The annual tulip festival 2013

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First shot on a cloudy day

So 3 yrs of life in Redmond, and this has almost become a tradition. I literally hark back to the 1st time I visited in 2011. That was fresh, that was new, that was exciting. To me, wandering amidst fields of flowers aren't interesting because I like flowers, or God forbid, 'understand' them. But I just love staring at bright colours, and flowers give us exactly that. Tulips especially, they look so fake up close, almost like plastic flowers but that's a compliment by itself - they're so darn bright!

I would say the first year was a massive success, visiting Roozengarde. It rained on my 2nd visit, and here I was - all hungry and a bit tired actually (just flown in from Dallas the previous wknd, and had a hectic week at work), so in hindsight, I  think I really went there only for the sake of going there.

There were just 3 varieties this time on this particular field
Plus, normally I'd go during the peak but this time I went on the last wknd so 80% of the tulip patches/regions were all dug up and were dry barren land. So of the two, I was lucky enough to find an open patch by Roozengarde.

I will never recommend going on the last week to anyone. It's kind of a damper - hardly anyone's there, all the fields are empty and the few that have flowers are crowded with cars and makeshift carparks. Plus, it was terribly windy. There were about 3 colours/types of tulips. Tons of people visiting, the real professional ones with tripods and DSLRs and the famlies and couples sufficing with their mobile phone cameras. I've always admired how this festival seems to attract any kind of demographic - 60 yr olds braving the wind, teenagers abandoning cool for a day with nature, couples canoodling and parents desparately trying to get their kids to stand still for a picture. Just very amusing!

We spent about 45 minutes ( or was it lesser), and headed to Canada for lunch. It was an intersting experience as always, although seeing it 3x in a row, I must admit there was a voice ringing in my head "same old, same old".

cimtech says:
Excellent pictures! Definitely need to visit WA next year...
Posted on: May 11, 2013
esterrene says:
I have to go here some day! it looks gorgeous!! :)
Posted on: May 09, 2013
missandrea81 says:
Beautiful!!
Posted on: May 09, 2013
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