Sunday, April 18, 2010
Tulips are my absolute favorite flower. I'm not sure why I adore them above other flowers. They seem almost shy, with their petal cups shielding pollen stems from prying eyes. Their season is short; in bouquets, they lack the longevity and flamboyance of the ubiquitous rose. But I think the blooms are sublime.
Yesterday I went to the Wooden Shoe Farm Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon. There, for four weeks each spring, you find acres and acres and endless acres of gorgeous, luscious, exquisite color as the tulip bulbs stage a show that is far from shy. And oh, the color: white, pink, coral, red, purple, even midnight blue. And the shapes: traditional cups, showy ruffles and multi blooms, ladylike lily-flares.
I just wanted to capture the view, wrap it around me like a blanket, drink it in and live in such glorious technicolor all year round. I did the best I could to take it in with my camera, and you can't help but take beautiful pictures with such an expansive and striking subject, but my efforts don't begin to do it justice.
To see a slide show of about 20 of the better images, click here. I hope they put a smile in your day.