Please visit me in my garden, among the flowers and weeds, as I carve out a little patch of heaven in this rainy Pacific Northwest. I hope to share with you some of the joys, the triumphs, the techniques I learn along the way, and maybe some favourite garden recipes and art projects, too.
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It has been many years (6 years, actually - see 2006 post) since we last went to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in La Conner, WA. So this Saturday, we rounded up the family and visited again. It didn't disappoint. However, this year we didn't pick the large commercialized Tulip Town or Roozengaarde fields, but instead a quieter field, but one with beautifully contrasting swaths of yellow and red.
Here are some more photos that don't do justice to the beautiful colours there:
I loved this muddy ol' truck in the field. A small group of Mexican workers were gathering armfuls of tulips (presumably the old blooms, although I couldn't see how they were different than any of the other blooms around us) and tossing them onto the truck. I think it made for a neat photo.
Of course, the real aim of any such visit it to catch some nice photos of the family, especially the kids. We got our share of our teenage daughter looking grumpy and squinting into the sun, and my son goofing around. But then there were a couple of gems which made the photographic attempts worthwhile.
It's funny, looking back on these few happy and relaxed photos of the kids, that all of them were in the daffodil field, where we spontaneously pulled over to the side of the road, on our way while driving around to decide on a tulip field. Once we were actually in the tulip field, it seems all the kids wanted to do was leave. Reminder to self: Plan for an impromptu photo session prior to the real photo session again next time.