to pick up my daughter.  The rain had briefly stopped, so I figured it was now or never.  When I got there, I jumped out the car and quickly walked to the entrance to pay my $5 fee.  (Sidenote: Both Tulip Town and Roozengaarde charge an entry fee.  The nice thing about Roozengaarde, is the entry fee covers parking in at any of their other fields for the day.  Tulip Town doesn’t seem to have any other fields open to the public.)

I walk into their garden area only to realize in my haste, I forgot my tripod.  Knowing time is an issue between picking up my daughter and the threat of it starting to rain again, I decide I’ll just deal with out it.  I put my lens hood to protect not against the sun, but the miscellaneous drops of rain that are coming down and pray to the rain god it just stays like this.

I spent the next 45 minutes wandering around the garden area and the nearby fields, before dashing back to my car to pick up my daughter.  Most likely my quickest trip ever to the tulip fields.  I did manage to snag a few “decent” photos.  I hope you enjoy a few of the pictures I managed to capture.

The picture above and below were taken within the garden area.

The picture below is of the tulip heads that have been topped.

Looking out across the fields towards the Cascades.

Local’s Night   10 comments

Yes.. two post in two days.  Crazy huh?  Well, this is more of my “normal post”.  Unlike my Ninja vs Pirate story that will just pop randomly here and there.  So.. on with my post! 🙂

Like clockwork, every April in the beautiful Skagit Valley we have the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.  We celebrate all the beautiful tulips, daffodils and iris that are grown.  People come from all over to have a chance to see the tulips, along with all the other events that happen through out the month.  Of course,with all the people visiting, comes a lot of traffic.  There are many locals who just cringe when April comes around.  And all the locals know, if you want to go out to see the tulips yourself… don’t go during the weekend!!  One of the local farms helps support that thought by having a local’s only night during a weeknight in the month of April.  It just happened to be this last Wednesday.

I made plans during the day to go with my friend David that evening, since my hubby still was battling a nasty cold.  We were a little nervous that it wasn’t going to happen due to a downpour of rain in the middle of the day.  But the skies cleared up by the time we were done with work and off to the fields we went.  We spent a solid amount of time there that evening and I was able to capture a some decent pictures.

Hope you enjoyed your quick trip through the tulips. 🙂  Have a great week.

Spring! It is here!!   3 comments

Today, at this moment, as I write this very entry, the sun is out!  There is blue sky with some high wispy clouds.  The little Pine Siskin are fluttering around the bird feeder.  My tulips are working their way up in my flower beds.  All the perennials are showing new growth.  Heck, I even have one plant with some flowers on it.  Spring is certainly in the air!

After such a horrible Spring season last year here in the Pacific NW, we are very happy to see a bit of “normal” weather come back to us. Here in the Skagit Valley, the best indicator that Spring is on track and arrived are our daffodil and tulip fields.  And what a great place to visit if you can during the end of March into April.  We even spend the whole month of April having a Tulip Festival.

In the past couple years, by the time I get out to the fields the daffodils have already been blooming for a few weeks.  So they are certainly not looking their best.  Well, I wasn’t going to do that this year!  On Friday, my hubby and I scooted out of work a little early to kick off the weekend and enjoy the sun.  We stopped at the The Farmhouse for lunch.  Yummy as always!

We then went off to check out the daffodils.  Scooping out the bloom map by RoozenGaarde we knew there were a couple of fields in bloom.  The first field we went by was just starting to get some blooms.  So we continued on down the road.  As we got closer, you could see the field of yellow.  Almost like the beacon from a lighthouse guiding us to the field to where we needed to be.  I quickly parked the car and set up my camera.

Quick side note to this picture outing … While I was taking pictures, we met a delightful older couple, probably in their 70’s.  They had come up from the Seattle area for his birthday.  It just added to the joy of the day to see them enjoying each others company and being out and about together.  I told my hubby I want to be like them when we get older.

I am so happy with the way this picture turned out.  I had my camera do three bracket photos (just learned about that last week).  Used Photomatix to bring them together for the HDR image.  I then did some final editing in Lightroom adjusting the yellow in the daffodil, bringing out the green of their stems, and adjusting the blue of the sky.  While I know the picture is “perfect”, it is still probably the best I have done to date.  I hope you enjoy!

Awww… Buttercups   13 comments

With all the rain and brief windows of sun, the grass in our yard has been extremely happy.  Along with the grass, we have had buttercups spring up like crazy.  There is just something cheerful about these dainty little flowers when you see them.  Even if they do seem to be overtaking the lawn.  Saturday evening I went out and sat on a towel in the yard.  I was hoping to catch a bird visiting one of my feeders.  However I just had no luck there.  I did however take an opportunity to snap a couple pictures of these cute flowers.  A good thing, because the next day I mowed the lawn.  Poor buttercups… but it feels good to have the lawn not looking overgrown!

Bluebell Rows   6 comments

Yesterday my friend Jolene and I joined up to see a movie (well, to be honest.. to see Johnny Depp).  Afterwards we went out on a photo adventure.  We hopped into my car and headed in the direction of La Conner.  I hit the back roads, thinking we would have more luck of finding things then on Hwy 20.  And I was right!  We made a couple stops along the way.  One stop was at the corner of two roads and there was a small patch of field with blooming flowers.  I quickly pulled over and we jumped out of the car with cameras in hand.  As you moved closer the smell of the flowers was lovely and went along with the sunny spring day.  After awhile, we headed on our way to La Conner where we walked around and ended the day with dinner at a local restaurant in town.

This picture was from the field of flowers.  There were several rows of Bluebells.  I just love their color.

Garden   3 comments

I picked up a few more flowers from my local nursery/greenhouse – Thompson’s.  They are always extremely helpful and their prices are good too!  Today I was after some plants that hummingbirds like.  It is my hope that I can start attracting some to my yard and of course take pictures of them!  When I got home I started pulling some of the weeds trying to come into my flower beds I have already started.  Planted my new additions and then went to work on my other beds that still need some love.  All in all, a good day.  Plus I was able to get snap a couple of picture of flowers already bloomed.

Gooooo Spring!   Leave a comment

The rain has returned and from the looks of it plans to stay with us for a few days.  While that is sad and means less outdoor picture opportunities, I am happy to see the temperature  is actually going up.  So now we just have to hope for that the sun can find its way back to us.

I did manage to snap a couple of pictures yesterday before the weather turned.  My friend AJ e-mailed about this tree in Burlington and thought I might be interested in it.  So I ran by real quick after picking Victoria up from swim team practice.  The way the blossoms on this cherry tree group together do look little pompoms.  A nice little cheering session for spring time.  You also can’t help but feel a little more cheerful from the coloring of the blossoms.  So GO SPRING!  And bring us back our sun!!