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Sunrise Over Skagit Valley Daffodils

WP D7K_8330-EditLeft the house at 0500 to arrive here by 0630 but it was worth the trip. Only 4 Daffie fields in bloom so far with Dutch Masters and Flower Carpets. There were no Tulips yet so I’ll be back in about 3 weeks to try and catch some of those.

Skagit Valley Glory

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Both of these photos were taken on a rainy, overcast early morning at fields near Mt. Vernon, Washington.

The Image of a Tulip

The perennials
rising so quickly
wondering how
they grow so fast
The image of a tulip,
of a crocus, a daffodil
must be in the heart of each cell
coming from the earth
rising so well

In mere moments
growing so quickly
rising from the winter
rising to the sun
from the earth
to the warmth
of the new day


—Raymond A. Foss

The Garden Path

Besides nearly 500 acres of Tulips, Daffodils and Irises in the Skagit Valley, there are several display gardens. This scene is a small part of the 3+ acre garden at RoozenGaarde.

The festival takes place during most of April. However, the bloom dates are very much dependent on the weather. And with between 300,000 and 400,000 visitors it can be quite hectic getting around (some form of transportation is necessary) and parking along the roadside is mostly forbidden.

Consequently, I try to go a few days before the official opening of the display gardens. Most of the fields are in bloom then, and the bulk of the visitors will not have arrived and parking restrictions are at a minimum.

If you’re coming from out of the area, it’s about a 1 1/2 to 2 hour drive North from the Seattle airport depending on traffic through the city. There’s a very good chance that the skies will be overcast this time of year and once you walk off the pavement you will be in mud. The fields are rotated each year and some will be fallow. So you will have to go up and down the roads to find a ‘background’ for your scenes.

I’ll be going up the week before to see which fields are planted in front of barns, sheds, etc. and I’ll post my findings here in early April. I’ll also let you know what days I’ll be shooting in case anyone wants to get together. Drop me a Comment or email if you are interested.