|Tulip fields in Skagit Valley WA|
Reds, purples, yellows, pinks striping the landscape like a painting, really a sight that Monet would be inspired by.
...nature at its most colorful!
This was my first year back in quite sometime. In the past it has been too wet and rainy, gosh in Seattle...really? or the blooms came early and we missed them all together. OK really it was because it's no fun with two little kids who insist that the tulips are for picking!
This year however I was a little more on the ball, plus the kids are older so I can sigh with relief that I don't have to worry about them picking mommy a lovely bouquet. Or having them run out into the fields "prohibited" row areas while in chase like prison escapees, or some Benny Hill skit!
Mud was the real treat for the boys. Again lady with the white coach bag, I am sorry my son accidentally splattered mud on you while he was trying innocently to jump across the mud. But really a white "expensive" huge handbag in a muddy tulip field, what were you thinking?
|My two crazies running through the daffodil fields, Skagit Valley WA|
The varieties and the planting formations were just breathtaking, the gardens alone were worth the admission and then you get to the fields, just sublime!
- If you can, go on a week day to avoid crowds and traffic! This is one of WA biggest tourist attractions for the year.
- If you go on the weekend plan to get there early or late to miss the main crowds, plus these times make for the best lighting for photography...bonus! Go expecting crowds, especially if it is a rare perfect sunny PNW day!
- Don't be afraid to go when its rainy, galoshes and umbrellas make for great props in pics, you can capture great reflection pics of the tulips reflecting in the rows of water, the crowds are at their lowest, plus mud is fun!!
- Go towards the end of the grow season, they are usually at their fullest bloom for optimum color impact out in the field. Also they start discounting potted bulbs that are past their bloom in the store, great to plant for next year in your own garden, what better souvenir!
- Drive around and take advantage of the fields that are accessible from the side of the road. They don't mind and they block of the ones that do. There is a wonderful Daffodil field which are happy to let you run out into, there's street parking and no crowds, its on the far north outskirts of the tulip fields...and its free! The big gardens which are totally worth the visit, charge anywhere from $4 - $5 an adult.
- Tulip fields are not the place for designer handbags, high heels and your Sunday best, unless you don't mind a little mud!
- If you can, don't take boys who complain that flowers are for girls the entire time you are there!
I love the captured reflection in the rain ditch.
If you ever get out to Washington state in April, this really is a must do. However if you can't make it, here are some more bloggers who posted their spectacular tulip festival blooms....
North West Photos: April is the month for Tulip Festivals Great pics!
My Secret Garden: Stunning Tulips of Skagit Valley WA 4 part series...beautiful!
Also check out these helpful links:
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Bloom Map and website for more details..Yelp reviews on Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Washington State Tulip Festival Location and Directions