Spring Flower Photography from Washington’s Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
The Tulip capture above illustrates how vast the Skagit Valley Tulip fields appear. Altogether, it makes for a brilliant floral display around this time of year. The weather in the Pacific Northwest is well suited to the Tulip. Enduring as a popular flower throughout much of human history, it is unclear when or how it was brought to western Europe.
Regardless, the Tulip flourished in the long temperate springs of the Netherlands. The Dutch cultivated Tulips, building lots of capital and economy on these pretty oval petaled flowers during the 16 and 17th century. They invested so much into Tulips that their economy was hit by a speculative Tulip flower crash one year.
The Dutch developed festivals celebrating the Tulip’s April bloom – which is largely why blooming Tulips are celebrated by tourists, well-wishers, and photographers around this time of year in the United States today.
I think the Tulip festival is a fitting way of welcoming Spring. Learn more about the 27h Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival at the festival homepage.
Best wishes this Easter weekend.