I was skeptical of a visit to tulip gardens.
“They’re just flowers after all.”
When I lived in Heidelberg, Germany, my friends wanted to travel to the Netherlands before pregnancy kicked into full swing. They wanted to visit Keukenhof and Amsterdam. I was excited about Amsterdam; I was unsure about Keukenhof.
But one step inside the tulip gardens in Keukenhof was enough to turn my head and my opinion about tulip fields spun completely around.
That was 2002, and this is 2017. I’m highway-bound along I-5 into western Washington State to see tulips.
During the annual tulip festival in April, the Skagit river valley is populated by fields of daffodils and tulips, in eye-popping yellow, red, orange, purple, and white. The overcast skies with diffuse grey light provides ideal light conditions with no strong shadows. The explosion of colour should surely melt hearts and convince minds, if the change to my once obstinate stance is any indication.
With their history of growing tulips in the Netherlands since the 18th-century and subsequent experience in the United States, the Roozen family owns and operates Roozengaarde, as part of Washington Bulb Company Incorporated which is the largest grower of flower bulbs in North America.
At Roozengaarde’s entrance is a display garden five acres (20-thousand square metres) in size with over 200-thousand bulbs and a Dutch windmill. For me, I wanted to reach the highlight as quickly as possible: the adjacent 25-acre (101-thousand square metres) field with endless rows of tulips.
(2022:) Admission to Roozengaarde is $15 USD (parking included). During the festival, their garden and fields are open daily 9am to 7pm; open 8am on weekends.
If you choose to travel on the slower yet rewarding Chuckanut Drive:
and if you want to go a little out of the way:
Click on the arrow-window icon at the upper-left corner of the map below for the legend.
I made the photos above on 19 April 2017 with a Canon EOS6D mark1; my thanks to MF for making this trip possible. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on fotoeins DOT com at http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9Er.