Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tulip Festival

tulips next to a crate

Skagit is a sleepy county in Washington full of small country towns and expansive farmland as far as you can see. Not a whole lot happens in the Skagit valley and us locals are okay with that. We like having an identity all of our own apart from Seattle. But, our real claim to fame is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

double beauty of apeldoorn

Every April, thousands of people, from all over the west coast and beyond migrate up (or down if you're Canadian) I-5 to visit the tulip fields. Much of the valley's farmland is transformed into a brightly painted canvas of tulips. Quite the view.

plane view of the skagit valley tulip festival

Of course, I always have to take 800 pictures or so of tulips. What on earth am I going to do with this many pictures of tulips? Sharing too many a couple with you is the best I've come up with. Maybe I'll have a couple printed to hang in the house. And then, what to do with the 794 others, is the question of the year.

skagit valley tulip festival

April can be a little hit and miss weatherwise. Some days it's lovely, more days it's on the rainy and chilly side to remind you that winter wasn't all that long ago. But, the day I ventured out to the fields it was beyond beautiful. The absolute perfect Washington day; 60s, sunny and a picturesque view of the Cascade mountains in the background.

Does your hometown have annual festivals?


12 comments:

Rachel said...

There's a town near us that's pretty famous for it's big Tulip Festival, too, but spring comes later here so it won't be happening for another couple of weeks!

Meg Doherty said...

What a beautiful place and gorgeous flowers!! I wish we had something like this near us!

Jen said...

I would love to visit this place! It's gorgeous!

Mrs.B said...

Gorgeous!!

Munchkins and the Military said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the photos. Tulips are my favorite!

Ashley said...

Those tulips are beautiful! I love when everything starts to bloom in the spring! One of my favorite times of the year!

Julie Danielle said...

So pretty! I love places with lots of flowers like that.

Kim said...

That is so beautiful! Can't wait to visit one day! :)

Lisa C said...

What gorgeous photos! No wonder I want to move out there someday :)

Chantal said...

Wow! Beautiful!

Kelsey said...

It's awesome that you posted these because I didn't get to see any of the unique tulips or other flowers they had there. The day my mom and I went there were way too many people. It was still a lot of fun. :) Thanks for sharing!

Becky Dougherty said...

Gorgeous! :)

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