Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Nearly Tulip Time!

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
April is sneaking up on us.  And in the Pacific Northwest, that means tulip time!  The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival will be starting up soon, and it will be time to drive to Mount Vernon and visit such places as RoozenGaarde, Tulip Town, and more!

Of course, it's not too early to visit now for the daffodils!  Fields of different varieties of flowers await you, less the crowds.

The Tulip Festival lasts April 1st - 30th.  However, the best time to visit is typically about the first couple of weeks, depending on the year.  The beauty is that you can monitor their web site and know exactly when the flowers hit their peak!

My suggestion is to arrive early to avoid the crowds and minimize people in your compositions (though they can be a desirable element as well) and capitalize on early light.  If its a clear morning, the backdrop of the snow-clad Olympic Mountains can be breathtaking.

Evening photography can also be very nice, with the chance to catch pink skies to the west at sunset.

Wear rubber boots for the muddy fields.  All lenses work here and I encourage you play around with different compositions, angles and vantages.  An interesting idea is to bring a small step ladder for an even higher perspective of the fields.  I have not done this yet, but I've seen the results and they are pretty cool!

The above image was taken several years ago from the fields at RoozenGaarde under overcast skies.  It was recently licensed to a prominent magazine with distribution of 2 million, which appeared on store shelves last week.

I hope you find the time to visit the Tulip Festival in the coming weeks.

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