Monday, April 20, 2009

Tulip Time in Mt. Vernon, WA (hope you really like daffodils)

Saturday, my friend and I headed to Mt. Vernon, WA, in order to photograph the stunning fields of tulips. I've done this before, but it's been eight years, and well before I had this camera. And Karen hadn't had a cool camera the last time she did the same. Right now, it's the usually the heart of the Tulip Festival...but we hadn't really factored in the fact that we've had an unusually cool and stormy spring.
The real beauty of this is that we are usually so fixated on the colorful tulips that we miss the daffodil season. Not this year!
These white beauties are called "Ice Follies". I love tulips and used to have several varieties in my garden. Now however, I live in an apartment, and have to enjoy other people's daffodils. When I was photographing this field, I had a couple of tourists (from Asia, not Europe, else they would have known) approach me and ask me somewhat confusedly if these were the tulips. I had to give them the bad news that the tulips wouldn't be on show for another week or two at least, but at least I knew what kind of daffies these were, right?
There were no signs telling us, but I'm thinking these are King Alfred daffodils.
I'm so happy I got to see the fields of daffodils, I love them! Really raises the spirits!



Guess what grew in these fields previously? These were our only tulip photos...

Our plan was also to lunch on the salmon feed put on by the Kiwanis club. However, while at the Dakota Art store (Karen is a pastel artist), we made new friends that needed a ride to a local Mexican restaurant (can't remember the name, which is a shame because the food was a pleasure). We ended up receiving an invitation to stay and eat lunch with them. It was a pleasure to get to know these artists better, we felt so lucky!

I'll post more tomorrow...we spent the balance of the day at the beach :) Enjoy, Grandma! I know you love daffodils, so I posted lots of photos :)
S2

(((((((S2))))))) Thanks. Wonderful pictures. I have lived in the area my entire life and have never been to the "daffodil fields."
G2

1 comment:

Grandma Blog said...

Thank you for the fantastic pictures of the daffodils. They are so pretty.