Tulips!

The Skagit Valley in northwestern Washington state grows more bulbs commercially than the Netherlands does, and the results in the spring are rather spectacular.

My friend Loralee and I made the tulip festival there our annual birthday jaunt yesterday, and I wanted to share some photos I took.

The first thing we actually saw wasn’t tulips.  It was a huge flock of snow geese, out in an empty field chowing away:

Snow geese in the Skagit Valley.
Snow geese in the Skagit Valley.

Then, a couple of miles later, we found tulip fields:

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Tulips, as far as the eye can see.
And more tulips.
And more tulips.
And yet more.
And yet more tulips.

After a pleasant waterfront lunch of fish and chips in the rather touristy town of LaConner, we went to the display gardens at Roozengaarde, which I think is the biggest bulb grower in the valley.  At any rate, they’ve got some seriously spectacular display gardens:

So much color!
So much color!
My eyes just soaked the color in.
My eyes just soaked the color in.
They even had a maze made of flowers.
They even had a maze made of flowers.

It was a beautiful day, and there were lots of us there enjoying it.  I’m glad we went on a weekday, though, because I suspect the weekends are pretty much a zoo.

But, oh, it was pretty, and my eyes are happy, and it’s officially spring.