The previous Tulip Festival post is here.
Tulips are beautiful flowers, aren't they? There is something special about them. Simple elegance or elegant simplicity.
The Skagit Valley in the state of Washington is one of the most fertile valleys in the country.
Tulips are not the only plant grown here, but it's tulips that bring thousands of visitors each year.
They say the number of guests during the Tulip Festival approaches a million.
This year was the 28th Festival.
Most of the pictures in this post were taken in the RoozenGaarde display garden.
Rhododendron makes this scene even more exciting:
Masses of flowers can be a bit overwhelming, but a single flower is such a relief for the eyes.
Long stems with unopened buds remind me of exclamation marks!
The bright sun fades the colors. Shade makes the colors thick and dense. The best of my images are received in halfshade. The flowers look like they were lit from inside:
The yellow tulips below look like open hands. 'We also want to be in the picture! Here we are! Here we are!'
Mountains in the background keep the climate in the valley mild:
Grape hyacinths add their gorgeous blue color:
These tulips remind me of peonies:
Dutch people brought the first tulip bulbs into this country, and a windmill reminds about it: