Okay, the tulip bloom was actually a month ago, but you know me, always behind the times! So you're getting an April tulip post in mid-May. (Better late than never, am I right?)
|Ominous rain clouds hang over the tulip fields|
|Rows of yellow sunshine|
|Sunrise at the tulip farm|
I used my pass for the first time in late March, when my neighbor and photography mentor Cheri suggested we run out one afternoon to check on the tulip status. There weren't many fields in bloom yet, but we did capture some ominous rain clouds hanging over the farm (and got drenched a short time later!)
|Surprise hot air balloon launch!|
A couple of weeks later, I decided to get up early and catch sunrise at the tulip farm. I thought a Tuesday morning wouldn't be very busy, so I was surprised to find a couple dozen photographers out in the fields, their tripods lining the rows.
|Drifting over the tulips|
The only glitch for sunrise was one of the neighboring farmers who decided to start up a burn pile right before daybreak. The smoke traveled upward in exactly the place that the sun was supposed to rise. Ugh! Good thing I have photoshop....
|Another colorful balloon|
I was so concentrated on capturing sunrise, I didn't see two hot air balloons inflating on the far side of the fields. A nice man with his tripod set up next to mine pointed the balloons out, otherwise I would've totally missed them.
|My favorite shot of the balloons|
|Yellow tulip bedazzled with dewdrops|
After the sun rose and the balloons drifted away, most of the photographers left. I however stuck around capturing some of the tulips in detail. Such as the dewdrops on this lovely yellow variety.
|Deep red beauties|
A local news crew happened to be there that morning, and I had fun watching them do a few live broadcasts for the morning news. I even chatted with the very friendly cameraman between takes.
|Loved the soft pink and mauve combination|
My third trip to the tulip festival came a couple of weeks later. I suggested to Cheri we capture sunset one evening and she was all for it.
|Cheri doing what she does best|
Arriving at the tulip farm, we were amazed to discover another huge field in a totally different location. In my two prior visits, I hadn't noticed this field. It was enormous, and full of thousands of tulips of every color you could imagine.
|Another favorite color|
Cheri and I got right to work, capturing each tulip color, row by row. We had a couple of tulips that were our favorites. We both liked the pink and mauve color combination. And I loved the yellow tulips with a tiny splash of red in the middle.
|Endless fields of flowers|
But my favorite field of all was the one with the multicolored tulips. It was a gigantic kaleidoscope! We decided to set up at the edge of this field and capture sunset over the sea of different colors.
|Mt Hood sighting|
But first a quick capture of Mt Hood towering behind a wave of red tulips.
|Wonderful light at sunset|
As the sun began to drop we caught some wonderful light glowing across the field, backlighting the flowers nicely.
|Colorful sky just after sunset|
Sadly the sunset wasn't very spectacular. However, right after the sun finally dropped, the sky glowed with a lovely pink hue. I actually liked the images I captured after sunset better than the sunset itself.
The tulip fields are now done for another season. But posting these images and writing about my photographic experiences have brought the happy memories back for me. I hope they bring some joy to your day too.