The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a big deal, but was canceled last year due to covid. Of course, when I heard the festival was back on in 2021, I had to say that I'd seen it once. The tulips are in bloom now and you can stop by many of the farms in the area for a walk, pictures, and fresh flowers.
On Saturday I checked out one of the flower farms, open to the public, as part of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The Skagit Valley is a beautiful agricultural area 1.5 hours north of Seattle. The bright flowers made a great contrast against the farm and mountain backdrop. There are signs of spring here, but don't let those blooms fool you...winter still hadn't fully given up yet. It was upper 40s Saturday around the farm, down to freezing Saturday night , and snowed in the mountains this past week too.
These images are like something I'd only imagined from like the Netherlands. I was fun to see the the rows of colorful flowers in person and I had a nice time wandering around looking for artistic angles to shoot. The farm I visited (Roozengaarde) had plenty of land to roam, plus manicured gardens. The blooms were a bit early - not quite "full bloom" open or color-wise, but certainly enough to enjoy. Overall, visiting a flower farm during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is something fun that everyone in Washington should see and experience once!