Spring’s Grace in Skagit County

Spring's Grace in Skagit County

Drove north out of Seattle to see how the tulips are coming along in Skagit. The Daff fields are ablaze. We found several tulip fields that were obviously a week or two out. Going to be a great Tulip Photo season.

This gorgeous bloom is from the amazing Christiansen’s Nursery near La Conner.

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Gerbera Daydream

Gerbera Daydream

I’ve always loved daisies. The African variety are especially appealing with their vivid purple tones. Fortunately I was in Daisy Heaven down in Carmel.

Tomorrow we head to Skagit to see how the tulips are coming along. Hoping for a great season.

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Glad I Brought My Flower Lens to Carmel

Glad I Brought My Flower Lens to Carmel

It’s been so cold and wintery up here in Seattle. I forgot other parts of the country are a lot warmer and sunnier. So I was pleasantly surprised visiting Carmel to see blooms around every corner. This was one of my favorites. Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 handheld, windy day, very little post processing.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Looking Forward to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Each year I spend a bit of time amongst the tulip fields in Skagit County. I really love this time of year. Last year I was living nearby which helped considerably. Now down in Seattle, I have to plan each trip carefully. Or sleep in my car 🙂

Rhodies First Appearance

Rhodies First Appearance

Spent some time in the Washington Park Arboretum here in Seattle. One of my favorite botanical photography spots. With dramatic rain squall clouds approaching, I got a few nice shots in the gentle light. Handheld, very little post processing. f/2.0 or faster.

Making Nice With Chickens

Making Nice With Chickens

So I ventured off to a nursery I had heard about called Flower World north of Seattle. With a name like that, I had to go. Upon arrival, it was clear however that I was about two months early. But I will definitely be back. Great place with an amazing selection. They also have this chicken farm which seemed pretty photogenic.

So I wandered off in search of photogenic fowl. What I found however was rain, potential flower fertilizer and many chickens intent on evaluating my potential for food delivery 🙂

Tacoma Conservatory Tulips..An Oasis in the Parched Desert

Tacoma Conservatory Tulips..An Oasis in the Parched Desert

Another rainy NW day. Going through serious Flower Withdrawal. Drove down to the Tacoma Conservatory. Seriously rainy day here with many speedtraps along I-5. Arriving at the Conservatory, I decided to shoot with my Zeiss 50 1.4 and Minolta Rokkor 1.2

I haven’t seen tulips in ages so I went there.

Trying out the 40 year old Minolta 58mm f/1.2 on my Canon 5D2

Trying out the 40 year old Minolta 58mm f/1.2 on my Canon 5D2

Bought this lens today and am checking out the bokeh and sharpness and potential uses for Thin Depth of Field Floral Poetry. In March in Seattle that means going to the Volunteer Park Conservatory for some flora 🙂 Let me know what you think